Fast finishing ’Vat beat weakened ’Lockes resolve

Mullinavat 0-22

Mullinavat 0-22

John Lockes 0-9

A DEPLETED John Lockes (Callan) found the going tough against a flying Mullinavat in well presented Windgap on Saturday.

With Simon Burke, John O’Neill, Michael Gordon and Paddy Kennedy unavailable the ’Lockes were faced with an unenviable task of taking on an impressive ’Vat in this one-sided intermediate hurling league encounter.

Mullinavat set the early standards when Michael Murphy had the umpire bending for the white flag after 45 seconds. The flying Mark Mansfield skinned the Callan defence twice in succession within four minutes of the start to clatter over another brace of impressive points. John Paul Corcoran steadied the ’Lockes ship somewhat with a good opening point. Dan McCormack, assisted by John O’Neill, added another to halve Mullinavat’s advantage halved by the ninth minute.

However by the 17th minute, a succession of unanswered points by Michael Murphy (2), Willie O’Dwyer and Simon Aylward had stretched the Mullinavat lead to six points.

The Callan lads were on the ropes. They were dealt a body blow in the 18th minute when one of their forwards was red-carded for a rather innocuous foul. The game was over as a spectacle from that point.

By half-time the Callan plight was not rosy. Trailing by 0-14 to 0-3, the omens were not too good.

Credit of the Callan lads, they came out after the break and fought like tigers. They shared the half, but the first half damage and dismissal proved too high a hill to climb.

Mullinavat were the team of the talents, with some terrific playing by the half back line of Thomas Aylward, Michael Malone, and Simon Aylward. Initially Dinny Butler and Willie O’Dwyer were the masters around the midfield area, while Ian Duggan gave an outstanding display on the half forward line. He stood head and shoulders above any other player on the park.

The John Lockes defenders worked hard throughout. Dan Doheny was very good at corner back, Tony Delaney never faltered in the face of pressure while Mick Roche’s battle with Mossy Murphy was one of the highlights of the game.

SCORERS: Mullinavat - Michael Murphy (0-6, 0-5 frees); Mark Mansfield (0-4); Dinny Butler (0-3, two frees); Willie O’Dwyer, Mossy Murphy, Ian Duggan (0-2 each); Simon Aylward, Ger Malone, Liam Murphy (0-1 each). John Lockes - Shane Bergin (0-3, frees); John O’Neill (0-2); Owen McGrath, J.P. Corcoran, Dan McCormack, Jason Corcoran (0-1 each).

Mullinavat - J. Culleton, T. Duggan, S. Farrell, J. Fennelly, T. Aylward, M. Malone, S. Aylward, D. Butler, L. Murphy, I. Duggan, W. O’Dwyer, Michael Murphy, A. McGovern, Mossy Murphy, M. Mansfield. Subs: G. Malone for Butler (inj); P. Raftice for McGovern, R. Malone for L. Murphy, W. Burke for Fennelly, D. Kenneally for M. Malone.

John Lockes - P. Morrissey, D. Doheny, M. Roche, T. Delaney, C. Byrne, J. Corcoran, O. McGrath, J.P. Corcoran, J. McDowell, S. Bergin, J. O’Neill, G. Shelly, D. McCormack, B. Grace, L. Kennedy. Subs: J. Haines for O’Neill, J. Power for Kennedy.

Referee - G. Quilty (Slieverue).