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Senior Footballers get back on track

posted 4 Nov 2012, 14:37 by Tom Duggan
Report by Michael Duggan P.R.O.
Last Saturday saw the senior footballers get their championship campaign on the road again.  Their opponents were James Stephens and they brought all their stars with them including All Ireland medal winners Jackie Tyrell and Matthew Ruth.  The venue was Thomastown and the man in the middle was Pascal Connolly of Ballyhale.  The game was due for a 2.30 throw in but did not get underway until 2.50 as the referee was on duty at another venue.
The game started slowly and the Village were first to register a score after 10 minutes of play.  John Walsh brought the sides level and the same player had Mullinavat in front 2 points to 1 after 15 minutes.  This was a lead that Mullinavat would not relinquish for the rest of the game and with Thomas Aylward and Andrew Mc Govern adding points Mullinavat were starting to motor.  With a couple of minutes to go in the first half Michael Malone sent in a long ball.  A great catch by full forward James Culleton a quick swivel and James dispatched a cracking shot to the back of the James Stephens net.  This left the half time score Mullinavat 1-4 to James Stephens 0-1.
The second half started the same as the first with James Stephens getting the first score.  However the comeback was short-lived as James Culleton had the ball in the net after a fumble by the James Stephen keeper.  From here on in it was one way traffic with points from Ian Duggan, Andrew Mc Govern and Thomas Aylward extending       Mullinavat’s lead.  The final nail in the coffin was administered by Michael Malone who received a great pass from wing back and brother Ger and dispatched to the net.  Another couple of points put this game well beyond the reach of the Village who managed to score a goal from a penalty just before the finish of the game.  Final score Mullinavat 3-11 James Stephens 1-3.
A good win for the rod iron men and they advance to the semi final of the competition.  They played a nice brand of football and moved the ball quickly throughout the field.  This was a good performance as there are a few more players to come into the team and the good counsel football training was used to good effect as the team contained 7 players who are former students of the college.  The team was as follows Pat Mulhearn, Andrew Delahunty, Seamus Farrell, Paddy Raftice, Ger Malone, Willie O Dwyer, Michael Murphy, Michael Malone, Thomas Aylward, Ian Duggan, Dinny Butler, Simon Aylward, John Walsh, James Culleton, Andrew Mc Govern