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Mullinahone have too much class for Roscrea Senior Hurling OCT 02

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Roscrea's hopes of reaching their first County senior hurling final since 1985 when they lost to Kilruane evaporated at Semple Stadium as they crashed to a seventeen point defeat at the hands of Mullinahone in a poor county quarter final.


The good form of recent weeks which saw victories over Cashel and Moycarkey failed to materialise. Though they had the opening point and were level twice in the first quarter they were always struggling to contain the South champions, who once they got their opening goal on the quarter hoour never looked back.


It was a six point lead at the interval for the South champions, and they took complete control in the second half to run out easy winners, and the winning margin achieved despite the absence of John Leahy, and Eoin Kelly having an off day. Roscrea's problem was that their forwards never got going against the strong Mullinahone defence.


Roscrea took the lead in little over a minute, as Mark Ryan pointed a free. But it was short lived as Eddie Carey poiinted for Mullinahone. The South men should have had a goal shortly after as with the Roscrea defence all at sea, Eoin Kelly drove into the side netting. A further Mullinahone foray saw Pat Croke also hit the side netting with an effort. However, they went in front in the seventh minute as Pat Croke pointed a free.Two minutes later Roscrea were on level terms as John Carroll set up Padraig Carroll for a point. Pat Croke got Mullinahone in front again with a point, only for Brian Brooks to equalise.


Pat Croke was beginning to cause Roscrea a lot of problems, and he set up Brian O'Meara to restore the lead, and on the quarter hour he soloed through himself for a goal that had Mullinahone 1-4 to 0-3 ahead. From then on Mullinahone never looked back. Brian O'Meara passed to Conor Arrigan to point, and though Padraig Carroll responded with a Roscrea point, Mullinahone were taking control. Pat Croke pointed two frees, and then he passed to Eddie Carey for a point as they opened up a seven point lead. Two minutes from the interval Donal Hogan pointed a free from near half way, and followed quickly with another to reduce it. But the last word was fittingly with Pat Croke as he pointed a free to give Mullinahone a 1-9 to 0-6 interval lead.


Croke started off the second half as he did the first by sending over a point. Mark Ryan pointed a free for Roscrea after two minutes, and Donal Hogan followed with a point after four minutes. They would not score again for another twenty minutes. Mullinahone moved up a gear, and the gap widened. Pat croke pointed a free, then in the eighth minute Eoin Kelly finally opened his account wiuth a point. Pat Croke was again on target from a free, then following a line ball by his brother Paul ,Eoin Kelly pointed. Paul Kelly was on target himself with a point after nineteen minutes to put Mullinahone eleven points clear.


Within a minute the ball was in the Roscrea net as Pat Croke found Brian O'Meara unmarked and he didnt squander the opportunity. Padraig Carroll had Roscrea's ninth and last point after twenty three minutes, and to add to a miserable afternoon for them, they failed to convert a penalty shortly after. Eoin Kelly added on two more points before Conor Arrigan administered the coup de grace with a goal.


Pat Croke was outstanding for Mullinahone, finishing with a personal tally of 1-8. Paul Curran, Ky Vaughan and Paul Kelly impressed in defence. Brian O'Meara and Conor Arrigan took their scores well. For Roscrea it was disappointing to go out so badly. Diarmuid Fitzgerald, Liam England in defence, Donal Hogan at midfield, Padraig Carroll, Jim McDonnell up front, tried hard.



MULLINAHONE - V. Doheny, D. Hackett, P. Curran, M. Costelloe; K. Vaughan, E. O'Brien, P. Kelly (0-1); E. Carey (0-1), N. Curran; P. Croke (1-8), B. O'Meara (1-1), C. Arrigan (1-1); E. Kelly (0-4), N. Leahy, P. O'Shea. Sub: J. Maher for O'Shea.



ROSCREA - E. Dunphy, D. Fitzgerald, L. England, T. O'Connor; J. Maher, D. Hogan, V. Dooley; Donal Hogan (0-3), J. Carroll; B. Brooks (0-1), P. Carroll, (0-3), J. McDonnell; M. Ryan (0-2), P. Loughnane, C. Egan. Subs: T. Fitzgerald for Egan, E. Fitzgerald for Loughnane.



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