Thirteen-man Killenaule put in storming finish to shock Mullinahone

South u-21 HC ‘A’ semi-final

South u-21 HC ‘A’ semi-final

Killenaule 1-15

Mullinahone CJK 0-17

In the 11th minute of the second half of this “Bob Fitzgerald” South u-21 HC ‘A’ semi-final played in Anner Park on Sunday last, Sean Curran pointed a free to put Mullinahone CJK five points ahead ofKillenaule, 0-15 to 0-10. Few of the supporters present at that stage, and the crowd was small, would have given Killenaule much of a chance of overcoming their local rivals. In the previous minute they had been reduced to 13 players when a red card had been shown to wing forward JJ Webster for indiscipline. Webster had been playing well as had wing back Stephen Hannigan who had been sent off two minutes previously for a second yellow card from referee Brian Tyrell.

One felt that the loss of these two players must tell against Killenaule because at that stage Mullinahone had their full complement. However, it was Killenaule who responded to adversity and the well worked goal a minute after the second sending off restored their confidence and spirit. Mullinahone were under pressure but seemed to be holding the Killenaule rally off until they themselves lost Eoin Fennelly to a second yellow card in 18 minutes. His loss turned out to be huge as Killenaule began to exert more and more pressure. In the last 19 minutes Mullinahone scored only 2 points while Killenaule notched 1-5. Killenaule didn’t hit the front until the 29th minute when Daniel Guinan pointed a free. In the second minute of added time Sean Curran had a chance from reasonable distance to send the sides into extra time but his effort dropped short into the stretching hand of Killeanaule full back James Feehan in the square.

In the third minute Denis Connolly pointed to give Mullinahone the lead. Cathal Bergin levelled in four minutes. Within a minute John ”Bubbles” O’Dwyer pointed to give his side the lead. In the seventh minute Aaron Conran got a yellow card and Sean Curran pointed from the resultant free. A minute later he pointed another free. In the 10th minute Daniel Guinan saw yellow. Denis Connolly had another fine point after 11 minutes but Killenaule came back almost immediately with two points to level from a “Bubbles” free and Cathal Bergin.

During this period of the game Luke Mullally was defending well for C.J.K. Killenaule took the lead in the 16th minute with yet another Cathal Bergin point. Sean Curran was injured in the next minute and Mullinahone’s hearts fluttered. Denis Connolly caught well and pointed in the 18th minute. Ciaran Bergin restored Killenaule’s lead but Sean Curran pointed a free awarded to Jack Shelly to level. A fine “Bubbles” O’Dwyer catch and point restored the lead.

However, points from Sean Curran and Cathal Horan in the 22nd minute put Mullinahone in front. A “Bubbles” free levelled the game yet again. In 24 minutes Thomas Nolan came on for Killenaule. A Sean Curran free in 25 minutes restored the Mullinahone lead. A foul on Curran resulted in a first yellow card for Stephen Hannigan and Denis Connolly pointed the free. Cathal Horan (M) picked up a yellow card before half time which arrived with the score Mullinahone C.J.K. 0-10, Killenaule 0-8.

A Sean Curran free put Mullinahone three points clear after three minutes of the second half. In the next minute Killenaule missed a good goal chance. Sean Walzer came on for Mullinahone. Jack McCarthy saw yellow and Daniel Guinan pointed the resultant free. Cathal Horan pointed in five minutes when the ball broke out to him. Daniel Guinan replied with a point from a free. A Sean Curran free made the gap three points. Then followed the first sending off and another Curran point. We had a complete repeat within the next two minutes. A Guinan goal steadied Killenaule and rattled Mullinahone. In 15 minutes Guinan pointed again to cut the gap to one. A Sean Curran free appeared to steady the ship, but then we had Fennelly dismissed on a second yellow card and the resultant free cut the gap to one point. A free was then moved forward for dissent and Sean Curran pointed. We didn’t realise it then but this was to be Mullinahone’s last score. Two Guinan points, one from a free in the 23rd and 24th minutes balanced the game. During the next five minutes which were scoreless Joe O’Dwyer defended very well for Killenaule with some fine direct clearances. In the 29th minute Killenaule were awarded a free which Daniel Guinan pointed. Mullinahone got one last chance which, however, was short.

Killenaule: James O’Connor, Aaron Conran, James Feehan, Conor Maguire, Thomas Keaveney, Joe O’Dwyer, Stephen Hannigan, Cathal Bergin, Conor Prendergast, Adam O’Connell, John O’Dwyer, J.J. Webster. Rory Loughman. Daniel Guinan, Shane Kavanagh. Sub used: Thomas Nolan.

Mullinahone: Richard Walsh, Jack McCarthy, George Browning, David Walzer, Luke Mullally, Gary Cronin, Keith Mullally, Eoin Fennelly, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Danny Luttrell, Sean Curran, Jack Shelly, Tony Treacy, Denis Connolly, Cathal Horan. Subs used: Sean Walzer, Paul Gayson.

Referee: Brian Tyrell (St. Marys).