Mullianhone were no match for Mid champions, Loughmore-Castleiney in a one-sided County SFC Group 3 tie at Littleton on Saturday evening.
With their hurling campaign at an end, the South side can concentrate on their football now, but on this showing, a big improvement will be required if they are to make progress in either the county or division.
Once Noel McGrath got the Loughmore goal after 11 minutes, to put them 1-2 to 0-1 ahead, there was little doubt about the outcome. Even without 11 possible first choices, the Mid men were far too strong for their rivals and by half-time were 1-7 to 0-2 clear.
Edwin O Mearaâ€™s goal for Mullinahone in the 46th minute, after an excellent move out of defence involving Eoin Kelly and James Connolly, left them eight points adrift but there was never a suggestion of a match-saving rally.
Unbeaten after three outings Loughmore-Castleiney are guaranteed their place in the closing stages. At full strength they will press hard for county honours.
Loughmore-Castleiney - R Maher; L Egan, J Meagher, J Hennessy; T King, C McGrath, J Ryan; N McGrath (1-4), D Bourke; T Maher, L McGrath (0-1), E Sweeney (0-1); J McGrath (0-2), M Webster (0-3), S Hennessy (0-4);
Mullinahone - A Walsh; J O Meara, E McEnery, N Mullally; K Walzer, P Curran, J Connolly(0-1); A Curran, N Curran; D Coady, E O Meara(1-1), E Kelly(0-1); L Mullally, N Oâ€™Brien, D Walzer (0-1); Subs- K Vaughan for P Curran; R Walsh for N Mullally; S Quirke for D Walzer; D Walzer for J Oâ€™Meara.
Ref- B Tyrrell (Clonmel Commercials).
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