Sean Curran emerges as the latest Mullinahone match-winner

South SHC

South SHC

Mullinahone CJK 1-21

Carrick Davins 1-13

Since they entered senior hurling ranks in 1992 Mullinahone CJK have consistently thrown up a player who could manage huge scores in inter-club games. First it was John Leahy and then the mantle passed to Eoin Kelly. On Saturday night in Clonmel when Kelly wasn’t available up stepped Tipp’s midweek U21 hero to the plate. Sean Curran scored 0-12 with 0-8 from play. Seven of his points came from the nine CJK scored in the second half when they were under pressure. Such was the under 21’s impact on the game, without him his side could have been in serious trouble. Curran scored his fifth point in the 24th minute. A minute later Carrick lost Shane Butler to a straight red for a foul on Paul Curran. At this stage the score stood Mullinahone CJK 1-11 Carrick Davins 0-4. When Curran tacked on another point in 28 minutes it looked curtains for Carrick but it was Mullinahone rather than Carrick who faded out of the game. Davins scored three points before half-time and four more in the first nine minutes of the second half to CJK’s one to cut the gap to only five points. A goal from Gerry Robinson in 19 minutes cut the lead to four but then Mullinahone revived somewhat and won the final 12 minutes by 0-6 to 0-2 as Davins tired. The final result coupled with the surprise one earlier from Monroe means that Ballingarry, Killenaule and Mullinahone are in the semi-finals with the last league section game between Davins and Swan being a winner takes all one. The winner will be in the South semi-finals while the loser is off to the O’Riain Cup and possible relegation playoffs.

Davins started very well and inside a minute had a point from a free. Mullinahone responded with a vengeance and Sean Curran set up Paul Kelly in the 2nd minute and the net billowed. Curran tagged on a point but Gerry Robinson replied. Kevin Walzer, Alan Curran and Sean Curran from a free eased Mullinahone five points clear by eight minutes. Another two points by Curran, the first from a free and another from Oz-bound Adrian Doheny gave CJK an eight point advantage after 16 minutes. Michael Hackett in the Davins goal saved well from Sean Curran. At the other end his opposite number Alan Walsh who had a good game in goal was tagged and conceded a free which Noel Butler pointed for Davins’ fourth. Adrian Doheny pointed in reply after a goal attempt had been saved. Paul Kelly added two more CJK points and Sean Curran another in the 24th minute. Then came the sending- off. Alan Curran pointed when placed by Jack Shelly. Davins responded before half-time with thee Butler points with No. 4 Brendan even joining in. Half time Mullinahone 1-12 Carrick Davins 0-7

JJ Butler, Noel Butler (2) and Willie O’Dwyer continued the Davins revival with a single reply from Sean Curran in four minutes. At this stage Richie McGrath was driving on the Davins to great effect from the half back line. Michael Hackett made another very good stop in goal for Davins. Sean Curran pointed twice as Carrick brought on Mark Roche. Gerry Robinson’s goal raised Davin hopes but Jack Shelly and Sean Curran took the harm out of it with points in the 20th and 22nd minutes. Curran pointed again in 24 minutes. In 26 minutes Davins had the miss of the match and a goal chance went begging. Edwin O’Meara got on the score-sheet before Curran pointed a free in 27 minutes. Noel Butler replied for Carrick. In 30 minutes Curran pointed a long distance free but the last score went to the Davins when a pointed free left the final score Mullinahone CJK 1-21 Carrick Davins 1-13.

Both sides will take some comfort from the game though for both there will be as many negatives as positives. Tipp supporters will worry about the non appearance of Eoin Kelly and rejoice at the display of Sean Curran. They will also be glad that the county captain seemed okay after his “injury”. “Thank God” as one said “for face guards”. Davins will be pleased with their response to adversity when they were down to 14 players. The speed of some of the Davins seemed to trouble a lethargic Mullinahone. Had Davins goaled again during their rally we could have had a different result but they never solved the problem of Sean Curran. For them now it all goes down to the final league section game against the Swan.

Mullinahone will be stronger come semi-final time but too many of those on duty seemed prepared to sit back and let others do the hard grafting. This will not do in a knockout semi-final. However management now have a break to turn attitude around. For the Kickhams, Alan Walsh, AJ Cronin, Philip O’Shea and Jack Shelly showed up as well as their name players. Davins had good shows from Ml.Hackett, Stephen Cronin, Richie McGrath, Ml. Coady and Noel Butler.

Mullinahone C.J.K. - Alan Walsh, Gary Cronin, A J Cronin, Brian Treacy,James Connolly, Paul Curran, Philip O’Shea, Edwin O’Meara, Donal Cody, Kevin Walzer, Alan Curran, Sean Curran, Jack Shelly, Paul Kelly, Adrian Doheny

Carrick Davins - Ml.Hackett, Keith Condon, Stephen Cronin, Brendan Butler, Jim Walsh, Richie McGrath, Owen Power, Michael Coady, Willie O’Dwyer,Ml.Whelan, Stephen Moroney, Shane Butler, GerryRobinson, Noel Butler

Subs used Mark Roche, Mark O’Dwyer.

Ref - John McCormack (Knockavilla Kickhams)