Mullinahone’s senior hurling season came to a disappointing conclusion at Boherlahan on Friday evening were they slumped to a twelve points defeat (0-9 to 1-18) at the hands of Eire Og Nenagh in the second round of the Clean Ireland Recycling county senior hurling championship.
Mullinahone gave a good account of themselves in the first half and trailed by only three points at the break (0-7 to (0-10).
But it was apparent after twenty minutes that the Nenagh side, pre-match favourites, held most of the aces, particularly in attack where Eoin Kelly got all the Mullinahone scores as his attacking colleagues failed to make any impression.
It was all one-way traffic in the second half and twenty two minutes elapsed before Mullinahone registered their first score of the period, a pointed free by Eoin Kelly.
By then, Nenagh were out of sight.
They had opened an eight points gap (0-15 to 0-7) at the start of the last quarter and when Tommy Heffernan grabbed the only goal of the game for them in the 49th minute, it was game over for Mullinahone.
It has been a disappointing campaign for Mullinahone.
An injury to Paul Kelly which ruled him out, was a big blow, but all round they can have no complaint about this result.
They simply were not in the same class as Nenagh despite the great efforts of Eoin Kelly, Paul Curran, A J Cronin, Niall Cronin, Eoin Fennelly and goalie Alan Walsh.
This was an impressive showing by Nenagh following their defeat of champions, Sarsfields in the earlier round.
The Heffernans, particularly Michael and Tommy, Hugh Moloney, Sean Geaney, John Brennan and Donncha Quinn were their key players.
In the O Riain Cup, Carrick Davins had a slender 0-15 to 0-14 win over Cashel. Davins looked to be in trouble when trailing by four points but they put in a strong finish. Davins join Sarsfields, Lorrha and Borrisokane in the semi-finals. In the relegation semi-finals are Cashel, Moneygall, Golden-Kilfeacle and Boherlahan-Dualla, with one team to face the drop.