Michael McHugh’s accurate free-taking the highlight of comfortable Kilsheelan win

County Senior Football 
Championship

County Senior Football 
Championship

Kilsheelan-Kilcash 1-14 Mullinahone C J Kickhams 0-5

In this Group 3 clash of the Tipperary Senior Football Championship played in Fethard on Friday evening Kilsheelan proved far too strong for Mullinahone in a clash of two teams who have been County Intermediate champions during the last decade.

On the evidence of Friday night it was the blue and gold combination who seem to have made the better progress. Before the game Kilsheelan were out on the pitch early and warming up in an organised manner. In contrast the Mullinahone lads seemed to have difficulty in fielding a side if one were to go by the published team sheets.

In the first few minutes both teams made errors, especially with their passing. The third minute saw Mullinahone’s Sean Curran yellow carded. It looked then as if we were in for a very poor night of football. We hoped that things might improve and happily they did. After seven minutes Adrian Walsh opened the scoring with a point. The fact that the scoreboard wasn’t in much action didn’t help the very small attendance.

Walsh was again in action after nine minutes when his long-range effort from the sideline dropped into the top of the Mullinahone goal. Gary Cronin opened Mullinahone’s account from a free after 12 minutes. In the 18th minute Kilsheelan midfielder Eoghan Ryan was in trouble with injury and he was forced to retire. Seven minutes later their centre back Adrian Maguire joined him on the sideline, with Paul Maher and Kevin Larkin replacing the two casualties.

Mullinahone’s Danny Morrissey had earlier pointed but substitute Paul Maher and Adrian Walsh contributed two to Kilsheenan’s three points. Mullinahone’s Sean Curran was unlucky to hit an upright but at the other end Alan Walsh saved well. Michael McHugh (2) and Ian Coughlan added points for the Kilsheelan-Kilcash combination in the run-up to half time, by which stage Kilsheelan/Kilcash led by 1-6 to 0-2.

The second half began with no change as Michael McHugh pointed a free for Kilsheelan. During the evening McHugh’s free-taking was excellent. In the third minute the injured Sean Curran had to be assisted off, with David Walzer replacing him. Adrian Walsh and Pakie Larkin pointed for Kilsheelan and Niall Cronin replied from a free as the game began to peter out.

Ian Coughlan of Kilsherelan-Kilcash saw yellow before Conor Murphy pointed for Kilsheelan. Bill Maher went through on a solo run with goal on his mind but his effort was stopped and a 45 resulted, which McHugh pointed. Another long-distance effort from the same player after 18 minutes was fielded by Walsh in the Mullinahone goal.

With 10 minutes remaining Kilsheelan led by 1-12 to 0-3. However in fairness to Mullinahone they kept battling away. Two points from frees by Danny Morrissey brought Mullinahone’s total to 5, but Kilsheelan had the last say with points from sub Eddie Sweeney and Michael McHugh.

The last few minutes saw Mullinahone’s best move of the game in which the ball was brought swiftly from one end of the field to the other, but the move ended with Danny Morrissey shooting wide.

It was a night for handing out few plaudits but for Kilsheelan Adrian Walsh did well in the first half, Paul Maher was busy when he came in and Michael McHugh kicked well.

Alan Walsh did well for Mullinahone after a bad start, the ageless Kyran Vaughan had a good second half and Kevin Walzer and Danny Morrissey also showed up well. Both sides will no doubt improve for the other games ahead.

Kilsheelan/Kilcash: John Smyth, David Corcoran, Willie Ryan, Shane Prendergast, Ross Larkin, Adrian Maguire, Tommy Ryan, Bill Maher, Eoghan Ryan, Patrick Larkin, Jimmy Ryan, Ian Coughlan, Michael McHugh, Adrian Walsh and Conor Davin-Murphy.

Mullinahone: Alan Walsh, Niall Mullally, Kyran Vaughan, Keith Mullally, Kevin Walzer, Edwin O’Meara, James Connolly, Eddie Phelan, Sean Curran, Donal Cody, Alan Curran, Gary Cronin, Sean Walzer, Niall Cronin, Danny Morrissey.

Referee: Michael O’Donnell 
(Clerihan).