Billed as the game of the weekend, last Sunday’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship clash between St. Mary’s Kiltoghert and Mohill was anything but as the Carrick men were well worth their ten point win as they completely out-played a disappointing Mohill.
Apart from one brief Mohill burst midway through the first half, St. Mary’s were never really threatened in this encounter as the gulf between the two teams was enormous, the movement and pace of the Carrick men repeatedly tearing holes in an over-worked and out-classed Mohill defence.
The startling pace and movement of Nicholas McWeeney, Ray Mulvey and Micheal McWeeney was crucial to St. Mary’s success with the McWeeney cousins really catching the eye with superlative displays while Mulvey demonstrated the skills that once marked him out as a future county star.
With Daniel Lowe lording it at midfield and Clement Cunniffe bossing a dominant defence, St. Mary’s were never truly troubled as their only concern was the manner in which they took their foot off the pedal in the second half, allowing Mohill cut a 11 point lead back to seven with five minutes to go.
For Mohill, the loss is devastating and heralds yet another false dawn for an extremely talented group of players. Second best in most areas, they were unable to counter a St. Mary’s team that copied so much of what Mohill themselves used to be about.
Perhaps their fifth game in a row caught up with them, it is a massive flaw in the championship system but Mohill were so genuinely out-fought and out-classed, it is hard to see where they could have truly caused an upset.
There is huge potential in the young Mohill players but without the leadership of veterans like Daniel Beck, Colm Beirne, Michael McGuinness, Ciaran Kennedy, & Shane Canning, Mohill will struggle in the years ahead.
Two points in the space of a minute from Micheal McWeeney and Dermot Reynolds got St. Mary’s off to a great start with Colm Beirne scoring a nice point in reply. Two more from Nicholas McWeeney and Ray Mulvey (free) edged the Carrick men three clear by the tenth minute.
Mohill fought back with a great Alan McLoughlin score followed by two in the space of a minute by Ronan Kennedy (free) and Beirne but that was as good as it got for Mohill as St. Mary’s reeled off six unanswered points before halftime with Joe O’Rourke pointing with a goal on the cards.
Mulvey, Micheal McWeeney, Joe O’Rourke and two from Brian O’Donnell put St. Mary’s into a commanding 0-10 to 0-4 halftime lead. And the Carrick men quickly killed off the game with two wonderful Mulvey points after the break before the former County man’s run set up Micheal McWeeney for a palmed goal.
All intensity went out of the game with St. Mary’s kicking wides and Mohill came into the game with two Ronan Kennedy frees and a Padraig Tighe point that should have been a goal as he blazed over on 17 minutes.
Ray Mulvey and Ronan Kennedy swapped two apiece, Kennedy’s both from frees while Mulvey’s second even drew applause from Mohill supporters. Mary’s went on to add further points from Robbie Lowe & Comerton as the Carrick men easily sniffed out any threat of a Mohill goal.
St. Mary’s Kiltoghert
Anthony Conway, Jonathan Cassidy, James Flynn, Vincent McDermott, Nicholas McWeeney (0-1), Clement Cunniffe, Dermot Reynolds (0-1), Daniel Lowe, Robert Lowe (0-1), Ray Mulvey (0-6), James Glancy, Micheal McWeeney (1-2), Joe O’Rourke (0-2), Brian O’Donnell (0-2), Niall Comerton (0-1). Subs: Conor Farrell for O’Donnell (52 mins), Jack De Lacy for Mulvey (57 mins), Colin McWeeney for D. Lowe (60 mins).
Alan Armstrong, Eanna Madden, Michael McGuinness, Daniel Beck, John Mulligan, Ciaran Kennedy, Paul Bannon, Shane Quinn, Paul Earley, Ronan Kennedy (0-5), Colm Beirne (0-2), Barry Lupton, Alan McLoughlin (0-1), Gavin Kelly, Shane Canning. Subs: John McGuinness for Lupton (34 mins), Padraig Tighe (0-1) for Kelly (45 mins), Kevin Kilrane for Bannon (47 mins), Dermot Scollan for Beirne (57 mins).
Referee: Frank Flynn.