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Mullen on fire as Mountmellick Gaels see off The Rock in style

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Mountmellick Gaels 3-18 The Rock 0-4
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There’s a huge rivalry between The Rock and Mountmellick footballers but today’s Laois IFC quarter-final in Portarlington will go down as one of their more one-sided clashes as Mountmellick ran out remarkably comfortable 23-point winners.

Niall Mullen was Mountmellick’s star man, finishing with 2-11 to his name, 2-5 of it from play, as well as setting up their third goal.

Alan George’s side were beaten by Courtwood in Round 1 but have bounced back with two big wins since and can now look forward to a semi-final meeting with their other neighbours, Rosenallis, in three weeks time.

The Rock played with the wind in the first half and while the long-serving Tom McDonald – part of an all-McDonald full-forward line – put them into the lead early on with a nice point, Mountmellick soon took over. By half time they were 0-9 to 0-1 in the lead, Mullen accounting for seven of those points, five from frees. While none of them were from overly far out, it was still an impressive showing from the Mountmellick full-forward as he kicked well into a tricky wind.

Jason Caffrey and Karl Donoher accounted for Mountmellick’s other two points – and those same two players added a point each within minutes of the restart.

Mountmellick then got the game’s first goal in the 33rd minute, Mullen finishing well after a good pass from Donoher. James Mullaney – one of four Castletown players in the starting Mountmellick side – then pointed from play before The Rock eventually ended their long wait for a score when Shane O’Connell pointed a free. Aaron Dowling pointed another shortly after but there was no stopping Mountmellick.

Mullen got two in a row from play, then Colm Coss got one, before Mullen set up sub Shane Dowling who palmed home from close range with ten minutes still to play.

O’Connell got another free for The Rock but Mark Grennan responded for Mountmellick and Mullen had time to add another 1-2, the goal an absolute screamer with time almost up.

Mountmellick now take on Rosenallis in the semi-final while the other semi-final will see Courtwood take on Portlaoise.

SCORERS – Mountmellick Gaels: Niall Mullen 2-11 (0-6 frees), Shane Dowling 1-0, Jason Caffrey and Karl Donoher 0-2 each, Colm Coss, James Mullaney and Mark Grennan 0-1 each The Rock: Shane O’Connell 0-2 (both frees), Aaron Dowling (free) and Tom McDonald 0-1 each

MOUNTMELLICK GAELS: Eoghan Keogh; Eddie Melia, Ger Reddin, Darren Fitzpatrick; Mark Dowling, Gearoid Hanrahan, Brendan Reddin; Colm Coss, Eoin George; Karl Donoher, James Mullaney, Ryan Mullaney; Jason Caffrey, Niall Mullen, Mark Grennan. Subs: Stephen Lynch for G Reddin (injured – 17), Shane Dowling for J Mullaney (42), Laurence Kenny for B Reddin (46), John Connolly for R Mullaney (50), Darragh Hanlon for Coss (51), Bernard Rochford for M Dowling (52)

THE ROCK: Cormac Joyce; Robert Byrne, Brendan Murphy, Ciaran Conroy; Anavil Storey, Conor Flynn, Kieran Carroll; Philip Peake, Brian Conlon; Aaron Dowling, Shane O’Connell, Stephen Conlon; Stephen McDonald, James McDonald, Tom McDonald. Subs: Paul Allen for S Conlon (33), Fionn Kirwan for B Conlon (33), Wes Bergin for Carroll (injured – 46)

REFEREE: Clifford Ward (Portarlington)

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.