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Kavanagh stars as super Saints see off Raharney

Leinster club SHC quarter-final: St Mullins 2-14 Raharney 1-11

Published 07/11/2016 | 02:30

St Mullins' Marty Kavanagh celebrates after scoring a late goal. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
St Mullins' Marty Kavanagh celebrates after scoring a late goal. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

A wonderful individual display by Marty Kavanagh helped St Mullins defeat Raharney in this entertaining clash at Mullingar.

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Mullins were five points down after 18 minutes but showed great determination from then on to seal a fine victory. There was very little between the sides in a lively first half, Kavanagh and Killian Doyle on song at either end from placed balls.

The first goal was Raharney's in the 18th minute. Robbie Greville picked up a great pass from Darren Giles and bore down on goal before firing a low shot past Kevin Kehoe. But St Mullins battled back to level it at the break (0-10 to 1-7).

Raharney were a point to the good (1-9 to 0-10) 10 minutes into the second half when fine play by Kavanagh and John Walsh teed up James Doyle for a well-taken goal for the visitors. The home team lost Ciaran Doyle to a second yellow card in the 47th minute but still created chances.

St Mullins led by two points (1-13 to 1-11) with seconds left when Kavanagh caught the ball from a James Doyle delivery and he gave Andrew Doyle no chance for the clinching goal. Raharney were then down to 13 men when Robbie Greville was dismissed for a second yellow in added time before James Doyle sealed the win with a fine point.

Scorers - St Mullins: M Kavanagh 1-10 (7fs), J Doyle 1-2, John (Minor) Murphy, S Murphy 0-1 each.

Raharney: K Doyle 0-5 (4f), R Greville 1-0, C Boyle 0-2, J Boyle, J Goonery, J Shaw, C Doyle 0-1 each.

St Mullins - K Kehoe; P Doyle, J Doran, G Bennett; D Whelan, P Kehoe, G Coady; J Kavanagh, M Walsh; M Kavanagh, J Walsh, John Murphy; John (Minor) Murphy, S Murphy, J Doyle. Sub: P Connors for John (Minor) Murphy (54).

Raharney - A Doyle; S Quinn, C Jordan, D Giles; G Greville, P Greville, A Sheils; N Flanagan, C Boyle; R Greville, K Doyle, J Boyle; J Goonery, J Shaw, C Doyle.

Ref - S Cleere (Kilkenny)

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