Mullane on vintage form for De Le Salle as Passage are dismantled
Boosted by a virtuoso performance from John Mullane, De La Salle booked a place in the final after a comprehensive victory over outsiders Passage at Walsh Park yesterday.
Despite going ahead when Eoin Kelly goaled in the third minute, Passage simply had no answer to the power, pace and movement of their opponents.
De La Salle's first goal came in the middle of a frantic opening period, when a beautiful handpass from 17-year-old Jake Dillon sent Mullane through on goal and he made no mistake with an emphatic finish into the back of the net.
De La Salle flexed their muscles again in the 15th minute when a smart exchange of passes between David Greene and John Mullane allowed John Keane to goal from close range. This gave De La Salle a half-time lead of 2-8 to 1-1.
As good as De La Salle were in the first half, they were even better in the second. Some of their point-scoring was top drawer, particularly those from Dean Twomey, Mullane and Lee Hayes.
However, Passage did get a late consolation goal when Kelly set up substitute Joe McCleane, who lashed the ball home from the edge of the square.
SCORERS -- De La Salle: J Mullane 1-5 (0-3f), J Keane 1-1, D Twomey, J Dillon, P Nevin 0-3 each, C Watt, L Hayes 0-2 each, B Phelan (0-1f), E Madigan 0-1 each. Passage: E Kelly 1-3 (0-2f), J McCleane 1-0, T Connors, O Connors 0-1 each.
De La Salle -- S Brenner; D Russell, I Flynn, M Doherty; B Phelan, K Moran, S Daniels; C Watt, D Twomey; P Nevin, D Greene, E Barrett; J Dillon, J Mullane, J Keane. Subs: O Keevers for C Watt, L Hayes for D Greene, P Kennedy for S Daniels, E Madigan for O Keevers, K Byrne for B Phelan
Passage -- E Lynch; J Flood, N Connors, M Doherty; J Upton, B Carey, M Wyse; N Quinlan, K Fitzgerald; O Connors, T Connors, C Carey, A Connors, E Kelly, P Walsh. Subs: B Fitzgerald for A Connors, J McCleane for C Carey, L Carey for J Flood, R Quann for T Connors .