Shillelagh/Coolboy in fantastic form
Fitzgerald Kitchens JAFC Group 1 Round 2: Sh’lagh/C’boy 3-17 Hollywood 0-6
The 2018 Junior 'B' football champions Hollywood came up against the Shilelagh/Coolboy combination in their second encounter in this year's Fitzgerald Kitchens Junior 'A' competition, which was played at well-appointed Kiltegan on Thursday night last.
The men from the west were coming up against a side which is going through a great vein of form at the moment and, having lost a sizable number of their side promoted up to their first team squad, Hollywood struggled to compete with the side from Coollattin country.
This was also the second encounter for Shillelagh/Coolboy and they went on to another comfortable win.
A sizeable crowd was in attendance at the game and the Kiltegan GAA Club should be complimented for their organisation of the event.
The Coollattin side hit the ground running straight from the throw-in and had their opponents pinned back in their own half practically for the first quarter of an hour.
This quarter could accurately be dubbed 'The PJ Mulhall Quarter' as the wing forward was responsible for all six points scored by Shilelagh/Coolboy in this period from frees and play.
Aaron Kinsella was pushing forward all the time and was fouled on a number of occasions.
PJ Mulhall kept converting the frees and added a couple from play as Hollywood found it difficult to pass the midfield combination of Dan Nolan and Ray Murphy.
The half-back combination of Conal Byrne, Ross Tyrell and Kevin Cullen battled hard but the tide against them was very strong.
Niall Clarke got their first point after 20 minutes and was also responsible for their second just before half-time.
Johnny Willoughby went on to do a PJ Mulhall act for the second quarter adding two goals and a point in a tormenting display for the Hollywood defence.
In fact, Willoughby and Dan Nolan scored two goals and a point in the two-minute period before half-time to effectively finish any prospect of a Hollywood recovery in the second half. Shilelagh led by 3-11 to 0-2 at the break.
Hollywood did improve in the early stages of the second half and James Mooney had three points on the board by the 10th minute.
The Western side were now playing downhill and dominated that 10-minute period.
Ciaran Maguire, Darren Healy, John and James Mooney were getting on a lot of ball and the contest was more evenly balanced.
However, when substitute Stephen Carter pointed for the Coollattin side they were re-energised and slowly took over again for the remainder of the game.
Further points came from other substitutes Wayne Kinsella and Brendan Behan, while centre forward Cathal Murphy scored two and Aaron Kinsella fisted over the point his overall display deserved.
James Mooney added a final Hollywood point to bring the final score to Shilelagh/Coolboy 3-17 to 0-6.
The Coollattin men are moving well at the moment but they will face more stern tests ahead.
Hollywood should be complimented for the manner in which they kept competing despite the odds lined up against them.
Scorers - Shilelagh/Coolboy: PJ Mulhall 0-7, Jonathon Willoughby 2-1, Dan Nolan 1-0, Cathal Murphy 0-3, Aaron Kinsella 0-1, Gary Murphy 0-3, Ray Murphy 0-1, Stephen Carter 0-1, Wayne Kinsella 0-1, Brendan Behan 0-1. Hollywood: James Mooney 0-4, Niall Clarke 0-2.
Shillelagh/Coolboy: Laurie Cullen; James Gregan, Seamie Carroll, Daire Foley; Aaron Kinsella, Pat Hennessy, Jonathan Smyth; Dan Nolan, Ray Murphy; PJ Mulhall, Cathal Murphy, PJ O'Keeffe; Dan Behan, Gary Murphy, Jonathon Willoughby. Subs: Mick Gregan, Stephen Carter, Enda Foley, Wayne Kinsella, Brendan Behan.
Hollywood: Liam Callanan; Evan Burke, Donnacha Halpin, Paul Kelly; Conall Byrne, Ross Tyrrell, Kevin Cullen; Ciaran Maguire, Nathan O'Sullivan; Niall Clarke, Darren Healy, Eoin Clarke; John Mooney, James Mooney, Ben O'Keeffe. Sub: Thomas Kelly.
Referee: Darragh Byrne (Ballymanus)