The conditions were far from ideal and neither was Mullinavat’s performance but Lisdowney will not reflect on those components to Saturday night’s encounter in Pairc Sheamuis Stiophan as they secured a deserved opening round victory in the St Canice’s Credit Union Senior Hurling League.
Goals either side of half-time from Brian Kavanagh and Cathal Jordan were the icing on the cake for Leonard Stanley’s side in a game that was only ever going to finish with a Lisdowney win following a fast start from last year’s relegation semi-finalists.
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Eoin Kenny and Kevin Sweeney opened the scoring for the men in blue and white while several fine frees from the ever reliable Aidan Tallis gave Lisdowney a 1-10 to 0-04 lead at the interval.
One of the few who performed to their optimum level for Mullinavat was Adam Mansfield and he made no mistake with a great effort prior to half-time but manager Adrian Burke would have been surprised with his team’s poor showing.
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Willie Coogan and John Walsh tried to claw their flat side back into the game but their efforts were in vein when Jordan found the back of the net to end the game as a contest with ten minutes remaining, Lisdowney 2-12 to 0-08 Mullinavat.
Both teams exchanged scores as the game fizzled out with the supporters who faced the elements becoming less and less engaged with an affair that never truly ignited.
Next up for Lisdowney is a clash with Erin’s Own on Friday evening while Mullinavat will go in search of their maiden victory against county champions Ballyhale Shamrocks on Saturday.