Brendan Murtagh and Niall Dowdall star as Clonkill show no mercy to St Mullins

Clonkill (Westmeath) 4-9 St Mullins (Carlow) 0-9: Brendan Murtagh and Niall Dowdall were the scoring heroes for new Westmeath hurling champions Clonkill, contributing a combined 4-3 as the midlanders were complete masters over St Mullins of Carlow in this Leinster Club SHC quarter-final at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
Brendan Murtagh and Niall Dowdall star as Clonkill show no mercy to St Mullins

St Mullins started brightly and led 0-3 to 0-1 with pointed frees from Marty Kavanagh (2) and James Doyle.

But the game changed completely once Clonkill were awarded a 12th minute penalty for a foul on Anthony Price by Kevin Kehoe.

Brendan Murtagh came upfield to hammer to the net.

The Clonkill centre-back went on to record his sides’s opening 2-1, scoring a second goal from a close-range free on 19 minutes.

Niall Dowdall struck for his team’s third goal on 27 minutes as the Lake County men stormed into a 3-4 to 0-7 interval lead.

When Dowdall again found the St Mullins net early in the second half it killed off any hopes of a revival for the home champions.

St Mullins never demonstrated the passion of their shock win over Mount Leinster Rangers in the Carlow fina.

The Lake County champions demonstrated a far greater level of skill and hunger as they coasted into a home provincial semi-final with Wexford’s Oulart-The Ballagh.

Scorers for Clonkill:

B Murtagh 2-2, N Dowdall 2-1, A Price 0-2, 0-1f, A Dowdall 0-2, P Dowdall, C Thompson 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Mullins:

M Kavanagh 0-6, 0-5f, J Doyle 0-3, 0-1f.

CLONKILL:

G Healy; S Power, C Scally, J Fagan; L Folan, B Murtagh, A McGrath; P Dowdall, E Price; M Heffernan, A Price, P Walsh; A Dowdall, N Dowdall, A Price.

Subs:

D Egerton for Walsh (h/t); C Thompson (0-1) for P Dowdall (44); N Mitchell for N Dowdall (49); N Folan for Heffernan (56); M Keegan for E Price (56).

ST MULLINS:

K Kehoe; P Doyle, J Doran, G Bennett; D Whelan, P Kehoe, G Coady; J Kavanagh, M Walsh; P Fortune, J Doyle, M Kavanagh; J Walsh, J Murphy, P Kehoe.

Subs:

P Connor for Fortune (37); J Murphy for P Kehoe (55); A Doyle for Whelan (58).

Referee:

G McGrath (Dublin).

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