Philip Mahony celebrates after scoring a last gasp goal against Ballyea in the Munster Club SHC in Walsh Park on Sunday. Photo: Inpho/Ken Sutton.
Munster Club SHC: Ballygunner v Ballyea: Philip Mahony
BY GER LAWTON
When you see 1-0 opposite the name of a P. Mahony in the Ballygunner scorers section of a match report, you’d be pretty safe to bet on it being Pauric Mahony. Although he did score 0-14 on Sunday last, the P. Mahony that raised Ballygunner’s vital second goal against Ballyea was centre-back Philip Mahony. And what a goal it was. Deep, deep into stoppage time at the end of 60 minutes, he batted a great cross from Conor Power to the net to secure extra-time with the last puck of the game.
“I’m not sure how good the performance was but it was definitely a great result. It wasn’t looking at times there but we managed to dig it out in the end and we’re delighted,” said Ballygunner hero Philip Mahony.
FIRST GREEN FLAG
The Gunners’ centre-back certainly isn’t renowned as goalscorer but was that his first green flag in a red and black shirt?
“100% it was. I normally don’t go near the goal but for some reason I decided the go up there and thankfully I got on the end of a ball across the goal. I told Peter (Hogan) to go back centre-back and he didn’t know what to make of me, I think he was laughing at me. I was hanging around in there and when Speedy (Conor Power) crossed it in from the left I actually connected with it perfectly and thankfully it went in.
After a sluggish enough first-half of normal time, Ballygunner came out a much improved side in the second period, what did the manager say to them at half-time.
“I think that’s going to happen when you come up against quality sides at this level, they’re going to have their purple patch and one thing we learned from the Midleton game last week was to just keep the head but we also knew that we did need to up it after half-time, to get performances out of ourselves individually and hopefully then the result would take care of itself. We obviously had to dig it out but thankfully we did and it’s great to have won.”
‘WON’T MEAN ANYTHING’
Did the fact that this was their second game in as many weeks tell for them or against them?
“I don’t think it was a negative thing anyway. The pitch was very heavy and I think it’s only natural when you play an extra half an hour than normal that you’ll have fellas cramping but I think we finished it out well. It was a great win but it won’t mean anything unless we go on now and win the final on Sunday week. We’ll take it easy now for a day or two and then we’ll be ready to go again and get ourselves ready for Na Piarsaigh in the Munster Final.