First Ever Floodlit Match in Cluskey Park

25 Mar 2010

It was the first junior match of the year, the rescheduled league fixture with the Brides. But it was also the historic occasion of first ever competitive game to be held under the all new floodlights at Cluskey Park. An historic event in the clubs history and the culmination of a huge effort from those involved in putting up the lights for which we should all be thankful for.


The honour of getting the first score under the new lights went to Cian Smyth with an early Joes point. The Brides then struck two frees from Conal Devin to bring them into the lead, this would prove to be the only scores from frees in the entire game. With 12 minutes gone in the game Stephen Melia set up Liam Mernagh for the levelling score. Soon after Jonny Mc Gailey played a super diagonal ball into Cian Smyth to set him for a goal chance, which ended up going narrowly wide. He soon atoned for this when he rose to fist a high ball over the bar shortly afterwards. However, from the kickout, the Brides would come straight down the field and level things up again with a point from midfielder, Niall Mackin.


The next two points would go the Joes way. The first a skyscraper from Pete Mulligan. This was followed up by another Cian Smyth point, this time having been set up by Liam Mernagh. Conal Devin pulled one back for the Brides at this stage, before there was something of a lull in play. A bit of a spark was put back into the game in the 28th minute, when great work from Cian Smyth and an interchange with Gary Kinahan lead to him scoring the Joes sixth point. But with only two minutes of normal time left in the half the Brides did tag on two points, to leave it level at half time.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 0-6, St Brides 0-6


It was the Brides who started the second half much the livelier, with points from AJ Kelly, Gavin Kane and Stephen Hillard  putting them into a three point lead, before Liam Mernagh again set up Cian Smith, for another point with eight minutes played in the half. Michael Mc Kenna restored the Brides three point advantage before Ben Mulligan pegged it back again, with a fine point from the right corner. Again, the Brides pushed the lead out to three with another Gavin Kane point. A late rally from the Joes brought points from second half substitute Lorcan Doyle and Liam Mernagh, bringing the deficit back to the minimum with time almost up. However, it was the Brides who got the last score of the game, with the insurance point coming from full forward Michael Mc Kenna.
Full Time Score: St Josephs 0-10, St Brides 0-12


It was disappointing that the Joes first home game under lights did not lead to a victory. However, this was a keenly contested match and there were positive signs in a good first half performance. Cian Smyth had a strong performance up front and was ably assisted by Liam Mernagh, whereas the ageless Stephen Melia was the Joes strongest performer in the middle diamond. The next game in this competition is at home to the Gaels. We will also have pictures from the night to follow, so keep and eye on the gallery section of the site.


Joes Team: Eamonn Neary, Philip Kinahan, Malcolm Carolan, Mark Dromgoole, Gerry Hoey, Bernard Mulligan (0-1), David Mernagh, Stephen Melia, Peter Mulligan (0-1), Cian Smyth (0-5), Conor Lynch, Liam Mernagh (0-2), Jonathan Mc Gailey, Stephen Quigley, Gary Kinahan.
Subs Used: Lorcan Doyle (0-1) for Stephen Quigley, Niall Henry for Jonathan Mc Gailey


Brides Scorers: Conal Devin (0-3), Stephen Hillard, Gavin Kane, Michael Mc Kenna (0-2 each), Niall Mackin, AJ Kelly, Stephen Hoey (0-1 each)


Referee: David Loughran (St Patricks)


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