Quigley Goals Beat Young Irelands in Sheelan Cup

14 Jun 2011

The Joes played the penultimate round of the Sheelan Cup competition in a blustery Pairc Eire Og this evening. Last Years Intermediate Champions played with the benefit of the wind that was blowing into the college end in the first half.


The game started slowly with a poor opening five minutes from both sides, before John Boland and David Lally hit two quick fire points for the home side. Johnny Lynch hit a fine point from distance in the tenth minute to further extend their lead, before Derek Mulligan got the Joes off the mark with a free that he won himself in the left corner. It was Mulligan again who scored next a minute later, this time from play and from the other corner. David Lally was on the mark for the Dundalk side when he blazed his shot over the bar from close quarters, before Eamonn Neary was called on to make a good save after a well worked Young Irelands move. But the Joes hit the lead for the first time in the 23rd minute, Peter Brennan contested a high ball to start the move, the ball was played to the full forward line, where John Murtaghs shot on goal was saved, only for Alan Quigley to be on hand to make no mistake with the rebound. The home side responded with another good point from Johnny Lynch, this one from out near the left sideline. But this was only a brief reprieve as Quigley soon hit his second goal. Tomas Smyth found Quigley with a ball inside, Quigley showed some nice skill before dispatching to the net. The sides could have been level on the half hour mark, only for a timely John Murtagh goal line clearance. Lynch did hit another point from a free in injury to reduce the Joes lead to two at the break.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 2-2, Dundalk Young Irelands 0-6


The Joes were quick to get going in the second half, with Quigley again showing a nice touch before pointing in the opening minute. A Young Irelands goal for their danger man Lynch in the fifth minute leveled up the game again though. The Joes had a near immediate response to this at the far end, when a Derek Mulligan shot at goal was saved, Conall Smyth got onto the loose ball and was dragged down for a close in free which was dispatched by Quigley. The third Joes goal would come three minutes later though, when Tomas Smyth again played in Quigley for a chance, this time he tried to take the ball around the outrushing keeper soccer style before being hauled down for a penalty. The hatrick seeking Quigley stepped up to take the kick himself and clinical finished it to the net. Again it was Johnny Lynch who responded for the home side with another fine point, his fourth of the evening. Corner back Graham Carr added another before the three quarter mark and when Mark Savage was on the end of a wildly bobbling ball in the heart of the Joes defence to poke home a second Young Irelands goal they were back in the lead with ten minutes to play.


This would prove to be their last score of the game though, as the Joes pushed on in the final ten to score an unanswered 1-5 and win comfortably in the end. Conal O Hanlon would score the leveler with his first touch of the ball after being introduced from the bench. When Alan Quigley played a nice ball to Derek Mulligan in the 25th minute he hit the lead point. Mulligan returned the favour a few minutes later when he turned provider for Quigley. The home team could have been back in front with only two minutes to go when John Murtagh was on hand to make a second goal line clearance and Derek Mulligan hit a point on the stroke of full time to put a goal between the sides. The scoring was not finished here though and any doubts about the result were laid to rest a minute later with Mulligan played a good ball into Quigley, who this time took the ball on the half volley to score his fourth goal of the match. Conal O Hanlon rounded off the scoring with a free in the 33rd minute to cap a good win for the Joes
Full Time Score: St Josephs 4-9, Dundalk Young Irelands 2-8


In a very open game, where both sides created a number of goal chances, it was the Joes taking better advantage of theirs that was the only real difference between the sides on the night. John Murtagh, Tomas Smyth and Derek Mulligan all showed well for the Joes, but it was young Quigers who stole the show this evening. The result puts the Joes in third place in the group of eight, with only the already qualified senior finalists of the last two years ahead of them. The Joes last round match is away to Roche Emmets later this week.


Joes Team: Eamonn Neary, Conor Lynch, Kevin Woods, Anthony Keenan, Niall Henry, Alan Lynch, Bernard Mulligan, Peter Mulligan, John Murtagh, Conall Smyth, Peter Brennan, Daire Mc Kiernan, Tomas Smyth, Derek Mulligan (0-4), Alan Quigley (4-3).
Substitutions: John Mc Guinness for Daire Mc Kiernan, Conal O Hanlon (0-2) for Conall Smyth, Gary Kinahan for Peter Brennan.


Young Irelands Scorers: John Lynch 1-4, Mark Savage (1-0), David Lally (0-2), John Boland & Graham Carr (0-1) each.


Referee: Seamus Thornton

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