Good League Win comes at a Cost!

16 Aug 2013

With both teams having qualified for the the quarter final stages of the intermediate championsionship on the previous weekend, the Joes and the Brides met in Cluskey Park on Friday evening for the resumption of the league, after a six week break. The game was played in dry and still conditions with the Joes playing into the railway end in the first half. This would turn out to be a good solid win for the Joes, which was built from the back.


With ten minutes played the game was level at two points a piece, two Aaron Hoey frees coming either side of an Alan Mc Kenna free and a Conall Smyth point from play. A Conal O Hanlon free put the Joes back in front before Hoey fisted over his and the Brides third point of the game to level matters. He had been worked through for a goal chance, but good defending from Philip Kinahan denied him this and he had to settle for the point. The Joes responded with the best move of the game so far being well finished by O Hanlon. They then stretched their lead to two with patient build up before Alan Mc Kenna knocked over the point. The Brides appeared rattled both on and off the field at this stage and double substitution which saw Paddy Reilly switching from centre half forward to centre half back seemed to only further unsettle them. With 22 minutes played Kevin Hearty became the second Brides player to get on the score sheet with a good individual point, but this would also be their last score of the half. Good tackling from the Joes forced an over carry free in front of Brides goal, which O Hanlon converted. The Joes moved three points clear when Conall Smyth played a quick ball into Robert Sansom, who pointed. The final score of the half came deep into injury time, O Hanlon fielded and drove forward, Sansom linked the play to Conall Smyth, before he was dragged down just outside the penalty area. O Hanlons free was the last kick of the period and sent the Joes in with a double scores lead.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 0-8, St Brides 0-4


The Brides came out with all guns blazing at the start of the second half and a well worked move saw David Dunne set up Ross Kehoe for the opener within seconds of the restart. They had two further scoring opportunities in quick succession, both of which went wide and when Smyth finished off the Joes first attacking move of the half the impetues was not long in swinging back to the Joes. Another good move put Mc Kenna through, he decided to shoot for goal but pulled his shot wide. However, he did not have to wait long for his redemption, as he received the ball from the resultant kick out and made no mistake this time, drilling the ball to the net. A Paddy Reilly free tagged one back for the Brides, but strong Joes play resulted in Sansom fisting over. This was followed by another Mc Kenna free and a deserved point for the hard working David Mernagh to leave nine points between the sides with only five minutes left to play.


A close in Reilly free and a point from play for substitute Kevin Kerr reduced the Brides deficit as the game entered injury time. However, there were still plenty more scores to come with six minutes of additional time played. Mc Kenna struck a free from out on the right wing. From the kickout Sansom won possession and Derek Mulligan linked to Daire Smyth, who hit the Joes second goal. But there was a goal response at the other end, when Hoey was dragged down, he took the free quickly and hit to the bottom corner of the net to round off the scoring. The win came at a cost to the Joes though, as minutes from the end an accidental clash caused Conor Murtagh to get a fractured skull and eye socket, for which he was later removed to St James hospital and awaits major surgery. We all wish him well for a full recovery.
Full Time Score: St Josephs 2-13, St Brides 1-8


St Josephs: Eamonn Neary, Philip Kinahan, Ben Mulligan, Chris Brennan, Conal O Hanlon 0-4, Sean Mc Quillan, David Mernagh 0-1, Peter Mulligan, Conor Murtagh, Alan Mc Kenna 1-4, Conall Smyth 0-2, John Mc Guinness, Alan Quigley, Robert Sansom 0-2, Derek Mulligan.
Substitutions: Darragh Smith for Chris Brennan, Daire Smyth 1-0 for Alan Quigley, Shane Mc Quillan for John Mc Guinness, Peter Brennan for Conor Murtagh.


St Brides: Alan Meegan, Andrew Smyth, Mark Hoey, Paul Prendergast, Greg Kehoe, Cillian Kirk, Niall Mackin, David Dunne, Shane Kerrigan, Ross Kehoe 0-1, Patrick Reilly 0-2, Ray Kelly, Kevin Hearty 0-1, Aaron Hoey 1-3, Conall Devin.
Substitute: Kevin Kerr 0-1


Referee: Declan Dunne

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