U16s Sign Off on Season with Silverware

11 Oct 2013

The Joes U16s ended their season on a high when winning the Division 3B Championship Final in Darver on Friday night, 11th October.  St. Josephs had to play without the help of their influential midfielder, Adam O Connor who was ruled out through injury.


In an entertaining game, St. Josephs started well and some fine point taking by Stephen Carron in the early stages helped St. Josephs dominate the opening fifteen minutes.  Unfortunately, Aaron Byrne and Emmet McDonnell had to be replaced due to injury with Lorcan McGeeney and Oisin McGuinness both being thrown in at the deep end and despite their young age, both players proved up to the task.  A well taken goal by Stephen Carron just before half time helped the Joes go in at half time leading 1-06 to 0-6.


In the second half, disaster struck for the Joes when full forward Stephen Carron was sent off for a second yellow.  St. Josephs came under huge pressure but the troops rallied and some fine saves by goalkeeper, Jordan Macken showed why he is one of the best underage goalkeepers in the County.  In defence, Aaron Carolan, Niall Campbell, Dillon Todd, Tom McKenna and Christopher Williams were strong and courageous.  Up front, Liam Keenan played a captains role and scored valuable points with Kieran Mulligan scoring a point and winning valuable frees.  Caoilim O Rahallaigh and Ryan Lynch also contributed greatly.  Killian Staunton in the middle worked tirelessly and scored a crucial point and he was assisted with a man of the match performance by Danny O Brien who scored three points and won vital possession at crucial stages of the game.


With five minutes to go, St. Josephs led by a goal and extra time seemed to be looming when Sean O Mahonys scored a last minute goal.  However, from the kick out, the Joes won possession and from a conceded free, Liam Keenan put over the winning point.


This was a courageous display by a depleted Joes team and a truly great team effort that got a result which was well deserved.  The Sean O Mahonys were magnanimous in defeat and they applauded the Joes on receiving their trophy.  It was a final played in good spirit by both teams and a credit to all players and mentors involved.

Full Time Score: St. Josephs 1-13, Sean O Mahonys 1-12


St Josephs:  Jordan Macken, Aaron Byrne, Niall Campbell, Dillon Todd, Emmet McDonnell, Christopher Williams, Tom McKenna, Danny O’Brien (0-2), Killian Staunton (0-1), Caoilim O’Rahallaigh, Liam Keenan (0-5), Kieran Mulligan (0-1), Aaron Carolan (0-1), Stephen Carron (1-3), Ryan Lynch, Oisin McGuinness for Emmet McDonnell, Lorcan McGeeney for Aaron Byrne.


(Report: Martin Mulligan)

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