U15s Round off Season with 3B League Title

26 Oct 2013

Following defeat in three finals this year for the club, one at Under 12 and two in Minor the young players from the club got their hands on some silverware in the final week of the season. They finished their football season in style with a very good win over Clan na Gael in the Under 15 Division 3 League Final, adding to the win the previous week of the U16 squad over Sean O Mahonys.


The early stages saw the Clans create a number of scoring chances before two well worked points had them ahead after eight minutes of play. Shane Barron kept the Joes in it when he dived full length to his right to push the ball out for a 45. Clans added a third point before Danny O Brien in one of many weaving runs opened the scoring for the Joes with a point from the 40 metre line. The Clans combined play continued to create chances and following a quick 45 they led by 4 points to 1 after 15 minutes. Then the Joes got the boost they needed when Niall Campbell cut out a pass on his own 14 metre line, cleared to Danny O Brien who in turn sent Aaron Carolan away and his quick pass sent  Killian Staunton through to slide the ball to the Clans net and leave the sides level after 18 minutes. The Joes team grew in confidence and Aaron Carolan saw a fine shot come off the left post before Conor Neary put the Joes ahead from a free. Danny O Brien added a superb long range point before Conor Neary got his second point from another free. In between Shane Barron came to the Joes rescue making two important saves and Danny O Brien finished the scoring with another long range effort to leave the half time score: St. Josephs 1-5 Clan na Gael 0-4.


At the start of the second period St. Josephs hit two points from Danny O Brien and Killian Staunton, before the Clans took control around the middle of the field. Their dominance paid off on the 5 minute mark with a cracking shot to the roof of the Joes net. The Clans piled on the pressure and further saves including a point blank save from Shane Barron kept the Joes in the game. The Clans were now dominating around the middle and in wave after wave of attack struck three unanswered points to leave the sides level at 1-7 each with just 10 minutes of the second half played. The deciding moments of the game took place in a two minute spell at the half way mark when firstly Aaron Carolan for the Joes took the ball in the centre, went on a solo out to the right and continued his solo before striking a goal that would grace any football game. Within a minute Chris Williams came through from centre back and his exquisite strike ended with a third goal for the Joes. Points from Oisin McGuinness and Chris Williams had the Joes eight in front with 10 minutes remaining. The Clans continued to take the game to the Joes and with six minutes to go the Clans worked the ball along the end line to score a second goal and cut the deficit to five.  The Joes soaked up the pressure with the full back line well marshalled by Niall Campbell. With five minutes remaining Danny O Brien struck another long range point before Chris Williams who had an excellent game all through at centre back showed his scoring prowess again with the final point of the game.
Final score St. Josephs 3-11, Clan na Gael 2-7.


In a highly entertaining and sporting game both sides had their moments with the Joes combining well as a team with the two superb goals within a minute mid way through the second half proving decisive. For the Joes there were excellent performances from goalkeeper Shane Barron who kept the Joes in the game on a number of occasions. The defence performed well under pressure with Niall Campbell superb at full back and Chris Williams apart from his defensive duties at centre back ending up with 1-2 to his credit. Danny O Brien shone in midfield, scoring five excellent points from play and together with Killian Staunton who played a captains part they both had an excellent hour. The forwards led by Aaron Carolan were a constant threat with each of them playing their part in a very creditable success.


St. Josephs: Shane Barron, Emmet McDonnell, Niall Campbell, Declan Gernon, Donal Johnston, Chris Williams (1-2), Thomas McGuinness, Killian Staunton (1-1), Danny O Brien (0-5), Conor Neary (0-2), Aaron Carolan (1-0), Oisin McGuinness (0-1), Alex Hanneffy, Lorcan McGeeney, Aaron Byrne, Conor McKeown, Josh Mackin, Paul Coyne, Gabriel Bell, Bryan Knipe.


(Report: Pat Coyne)

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