Season Starts Here for First Team!

27 Apr 2014

After a comprehensive defeat in Hunterstown and a stuttering close home win over Na Piarsaigh the Intermediate League burst into life today in this third round encounter in Pairc Eire Og. On a bright and dry day, the Joes played with the aid of the wind in the first half, that was blowing into the dressing room end. 


It was the Joes who got the ideal start, when after just a minute of play a Conal O Hanlon free dropped short, it was not dealt with and Alan Quigley pounced to strike past the hapless defence to the Young Irelanders net. Frees from Alan Mc Kenna and O Hanlon followed, before a good distance pass from Jack Mulligan found Quigley, who turned and struck the teams first point from play. This was quickly followed by a neat Peter Mulligan point off the left boot from the left wing. Another Mc Kenna free, this one from outside the 50 yard line put the Joes lead out to eight with just ten minutes played. A Mark Savage free eventually got the home side off the mark, but the Joes continued to dominate and missed a further four scoring chances before Tomas Smyth broke from the back and hit a point from just inside the fifty, with the aid of a punch from the keeper. The DYIs hit a brief purple patch, when Savage pointed a free, after he had been fouled himself and the aforementioned then set up Peter Flynn, who hit a long range shot to the bottom corner of the Joes net. This brought it back to a four point game with five minutes still left in the half. However, Mc Kenna hit a good reply for the Joes from the kick out, which was soon followed by a well worked goal chance. This time when the ball ended up with Quigley the town team had enough bodies in the way to block it out. The Dundalk team were not helped when they lost their centre half Aaron Rogers a minute before the break to a black card. From the resultant free Mc Kenna drove over from near the sideline. This left the Joes six points clear when the referee blew dead on 30 minutes, a lead that they were full value for.
Half Time Score: St Josephs: 1-8, Dundalk Young Irelands 1-2


Savage hit a good long range point after a minute of the restart. The Joes were slow to settle, but after five minutes they were right back in their stride with a fine O Hanlon point. This was followed up by a long range dead ball from Mc Kenna, before the home side hit back with frees from Savage and Dermot Mone and another from play for Mone to reduce their deficit to four again with 16 minutes played. However, from the fourth minute to the end the Joes never let their lead go below this mark. Good work from Conall Smyth started a move that was finished with a Peter Brennan point, before another towering long range free from Mc Kenna. Savage hit another free, from within the D, but when a minute later O Hanlon buried the ball in the net at the far end the Joes eight point lead had been restored and time starting to run out for the oldest club side in the county. Mone hit another free, but again the Joes hit back with a major, this time it was Mc Kenna who was at the end of a good team move. Three minutes of normal time remaining and the win now secured for the visiting team. Mc Kenna hit another dead ball with unerring accuracy after he had been fouled himself. A brace of Mone frees were split by one from play for the Joes talisman to leave 10 in it at the end of normal time. There was one final bit of drama though, when in the 32nd minute Savage hit home a penalty, but it was scant consolation for the home team.
Final Score: St Josephs 3-14, Dundalk Young Irelands 2-10


While Alan Mc Kenna put on an exhibition at times leading the Joes attack the best performing unit that they had on the day was their defence with good displays from David Mernagh, Sean Mc Quillan and Alan Lynch in particular. Next up for the Joes is a home tie with Roche this coming Friday evening. 


St Josephs: Robert Sansom, David Mernagh, Ben Mulligan, David Kierans, Sean Mc Quillan, Alan Lynch, Tomas Smyth 0-1, Peter Brennan 0-1, Conal O Hanlon 1-2, Peter Mulligan 0-1, Conall Smyth, Jack Mulligan, Alan Quigley 1-1, Alan Mc Kenna 1-8 (5frs), John Mc Guinness.
Substitutions: Philip Kinahan for Alan Lynch, Shane Mc Quillan for Tomas Smyth


Dundalk Young Irelands: Fergal Rooney, Jason Mulligan, Ciaran Murray, Robert Farrell, Stephen Lally, Aaron Rogers, Peter Flynn 1-0, Joseph Flynn, Sean Mc Loughlin, Simon Flynn, Andrew Nixon, Nicholas O Connor, Dermot Mone 0-5 (4frs), Jordan O Donoghue, Mark Savage 1-5 (4frs)


Referee: Gerry Carroll

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