Good Win against Glyde to Maintain Spot at the Top

24 May 2014

The intermediate side hosted their neighbours and keen rivals Glyde Rangers in Cluskey Park this evening. The Joes were going into to the game hoping to maintain their position at the top of league on points. With a steady rain throughout the game the Joes played into the railway end in the first half.


The first 22 minutes of the opening half was a very tight affair with no more than a point between the sides at any time and the scores level on six occasions. It was the Tallanstown side who opened the scoring in the opening minute when wing back Mark O Brien got forward. The Joes replied when Derek Mulligan set up Alan Mc Kenna for a goal chance, his shot was saved at the expenses of point. Mark O Brien was at the heart of the second Glyde score as well, when he set up Jake Stewart, but there was a good immediate reply for the Joes from Alan Quigley. Trevor O Brien then hit over from distance before the Joes hit back with a Craig Doherty point and a Conal O Hanlon free, after he had been fouled himself. A Conall Smyth point off the left boot came either side of further points for Trevor O Brien and Stewart to leave the sides level at five a piece.


At this stage the Joes hit a decisive score that put them into a lead they would never relinquish. An incisive run from Alan Mc Kenna saw him set up Smyth, who cleverly flicked the ball over the keeper and into the net with the fist. A long range point from O Hanlon extended the Joes lead to four, before Ciaran Sheridan tagged one back from a free. But the Joes re-established their four point lead before the break when Doherty was at the end of a good team move.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 1-7, Glyde Ranger 0-6


The opening quarter of the second half saw a more determined Glyde side, led mainly by the efforts of veteran David Deaveney during this spell. But despite their efforts, they huffed and puffed and only procured two pointed frees from Trevor O Brien and substitute Barry Sharkey. These would turn out to be their last scores until three minutes into injury time, when O Brien hit another free. However, unlike a certain game this evening in Lisbon that score deep into injury time counted for nothing more than scant consolation.


As the game ticked into its final quarter Alan Quigley hit over the Joes first point of the half. Although he had been kept scoreless up until this stage Derek Mulligans work rate and effort had been noticeable. This was rewarded in spades in the 18th minute of the half. He took a ball just inside the fourteen yard line and from the tightest of angles fashioned a point scoring chance that came off the post and bar before bouncing back into play. He was alert to collect the rebound and through a scrum of blue jerseys struck to the net. Two further points from play for Tomas Smyth and O Hanlon would add further to the Joes tally in a game that was finished as a contest long before the final whistle.
Full Time Score: St Josephs 2-10, Glyde Rangers 0-9


This win maintained the Joes position as one of only three teams at the top of the league on eight points after a full five rounds of fixtures. There are currently no fixtures made and none likely to take place before the countys next outing in the championship on the 8th of June.


St Josephs: Robert Sansom, Philip Kinahan, Ben Mulligan, David Kierans, Sean Mc Quillan, Alan Lynch, David Mernagh, Conal O Hanlon 0-3, Peter Mulligan, Tomas Smyth 0-1, Conall Smyth 1-1, Craig Doherty 0-2, Derek Mulligan 1-0, Alan Mc Kenna 0-1, Alan Quigley 0-2.
Substitution: Daire Smyth for Alan Quigley


Glyde Rangers: Shane Sharkey, Gerard Farrell, Sean Mc Coy, Conor Mc Cullogh, Seamus Harvey, Paul Noone, Mark O Brien 0-1, Ciaran Sheridan 0-1, Cian Sheridan, Jake Stewart 0-2, Conor Sheridan, David Devaney, Stephen Sharkey, Trevor O Brien 0-4, Niall Sharkey.
Substitute: Barry Sharkey 0-1

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