U12s Edged out by Emmets in Division 1 League

23 May 2014

The Joes entertained Roche Emmets U12s on Friday evening. Welcoming Conor Casey back from injury, the Joes went behind to an early point from Roche.  Ben Collier, Conal McCaul and Conor Knipe responded with points to give the Joes a two point lead midway in the half when a long hopeful ball deceived Joes goalkeeper Matthew Quigley and ended in the back of the net. Roche added a couple more points before Ben Collier pulled one back to leave two points in it at the break
Half Time Score: St Josephs 0-4, Roche Emmets 1-3


The second half saw a frantic start with the Joes putting a lot of pressure on the Roche defence.  Ben Collier added a point and crashed a fierce shot against the crossbar only for it to rebound wide.  A misplaced pass in midfield resulted in Roche counterattacking and scoring a goal to go four points up adding two more points in quick succession.  Once again the Joes dug in and fought their way back into the game when first Conal McCaul added a long range point and Ben Collier smashed home a goal to bring it back to two points.


However Roche refused to give in and a mix up in the Joes defence saw the ball drop at the feet of a Roche forward for him to toe poke it into the net to restore their five point lead.  Turlough McGeeney robbed the ball and burst up the field shooting a fine individual point from distance.  Roche responded quickly with another fine point. The Joes fought hard and were rewarded when Ben Collier made a fine solo run past a couple of defenders and slotted home to leave two points in it with five minute to go.  Fine defending by Conor Marmion and Killian McNally kept the Joes in the game and try as they might they could not bridge the gap and Roche ran out two point winners.
Full Time Score: St. Josephs 2-7, Roche Emmets 3-6


St Josephs: Matthew Quigley,  Killian McNally, Turlough McGeeney, Conor Casey, Conor Marmion, Conor McKnight, Conal McCaul, Ben Collier, Killian McDonnell, Conor Knipe, Tadhg Corr,  Kyle Hodgers and James Connolly.


(Match Report: Pat Coyne)

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