Juniors Continue Unbeaten Run

30 Apr 2016

The junior squad faced Hunterstown Rovers tonight in round 3 of the league in Cluskey Park. With two impressive wins in the opening rounds against the Dreadnots and Roche Emmets, the Joes struggled to get out of second gear tonight and in a match where we created a high number of scoring chances we were lucky to come away with a share of the points in the end.


Hunterstown were first on the scoreboard with a point from a 21m free by Colm McKenna. The Joes found it difficult to get possession and in a well worked move between Jack Mulligan & Killian Staunton set Alan Lynch up for the equaliser on 5mins. Padraig Matthews hit two points in quick succession for Hunterstown in the 6th and 7th minute. The Joes got a point back through a 21m free from Gary Kinahan on 11mins. Hunterstown continued to win the first half midfield exchanges and Patrick Matthews came through the centre to put Hunterstown 4 to 2 up after 11mins. A minute later it was David Mernagh who came to the Joes rescue when he excelled in his new role of goalkeeper, diving low to his right to save a goal bound shot. A point from a 21m free on 16mins followed by a superb effort by Shane McQuillan had the sides level on 4 points each on 18mins.
The Joes defence of Aidan Kieran, Stefan Potts, Cian McGuinness, Philip Kinahan, Ciaran Gallagher & Jack McNamee combined well to keep the Hunterstown forwards under control. A point from Alan Landy on 20mins edged Hunterstown in front with Gary Kinahan equalising a minute later from a 21m free. Hunterstown Rovers took control of the scoring with two frees, both from wide on the right in the 24th and 28th minute with Alan Landy adding another from distance.

Half time: Naomh Seosamh 0-5; Hunterstown 0-8.


The Joes upped the intensity in the second half and Jack Mulligan converted a 21m free in the 2nd min. A well worked team move started by Jack McNamee in defence and moved forward by Robbie Neary for Jack Mulligan to strike an excellent point with the outside of his left foot left a point between the sides. The Joes had a chance to take the lead when Shane McQuillan was fouled, however the resultant penalty from Lorcan Doyle was well saved by the keeper Niall Carrie.
Hunterstown got on the scoreboard with an excellent point from wide on the right by Richie Taaffe on 9mins. The Joes continued to create chances and a Robbie Neary point on 11mins left just one in it again. The equaliser came on 22mins when Alan Lynch picked out Killian Staunton and his pass found Gary Kinahan on the right and he split the posts. Two minutes later Jack Mulligan put the Joes ahead from a 30m free on the right. Hunterstown made it 10 each when Riche Taaffe hit his second point of the game. From there to the end both sides traded chances to take the win, however both lacked the accuracy in front of goals.

Final score Naomh Seosamh 0-10, Hunterstown Rovers 0-10.


St Josephs: David Mernagh, Aidan Kieran, Stefan Potts, Cian Mc Guinness, Philip Kinahan, Ciaran Gallagher, Jack Mac Namee, Shane Mc Quillan (0-1), Jack Mulligan (0-3), Killian Staunton, Alan Lynch (0-1), Robbie Neary (0-1), Stephen Carron, Gary Kinahan (0-4), Lorcan Doyle.

(Report: Pat Coyne)

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