Junior 2 Championship Goals make the difference

16 Aug 2016

St. Josephs 6-7, Kilkerley Emmetts 0-11

The Joes opened their Junior Championship campaign with an impressive win against Kilkerley in Cluskey Park tonight. Connor Kirk opened the scoring for Kilkerley from a 35m free with Peter Brennan levelling after 7mins from a 21m free. Darren Litchfield had Kilkerley ahead again with a long range effort on 8mins. The Joes withstood the early pressure with good defensive work from Aidan Shaw, Aaron Smyth, Aidan Kieran & Mark Dromgoole. Points from Gary Kinahan on 13 & 16 mins had the Joes ahead by one. While Kilkerley enjoyed the greater possession it was an excellent solo run from Steven Carron that setup Gary Kinahan for the Joes first goal on 19mins. Within minutes Mark Dromgoole came to the Joes rescue when he cut out a dangerous high ball at the expense of a 45. Fine fielding by Peter Brennan resulted in Lorcan Doyle getting through for the Joes second goal on 24mins. Kilkerley responded with points in quick succession from James Bellew & Robert Shields. On 27mins it was Steven Carron again who beat two defenders to put Lorcan Doyle through for his second goal. Kilkerley finished the half with a point from a 13m free from Dean Bourton to leave the half time score St. Josephs 3-3, Kilkerley Emmets 0-5. Connor Kirk converted a 13m for Kilkerley in the first minute of the second half with Peter Brennan responding with a point following a 40m solo. Two further points from Kilkerley and a Joes point from the boot of Jack McNamee had the Joes ahead by 3-5 to 0-8 after 10mins. A superb solo along the end line by Lorcan Doyle put Gary Kinahan through for a fourth Joes goal on 11mins. The Joes defended well and scores were at a premium for the next 10mins with Connor Kirk adding two excellent points for Kilkerley to leave the Joes ahead by 4-5 to 0-10. The last 10mins saw the Joes add further goals on 23mins from Jordan Mackin after good work by Lorcan Doyle and it was Doyle himself who hit his hat trick on 28mins. While at times the Joes survived some near misses Kilkerley hit just a single point while the Joes had two superb points, a left footed effort from Gary Kinahan and Rory Campbell closed out the scoring when his fine effort from wide on the right went over, off the left post to leave the Joes worthy winners by 6-7 to 0-11. Well done to everyone involved.

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