Intermediate Team Cruise Through Quarter Final

27 Aug 2016

The Intermediate Championship Quarter Final is a match that the Joes are intimately familiar with! In fact since the clubs return to the grade in 2008, they have played in this game every single year. The last four years the Joes have won this game and by an average of 11 points! But, as any Joes supporter will tell you, it hasn’t gone so great after that! This year however, was the first time since group stages were introduced to the championship that a Joes team had entered the quarter final having won all their games to get there! Their opponents in the Grove this evening would be St Finbarrs, the overwhelming underdogs in this encounter, given both teams respective form and the result of their league match earlier in the year.


The Joes had the aid of the breeze at their back in the first half, playing into the road end. But the game was slow to get going and it was not until the ninth minute that Derek Mulligan opened the scoring with a point. This however, was quickly followed up by a Conal O Hanlon goal and a long range Conall Smyth point to give the Joes a comfortable lead after the first quarter of play. Bernard Osbourne did open the Finbarrs account with a 14 yard free, but this would prove to be one of only two scores that they would get in the half, the other also being a routine free for Osbourne. After another lull in the Joes scoring, Derek Mulligan got the scoreboard ticking over again, quickly followed up by his namesake Jack. The Joes would add a further five points before the break, three of them coming from the boot of Alan Quigley to enter half time with a commanding lead.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 1-9, St Finbarrs 0-2


It did not take long for the Joes to kill off this game and with ten minutes played in the second half it was as good as over. With only a minute played, Quigley buried a shot to the net, from the kickout O Hanlon pointed from play and followed this up with one from a free. Quigley then finished off the score of the game, a brilliant flowing team move. With further points from O Hanlon and Derek Mulligan the Joes had established an 18 point lead. To make matters worse for the Ballygassan outfit, they had also lost Oisin Mc Gee to a straight red card.


The Finbarrs did get a goal back courtesy of Padraic Murphy, but this was cancelled out by a further three Joes points, the last of them being the most popular. As the biggest cheer of the evening came in the 52nd minute, when the senior member of the team Philip Kinahan, now in his ninth year of playing intermediate championship, raided forward up the right wing and swung the ball neatly over the bar with the right boot, from a narrow angle. His first score in the intermediate championship was met with rapturous applause from both the sideline and stand.


With the game petering out, Conor Osbourne hit another goal for the Barrs and in the 56th minute Bernard Osbourne hit their first point from play, followed by another from Patrick Mc Grane. But it was the Joes who had the final say with intermediate championship debutant Robbie Neary setting up Derek Mulligan for the final score of the game.
Full Time Score: St Josephs 2-19, St Finbarrs 2-4


The Joes will now face Hunterstown Rovers in the Championship Semi Final in a fornights time. A team who have caused the Joes no end of problems in recent league meetings and a much stiffer task than this evenings game. However, before that there is the not so small matter of a division one league promotion play off final against Clan na Gael next weekend.


St Josephs: Mark Neary, Philip Kinahan (0-1), Ben Mulligan, Stefan Potts, David Mernagh, Adam O Connor, Daire Smyth (0-1), Tomas Smyth (0-1), Killian Staunton, Craig Doherty (0-1), Conall Smyth (0-1), Jack Mulligan (0-1), Alan Quigley (1-4), Conal O Hanlon (1-5), Derek Mulligan (0-4).
Substitutions: Alan Lynch for Adam O Connor, Cian Mc Guinness for Conal O Hanlon, Danny O Brien for Craig Doherty, Jack Mac Namee for Killian Staunton, Robbie Neary for Conall Smyth.


St Finbarrs: Alan Matthews, Hugh Mc Grane, Patrick Mc Grane (0-1), Brendan Simms, Bryan Sharkey, Colin Mc Grane, Padraig Butterly, John Doyle, Darren Mc Connon, Mairtin Murphy, Oisin Mc Gee, Conor Osbourne (1-0), Andy Mc Cann, Bernard Osbourne (0-3), Hugh Osbourne
Substitutes: Padraic Murphy (1-0), Kieran Lenihan


Referee: Paul Kneel


(Report: Michael Kinahan)

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