Seniors Back to Winning Ways

13 May 2017

St. Josephs 3 -15, Young Irelands 1-10.


The Joes got back to winning ways tonight when they overcame the challenge of the Young Irelands in Cluskey Park. The Joes were off the mark in the first minute when Craig Doherty sent David Mernagh through on a solo and his offload was finished for a point by Derek Mulligan. The Irelanders levelled with an excellent point from wide on the right by Jordan O’Donoghue. Both sides had their chances firstly a quick interchange between Derek Mulligan and Conal O’Hanlon was narrowly wide for the Joes and the Irelanders had a 25m free come off the post. The first major of the game came on 10mins when the Joes worked the ball out of defence and a fine long range pass from Peter Brennan was collected by Conal O’Hanlon on the 45m, O’Hanlon cut through the defence and gave Fergal Sheeky no chance. Craig Doherty had the Joes ahead by 1-2 to 0-1 on 12mins before the Young Irelanders had two points from frees by Johnny Breen and also came close to a goal from a Dean Maguire effort. The Joes had their second goal on 18mins and again it was a fine team effort starting at the back with Stefan Potts to Thomas Smyth, with Adam O’Connor showing sublime skill to control the pass before passing to O’Hanlon who setup Derek Mulligan to palm the ball to the net. The sides traded points through Doherty for the Joes and Breen for the Irelanders before Cian McGuinness blocked a Dean Maguires goal bound effort on 26mins. The half ended with points from Alan McKenna and Conal O’Hanlon for the Joes and a Dermot Mone point for the Irelanders to leave the score at St. Josephs 2-5, Young Irelands 0-5. 


The second half started with end to end action, firstly Alan Quigley converted a 21m free for the Joes before Robert Sansom dived to his left to deny Jordan O’Donoghue. The Joes had their third goal when Conall Smyths pin point pass found Derek Mulligan who raced through and hit an unstoppable shot to the top right hand corned of the net. An Alan McKenna fisted point for the Joes and a Dermot Mone point from a 13m free on 35mins left the Joes ahead by 3-7 to 1-6. The Irelanders gradually took control and Jordan O’Donoghue led the attack, first with a point from a 21m free the he was on the end of a fine move from the half back line when he calmly finished to the Joes net under the diving Robert Sansom. A further point from a Dermot Mone free on 45mins cut the margin to 3-7 to 1-8. Conal O’Hanlon pointed for the Joes on 46mins with Dermot Mone converting a 13m free on 51min. It was O’Hanlon who steadied the ship for the Joes hitting to long range points with a third from Conall Smyth on 55mins. A Dermot Mone point from a 13m free on 56mins proved to be the Irelanders final score and it was the Joes who closed out the game with a further four points from O’Hanlon (2), Alan McKenna and Conall Smyth to give the Joe their third win of the campaign.


St. Josephs: Robert Sansom, Cian McGuinness, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Potts, David Kieran, David Mernagh, Adam O’Connor, Peter Brennan, Thomas Smyth, Craig Doherty(0-2), Alan Quigley(0-1f), Jack Mulligan,  Derek Mulligan(2-1), Conal O’Hanlon(1-6), Alan McKenna(0-3), Subs: Conall Smyth (0-2), Alan Lynch, Philip Brennan, Aidan Kieran


Young Irelands: Fergal Sheeky, Stephen Bellew, Cian O’Naraigh, Aaron Rogers, Aidan Sheeky, Jason Mulligan, Peter McCourt, Peter Nixon, Johnny Lynch, Shane O’Connell, Dean Maguire, Johnny Breen, Dermot Mone, Paddy McSorley, Jordan O’Donoghue.


(Report: Pat Coyne)

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