Mulligan Points the Way

27 Jun 2017

St. Josephs 1-11, Hunterstown Rovers 0-13.


Conditions were ideal for this 7th. Round Division 2 League match in Cluskey Park for the meeting of St. Josephs and Hunterstown Rovers. Hunterstown were targeting a return to the top of the table, their cause not helped with the absence of Ryan Burns while the Joes were battling to stay in touch with the top four. In the first minute Tony McKenna opened the scoring from a 30m free for Hunterstown, while the same player was denied by the post minutes later. The Joes equalised courtesy of superb team move started by Craig Doherty in his own back line and finished by Conall Smyth. Tony McKenna converting a second free for Hunterstown on 6mins. Conal O’Hanlon then combined with Thomas Smyth whose shot was saved by Niall Carrie but Peter Brennan was on hand to finish to the Hunterstown net. Hunterstown levelled from a Glen Mathews free and Alan Landy made no mistake when he found space and pointed from 30m on 15mins. The Joes edged ahead again when a pin point pass from Conall Smyth found his brother Thomas and the Joes edged in front again.


The trio of Tony McKenna, David Finn & Richard Taaffe helped Huntertown dominate the midfield exchanges and a Robert McNeice point equalised for Hunterstown. Joes keeper Robert Sansom pulled off a superb save to deny the Rovers an opening goal with Robert Lennon pointing the rebound and Hunterstown were ahead by 0-6 to 1-2. A Conal O’Hanlon free had the sides level for the fifth time on 23mins. The Rovers finished the half stronger and again it was Tony McKenna with 45 and a 30m free who had the Rovers ahead by 0-8 to 1-3 at the break.


The Joes were quick off the mark in the second half when Derek Mulligan pointed from a narrow angle in the first minute before Alan Landy restored the Rovers two point lead. Hunterstown were again denied by the post before Conall Smyth showed his class from left and right foot, adding two points within a minute to tie the game on 36mins. Hunterstown responded in style with a point from Padraig Matthews and superb strike from wide on the left by Alan Landy had them two points ahead on 38mins. Hunterstown suffered a severe blow when they lost Padraig Matthews to a second yellow card on 40mins.


Conal O’Hanlon pointed for the Joes before Paul Carrie came forward to point a 21m free from near the left sideline on 46mins. The Joes upped their game against the 14 men with Craig Doherty cutting the margin to a single point before both sides lost players to black cards and Jack Mulligan drew the sides level on 52mins. In the closing minutes both sides went all out for the win, a 13m free from Alan Quigley on 59mins had the Joes ahead with Alan Landy equalising for Hunterstown on 60mins. It was in the second minute of added time that Jack Mulligan hit his second magnificent point of the game and the Joes held out to collect two very valuable league points from a game that either side could have won.


St. Josephs: Robert Sansom, Philip Brennan, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Potts, David Kieran, Alan Lynch, Jack Mulligan (0-2), Peter Brennan (1-0), Thomas Smyth (0-1), Craig Doherty (0-1), Conal Smyth (0-3)  Daire Smyth, Alan Quigley(0-1,1f), Conal O’Hanlon(0-2,1f), Derek Mulligan(0-1), Subs: Oisin McGuinness, Killian Staunton.


Hunterstown Rovers: Niall Carrie, Paul Taaffe, Brian Matthews, Martin Lennon, Patrick Taaffe, Paul Carrie (0-1,1f), Richard Taaffe, Tony McKenna (0-4,3f,45), David Finn, Robert McNeice (0-1), Brendan Lennon (0-1), Ryan Ward, Padraig Matthews (0-1), Alan Landy (0-4), Glen Matthews (0-1,1f).


(Report: Pat Coyne)

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