Seniors Survive the Hell in Mell!

01 Jul 2017

Round eight of the division two league saw an injury ravaged senior team head to Drogheda on Saturday evening to take on the Oliver Plunketts. This would be the last round of games before the championship started and a win would be crucial in order to maintain the teams position in the top four.


However, any chances of a win looked pretty bleak in the first half. The home side, playing with the aid of the wind that was blowing into the town end, were dominant for most of the period. Led in no small manner by their main marksman Luke Haggins, who also happened to be their keeper! He was deadly accurate from the dead ball and did not miss one opportunity the entire half, from both short and long range. It was from a short range effort that he opened the scoring in the game with, followed soon after by a point from Sean Brasil. Derek Mulligan opened the Joes account before three further frees from Haggins put the Plunketts into a four point lead after the first quarter of the game. A brace of Alan Quigley frees in reply reduced the deficit, but it was the men from Mell who finished the half better. David Mc Tegarrt hitting a cracker of goal in the 26th minute followed by a second point from play for Brasil and Haggins fifth free of the half. With a solitary Conall Smyth free the only response for the Joes, there was a significant six point gap between the sides at the break. However, the home side were not helped by losing goal scorer Mc Tegarrt to a black card just before the small whistle.
Half Time Score: Oliver Plunketts 1-7, St Josephs 0-4


The second half would be a very different affair and the Joes got off to a dream start. Winning the throw in, Jack Mulligan played a direct ball straight into Robert Sansom, who laid off to Quigley, who hit the net. The first half may have been lacking in quality, but the opening twenty minutes of this half was particularly turgid! The Joes were now dominant in the game, but missed a number of scoring chances, that not only should have had them level, but probably in front. Other than the goal the only other score from either side in this entire twenty minute spell was another point from Quigley.


So entering the last ten minutes of normal time the Joes were still two points in arrears. This being halved by a Conall Smyth point, before Haggins restored the gap with yet another free. This was the Plunketts first and what would turn out to be only point of the half.  For, as they had done on the Tuesday night previous, the Joes knuckled down and eked out the scores they needed to win ugly in a tight game. A Quigley free and another point from Smyth had the game level as it hit the 30 minute mark. The Plunketts were not helped at this stage, by going down to fourteen men. But it was Joes top scorer Quigley who grabbed the win in injury time, with a brace of points. The second of which was a particularly fine effort with his right foot from a very tight angle. Despite the five minutes of added time that was played the home side just could not conjure up the chance that was needed, as the Joes defence stood very strong, as they had done throughout most of the half.
Full Time Score: Oliver Plunketts 1-8, St Josephs 1-10


St Josephs: Mark Neary, Philip Brenna, Shane Mc Quilan, Stefan Potts, Cian Mc Guinness, Gerry Hoey, David Kieran, Killian Staunton, Jack Mulligan, Daire Smyth, Conall Smyth (0-3, 2frs), Derek Mulligan (0-1), Alan Quigley (1-6, 3frs), Robert Sansom, Alan Lynch.


Oliver Plunketts: Luke Haggins (0-6, all frees), Barry Reynolds, Frank Daly, Cillian Matthews, Gary Keogh, James Quinn, Cian Matthews, Adam Brodigan, Robert Brodigan, Conor Early, Sean Brasil (0-2), Niall Murtagh, David Mc Teggart (1-0), Emmet Kelleher, Trevor Walsh.


(Report: Michael Kinahan)

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