Seniors Lose out in Promotion Battle

28 Jul 2017

Division 2 League – Round 9


Naomh Fionnbarra 1-16, St. Josephs 1-12.


In round 9, St. Josephs travelled to Ballygassan to face the Finnbarrs in a top four clash, it was the home team who maintained their fine form, collecting the valuable points on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-12.


The Joes opened the scoring with a Derek Mulligan point with the Finbarrs equalising from a William Woods 13m free. On 5mins Hugh Osborne rose highest in midfield and he finished his solo with a superb point off his left foot, with a William Woods 13m free extending the Barrs lead to two points. The Joes hit back when the hard working Tomas Smyth won possession in midfield and following a fine move between Peter Brennan, Conall Smyth and Alan Quigley, Derek Mulligans shot was partially blocked and Conal O’Hanlon rifled the ball to the net to put the Joes ahead 1-1 to 0-3 on 10mins. The Finbarrs hit back through man of the match William Woods collected a breaking ball for his first point from play and then a superbly struck side line kick had the Barrs in the lead on 14mins. The Finbarrs continued to dominate the midfield possession and points from Jack Butterly and Martin Murphy had them ahead by three on 18mins.


For the remainder of the half the Joes played their best football of the game with Andrew McCann in the Barrs goal pulling off a point blank save from Alan Quigley. A superb dummy solo from Derek Mulligan put him clear for his second point of the game and Conal O’Hanlon landed two long range efforts to level the scores. On 25 mins the Barrs were denied a certain goal when the Robert Sansom and Daire Smyth combined to make three saves in a matter of seconds to keep the sides level. The Joes finished the half with points from frees from Conal O’Hanlon and Alan Quigley to leave the half time score at St. Josephs 1-6, Naomh Fionnbarra 0-7.


The Finbarrs led by William Woods against the breeze took the game to the Joes with Woods unerring, hitting a 45, two 13m fees and one from play to put the Barrs ahead by two. The Barrs then struck for goal when a well move from defence was delivered to William Woods whose flick to the on rushing Conor Osborne sent him clear and Osborne gave Sansom in the Joes goal no chance, Finbarrs 1-10, Joes 1-6 on 41mins.


A Conal O’Hanlon free for the Joes narrowed the gap to three before the Joes lost David Kieran to a black card on 44mins. William Woods and Conal O’Hanlon traded frees before a fine run by Danny O’Brien setup Killian Staunton for an excellent point for the Joes, still three between the sides with 10mins left on the clock. Conor Osborne pointed for the Barrs, Conall Smyth responded for the Joes and Woods converted a 45m free to extend the Barrs lead to four. On 25mins the Joes created one of their better goal chances when Jack Mulligans shot flashed wide of the posts. A fine point from Darren McConnon had Barrs lead out to five before frees from O’Hanlon and Alan Quigley narrowed the gap to three with 3mins to play. It was the Finbarrs who finished scoring with a William Woods free, his tenth point of the game to give the Barrs two very valuable points on their push for promotion.


St. Josephs: Robert Sansom, David Kieran, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Potts, Cian McGuinness, Killian Staunton (0-1), Daire Smyth, Peter Brennan, Tomas Smyth, Craig Doherty, Conal Smyth (0-1), Jack Mulligan, Alan Quigley(0-2,2f), Conal O’Hanlon(1-6, 5f), Derek Mulligan(0-2), Subs: David Mernagh for David Kieran (black card), Danny O’Brien for Craig Doherty.


Andrew McCann, Hugh McGrane, Ciaran Lenihan, Padraig McGrane, Michael McArdle, Oisin McGee, Conor Lenihan, Hugh Osborne (0-1), Darren McConnon (0-1), Martin Murphy (0-1), Conor Osborne (1-1), Padraig Butterly, Jack Butterly (0-1), William Woods (0-10, 6f,2,45,1sl), Bernard Osborne (0-1).


(Report: Pat Coyne)

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