Seniors Made Fight all the Way

02 Sep 2017

St. Josephs 2-17, St. Mochtas 2-9.

St. Josephs took the field in Cluskey Park this evening against near neighbours St. Mochtas knowing that a win would guarantee a play-off place. Nothing was taken for granted as the Mochtas had defeated the League leaders last weekend and it was the Mochtas who hit the front within 30seconds when Declan Byrne put Stephen McCooey through and he rounded the keeper to shoot to the Joes net. The Joes responded immediately with Oisin McGuinness opening the scoring following an Adam O’Connor run. Further points from frees by Alan McKenna and Conal O’Hanlon had the Joes on level terms with just 6 minutes on the clock. The Joes edged ahead when Jack Mulligan hit the target with Shane McMahon responding with an excellent equaliser from distance. Declan Byrne put the Mochtas in front when he hit a superb side line kick from all of 35m.


On the quarter hour mark David Kieran broke up a Mochtas attack and Shane McQuillans well placed clearance found Craig Doherty, Doherty pass sent Adam O’Connor on a run that was quickly moved forward for Conal O’Hanlon to finish to the net. A barren spell followed before a foot block on Gerry Garland resulted in a penalty to the Mochtas, however Robert Sansom in the Joes goal was equal to Declan Byrnes strike as he dived full length to his right to divert the ball for a 45. Liam McGranaghan collected the resultant 45’ to point for the Mochtas to leave the sides level at 1-4 each after 21 mins. Conal O’Hanlon was on target from a free to give the Joes the lead before Philip English in the Mochtas goal excelled in denying Conall Smyth. Peter Brennan blasted a shot over the bar for another Joes point before Philip Englishby flashed a shot across the Joes goal. Alan McKenna finished the first scoring with a point from a 13m free to leave the half time score, St. Josephs 1-7, St. Mochtas 1-4.


Joes opened the second half strongly with points from a Conal O’Hanlon free and following a patient build up that saw Peter Brennan hit a superb point from 35m. The Mochtas upped the pressure on the Joes and again Robert Sansom came to the Joes rescue when he brilliantly denied Gerry Garland in a one on one. From the resultant 45, Brendan Duff found himself in space to split the posts for the Mochtas with Oisin McGuinness responding for the Joes. Despite the best efforts of the Joes defence with Stefan Pots leading the rear guard action it was the Mochtas who went on a scoring spree. Mochtas responded with four successive points including a Declan Byrne free and two fine points from Darren McMahon to leave just two between the sides, St. Josephs 1-10, St. Mochtas 1-8 on 46mins.


The Joes lifted the siege and Oisin McGuinness pointed at the second attempt after Fergus English stopped his goal bound effort. Further Joes points from an Alan McKenna 45 and a Conal O’Hanlon 20m free had the Joes lead back to five points before the Gerry Garland opened up the Joes defence to setup the Mochtas second goal of the game and we were back to a 2 point game with the Joes leading 1-13 to 2-8 on 51mins. The sides traded points, the Joes with points from Conall O’Hanlon and Conall Smyth and Declan Byrne for the Mochtas. The outcome of the game was sealed on 56mins for the Joes when Peter Brennan knocked the kick out into the path of Craig Doherty who split the Mochtas defence with a searing run, his pass to Conal O’Hanlon was off loaded to Oisin McGuinness who finish along the ground to the corner of the Mochtas net. Further points from Jack Mulligan and Oisin McGuinness gave the Joes a rather flattering scoreline of St. Josephs 2-17, St. Mochtas 2-9. The Joes had come through a tough battle to take the points and win a play-off spot, where they will face Newtown Blues.


Next up is the Senior championship Quarter-final replay v Geraldines at 5.30pm this Sat. 9th. Sept. in the Grove, Castlebellingham.


All going well and no extra-time we will be back in Dromiskin for the Dromiskin 5K at 7.00pm.


St. Josephs: Robert Sansom, Alan Lynch, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Pots, David Kieran, Bernard Mulligan, Daire Smyth, Adam O’Connor, Peter Brennan (0-2), Craig Doherty, Conal O’Hanlon (1-5,5f), Jack Mulligan (0-2), Conall Smyth(0-1), Oisin McGuinness (1-4), Alan McKenna (0-3,45,2f). Killian Staunton for Bernard Mulligan


St. Mochtas: Fergus English, Liam Lawlor, Andrew English, Nicolas Brown, Brendan Duff, Gary Connolly, Barry Mulholland, Gareth O’Reilly, Shane McMahon, Liam McGranaghan, Declan Byrne, Stephen McCooey, Gerry Garland, Philip Englishby, Darren McMahon. Sub. Eamonn O’Neill


(Report: Pat Coyne)

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