Defeat to Brides leaves things interesting in the League!

23 Aug 2009

The senior team played the Brides in the division one match this evening. The matched was played in wet conditions but with little or no breeze. The Joes started brightest and had already had a couple of attacks, before, in the third minute, Derek Mulligan flicked the ball up, ran at the Brides defence and popped over a lovely point on the run. This was followed up shortly afterwards by a good attack up the left which ended up with Brendan O Donoghue playing the ball into John Mc Guinness, who turned and kicked over a good point. Brides opened their account within a minute of this with a point from play. This would set the pattern for most of the first half, where it was very much nip and tuck between the two teams.


The Joes were next to strike after an intricate passing move on the left allowed Ollie Mc Donnell to release the ball to Peter Mulligan in front of the posts, who duly shot over. Brides hit back with a point from play after an unfortunate slip from Mark Dromgoole in the wet conditions allowed his man through. The next two points also came from the Brides and from play, to put them into the lead for the first time in the match with 11 minutes gone. The Joes levelled after a move involving Mc Guinness and O Hanlon allowed Mc Donnell in for a shot. The Joes went back in front after 14 when a good long ball from Conor Murtagh to Alan Mc Kenna gave him his first point from play. Mc Kenna again showed well for the ball minutes later and this time played in Mc Donnell who finished nicely. The Brides again levelled up matters with another fine point from play and an Aaron Hoey free kick. Joes went back in front after 21 when Conal moved forward, John Mc Guinness fielded a high ball well and the move was finished off by Derek Mulligan. Kicking from a very tight angle, off the right boot, in the right corner! A very nice score indeed. The Joes again pushed the lead out to two when a foul on John Mc Guinness allowed Alan Mc Kenna to kick the Joes first point from a free with 23 minutes gone.


However, disaster struck minutes later when a long, rather aimless ball fooled the Joes defence and ended up ricocheting off Trevor Hillard for the first goal of the game. The Brides would end up leading from here until the end. They followed the goal with two rather soft frees, both of which were dispatched by Hoey, the second one with the aid of the inside of the right hand post. The Joes would have the last attack of the half, when Mc Guinness palmed down to Mully who in turn flicked the ball on to Brendan O Donoghue. Brendan pulled on the ball, but unfortunately saw his effort come off the post. Referee Paddy Matthews had however awarded the Joes a 14 yard free, which Alan Mc Kenna pointed, bang on the 30th minute mark and the ref duly blew for the end of the half.

Half Time: St Josephs 0-9, St Brides 1-8


The Joes didnt get the start to second half that they would have wished for, with the Brides winning the throw in, they worked the ball through the centre and neatly finished up with the first point of the half. They followed this up with another fine score from play within a few minutes. The Joes reduced the deficit to one score in the sixth minute, when a quick free from David Reilly into Alan Mc Kenna released Peter Brennan, who drove forward and pointed well. The Brides then extended their lead out to five, following an Aaron Hoey point from play, this despite the best efforts of Tomas Smyth to halt him. Then another pointed free from the left.


The Joes were back in the game with a bang within a minute though, Conor Murtagh played into Brendan who drilled the ball into the bottom right hand corner. This was followed up by a Peter Mulligan strike on goal, the shot appeared to go in and come out through the side netting, but the umpire signalled a fifty. There was some confusion about what had actually happened, but the fifty was the result of the incident. This was taken quickly to Derek Mulligan who kicked over this third point of the evening, to bring the Joes back to within one point.


The Brides however stretched out their lead again, firstly with another Hoey free, followed by a point from play. What would prove to be the decisive score of the game came after 19 minutes. A Brides attack along the endline saw a number of missed challenges, before the ball broke free along the ground in front of the onrushing Brides midfielder, who side footed it along the ground and into the goal. This six point lead was the biggest lead of the game and with time running out for the Joes.


The Joes would land three points in the last ten minutes, all frees scored by Conal O Hanlon. The second one came after great work from Tomas Smyth when he came deep for a quick kick out on the left, played it into Ollie, kept the run going and took it back again in the Brides half of the field. He then played the ball into Peter Mulligan in the left corner, where he was fouled. These points left just a goal in it. Ray Kelly had a chance to kick the insurance point for the Brides after 29 minutes, but this was adjudged to be wide. However, it didnt matter, as the Joes could not engineer the much needed goal chance in the last minute of play in the game.

Full Time: St Josephs 1-14, St Brides 2-14


In the context of the relegation battle in the league this was a crucial win for the Brides. This result combined with Gaels beating the Malachis on Thursday night means that all four of these teams are now on five points with two games to go. The Joes next league game is away to the mid-table Martins side, before hosting the table topping Newtown Blues. Before these games after fixed there is the small matter of the last group game in the championship against the Young Irelanders. This has been refixed for next Sunday the 30th, now at 1.30 pm in Haggardstown. A win in this game could see the team into a quarter final place if one other result goes our way.


Team: Robert Samson, Mark Dromgoole, Bernard Mulligan, Philip Kinahan, David Reilly, Conor Murtagh, Conal O Hanlon (0-3), Peter Brennan (0-1), Peter Mulligan (0-1), Paul Dromgoole, Ollie Mc Donnell (0-2), Derek Mulligan (0-3), Brendan O Donoghue (1-0), John Mc Guinness (0-1), Alan Mc Kenna (0-3).

Subs Used: Tomas Smyth for Paul Dromgoole (HT), Conor Lynch for Mark Dromgoole.

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