Juniors Finish Season with Admirable Display against Top Two Side

26 Aug 2009

The Junior season started back on St Patricks day with a narrow home league defeat to eventual table toppers Cooley. Just over 23 weeks and 14 games later the season came to finish this evening with another narrow league defeat, this time away to Newtown Blues, who happened to finish second in the table! The team that also vanquished them in the championship, by a similar margin. Having won the division 4B title last year, the step up in grade was always going to be a big challenge, but one that was handled admirably throughout the year. The lads managed to chalk up a total of five wins in the league and finished up in cluster of teams in mid-table, they were also a tad unlucky, with three one point defeats. For the full list of results for the junior season of 2009 just click on the link below.

http://www.thejoesgfc.com/results.php?teamId=2&season=2009

 

The final game tonight, played against the Blues was played in fine conditions at the Fechins field. It was a good open game of football, with the Joes kicking many fine points from play, none more so than Pete Mulligan, who finished with a personal tally of 5 points. It was also good to see young bucks like Gerry Hoey and Eamonn Neary get on the score sheet, as well as those who have their youth well and truly behind them, namely, Aidan Maguire and Stephen Quigley. A strong Blues side however, put the boot in mid way through the second half to seal their win, with two goals in quick succession. The Joes did go to desperate measure to try and claw back the win however, with the introduction of the 55 year old (!!!) Jody Mc Donnell, for the injured Philip Kinahan. After a fine display from Jody, it is rumoured that he will be starting himself in the upcoming crucial intermediate championship match, just to keep the lads on their toes! The last Joes score of the Junior year was an unstoppable rasper of a shot from Peter Brennan which flew into the top left hand corner of the goal. An admirable display against a Blues side with some big names who finished second from the top of 4A.

 

Given that it was December before last years league was finished (not that we should be complaining, given that we ended up with the trophy). It should be mentioned that this years league was run off in a far better fashion, with the games being run off in the months when the ground is good and evenings are longer. Having said that their was still a period of six weeks in the summer where no player, junior or senior had a game to play, so this should still be looked at.

 

Well done to the lads on an admirable season in Division 4A, it was never going to be an easy place to be, or easy to replicate the league success of the previous year. Particularly, given the demands on players being involved in the first team and the minor team, which sometimes had to take precedents.

 

The Team for the Final Junior Match of the Year was:
Robert Fagan, Mark Dromgoole, Conor Mc Geough, Philip Kinahan, Stephen Mc Cormack, Conor Lynch, Gerry Hoey (0-1), Bernard Mulligan, Peter Mulligan (0-5), Aaron Smyth, John Mc Guinness, Aidan Maguire (0-2), Eamonn Neary (0-1), Stephen Quigley (0-2), Aidan Shaw.

Substitutes: Peter Brennan (1-0) for Aidan Maguire (HT), Jody Mc Donnell for Philip Kinahan (Inj)


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