Victory over Irelanders Secures Intermediate Quarter Final Spot

30 Aug 2009

The Joes made it through to the intermediate championship quarter finals, after a hard fought win in Haggardstown. This was an absolute must win game, with four teams in the group all on four points, nothing less than a win would be sufficient to see them progress and even at this, they still needed a favourable result in one of the other matches.

 

There was a very nervy start to the game from both side in wet and slippy conditions. Marked by a number of poor attempted passes, kicks dropped into keepers hands and wides from both sides. Derek Maguire registered the first score of the game after 9 minutes, when he pointed from play for the Irelanders. The Joes struck back immediately, winning the kickout and working forward, for Alan Mc Kenna to score a close in point from play. This was followed up a few minutes later by a Conor Murtagh point from play. Disaster struck a minute later, when a Joes move broke down, the Irelanders counterattacked with speed and the overlap they created gave the defence few options, a fine move was finished well by Dermot Mone, with practically his first touch of the game and what turned out to be his only score. Similar to the first DYI score, the Joes won the kickout and got another Alan Mc Kenna score from play. DYI would score the next three points, two of them from play, to leave them in a four point lead coming up to half time. The Joes got a break though in the 29th minute. It started when Ben Mulligan won a kickout and showed strength to build the platform for the attack. Alan Mc Kenna was fouled in the left corner and played it quickly to Derek Mulligan who shot for a point. Dereks shot dropped short, with the keeper unable to clear his lines John Mc Guinness was there to help the ball over the line.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 1-3, Dundalk Young Irelands 1-4

 

The Irelanders opened the scoring in the second half with a fine point from play, scored by their full forward, from over on the right wing. The Joes kicked into gear shortly after this, starting with a point from play. The Joes won a free in defence, which was quickly played to Tomas Smyth in space on the right wing, he made a 50 yard run with the ball before stroking it over. The crucial score followed, a move that was started by some great work by Philip Kinahan in defence, finished up with Ollie Mc Donnell coming in along the endline. Ollie played the ball across the goal to John Mc Guinness who finished ala Pat Spillane in 86! This was followed a few minutes later with a trademark Ollie Mc Donnell point from play. The recently reintroduced Peter Brennan was the next man to get a point for the Joes. This was followed up by a Derek Mulligan fisted pointed, with the opportunity created by good play from David Reilly & Pete Mulligan. This left the Joes five points clear with only ten minutes of normal time to play. The Irelanders got the next two points, before Peter Brennan got his second score of the match, which was followed by Alan Mc Kennas third, to restore the five point advantage. However, the game was made a lot more interesting when the DYI got a scrappy goal, after some fumbling in front of the Joes goal, it was eventually finished by their scorer in chief Maguire. He would also score the point that brought it to a one point game. But despite the five minutes of injury time they could not get the vital score that would have seen them come out of the group at the Joes expense!

Full Time Score: St Josephs 2-9, Dundalk Young Irelands 2-8

 

This would not have been a particularly attractive game to watch for the neutral. The most enjoyable spell from a Joes perspective being early in the second half, before Irelanders comeback made for tense finish. But with three wins from five games the Joes did enough to come out of the group and are there on merit. Next up is another Dundalk team, in the form of Na Piarsaigh, keep an eye on the fixtures section for full details to follow.

 

Team: Paul Dromgoole, Bernard Mulligan, Kevin Woods, Philip Kinahan, Declan O Sullivan, David Reilly, Conal O Hanlon, Conor Murtagh (0-1), Peter Mulligan, Alan Mc Kenna (0-3), Ollie Mc Donnell (0-1), Derek Mulligan (0-1), Brendan O Donoghue, Peter Brennan, John Mc Guinness (2-0).
Subs Used: Tomas Smyth (0-1) for Peter Brennan (27 mins), Peter Brennan (0-2) for Brendan O Donoghue


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