U21 Off to a Good Start

25 Oct 2009

The U21s started off the championship with a home fixture against the Marys. On a windy day, the Cluskey Park outfit proved a mismatch for the Ardee men, who appeared to be a young enough team and dont have the strength and depth that is there in Darver and Dromiskin at present.


It only took the Joes two minutes to get off the mark, with Conal O Hanlon setting up Peter Brennan for the first score of the game. Next score came from Alan Mc Kennas fist, after being released by Derek Mulligan and this was followed by a Cian Smyth point. The next point came about when Alan Mc Kenna was falling to the ground, managed to slap the ball back to Mully, who struck it on the volley over the bar. Straight from the kickout Conal put the ball into John Mc Guinness, who laid it off to Mc Kenna for the first goal of the game. Mc Guinness himself was next on the score sheet with a point from play. The lead was stretched to nine when Liam Mernagh started a move up the left wing, which finished in a Derek Mulligan fisted point. With 21 minutes gone, Alan Mc Kenna kicked the first free of the game after a foul on Cian Smyth. Mc Kenna would add the next from play to bring the Joes tally to 1-8 with only five minutes left in the half. The Marys did score before the end of he half, with a free in the 30th minute. From the kickout Peter Brennan broke the ball down to Mully, who went on a great run before kicking over.
Half Time Score: St Josephs 1-9, St Marys 0-1


The Joes had played with the aid of a significant breeze in the first half, but with only four minutes gone in the second, they stretched the lead by three points. Derek Mulligan played a sweet ball in, which was finished to the net by John Mc Guinness. This was followed up a few minutes later, when Alan Mc Kenna centred to Conal O Hanlon, who drove over. Soon after this the Marys keeper was called upon to pull off double saves from Mc Guinness and Alan Lynch, the move eventually finished up with a good point from Cian Smyth. With 15 minutes gone, John Mc Guinness set up Alan Lynch. The next score that came was the Marys, again it was from a free. Straight from this kickout Conal broke the ball down to Cian, who played the ball into his brother, it was Daires good work that set up Liam Mernagh for a point. The Marys tried a quick kickout from this point, but it didnt work out and just ended up with a Conal O Hanlon point. The Marys rounded off the scoring with their third pointed free after 23 minutes. Kevin Levins decided that enough was enough at this point and called a halt to proceedings.
Full Time Score: St Josephs 2-14, St Marys 0-3


Team: Eamonn Neary, David Kieran, Bernard Mulligan, Conor Mc Geough, Niall Henry, Conor Lynch, Liam Mernagh (0-1), Conal O Hanlon (0-3), Peter Brennan, Alan Lynch (0-1), Alan Mc Kenna (1-3), Cian Smyth (0-2), Daire Smyth, John Mc Guinness (1-1), Derek Mulligan (0-3).
Subs Used: Andrew Shaw for Alan Mc Kenna, David Mernagh for David Kieran, Alan Quigley for Derek Mulligan, Lorcan Doyle for Daire Smyth, David Sharkey for Conal O Hanlon

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