Junior Football Championship
St Josephs 5-16
St Josephs completed a championship double over Delvin in our third game in this years Junior football championship with a comprehensive 18 point win in Killucan on Sunday 11 August 2019.
This win guarantee’s us a spot in the Quarter finals and this indeed is progress as it gives us a place in the knock out stages for the second time in three seasons. Our final group game will be against Ballycomoyle on Monday 19th August with the winners topping the group. We hit the ground running in this match and 2-6 to 0-3 in front after the opening fifteen minutes with the two green flags coming from Wayne Mc Cormack and Niall Moran. Two goals from Ross Elliffe in the second quarter saw us carve out a 4-9 to 1-6 lead at the break. Our forward play in the opening half was very good with many fine points from the boot of Jordan Mc Donnell,Dean Slevin and Andy Scally all very lively. The start of the second half killed off the game as we hit 1-3 in the first four minutes to move 5-12 to 1-6 in front with Jordan Mc Donnell getting our fifth goal. We switched off somewhat after moving well ahead and allowed Delvin to gain a foothold in the game as they scored the next two points and forced Andrew Meares to pull off a couple of good saves which may have yielded goals. But we did add four more points which left us well ahead at the finish in what was a good win. The margin could have been more as we had two first half goals disallowed for square ball infringement. Overall, this was a positive display where we converted the vast bulk of our scoring opportunities. At midfield we held a distinct edge throughout and our defence did well in what was an open game. The one negative was we switched off after moving 5-12 to 1-6 ahead and did not score for the following 15 minutes. With due respect to our opponents but this would be fatal against stronger opposition.
Team: Andrew Meares,Mick Larrigy,Jerry Gleeson,Brian Killian,Eoin Kelly,Aaron Mc Donnell,Brian Keegan,Brian Fitzgerald,Wayne Mc Cormack,Dean Slevin,Jordan Mc Donnell,Daire Lynam,Niall Moran,Ross Elliffe,Andy Scally. Subs introduced; Martin Coughlan,Padraic Moran,James Kenny,Niall Rabbette (all second half)
Best wishes Cathal:
We would like to extend our get well wishes to Cathal Boland who picked up a nasty leg injury at training during the week. We look forward to seeing you back on the playing fields in the near future.
St Joseph’s Ladies V Athlone
We played our final group game in the Junior Championship last Sunday morning the 11th August against Athlone in Athlone and we were determined to maintain our 100% record in the competition. It was never going to be easy against a strong experienced Athlone side with home advantage. It was a beautiful morning in Athlone after the torrential rain the night before with just a slight wind against St Joseph’s Ladies in the first half. We had a few unavoidable absentees from this game and testament to the strength and depth of the panel we had players ready and able to step up and indeed will give management lots to contemplate for the next games selection. We opened the scoring of the game with a pint from Karen Keegan in the second minute and Karen was on target again in the 3rd minute to double her tally. Sinead Robbins put us 3 in front with a great point before Athlone leveled the game with a goal against the run of play. The ladies showed great composure and we responded immediately with a point from Orla Robbins, followed by a point and a rocket of a goal from Erin Pettit. From there on we controlled the half with scores from Karen Keegan, Erin Pettit and Roisin Kealy. We finished the half leading 1-11 to Athlone 1-01. The second half continued as the first half finished and we dominated the game in all areas, our scores coming from Sinead Robbins, Amy Maxwell, Roisin Kealy and Emer Killian. Several substitutions were made and without exception everyone played their part to what ended up being a comprehensive victory finishing St Joseph’s Ladies 4-14 to Athlone 1-04. A great performance by all and a special mention for Lauren McDonnell who was immense in a sweeper role, and Niamh Carney who was outstanding in Midfield. Panel – Aine Maxwell, Clodagh McCormack (C), Sharon Boland, Claire Conlon, Amy Maxwell, Therese Reilly, Cliona McCormack, Roisin Killian, Niamh Carney, Roisin Kealy, Karen Keegan, Lauren McDonnell, Erin Pettit, Orla Robbins (C), Sinead Robbins, Edwina Scally, Ashling McCormack, Laura Conlon, Emer Killian, Sandra Nestor, Ciara Maxwell, Lisa McCormack, Leanne Daly. Our next game is a ¼ final in 2 weeks, all support will be greatly appreciated
St Joseph’s Ladies V Garrycastle 2
The Ladies Junior Championship resumed last Bank Holiday Monday evening 5th August with our second outing against Garrycastle (2), in Streamstown. Weather conditions remained good throughout and the heavy showers in the vicinity spared us their presence for the duration of the contest. This was always going to be a hotly contested game with Garrycastle coming off a league win against us at the same venue recently and St Joseph’s Ladies eager to avenge the defeat and continue unbeaten in the Championship. As expected, the game started at a blistering pace and St Joseph’s Ladies opened the scoring with a Karen Keegan point from play in the first minute, this was followed by a cracking goal from Sinead Robbins in the forth minute. Any illusions that St Joseph’s Ladies were going to continue to dominate were quickly quelled when Garrycastle scored 3 excellent points from play and looked threatening every time they moved forward. Only for an outstanding save from a high dropping ball by our young keeper Aine Maxwell the Garrycastle scoring run would have been greater. Indeed, Aine had an outstanding game in goals and is growing in confidence with every match. This intervention, along with some positional adjustments inspired the team and we hit Garrycastle with 5 unanswered points from play, Sinead Robbins, Roisin Kealy, Joyce Conway and Karen Keegan. Garrycastle steadied the ship and came back with a point which was duly cancelled out but then Garrycastle scored a close-range goal before the halftime whistle. The half-finished, St Joseph’s Ladies 1-08 to Garrycastle (2) 1-05. We knew the second half would continue to test us against the wind and a tough Garrycastle team with several experienced players on show on the day. We got the first score of the second half with a point from Karen Keegan in the second minute and this was immediately cancelled out by Garrycastle. We gave ourselves a bit of breathing space when Erin Pettit picked up the ball on the right side and slotted it neatly in the left corner of the net for our second goal of the day. Again, Garrycastle came back at us and scored a goal of their own and 3 points. We then hit a purple patch started by a Sinead Robbins goal in the 17th minute and before the end of the game we had scored an additional 3 goals and a point. Several substitutions were made in the second half and the girls that came in continued the great team display of the day. This was certainly a panel performance with all working for the common good. Everyone without exception played brilliantly but a nod of respect must go to Sinead Robbins, Karen Keegan who dominated the middle of the park and Amy Maxwell who worked tirelessly to nullify Garrycastle’s attacking threat. The game finished St. Joseph’s Ladies 6-10 to Garrycastle (2) 2-11. Our next game is against Athlone in Athlone to be played on Sunday 11th August @10:30am, all support will be greatly appreciated. Panel – Aine Maxwell, Clodagh McCormack (C), Sharon Boland, Claire Conlon, Amy Maxwell, Therese Reilly, Cliona McCormack, Roisin Killian, Ellie Conway, Roisin Kealy, Karen Keegan, Sinead Robbins, Erin Pettit, Orla Robbins (C), Joyce Conway, Niamh Carney, Edwina Scally, Lauren McDonnell, Ashling McCormack, Laura Conlon, Emer Killian, Sandra Nestor, Ciara Maxwell.Tweet