Joseph’s grind out win

St Joseph’s St Bride’s 1-8 0-7

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

ST JOSEPH’S opened their Di­vi­sion 2 League cam­paign with a hard-earned win against a well or­gan­ised St Bride’s team in Pairc an Chuin­nigh on Satur­day evening.

The Bride’s opened brightly and Robert San­som in the Joes goal was called into ac­tion in the very first minute when he dived to his left to steer a goal-bound ef­fort clear of goal.

The Joes hit the front in the sixth minute when David Mer­nagh set up Derek Mul­li­gan who rounded his man and calmly planted the ball to the right of Alan Mee­gan in the Bride’s goal.

The Bride’s re­sponded within a minute with their first score, a point from Sean Marry, and Marry dou­bled the Bride’s tally with his sec­ond on nine min­utes and the sides were level when Ross Ke­hoe added a third.

On 12 min­utes Paddy Reilly cut through the Joes de­fence to set up Con­ail Devin and his goal-bound ef­fort skimmed the cross­bar to put the Bride’s ahead 0-4 to 1-0. The Bride’s con­tin­ued to shade the pos­ses­sion and the Joes had to wait un­til the 19th minute to reg­is­ter their sec­ond score, a point from a 40-me­tre Conal O’Han­lon free.

Craig Do­herty put the Joes ahead on 23 min­utes and on the stroke of half-time Conal O’Han­lon landed a free to send his side in lead­ing by 1-3 to 0-4.

Alan Quigley opened the sec­ond-half scor­ing with a point from a 45-me­tre free for the Joes, but that was can­celled out by a free from half that dis­tance from Con­ail Devin.

The next four points were shared to see the Joes re­tain the ad­van­tage at 1-6 to 0-7, be­fore the Darver and Dromiskin out­fit in­creased their lead to three points when O’Han­lon hit the tar­get.

Both sides had their chances in the fi­nal 1-0 min­utes, but there was to be just a sin­gle score -a su­perb point from wide on the right by Derek Mul­li­gan for the Joes - to se­cure vic­tory for the Cluskey Park men.

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