Joe’s edge pul­sat­ing Mi­nor ‘B’ de­cider

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -


ST Josephs again came through against the odds when they over­came a very strong Naomh Fionnbarra/Lannleire side in the LMFM Mi­nor B Cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Sta­ban­non.

The teams had met in Cluskey Park in the first round of the Cham­pi­onship when the Joes went down heav­ily on a score­line of 4-12 to 0-13.

In a pul­sat­ing high scor­ing fi­nal, that was a credit to both sides the Joes stuck to the game plan with the match turn­ing in a five-minute sec­ond-half spell when Jack Bar­ron was on hand to fin­ish two goals to the Fin­bars/Lannleire net.

On a per­fect evening for foot­ball Conor Neary opened the scor­ing for the Joes with a su­perb free kick from the right side­line. How­ever it was the Fin­bars/Lannleire team that set­tled best and their strong run­ning had the Joes un­der heavy pres­sure in the open­ing 20 min­utes. Four points in quick suc­ces­sion had the com­bi­na­tion side up by 4 to 1 in­side four min­utes.

The Joes hit back when the hard­work­ing Dy­lan McGrory won pos­ses­sion on the 45m line, Conor Neary’s su­perb long ball was taken in his stride by Ben Col­lier and although first at­tempt was saved by Matthew Reilly, he made no mis­take with the fol­low-up to hit the back of the net. The Fin­bars/Lannleire side led by Pierce Hawkins, Jack Cros­bie and Kil­lian Gre­gory dom­i­nated the scor­ing with Gre­gory on tar­get with three fine scores. The Joes found them­selves down by 0-8 to 1-2 on 23 min­utes with Con­all McCaul strik­ing from dis­tance.

The Joes saw out the half in fine style with Ben Col­lier strik­ing from a very nar­row an­gle on the right wing on 24 min­utes and then Josh Mackin in the Joes goal was quick off line to deny the com­bi­na­tion side a goal chance.

The Joes hit three points be­tween the 27th & 29th minute, a Con­all McCaul 30m free nar­rowed the gap to two. Aaron Nearys strong tack­ling de­liv­ered pos­ses­sion to Gabriel Bell who soloed through the cen­tre for an ex­cel­lent point. The Joes took the lead when a pa­tient build up ended with Ben Col­lier calmly strik­ing a fine point off his left foot. The sides went in level at the break with an­other fine long range point from the Fin­bars/ Lannleire side, half time 1-6to 0-9.

The qual­ity of the scor­ing from both sides was even bet­ter in the sec­ond half with nine points in the first 12 min­utes. The Joes hit the front when Jack Bar­ron split the posts in the first minute, how­ever the com­bi­na­tion side went ahead again with two in a row on 34 min­utes.

The sides went score for score Conor Ber­rill set­ting up Ben Col­lier for a Joes point and Kil­lian Gre­gory re­spond­ing im­me­di­ately with an equaliser. The Fin­bars/Lannleire long range scor­ing con­tin­ued with an­other fine point to edge them in front on 36 min­utes.

Ben Col­lier equalised for the Joes from a 13m free fol­low­ing a foul on Gabriel Bell and it was a su­perb point from Con­all McCaul that had the Joes ahead again on 40 min­utes. Fin­bars/Lannleire equalised be­fore Ben Col­lier re­stored the Joes lead when his shot went over of the right up­right, Joes 1-11, Fin­bars/Lannliere 0-13.

The Joes in­tro­duced fresh legs with Josh Todd and Ciaran John­ston joined the at­tack and it was Todd who split the Fin­bars/Lannleire de­fence, his par­tially saved shot was bun­dled over the line by the quick think­ing Jack Bar­ron on 43 min­utes. The Fin­bars/Lannleire side cut the mar­gin to three with a sec­ond ef­fort com­ing back off the cross bar.

On 48 min­utes the ever dan­ger­ous Ben Col­lier cut-in from the right and his par­ried shot was fin­ished to the net by Jack Bar­ron to put the Joes six up, 3-11 to 0-14. The Fin­bars/Lannleire side now needed a goal but the Joes de­fence held firm, the sides con­tin­ued to ex­change scores with Ben Col­lier point­ing a 13m free and Conor Neary do­ing like­wise from 20me­tres to leave the score­line Joes 3-13, Fin­bars/Lannleire 0-17 on 54 min­utes.

On 58 min­utes Conor Ber­rill’s ef­forts were re­warded when he pointed fol­low­ing a strong run, a score that was can­celled out a minute later, Joes 3-14, Fin­bars/ Lannleire 0-18. Fin­bars/Lannleire re­sponded with a point from a free be­fore Conal McCaul show com­po­sure to land an­other su­perb point for the Joes.

ST JOSEPH’S: Josh Mackin, Kyle McQuil­lan, Kevin Camp­bell, Conor Casey, Michael Staunton 0-3, Paul Coyne, Adam Ste­wart, Gabriel Bell 0-1, Conor Neary 0-3 (2f), Oran McPar­land, Con­all McCaul 0-3 (2f), Dy­lan McGrory, Jack Bar­ron 2-1, Conor Ber­rill 0-1, Ben Col­lier 1-6 (2f), Aaron Neary, Josh todd, Ciaran John­ston, Con­nor Marmion, Tur­lough McGeeney, Donal John­ston, Eric Shields, Rory Staunton, Tadgh Corr.

NAOMH FIONBARRA/LANNLEIRE: Matthew O’Reilly, Luke Kennedy, Ruairi Crofts, Aaron McAr­dle, Kalum Re­gan, Ro­nan Kelly, C J Corentin, Pierce Hawkins, Josh Cros­bie, Thomas McCreesh, Kil­lian Gre­gory, Caoimhin Ma­her, Adam Han­ratty, Jack Maguire, Ciaran Mackey.

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