St Joseph’s 2-13 Stradbally 2-7
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1A
St Joseph’s got their 2017 ACFL Division 1A season off to a winning start thanks to a six-point win away to Stradbally this evening.
In a clash between two sides with championship ambitions, St Joseph’s were the ones that laid down the early marker.
They were well on top in the opening half and a goal from Danny Hickey as well as points from James Smith, Dylan Doyle, Mattie Campion, Cian Maher and Mick Keogh had them in a commanding 1-10 to 0-4 lead at the break.
Stardbally improved considerably in the second half and goals from Conor Delaney and Jody Dillon helped them to reduce the gap to a point by the 45th minute.
But St Joseph’s arrested the slide and a goal from Mattie Campion with eight minutes remaining was enough to give them some breathing space and they pushed on to win by six points.
As this was a re-arranged first round game, neither side have much time to recover and both are back in action again at the weekend – Stradbally away to Arles-Killeen on Saturday and St Joseph’s at home to O’Dempsey’s on Sunday.
SCORERS – St Joseph’s: Danny Hickey 1-3, Mattie Campion 1-2, James Smith 0-4, Dylan Doyle, Cian Maher 0-2 each, Cathal Fleming and Mick Keogh 0-1 each. Stradbally: Tom Shiel 0-5, Conor Delaney 1-1, Jody Dillon 1-0, Liam Knowles 0-2
ST JOSEPH’S: Dermot Kelly; Aidan Brennan, Tim Dunne, Cian Maher; Murtagh Condron, Dan Dunne, Colin Campion; Ian Donnelly, Cathal Fleming; Dylan Doyle, James Smith, Danny Hickey; Mick Kehoe, Mattie Campion, Liam Kealy. Subs: Tommy Knowles for Kelly, James Doyle for Kealy
STRADBALLY: Derek Beale; Colin Beale, Eamon Conlon, Jamie Kavanagh; Damien Murphy, Liam Knowles, Charlie O’Brien; Darren Maher, Conor Delaney; Padraig Fitzpatrick, Tom Shiel, Benny Lawlor; John Donohue, Colm Kelly, Jody Dillon. Subs: John Clancy for Lawlor, Sean Comerford for Fitzpatrick.
SEE ALSO – All of this weekend’s Laois GAA fixtures