St Joseph’s 0-11 Stradbally 0-9
ACFL Division 1A
St Joseph’s reached the league final last year and they have made a blistering start to this campaign as they collected their second consecutive win.
The game, played in damp conditions in Bill Delaney Park this evening, was a very tense affair and a fast start to the second half for St Joseph’s was decisive in the end as they opened up a margin that Stradbally couldn’t reel in.
Stradbally started the game on the front foot as points from Tom Shiel and John Clancy gave them an early lead after five minutes.
And Stradbally almost had a goal with their next attack as Conor Delaney’s high ball caused havoc and it eventually fell to Eamon Conlon but his effort lacked the power to beat Dan Dunne.
Michael Keogh got St Joseph’s off the mark after 10 minutes and the same player almost had a goal three minutes later but his shot was brilliantly saved by Wayne Comerford.
However, goalkeeper Dan Dunne levelled the tie from the resulting 45. Brian Daly then edged the Kellyville outfit in front for the first time with a free.
Colm Kelly and Jack Deegan regained the lead for the home team after 23 minutes and this sparked something of a scoring spree for both sides.
Brian Daly levelled things but Stradbally went two ahead soon after thanks to a brace from the impressive Colm Kelly.
Brendan Hickey and Michael Keogh squared the match once more but Podge Fitzpatrick thought he had sent Stradbally to the dressing rooms with a lead after dissecting the posts.
Nevertheless, there was still time for Dylan Doyle to raise a white flag to leave things deadlocked at 0-7 apiece at half time.
Stradbally started the second half in a similar fashion to the first and Dan Dunne had to be smart to deny Colm Begley from the angle after the inter-county man raced through along the endline.
But it was here that St Joseph’s went ahead and they wouldn’t be caught as Matty Campion and Keogh slotted one each.
Colm Kelly replied for Stradbally but Brendan Hickey moved St Joseph’s two clear again as we entered the closing ten minutes.
And amazingly, that would be the end of the scoring. Stradbally moved Darren Maher into full forward but they couldn’t get the ball to stick in there.
St Joseph’s were guilty of missing a number of chances but it didn’t matter in the end.
The game ended on a somewhat sour note as a melee broke out after Tom Shiel had been fouled near the corner.
And after referee Seamus Mulhare had calmed things down, he showed Stradbally substitute Podge Langton a red card to mean they would finish the game with 14 players.
SCORERS – St Joseph’s: Brendan Hickey and Michael Keogh 0-3 each, Brian Daly 0-2 (two frees), Matty Campion (free), Dylan Doyle and Dan Dunne (45) 0-1 each Stradbally: Colm Kelly 0-4 (two frees), Tom Shiel 0-2 (one 45), Podge Fitzpatrick, John Clancy and Jack Deegan 0-1 each
Stradbally: Wayne Comerford; Colin Beale, Liam Knowles, Eamon Conlon; Eoin Buggie, Jamie Kavanagh, Jack Langton; Jack Deegan, Darren Maher; Podge Fitzpatrick, Conor Delaney, John Clancy; Colm Begley, Tom Shiel, Colm Kelly. Subs: Podge Langton for Knowles (42mins, inj), Charlie O’Brien for Clancy (50mins)
St Joseph’s: Dan Dunne; Adam Campion, Tom Dunne, Donie Ramsbottom; Murtagh Condron, Aidan Brennan, Cian Maher; Matty Campion, Cathal Fleming; Peter Kealy, Michael Keogh, Tom Kelly; Brian Daly, Brendan Hickey, Dylan Doyle. Subs: James Kelly for Maher (5mins, inj), Dean Brophy for Kealy (45mins)
Referee: Seamus Mulhare