Courtwood 4-14 St Joseph’s 1-8
ACFL Division 2 Final
Courtwood are moving like a team who will have an impact on the intermediate championship later this year – and they scored a big victory over St Joseph’s to claim the Division 2 title this evening.
Eddie Kinsella’s men were rampant throughout the game and were far superior against their fellow intermediate opponents as they ran out 15 point winners in Bill Delaney Park.
It was goals that got the job done for Courtwood and each of them were very good – involving running off the shoulder and fast handpassing.
They scored three of them in the first period and never really looked back from that point as the game was wrapped up baring a collapse.
St Joseph’s actually made the better start and found themselves two points to the good in as many minutes thanks to Dylan Doyle and Dean Brophy.
Courtwood drew level via Niall Donoher and Danny Luttrell before Alan Kinsella kicked them into a lead they would never relinquish after six minutes.
They had their first goal two minutes later when midfielder Niall Donoher and Danny Luttrell carried the ball up field before the latter picked out Kinsella who rattled the net.
Dylan Doyle and Dean Brophy replied with points for St Joseph’s but there was no let up from Courtwood as Luke Doran and Rory Doyle pointed before the midfield duo, aided by corner back Barry Donnelly, set up the aformentioned Doyle for another goal.
Conor Kealy hit back for St Joseph’s with their fifth point but Courtwood ended the half like a train to put the game beyond their opponents.
Rory Doyle and Luke Doran kicked their second points before Danny Luttrell raced through the heart of the St Joseph’s defence and planted the ball into the roof of the net.
Luttrell ended the first period with a free and a 45 to make it 3-9 to 0-5 at the break.
Courtwood picked up from where they left off on the resumption with a Colm Wilson point as St Joseph’s tried to stay in the game with one from Dean Brophy.
Niall Dunne and Conor Hogan edged Courtwood further ahead before they capped it all off with a fourth goal via wing back Colm Wilson.
St Joseph’s did get a late consolation goal and a point from full forward Dylan Doyle but that is as close as they would come.
Teenager Niall Dunne landed the game’s final score as Eddie Kinsella’s men celebrated a fine win.
Both sides will now turn their attentions to the championship which begins in the coming weeks.
Courtwood are up against last year’s relegated side Mountmellick Gaels which St Joseph’s face Rosenallis.
SCORERS – Courtwood: Danny Luttrell 1-3 (two 45, one free), Rory Doyle 1-2, Colm Wilson and Alan Kinsella 1-1 each, Niall Donoher 0-3, Luke Doran and Niall Dunne 0-2 each, Conor Hogan 0-1 St Joseph’s: Dylan Doyle 1-4, Dean Brophy 0-2, David Brennan and Conor Kealy 0-1 each
Courtwood: Matthew Byron; Barry Donnolly, Andrew Mulhare, Mark O’Halloran; Colm Wilson, Robbie Flynn, Conor Hogan; Danny Luttrell, Niall Donoher; Sean O’Flynn, Matt Kelly, Rory Doyle; Alan Kinsella, Niall Dunne, Luke Doran. Subs: Paddy Wilson for Luttrell (42m), Cian Doyle for R Doyle (48m), Jake Doyle for R Flynn (50m), Sean McLoughlin for Kinsella (55m), Liam Duffy for Doran (57m)
St Joseph’s: Dan Nelligan; Paddy Fleming, Murtagh Condron, Niall Brennan; Noel Leech, Donal Ramsbottom, Jack Lacey; James Smith, Noel Garvan; Dean Brophy, Enda Butler, Mikie Dempsey; Conor Kealy, Dylan Doyle, David Brennan. Subs: Dylan O’Brien for Fleming (33m), Micheal Fleming for Dempsey (43m), Stephen McDonald for D Brennan (43m), James Michael Fleming for Ramsbottom (50m), Dan Dunne for Butler (55m)
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)