Brought to you in association with Cllr Tom Mulhall
St Joseph’s 2-12 The Heath 1-9
Laois Shopping Centre SFC Round 1
Michael Keogh was the difference as St Joseph’s produced a second half comeback to defeat The Heath in O’Moore Park this evening.
The forward kicked 1-4 from play as Dessie Brennan’s men put their league final disappointment behind them to get their championship campaign off to the perfect start.
The Heath made a great start to this one with points from Evin Keane and debutant Shane Forde in the first couple of minutes.
St Joseph’s hit back through Dylan Doyle before a Dan Dunne free after 10 minutes drew them level.
Evin Keane restored The Heath’s lead and they almost had a goal the at the midpoint of the half when Shane Forde and Brian Ging combined to set up Andrew Booth but Dan Dunne denied him.
That save was important as moments later St Joseph’s moved up the field where Michael Keogh got through and smashed the ball into the top corner of the net.
But The Heath’s response was emphatic. Three minutes later Evin Keane fed Brian Ging and he slalomed through the St Joseph’s defence before coolly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of Dan Dunne’s net.
Evin Keane added a free and then another as we approached the end of the first half.
Brian Daly cut the gap with his first free but Ciaran Booth hit straight back following another flowing attack from The Heath.
However, St Joseph’s tallisman Michael Keogh brought the half to an end with two points to leave just one between them at the break – The Heath leading 1-6 to 1-5.
And the sides were level for the second time two minutes into the second half when Brian Daly combined with Tom Kelly to fist the ball over the bar.
Evin Keane restored The Heath’s advantage and then landed another from distance after 35 minutes.
But 30 seconds later, st Joseph’s had a goal. Brian Daly, Tom Kelly, Mikie Dempsey and Michael Keogh were all involved before the latter played the ball to Dylan Doyle who slotted the ball beyond Jimmy Nerney.
Dean Brophy then kicked one from play and all of a sudden Joseph’s were two points ahead.
Matty Campion kicked his first of the evening to make it a three point game before half time substitute Enda Butler nudged Joseph’s on further.
Brian Daly then added a free and St Joseph’s held a five point lead as we entered the final quarter.
Michael Keogh took his tally to 1-3 with a sweet point off his left foot before The Heath almost had a goal.
Substitute Mark Dunne had the first chance but his shot was blocked by keeper Dan Dunne and the ball came back to another substitute Cathal Whelan but his shot was blocked out for a 45 by Dan’s brother Tom – which Colin Nestor pointed for The Heath.
Michael Keogh put six between them again and incredibly, despite ten more minutes being played, neither side would score again.
SCORERS – St Joseph’s: Michael Keogh 1-4, Brian Daly 0-3 (two frees) Dylan Doyle 1-1, Dan Dunne 0-1 (one free), Dean Brophy 0-1, Matty Campion 0-1, Enda Butler 0-1, Colin Nestor 0-1 (one 45) The Heath: Evin Keane 0-6 (four frees), Brian Ging 1-0, Shane Forde 0-1, Ciaran Booth 0-1
ST JOSEPH’S: Dan Dunne; Aidan Brennan, Tom Dunne, Adam Campion; James Kelly, Donal Ramsbottom, Dean Brophy; Cathal Fleming, Brian Daly; Tom Kelly, Michael Keogh, Mikie Dempsey; Dylan Doyle, Brendan Hickey, Matty Campion. Subs: Enda Butler for Hickey (ht), Ian Donnelly for Ramsbottom (58m)
THE HEATH: JP Nerney; Neil Keane, Robbie Dowling, Alan Whelan; Mark Dowling, James Nerney, Ciaran Booth; Denis Booth, Daithi Carroll; Dylan Kavanagh, Brian Ging, PJ Daly; Evin Keane, Shane Forde, Andrew Booth. Subs: Chris Bergin for A Booth (27m), James Phelan for J Nerney (ht), Colin Nestor for Kavanagh (39m), Cathal Whelan for R Dowling (44m), Mark Dunne for Ging (47m, black card), Liam Kinsella for Daly (58m)
REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)