Annanough 7-7 St Joseph’s 0-7
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Annanough went goal crazy in Stradbally today as they hit St Joseph’s for seven to advance to the Laois IFC quarter-finals.
This game saw the last two junior champions come face to face and both teams came into this game hoping to secure their place in the Intermediate championship for another year.
Timahoe were awaiting the losers in a relegation final after their loss to Clonaslee on Friday night.
St Joseph’s were first on the scoreboard in the third minute when Niall Brennan scored from a straight forward free after some good work from full forward Jason Campion.
Annanough answered through a free of their own when Damien McCaul slotted over from the 21 yard line. McCaul then doubled his account two minutes later with some good work down the left wing and a nice finish off his right foot.
Between good defence and poor shooting neither team registered a score for the next ten minutes.
Murtagh Condron got St Joseph’s back on level terms in the 17th minute. He picked the ball up on the 45 metre line, he took his man up and fisted the ball over the bar.
A minute later St Josephs took the lead after their centre forward Tommy Knowles scored a fine point from outside the 45 metre line.
St Joseph’s certainly looked the more confident team for the next couple of minutes, driving at the Annanough defence at every opportunity.
Annanough then scored the first of their seven goals after 21 minutes. McCaul dropped a 45 short and James Miller was quickest to react and slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
One minute later Annanough added their second goal. Some sloppy defending by St Joseph’s let McCaul gather and finish.
McCaul then added his second goal in the 26th minute. He gathered the ball and after a fine run he finished calmly past the St Joseph’s keeper to put Annanough eight points in front.
The last minute of the half saw the teams trade scores and Annanough led 3-3 to 0-4 at half time.
Any belief St Joseph’s had was quickly dashed by two Annanough goals straight after half time. Colin Miller scored the first after 31 minutes and James Miller got another three minutes later.
Donal Miller and John Scully were showing all their experience in the middle of the park and these two were the launchpad for most of Annanough’s good play throughout the game.
McCaul then completed his hat trick of goals on 45 minutes to push Annanough’s lead out to 17 points. St Joseph’s did not give up and kept fighting, however, and they had opportunities but very few were executed and this showed in the final score.
St Joseph’s scored three unanswered points between the 46th and 53rd minute as Ciaran Ramsbottom, Steven Mc Donald and Jason Campion all added points.
Elliot Scully was introduced off the Annanough bench after 50 minutes to mark his return from injury and he went on to score 1-3 in the last ten minutes to bring the final score to 7-7 to 0-7.
Annanough will now play Portlaoise in the intermediate quarter-final with St Joseph’s to meet Timahoe in the relegation decider.
SCORERS – Annanough: Damien McCaul 3-3, James Miller 2-0, Elliott Scully 1-3, Colin Miller 1-0, Killian Horgan 0-1. St Joseph’s: Niall Brennan 0-1, Murtagh Condron 0-1, Tommy Knowles 0-1, Seamus Farrelly 0-1, Ciaran Ramsbottom 0-1, Jason Campion 0-1, Steven McDonald 0-1
ANNANOUGH: Sean Hennessy; Conor Stapleton, Rory Stapleton, Ronan Stapleton; Johnny Fennelly, Marty Stapleton, Conor Donlon; John Scully, Donal Miller; James Miller, Killian Horgan, Shane Stapleton; Ciaran Hennessy, Colin Miller, Damien McCaul.
ST JOSEPH’S: Ray Kealy; Murtagh Condron, Patrick Fleming, Mark George, Oisin Lacey, William McDonald, James Fleming; Kevin Campion, James Smith; Ciaran Ramsbottom, Tommy Knowles, Seamus Farrelly; Niall Brennan, Jason Campion, Peter Kealy. Subs:
REFEREE: John Murphy (Crettyard)
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