St Joseph’s 3-13 Portarlington 0-3
Midlands Park Hotel U-13 ‘A’ Football Championship Final
St Joseph’s have been crowned U-13 ‘A’ champions after a clinical performance against a gallant Portarlington side.
Joseph’s led from the start and were in control for large parts of the game. Their strong midfield runners and their eye for a pass were two of their many strengths.
Portarlington battled hard throughout the game with the scoreline not doing them justice for all their hard work.
Jack Deegan and midfielder Darragh Farrell got Joseph’s first two scores with fine points from play.
Henry Maher was immense throughout the game and he pulled off a fine save to deny Bobby Rowan.
Port opened their account with a free from Matthew O’Sullivan after nine minutes.
The Kellyville outfit then hit the ground running with a barrage of scores. Farrell and Deegan scoring another point each.
Sam Lynch scored two sumptuous scores with the second point going over off the outside of his boot.
Joseph’s then got in for their first goal as Eoin Johnson lobbed the ball into the square for Conor Murphy to tap into the net.
Farrell tapped over another point from a free before Murphy got his second goal of the game.
Murphy and Deegan trading passes before Murphy drilled the ball into the net and give them a commanding lead.
Murphy took his tally to 2-1 as he handpassed over the bar. Joseph’s went into the break in a comfortable position and looking good for the victory.
Eoin McEvoy tapped over a free to get the second half’s first score before Joseph’s raised their third green flag.
Lynch taking his tally to 1-2 after a stunning solo effort. Johnson then got his name on the scoreboard as he pointed from play.
Midfielder Farrell was having a great game and he scored another point from a free.
Maher was performing excellently in the Port goal as he made save after save to deny Joseph’s.
Murphy got his second point from play as he palmed the ball over the bar.
Hugo Emerson got Port’s third point from a free. Lynch pointed again before a Danny O’Brien free ended the game’s scoring.
Joseph’s impressive victory’s means that they’ve completed the league and championship double, which is not easy to do.
SCORERS – ST JOSEPH’S: Conor Murphy 2-2, Sam Lynch 1-3, Darragh Farrell 0-4 (two frees), Jack Deegan 0-2, Eoin Johnson and Danny O’Brien (free) 0-1 each PORTARLINGTON: Hugo Emerson, Matthew O’Sullivan and Eoin McEvoy (all frees) 0-1 each
ST JOSEPH’S: Sean Rowan; Seamus Lynch, Tadhg Dineen, Sean Dunne; Robbie Murphy, Rian Lafford, Evan Brophy; Eoin Johnson, Darragh Farrell; Jack Deegan, Bobby Rowan, Reese Halloran; Ben Murphy, Conor Murphy, Sam Lynch. Subs: Danny O’Brien for Halloran (39), Dylan Harrington for Rowan, Charlie Crehan for Dunne, Jack McDonnell for B Murphy (all 43)
PORTARLINGTON: Henry Maher; Luke O’Connell, Jack Murphy, Kailyn Flood; Hugh Connolly, Fionn Ryan, Tom Corcoran; Hugo Emerson, Matthew O’Sullivan; Alex Dunne, Jordan Downey, Ben McCann; Conor Maher, Eoin McEvoy, Finn Lyons. Subs: Patrick Murray for Lyons (HT), Michael P Luttrell for McCann (31), Ryan Weldon for McEvoy, Miguel Meras for Corcoran both (49)
Referee: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)