An otherwise entertaining and action-packed game was abandoned twenty-five minutes early due to the unfortunate injury to St Josephs’ corner-forward, Jason Knowles, on Sunday evening in Crettyard.
The game got off to a competitive start with early scores coming from both sides to leave the score at 0-2 apiece after six minutes. Spink were first out of the blocks with centre-forward MJ Lalor applying the finishing touch to a well worked move direct from the throw-in.
St Joseph’s replied with a high curling effort from wing-back, Murtagh Condron, to even the score but Spink were back in front almost instantly, with Damien Carter splitting the Josephs’ defence before cooly slotting the ball over the crossbar.
St Joseph’s evened the score once again, this time through Adam Campion, before quickly taking the lead for the first time in the match through Michael Keogh. Spink re-adjusted and notched three consecutive points to the the referee’s scorecard through Carter, Daithi Brennan and James Walsh.
St Joseph’s closed out the half strongly as the attackingly-minded defender, Murtagh Condron, stormed the pitch yet again to grab his second point of the day. Michael Keogh was proving too much to handle for the Spink defence as he brought his tally to three points to give his side a narrow one point advantage at the break.
Spink emerged for the second half with an air of purpose, and promptly set about the task ahead of them as they picked-up three points in five minutes through Damien Carter, and brothers MJ and Liam Lalor, as Spink eased into a two point lead.
With just five minutes elapsed in the second half, St Josephs’ wiry corner-forward Jason Knowles suffered the unfortunate fate of a suspected broken ankle in an accident during the middle of play, resulting in an ambulance having to be called. Due to the severity of the injury, and the falling darkness, referee Vincent Dowling made the decision to abandon the game.
SCORERS - Spink: Damien Carter 0-3 (one free), MJ Lalor 0-2, Brian O’Meara, Daithi Brennan and James Walsh 0-1 each; St Joseph’s: Michael Keogh 0-3, Murtagh Condron 0-2, Adam Campion 0-1.
SPINK: John Dunphy; Paddy Gorman, Mick Fenlon, Micheal Downey; James Walsh, Seamus Dwyer, Eddie Siney; Declan Murtagh, Brian O’Meara; Tony Shaughnessy, MJ Lalor, Willie Barry; Daithi Brennan, Mark Carroll, Damien Carter. SUBS: Liam Lalor for Eddie Siney.
ST JOSEPH’S: Robbie Butler; Mark George, PJ Rowan, Tom Dunne; Murtagh Condron, Donal Ramsbottom, Gearoid Lacey; Podge Condron, Cathal George; Michael Keogh, Adam Campion, Joey Devoy; Danny Hickey, Colin Campion, Jason Knowles.
Referee: Vincent Dowling (O’Dempsey’s)