St Joseph’s continued their impressive league campaign with a comfortable win over Crettyard in sunny Kellyville on Saturday evening.
ACFL Division 1
St Joseph’s 2-14
St Joseph’s started strongly and opened up the scoring within the first twenty seconds with James Doyle getting an impressive point straight from the throw-in. St Joseph’s dominated midfield and defended well, particularly Tom Dunne in the corner, whilst points from Brendan Hickey and Michael Keogh, along with a second from Doyle added to their tally.
Crettyard created a lot of opportunities in the opening half yet failed to convert them except for a point from Kieran Hosey.
In the fifteenth minute, following a superb catch from Kevin Campion, Colm Campion scored the game’s first goal after a fine run from wing back. Shortly after this, Crettyard almost scored a goal only for it to be saved on the line by Joseph’s full back Gary Rowan, who was solid throughout the game.
Crettyards’ Hosey, James Brennan and Patrick O Reilly demonstrated good support play as the half went on and when Philip Brennan was fouled, Cormac Murphy converted the free keeping Crettyard in contention.
As the half came to a close, Kevin Campion and David Brennan worked well to set Michael Keogh up for an excellently taken point, leaving the score at half time 1-7 to 0-3 in favour of the home side.
The second half started much like the opening half with Joseph’s on form with Colm Campion scoring a point after St Joseph’s again won the throw-in. Midfielder Kevin Campion added to his side’s scoring with a exquisite long range effort in the second minute.
Crettyard opened their second half scoring with a point from James Brennan, followed by a point from Philip Brennan but they struggled to gain any foothold in the game.
Following outstanding support play by James Doyle and Michael Keogh, St Joseph’s Brendan Hickey struck a sublime goal in the fifth minute, replicating his goal form against Arles-Killeen last week.
To their credit, Crettyard continued to push forward and Cormac Murphy displayed impressive free taking throughout the match, scoring seven.
St Joseph’s Noel Garvan held his own after being introduced in midfield, creating some excellent movements and scores which extended St Joseph’s lead to the finish and secured them two valuable league points while Crettyard have a struggle ahead of them to stay in Division One for next season.
St Joseph’s will now welcome Arles-Kilcruise to Kellyville, while Crettyard visit Graiguecullen.
Scorers – St Joseph’s: Brendan Hickey 1-2, Michael Keogh 0-5 (0-3 frees), Colm Campion 1-1, Kevin Campion 0-3, James Doyle 0-2, Noel Garvan 0-1. Crettyard: Cormac Murphy (0-7 frees), Kieran Hosey, James Brennan and Philip Brennan 0-1 each.
St Joseph’s: Daniel Nelligan, Tom Dunne, Gary Rowan, Adam Campion, Colm Campion, Martin Reilly, Donal Ramsbottom, Kevin Campion, Ian Donnelly, Liam Kealy, Brendan Hickey, Daniel Hickey, David Brennan, James Doyle, Michael Keogh. Subs: Noel Garvan for Tom Dunne (BC), Dillon Doyle for David Brennan, Noel Leech for Gary Rowan, James Smith for James Doyle and Cian Maher for Liam Kealy.
Crettyard: Eoin O Shea, Jason Dunne, Patrick Brennan, Cormac Phelan, Conor Barry, James Brennan, Michael Jordan, Patrick O Reilly, Cormac Murphy, Aaron Murphy, Kieran Hosey, Philip Brennan, Brian Whelan, Eddie O Reilly, Mark Lyons. Subs: Dominic Buggy for Aaron Murphy, Paul Delaney for Eddie O Reilly, Ollie Dickinson for Kieran Hosey (BC), James Kelly for Cormac Phelan.
Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)