St Joseph’s book their place in league semi-finals

St Joseph’s impressive league campaign recorded its latest positive result on Thursday night last, as they eased to a ten point win over Emo.

St Joseph’s impressive league campaign recorded its latest positive result on Thursday night last, as they eased to a ten point win over Emo.

ACFL Division 1

St Joseph’s 1-13

Emo 0-6


PJ Dempsey’s side were never really in any danger here, hitting the front early on and holding a commanding 0-8 to 0-2 lead at half time.

Emo, without their Laois players, really struggled, and they will be hoping the return of Darren Strong, Billy Sheehan and Evan Costello can bring about a significant upturn in fortunes.

For St Joseph’s, however, this is the latest chapter in a league campaign which has seen them lose just once. They are trying to play a high-tempo short passing game, and it appears to be getting the best out of their squad.

While they are very young, they could still introduce players like Noel Garvan and David Brennan in this game, so things look to be shaping up nicely for them as the championship approaches.

This game was a bit of a slow-burner, with nothing much of note happening in the early stages. The only score sin the first ten minutes were two points from St Joseph’s, as Danny Hickey and James Doyle (free) found the target.

Emo were struggling to create scoring opportunities, and Liam Kealy would stretch the St Joseph’s lead before Emo opened their account, through Paul Lawlor, in the 16th minute.

It was only a brief respite for the Emo men, however, as St Joseph’s went on to hit the next five points in a row, starting with an effort from James Doyle.

That run saw them open up a seven point lead, and Emo could only manage one point in reply, from a Shane Murphy free, as the hosts lead 0-8 to 0-2 at the break.

Emo started the second half brightly, and Rorie Meredith pointed after just three minutes. It was aquickly cancelled out, however, by a well-worked score from Brian Brennan. St Joseph’s lead only grew from there with points from Colin Campion and Brendan Hickey.

James Walsh then added a goal late on, as St Joseph’s eased home to a big win.

SCORERS - St Joseph’s: James Doyle 0-4 (0-2 frees), Colin Campion (0-2 45s), Brendan Hickey 0-3 each, James Walsh 1-0, Danny Hickey, Brian Brennan, Liam Kealy 0-1 each. Emo: Paul Lawlor, Shane Murphy (frees) 0-2 each, Brian Gorman, Rorie Meredith 0-1 each.

ST JOSEPH’S: Daniel Nelligan; Donal Ramsbottom, Gary Rowan, Tom Dunne; Colin Campion, Kevin Campion, Adam Campion; Jason Campion, Ian Donnelly; Liam Kealy, Brendan Hickey, Michael Keogh; Brian Brennan, James Doyle, Danny Hickey. Subs: Noel Garvan for Rowan (30 mins - injured), Jody Devoy for D Hickey (half time), David Brennan for Donnelly (45 mins), Paddy Fleming for Dunne (52 mins), James Walsh for Doyle (52 mins), Noel Leech for K Campion (57 mins)

EMO: Gerry McGill; Robert Wilkinson, Michael Dowling, James Coman; Eibhin Joyce, Glen Brophy, Ray Ryan; Mark Carney, Brian Gorman; David Gorman, Paul Lawlor, Nigel Murphy; Paddy Dunne, Shane Murphy, Conor Lawlor. Subs: Rorie Meredith for C Lawlor (25 mins), Conor Lawlor for McGill (42 mins - injured), George Sherlock for Dunne (45 mins - injured), James O’Rourke for Meredith (59 mins)

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Stradbally)