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Joes finish with flurry in Mals encounter

Joes finish with flurry in Mals encounter

St Josephs 6-10 Naomh Malachi 1-9.

For the second year in succession St Josephs rattle up an avalanche of goals in a championship match. Last year it was 8-13 against Hunterstown this time it was 6-10 at the expense of the Malachis as they book their place into the knockout phase of the championship. A man who made a massive contribution to this was Conal O’Hanlon. O’Hanlon scored 1-1 himself but played a key role in a lot of scores for his team mates with his aerial threat.

After some poor shooting from both sides in the opening few minutes it was the Darver/Dromiskin outfit who opened the scoring through Adam O’Connor. Conal O’Hanlon collected a high ball before turning his marker to set up the arriving O’Connor who crashed the ball to the net past Liam McCann in the Malachi’s goal to give the Joes the ideal start inside 8 minutes. Colin Rooney converted a close range free shortly after. The same player and the Joes’ O’Hanlon traded frees before a superb point from Colin Hoey got the Malachis first score from play which left it at 1-1 to 0-3 points in favour of St Josephs after 11 minutes. Adam O’Connor sent a shot over the bar to give him a personal tally of 1-1. But the Malachis rattled off four unanswered points to take a two point lead after 18 minutes. Those points emanated from Colin Rooney (two), Padraig Moley and a free from Ronan Greene as the Joes struggled for cohesion for large parts of that half. Derek Mulligan scored a superb solo effort to close the gap to a point before another goal from Alan Quigley after yet another set up by O’Hanlon put Jody Clark’s side in front. Mulligan then got his second point of the afternoon to give the Joes a two point lead after 23 minutes. Ronan Greene converted another free kick to leave it at just two points in favour of the Joes at half time on a 2-4 to 0-8 points scoreline.

The second half started and the Joes went on to score four goals to secure victory. We did have to wait 15 minutes to get the opening score of this half and it came through Alan Quigley. The same player converted a 45 metre free to leave it at 2-6 to 0-8 points in the Joes favour. A Ronan Greene free kept the Malachis with an outside chance but that hope was well an truly extinguished thanks to two quickfire goals from Alan Quigley and Conal O’Hanlon to leave it at 4-6 to 0-9 points inside 51 minutes. Alan McKenna sent a left footed shot over the bar before the same player got another goal for 5-7 to 0-9 points. The same player scored another point as the Joes continued to ice their cake. Alan Quigley added two further points including one from a free before there was even time for half back David Mernagh to get in on the scoring act and score the Joes 6th goal of the game. Credit to Tom Gribben’s side they never gave in and they did at least raise a green flag for a consolation score. The Joes advance to face Na Piarsiagh in the next round of the championship while for the third successive year the Malachis face a relegation play off to maintain their Intermediate championship status.

St Josephs: Robert Sansom; Philip Kinahan, Ben Mulligan, David Kieran; David Mernagh, Sean McQuilan, Liam O’Leary; Adam O’Connor(1-1), Peter Mulligan; Alan McKenna(1-2) Conall Smyth, Jack Mulligan; Alan Quigley(2-4),2f Conal O’Hanlon(1-1),1f Derek Mulligan(0-2).
Substitutes: Alan Lynch for Sean McQuilan, Craig Doherty for Jack Mulligan, Cian Smyth for Conall Smyth.

Naomh Malachi: Liam McCann; David Begley, Stephen Burns, Conor Gonnelly; Shane Roddy, Ronan Greene (0-3) 3f, Ronan Lynch; Pierce Caherty, Padraig Moley; Colin Hoey (0-1), Ronan McElroy, Donal Begley (1-0); Jamie Kelly, Feidhlim Daly, Colin Rooney (0-4) 3f.

Referee: John Murphy.

Derek Mulligan   St Josephs

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