Joes are back on song with big win
St Joseph's 6-9 St Bride's 2-5
IN this Under-11 back fixture it was the Joes who were quickly off the mark with three points from Conall McCaul (2) and Killian McDonnell.
The Joes' defensive line of Conor Casey, Killian McNally and Conor Marmion held tight against a number of Bride's attacks, before Conor McKnight sent Ben Collier through for the first goal of the game.
Evan McEnteggart then collected a through-ball and turned quickly to shoot an excellent point.
Bride's found their range to score a goal following a save from Matthew Quigley, but Joes responded when a Ben Collier pass was expertly finished to the net by Evan McEnteggart. Two further long-range points from Conor McKnight and Ben Collier appeared to leave the Joes in control, but it was the Bride's who finished the half strongly with a well-worked goal and two points to leave the half-time score at St Joseph's 2-6 St Bride's 2-3.
The second half saw the Bride's come out strongly and they had the Joes under heavy pressure, requiring two full-length saves from Matthew Quigley to keep the Joes ahead. Two points from the Bride's left the minimum between the sides, but it was the Joes midfield of Conall McCaul, Conor McKnight and Turlough McGeeney who took control and two quick goals followed from Conor McKnight and Ben Collier.
The Bride's were off target with a number of good chances and it was the Joes who continued to take their scores with further goals from Conall McCaul and Evan McEnteggart. With Conor Casey continuing to dominate in the heart of the Joes defence, it was they who finished the scoring with points from Conor McKnight and the hard-working Turlough McGeeney.
This was a fine team performance from a young Joes side that also saw Kyle Hodgers and Rory McLoughlin make their debut at this level.
St Joseph's: Matthew Quigley, Killian McNally, Conor Casey, Conor Marmion, Conor McKnight 1-1, Turlough McGeeney 0-1, Conall McCaul 1-2, Ben Collier 0-2, Killian McDonnell 2-2, Evan McEnteggart 2-1, Kyle Hodgers, Rory McLoughlin.