Thursday 26 April 2018

Championship double completed by St John's

ST John's completed the Junior Championship double with this highly impressive win over Tourlestrane in the replay of the Junior B final at Markievicz Park on Saturday.

The club won the Junior A title a few weeks ago and their junior footballers were determined to make it a big double. The initial game was a very close affair but St. John's were much the better side on this occasion.

Tourlestrane played their part in an entertaining game but St. John's greater scoring power proved decisive on the day.

There was some excellent football played by both sides in a lively first half.

The big difference between the sides, however, was that St. John's were able to create and finish goal chances.

Two well-taken first half goals by Gary Hardigan and Keith Feeney put the Saints into a commanding lead at half-time.

Tourlestrane never gave up the fight but they had a mountain to climb.

St. John's defended their lead with great vigilance in the second half while continuing to tack on scores at the other end.

A third goal, neatly put away by David Heffernan, put the issue beyond all doubt.

St. John's also made the most of scoring chances from frees with the ever-reliable Keith Lynch contributing seven points. The platform for the Carraroe side's victory was established at midfield where Paul McNamara and John Reilly were very impressive.

Others to show up well for the new Champions were Brian McGowan, Alex Selby, Shane Kilcawley and David Heffernan.

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