Happy Christmas to One and All

The Executive Committee of St Joseph’s would like to wish all it’s members young and old a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Some of our younger members enjoying their last training of 2014.

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U14’s end year with a great win

In the final game of 2014 St Joseph’s hosted Parkville in what was a great game played by both sides. Evenly matched for the first half with Joeys slightly ahead in chances but both keepers kept clean sheets to the break. The second half was much the same with Joeys continuing to create chances and were unlucky not to score. In the last five minutes of the game a great through ball from Cian Shannon found Evan McGuire one on one with the keeper who converted to score the only goal on the day. The game finished 1-0 to Joeys but credit to both sides for a very entertaining game. Best for Joeys Luke Hickey, Brian McGrath, Cormac O’Brien and Jonah Dunne

U10’s Crettyard 6 – St Joseph’s 0

A good game on a crisp winter morning where Crettyard took there chances well. St Joseph’s players all tried really hard and created some good chances but could not get the scores that some of their excellent play deserved.  In defence, Sean Breen and Orla Woods were excellent in front of the again outstanding Conall McGuire. The midfield of Jonah Webb, Michael Keane, Alex Farrell and Eva Doyle were all competitive and ran their hearts out.  The O’Neill girls as usual really got stuck in, as did the tigerish Sarah Nolan.  With this level of commitment from all and the improved passing on display it won’t be long before the team starts getting the results they deserve.

U11’s St Joseph’s 5 – GRS 0

Carew scores 4 to seal a excellent TEAM effort
In the last report we talked about the results not showing the effort that the team are
putting in, but this week it all changed with a excellent team effort producing the result that justifies the score line .
After 3 min`s Joeys were one up with a free kick from Conor  that slipped in past the goalie .GRS then put a small bit of pressure on Joeys with about 4 corners in a row but Josh  and the back line dealt with it brilliantly .Just before half time Conor scored his second to make it 2-0.
The passing and movement of everyone was excellent and created major problems for GRS through out the game .Alan then set up Conor for his hat trick .3-0.
Evan  then scored his first ever goal with a nice ball into the bottom corner. Conor then finished off the day with his 4th goal after a quick break from a GRS corner by Matthew who used his speed to skip past the GRS cover and passed into Conor`s path to slot home .
Overall a very good display by everyone .Josh, Kate, Mark ,Cillian F ,Luke ,Cian ,Jacob ,Ruairi ,Conor ,Alan ,Jack , Evan Cillian M and Mathew .

U12’s St Joseph’s 6 V Kinnegad 5

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St Joseph’s started off really well and they scored through Max Bolger. St Joseph’s kept battling and had a few more chances, but Kinnegad defence line held tight.H-T 1-0.The second half started with Kinnegad scoring 2 goals in the space of five mins, and scored again to make it 1-3. But St Joseph’s got a penalty and Micheal Hosey stepped up and scored to make it 2-3.It was end to end stuff both teams battling then,Matthew Gleeson scored to make it 3-3.But Kinnegad were not giving up and got another to make it 3-4.St Joseph’s Pablo Arias scored after a good block by Cassandra Dooley to make it 4-4.St Joseph’s were awarded a corner Cian McCreanor took it and scored to make it 5-4.Kinnegad kept battling and brought it back level 5-5. St Joseph’s held their heads and Matthew Gleeson scored with a min left to make it 6-5.
And held out to win 6-5. F-T 6-5

St Joseph’s Best Players: All round great Team Performance.

Great Atmosphere at the game Tks to all the supporters Go Joeys.

Deepest Sympathies to the Regan Family

St Joseph’s would like to offer its sincere condolences to the Regan family on the recent passing of Mrs Kathleen Regan, wife of Paddy and mother of John and Pat. Mrs Regan’s son Pat played with the Club up until recently and she currently has four grandchildren playing, Sean, Micheal, Paddy and Joe.

Funeral arrangements as follows-
http://rip.ie/showdn.php?dn=241315/KathleenREGAN/Nurney/Carlow

May she rest in peace.

St. Joseph’s Club Gear For Sale

ST. JOSEPHS AFC UNDERAGE JERSEY
Jersey (incl. name and number) – Kids €35/Adults €40

ST. JOSEPHS AFC UNDERAGE HOODIE
Hoodie (incl. initials) – Kids €35/Adults €40

ST. JOSEPHS AFC UNDERAGE JACKET
Rain Jacket (incl. initials) – Kids €35/Adults €40

ST. JOSEPHS AFC UNDERAGE BAG
Ladies Gear Bag €25

ST. JOSEPHS AFC LADIES BAG
Gear Bag €25

Black Socks/Shirts also available.

U11s home to St. Fiacc’s

A very entertaining game played by two good teams .The visitors took the lead when a cross fell to one of their players at the edge of the box .And he finished it nicely . Again Joeys had more of the chances but missed the target by fractions in each occasion . They never tested the goalie in the first half. I think this is the first time that the team has had no shots on target in the first half .Half time 1 nil down .

We asked them to improve on 4 things in the second half which they did and greatly dominated the game again but Fiaccs broke quickly and scored another goal .
Conor Carew scored one back to bring it to 2-1 but was too late .

Again the overall play was excellent by everyone but the small bit of luck isn’t rubbing off on Joeys this year so far with the results not showing the work been put in by the team .

FIFA Puskas Award

Ireland’s Stephanie Roche @StephanieRoche9 has been short listed for the FIFA Puskas Award, which is given for the best goal of the year. She is up against Holland’s Robin Van Persie and Colombia’s James Rodriguez. Steph is the first female footballer to make it into the top 3 goals. However Steph herself has said that she wants to win the award for her skill and not her sex. And as can be seen from the link below, it would be thoroughly deserved on that bases. Steph scored a fantastic goal while playing for Peamount United V Wexford Youths last year. As the goal is selected on a public vote we have included the link for people to vote as a way to support Steph and highlight the type of football that can be seen in Irish grassroots football. You can vote as many times as you like on different days. So let’s get voting and we would like to wish Stephanie Roche the best of luck from all in St. Joseph’s AFC. #COYGIG

http://www.fifa.com/ballon-dor/puskas-award/index.html

Local U9 Derby

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Last Saturday saw our U9 Red and Green teams take on one another in a fiercely competitive game. With 6 goals scored in total the Red team just edged it on this occasion. The second leg willbe much anticipated as The Greens will be out to prove a point. The future of this Joeys team will be bright as its great to see our club able to field 2 strong teams at this age group.

Well done to all.