St Joseph’s lifted their first ever seniors Cup with a fantastic win against a battling New Oak on Saturday Evening. It’s been a tough journey to the final with St Joseph’s great 5-1 win against Killeshin in the Quarter Finals put them through to meet St Anne’s. League Champions St Anne’s were strong favourites to overcome Joseph’s in their own backyard. It was a tough game, only Joseph’s played with more heart and passion which put then through to the final on a penalty shootouts.
That final was always going to be tight, New Oak are a strong battling team with great management over them and it was never goin to be easy. The game itself started slow with both teams looking nervous on their big day. New Oak had more possession in the first 15 mind but none really getting a shot in on Kate Purcell the Joseph’s goalkeeper. Joseph’s made their first attack after 20 minutes great inter change between Elaine Ware and Emma O’Regan resulted in a good save and a corner. A brilliant whipped ball in was met by Andrea Jeaney only to be headed over the ball. A second chance came not long after with great play between the unplayable O’Regan and Ware again put Ware through one on one only for her to put her shot wide. The breahthrough came after 35 minutes, a poor goal kick by the New Oak keeper landed perfectly to Clodagh Maguire who controlled brilliantly and put a great ball through to O’Regan who finished fantastically to put Jospeh’s 1-0 up. New Oak were at sixes and sevens and Joseph’s had their tails in the air after the goal, Joseph’s capitalised when a great ball from Ware to O’Regan who put a fantastic ball through to Derbhla Kelly, Kelly first time into the bottom corner sent the sideline mad in the stroke of Half Time.
The Second was about New Oak and trying to get back into the game, the started the half well pressing every ball and got their rewards 20 minutes in the second half when a poor free kick by the Joseph’s backs was struck first time by Lisa Tobin to make it 2-1. The goal didn’t upset Joseph’s one bit, they still kept their shape and played some great passing football to try and get back their 2 goal deficit. Deborah Fields and Christine Scully went close from corners. Joseph’s nearly got the goal they wanted when O’Regan’s pace which was causing problems all day for the New Oak back four went through and was saved well by the New Oak keeper only to fall to Kelly who’s first time shot was cleared brilliantly off the line. The last 15 minutes chances were few and far between with a few stoppages so no real flow to the game was going on, eventually the Full Time whistle went and St Jospeh’s Ladies who have only been around for four seasons won their second piece of silverware in that period.
Best for St Jospeh’s were Emma O’Regan, Niamh O’Regan and Clodagh Maguire
St Joseph’s Ladies are in the Women’s Division 2 Cup Final against New Oak Ladies on Saturday 25th. Kick Off is 5pm in Crettyard.
Please all do what you can to come and support the girls in their first ever Cup Final. We wish them the very best of luck from the whole club.
The season has finished for this U 11 team with another penalty shootout defeat. The game itself was a even affair with no team scoring a goal during normal or extra time. It wasn’t for the want of trying by both teams ,with the two of them playing good soccer.
Credit to this team who has only conceded 1 goal in the last 5 games. Victory today was not to be. Everyone today put every thing into the game but of no avail . It was a terrible way to lose a final but the experience for everyone will stand to them for the future.
Overall it has been a great year for the team with some great performances by everyone. The character of the team is strong and they never drop their heads or give up.
Next up is the hardest game of the year when they play the PARENTS on Tues to finish the year. The ambulance will be ready for some tired parents ha.
We would like to wish the U11 squad the best of luck in their Shield Final tomorrow, Saturday V Crettyard. The final takes place in Killeshin at 1pm. We would ask you to come out and support the team.
An exciting game of football which Joeys controlled from the off. Paddy Regan was first to slot the ball home when Jack Murphy gave him a great ball from the left wing. Joeys didn’t have to wait too long for the second when again Jack Murphy was involved as he set Evan McGuire up, who made no mistake and put the ball over the keepers head. H/T 0-2. Harps upped the pressure in the second half and they were eventually rewarded with a goal. Joeys weren’t giving up though with goalkeeper Luke Hickey playing well and the back line of Jacob O’Brien, Brian McGrath and Ryan Cotter defending fiercely. Injury forced Brian off , Rory Guerin came on and continued the hard work being done in the right corner. With Cormac O’Brien, Ted Brophy and Ciaran O’Hagan working hard in the middle of the field, Joeys once again broke through and Paddy Regan crossed a great ball to Evan McGuire who struck home. Hanover scored a second, and a tense final few minutes remained. Joeys held on for a well deserved victory. F/t 2-3 Best for Joeys were Cian Shannon, Sam Byrne, Jack O’Se and Daniel Giedraitis.
The U10 team who played in the end of year blitz a few weeks ago. This team improved game on game all year and ended off the season with 2out 2 wins at the blitz. The players and parents would like to thank Greg Doyle, John Woods and Peter Whelan for all their hard work all year.
This team have a very small squad so we would like to put a call out for any child who is U11 next season and who would like to join the club and this team, they would be more than welcome.
St. Joseph’s 4-3 Nurney
This was a very exciting match with Nurney starting the better
and they took the lead after 20 Mins 0-1.Nurney were playing
the better football at this stage but St Joseph’s always looked
dangerous and just on half time Arnas Karalius scored from a
free kick to level the scores H/T1-1. The second half started
with St Joseph’s getting a bit more of the game and they went
ahead when Arnas Karalius scored again 2-1, but Nurney were still playing some good football and they leveled the score again 10
mins into the second half.St Joseph’s then took the lead again
when Daniel Donegan scored 3-2 but with 5 mins left Nurney
leveled again F/T 3-3.The game went into extra time and it was
St Joseph’s who were to score the winning goal when Arnas
Karalius scored his third goal to win it for St Joseph’s .4-3AET.
Goalscorers: Arnas Karalius(3),Daniel Donegan.
Best Players Aongus O’Se,Dylan O’ Donnell, Cian Nichol.
On a typical Irish summers evening St Josephs entertained St Pats in this Shield semi final. For the winners was a place in the final on the 18th April.
The game started brightly for both teams ,with the two of them producing some nice soccer. With no break through till about the 15 min when Conor scored the first goal to go in at half time 1-0 up. We know it is a team event but special mention must go to Josh who pulled off 2-3 top class saves in the first half to keep it at 1-0.
Second half started brightly for Joeys with some nice soccer been played. It must be said that the second half was one of the best for a long time ,if you combine the first half against Fiaccs and the second half against Pats it would be the perfect match for a team.
Joeys totally dominated the second half with chance after chance been created but with no break through. Until Jack whipped in the perfect corner for Ruairi to head home for his first goal of the season. Once that happened Joeys clocked up 3 more quick goals to go out 5-0 winners. The 3 goals came from Jack, Franek and Conor.
Overall it was a great team performance again with everyone working hard as individuals to achieve the overall TEAM performance.
We the team would like to thank all the supporters, family, friends and grandparents etc who turned up to watch and welcome you all again on the 18th for the final.
Hacketstown were the first out of the block and after 10 mins they
were 0-1 up. St Joseph’s never gave up and had a few chances but
it wasn’t to be they were 0-2.St Joseph’s came back from a free
kick from Cian McCreanor found James Hayden to make the scoreline
1-2.H-T 1-3 to Hacketstown.St Joseph’s were not giving up and
battled really hard but Hacketstown were 1-4 up.Cian McCreanor
from outside the box scored to make it 2-4.Both teams kept on
battling St Joseph’s Goalkeeper Cian Howard kept his team in it
but Hacketstown got the final score.F-T 2-5
St Joseph’s Best Players were: Captain Micheal Hosey,Cian Howard,
Gareth Woods,Matthew Gleeson.