Super sub hands victory to Na Piarsaigh in Division 2

Late scores from substitute Cormac Malone pushed Na Piarsaigh to victory in this tight Division Two clash on Tuesday evening with a score of 1-12 to 1-9 against St Josephs.

Late scores from substitute Cormac Malone pushed Na Piarsaigh to victory in this tight Division Two clash on Tuesday evening with a score of 1-12 to 1-9 against St Josephs.

The Joes were first on the scoreboard, as they pointed within the first minute. Tomas Smyth finding Damien Connor inside, who turned and scored.

It would however take the home side twenty minutes before they would register their next score.

The following ten minutes were all Na Piarsaigh, David Boyle got them off to the perfect start when he lost his man and struck for a goal, within a minute he had added a point.

Before his colleague on the other wing, Alan Mc Cartney got on in on the act with the next point. Boyle was causing no end of problems for the Joes as he added a further point in the ninth minute.

The Joes did eventually get into the game, but even when they did were unable to fashion or take scoring chances and when Joe Finnegan struck over a free from the right corner in the 17th minute his side lead by 1-6 to 0-1.

Sean Mc Auley fired over a minute later to stretch their lead to nine points.

It took a Gary Kinahan free to get the Joes back on the board, but this was the start of spell that brought them well back into contention and reduced the deficit to a more manageable four points.

John Mc Guinness fielded a high ball a minute later and guided his ground shot perfectly inside the bottom of the post.

When the industrious Tomas Smyth was fouled it gave the ever accurate Kinahan a chance to strike another point.

Shane Cullen did restore the Na Piarsaigh lead to five before the small whistle with a fine point from the right wing.

Half Time Score: St Josephs 1-3, Na Piarsaigh 1-8

Finnegan and Kinahan traded frees in the opening minutes of the second half, before the Joes made a second push to get something from the game, hitting three unanswered points to leave just two between sides after twenty minutes of play.

Tomas Smyth set up John Mc Guinness for the first of these points.

The game at this stage was starting to boil over as a physical edge came into it, in the fifteenth minute Conall Smyth was dragged down off the ball, which gave Gary Kinahan another chance to take a point.

The next score was a well worked move that was finished by Conor Murtagh, who deserved a point to his name for his efforts on the evening.

A fisted point from Alan McCartney was immediately cancelled out when Ben Mulligan won the kickout, giving Robert Sansom the chance to hit a direct ball into substitute Alan Quigley, who hit over from a tight angle.

It was all substitutes doing the scoring in the final minutes, as Cormac Malone added one for the town team, before David Reilly responded for the Joes with his first touch of the ball in the 27th minute.

When Malone fisted another with two minutes of normal time left to play this put a goal between the sides.

However, the Joes never came close to creating the goal chance that they needed and Na Piarsaigh ran out as deserving winners.

Full Time Score: St Josephs 1-9, Na Piarsaigh 1-12

St Josephs: Eamonn Neary, Philip Kinahan, Ben Mulligan, David Mernagh, Daire Mc Kiernan, Anthony Keenan, Aaron Smyth, Conor Murtagh (0-1), Robert Sansom, Gary Kinahan (0-4), Tomas Smyth, John Mc Guinness (1-1), Alan Lynch, Conall Smyth, Damien Connor (0-1)

Subs: Mark Neary for Aaron Smyth, Alan Quigley (0-1) for Damien Connor, David Reilly (0-1) for Alan Lynch, Jack Mulligan for Conall Smyth.

Na Piarsaigh: Paul O Hare, Gavin Magee, Gary O Hare, Stephen Mc Guinness, Eamonn Mc Auley, Michael Woods, Damien Mc Geeney, Shane Callan (0-1), Chris Cotter, Alan Mc Cartney (0-2), Ronan Mc Cartney, David Boyle (1-2), Joe Finnegan (0-2), Martin Lucan, Sean Mc Auley (0-1).

Subs Used: Conall Shields, Cormac Malone (0-2), John Garvey, Niall Franklin