Joes Juniors finish top of Division 4A

With both sides already qualified for the semi finals, the Joes and Clans met in the final round match of the division 4A league in Dundalk on Sunday evening.

With both sides already qualified for the semi finals, the Joes and Clans met in the final round match of the division 4A league in Dundalk on Sunday evening.

The only matter at stake was who would finish top of the table.

Despite this, it was a keenly contested match which was sometimes played at the edge.

The Joes were first to settle and went into a 0-5 to 0-2 lead, with the opening point from Rory Campbell being followed by a brace from Mark Gorham and the final two Joes scores of the half going to Lorcan Doyle and David Reilly. As it was the Clans who finished the half strongest and turned things around with an unanswered 1-4 to leave them four points to the good at the break.

Half Time Score: St Josephs 0-5, Clan na Gael 1-6

The Joes decisively turned matters around again, right from the very start of the second half. A Mickey Mc Ardle point was the end result of the Joes winning the throw in, before Jack Mac Namee set up Jack Mulligan for the Joes first goal a minute later.

And with only three minutes played in the half, the Joes were now in front by a goal rather than behind by one, when Mulligan hit the net again, after a fine set up from Lorcan Doyle.

Further points from Doyle and Mulligan would stretch the lead out to five before they were reduced to 14 men, when Rory Campbell saw the line for a second yellow card.

It wasn’t until the twentieth minute of the half that the Clans got their first point, following it with a second three minutes later.

However on both occasions, the points were followed by length of the pitch moves by the Joes which ended up in David Reilly goals. As with the first two goals, set up again by Jack Mac Namee and Lorcan Doyle respectively.

The home side tagged on the final two points of the game, but in the end it was a comprehensive win for the Joes Juniors which sees them finish in the top spot of the 4A league.

Full Time Score: St Josephs 4-8, Clan na Gael 1-10

St Josephs: Eamonn Neary, Mark Dromgoole, Tommy Yore, Shane Mc Quillan, Cian Smyth, Alan Lynch, Jack Mac Namee, Paul Dromgoole, John Mc Guinness, Rory Campbell (0-1), Mark Gorham (0-2), Mickey Mc Ardle (0-1), Lorcan Doyle (0-2), Jack Mulligan (2-1), David Reilly (2-1). Substitution: Cian Mc Guinness for Mickey Mc Ardle.