Division One promotion/relegation play-off

Blues overpower the Joes in play-off

Newtown Blues 0-17 St. Joseph's 1-4

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Blues overpower the Joes in play-off

Newtown Blues' Conor Moore. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Division One Promotion/Relegation Play-off

Newtown Blues 0-17 St. Joseph's 1-4

Newtown Blues will meet Hunterstown Rovers in the Division One promotion/relegation play-off final after their comfortable win over St. Joseph's at a sodden Newfoundwell last night.

A dress-rehearsal of their upcoming Senior Football Championship semi-final meeting, the Blues were never in trouble as they took a step closer to remaining in Division One for 2018.

Having played with the aid of the considerable breeze in the first-half, the Joes failed to capitalise and they allowed the Blues to take a lead to the break; 0-4 to three-points.

Ross Nally gave the home side the lead with a free before points from Conall Smyth and Alan McKenna (free) gave Wayne McKeever's men the lead for the only time in the match.

Though, the Blues hit three of the closing four-points in the first-half, through Ciarán Downey (2) and Ross Nally with Conal O'Hanlon's 24th minute effort having drawn the Dromiskin/Darver side temporarily level.

But that was as good as it was to get for the Intermediate champions with the Blues racing ahead in the third-quarter, striking eight-points unanswered.

Alan Quigley's free got the Joes off the mark in the second-half, though points from Nally and Carr moved the Blues further clear before David Mernagh struck a consolation goal for the visitors with three-minutes to play.

Newtown Blues: Jason Lowney; Ronan Levins, Fergal O'Donoghue, Niall Costello; Stephen Moonan, Cormac Reynolds (0-1), Paul Moore; Andy McDonnell (0-2), John Kermode (0-1); Conor Brannigan, Ciarán Downey (0-4), Robert Carr (0-5); Colm Judge, Ross Nally (0-4), Conor Moore

Subs: Hugh McGinn, Aidan O'Brien, Jimmy Murray, Lorcan McQuillan

St. Joseph's: Robert Sansom; David Kieran, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Potts; David Mernagh (1-0), Killian Staunton, Dáire Smyth; Cian McGuinness, Peter Brennan; Jack Mulligan, Conall Smyth (0-1), Adam O'Connor; Craig Doherty, Conal O'Hanlon (0-1), Alan McKenna (0-1)

Subs: Alan Quigley (0-1), Alan Lynch, Oisin McGuinness, Ben Mulligan

Referee: Colm McCullough