St. Josephs' Alan Quigley helped his side earn a draw against Dundalk Gaels on Saturday. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)
Dundalk Gaels 1-12 St. Joseph's 1-12
On a sunny Easter Saturday in the Ramparts, Gaels and Joe’s served up an exciting league draw. The sides were level on no less than eight occasions and it was point for point from the 18th minute to the final whistle.
Gaels hit the front courtesy of a Barry Watters and David Moloney only for Joe’s to level through Alan Quigley and Alan McKenna.
Playing with the advantage of the wind Joe’s began to dominate midfield and two points from Dáire Smyth along with a goal from an Alan Quigley had their side 1-4 to 0-2 ahead on 13 minutes.
However, the goals came back strongly and pointed through Paul McCrave before Jason Clarke sent an unstoppable shot to the Joe’s net.
Joe’s edged two points clear through Quigley, but late scores from Niall Hearty and Éanna McArdle left the sides tied at 1-6 apiece at half-time.
In arguably a man of the match performance for Joe’s, Smyth had the visitors ahead within a minute of the second half getting underway and Jack Mulligan made it two when his goal opportunity cleared the crossbar. Points from Jordan Keating and a fine long-range effort from McCrave had the sides level after 38 minutes.
Another long-range strike from Niall Hearty had Gaels ahead with Alan Quigley on target from 40m free to level the game on 1-8 each. McArdle and Craig Doherty traded points as did Quigley and Gaels substitute Ger McSorley minutes later, the sides were now level on 1-10 each with seven minutes left.
With both sides unable to hit the target, it appeared that a free from Gary Shevlin had won it for Gaels.
The final score of the game came on 60mins when Quigley was on target with another long range free to earn the Dromiskin/Darver men a share of the points.
St. Joseph’s: Shane Barron; Cian McGuinness, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Potts; Conor Neary, Ben Mulligan, Gabriel Bell; Alan McKenna (0-1), Thomas Smyth; Jack Mulligan (0-1), Alan Lynch, Craig Doherty (0-1); Alan Quigley (1-5) Conal Smyth, Dáire Smyth (0-4)
Subs: Adam O’Connor, Oisín McGuinness, Aidan Kieran
Dundalk Gaels: Darren Meehan; James Lynch, David McComish, Mark Hanna; Gary Shevlin (0-1), Adrian Rafferty, Jason Clarke (1-0); Errol Boyle, David Moloney (0-1); Paul McCrave (0-2), Barry Watters (0-2), Niall Hearty (0-2); Éanna McArdle (0-2), Jordan Keating (0-1), Eamon Kenny
Sub: Ger McSorley (0-1)