Division 1/2 Promotion/Relegation Play-off
Newtown Blues 0-17, St Josephs 1-4
Three days after our excellent Championship win against the Geraldines the Joes faced the Blues in Newfoundwell in the promotion/relegation semi-final with the winners into the final versus Hunterstown Rovers.
The Joes had the backing of wind and rain in a first half that was low on scoring with the Blues ahead 0-4 to 0-3 at the break. The Blues opened the scoring with a Ross Nally free, the Joes responding with points from Conall Smyth and an Alan McKenna free to take the lead on 12mins. Ciaran Downey equalised for the Blues on 14mins. The sides then traded points with Ross Nally converting a 40 free for the Blues on 18mins and Conal O’Hanlon equalising on 24mins with a free from 50m. The Blues regained the lead before the break when Ciaran Downey had his second point of the game.
This was a good as it got for the Joes with the Blues first effort of the half bouncing over the Joes cross bar. The Blues upped their game, dominating most areas of the field, and with the aid of the elements struck some excellent scores from Robert Carr and Connor Brannigan, while Ross Nally was unerring from frees. The Blues recorded eight unanswered points in that third quarter to leave the Blues in complete control on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-3.
The first score of that second half for the Joes came from a 20m Alan Quigley free on 44mins. Nally & Carr added further points for the Blues with Robert Sansom diving full length to deny them a goal. The Blues continued to hit the target with the sole response from the Joes coming on 57mins when David Mernaghs shot somehow managed to make its way to the Blues net. The Blues finished the scoring with two further points to run out deserving winners on a score line of 0-17 to 1-4.
St. Josephs: Robert Sansom, David Kieran, Shane McQuillan, Stefan Pots, David Mernagh(1-0), Killian Staunton, Daire Smyth, Cian McGuinness, Peter Brennan, Jack Mulligan, Conall Smyth(0-1), Adam O’ Connor, Craig Doherty, Conal O’ Hanlon(0-1,1f), Alan McKenna (0-1), Subs:,Alan Quigley(0-1,1f), Alan Lynch, Oisin McGuinness, Ben Mulligan
Newtown Blues: Jason Lowney, Ronan Levins, Fergal O’Donoghue, Niall Costello, Stephen Moonsn, Cormac Reynolds, Paul Moore, Andy McDonnell, John Kermode, Connor Brannigan, Ciaran Downey, Robert Carr, Colm Judge, Ross Nally, Conor Moore.