GAA | St Joseph’s beat Brides in local derby

Division Two League | St Brides 0–7 St Joseph’s 1–8

St Josephs’ Derek Mulligan

St Joseph’s won this Division Two derby against St Brides by four points at Pairc An Chuinnigh on Saturday night, thanks to an excellent start that they never looked like losing.

The visitors opened the scoring on six minutes when David Mulligan seized onto a David Mernagh pass to fire home from close range.

And although the Brides responded with four unanswered points from Sean Marry (0–2), Ross Keogh and Paddy Reilly by the 11th minute, they failed to score for the remainder of the half.

On the other hand the Joe’s concluded the scoring with three unanswered points of their own through Conal O’Hanlon, Craig Doherty and O’Hanlon again to lead at the break, 1–3 to 0–4.

The Dromiskin side edged further ahead with a well taken 45 from Alan Quigley and both sides exchanged two points apiece before Patrick Reilly reduced the deficit to two points with 12 minutes to play.

The Joe’s lead could have been further reduced but the Knockbridge outfit missed a host of scoring opportunities at this time.

And two late points, one from Conal O’Hanlon and another from goalscorer Mulligan put the result beyond any doubt.

ST BRIDES: Alan Meegan; Padraic Mackin, Mark Hoey, Ronan Bailey; Michael Keane, Andrew Smyth, Conor Deane; Patrick Reilly (0–1), Alan Dunne; Sean Marry (0–3), Kevin Hearty, James Costelloe; Sean Brennan, Conaill Devin (0–2), Ross Kehoe (0–1). Subs: Cathal McKenna for J Costelloe; Aaron Hoey for R Kehoe; Ciaran Deane for K Hearty; Shane Devin for C Devin.

ST JOSEPH’S: Robert Sansom; Ciaran Gallagher, Shane McQuillan, Stephen Pots; Cian McGuinness, David Mernagh, Alan Lynch; Peter Brennan, Killian Staunton; Craig Doherty (0–1), Conal O’Hanlon (0–3, 2f), Jack Mulligan; Alan Quigley, Derek Mulligan (1–1), Conall Smyth (0–2). Subs: Alan McKenna (0–1) for P Brennan.

REFEREE: John Murphy.

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