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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 17 Jan 2005

World Youth Day

(Cologne, Germany 14-21 Aug 2005.) This is intended for 17-30 year olds. Cost is approx. Ä499. This covers travel, basic food, and accommodation. The event is a youth pilgrimage involving lots of varied activities. Booking forms available in the Church Sacristy and porches. The booking deadline has been extended by five weeks to late January. The deposit is Ä100. The Parish wishes to sponsor 4 young people. Those interested contact the Parish Priest Fr. McEvoy immediately.


Sympathy is extended to the Deane families of Tinryland and Kyleballyhue on the death of their sister Mary Lynch, Clontarf who died on Sunday January 2nd in the Mater Hospital, Dublin and was interred recently.


St Josephs AFC Annual Christmas Soccer Day

St Josephs held their annual Christmas Soccer event on December 28 and yet again it turned out to be a very enjoyable day out for everyone. The standard of football in the under age games was very high. The under 9s played out a fantastic 5-5 draw and the under 10s and 11s was very close with Jack Sheehan netting the only goal. The under 13s and 14s also finished 5-5. This was very entertaining for the crowd but the best was yet to come in the annual Adult game. This year the game was played against the current under 14 squad who are doing really well in the league.

Oldies 9-2 Youngish

The oldies were out in force and showed the young ones how itís done. With Mick O Shea dominating in the oldies goal the oldies were always in control. The young ones had the speed but were not able to cope with the power and guile of the oldies. The game was only ten minutes old when the oldies took the lead. A long ball from Alan Doyle was played on by Martin Kirwan and Michael Murphy was on hand to net the first goal. The young ones complained that the ball was handled into the net but the referee was right as usual when he deemed that it was ball to hand. If there was any doubt about the first they could not complain about the second when after a great run by Eilish Costello she fed the ball through to Murphy who scored with a fine low shot to the net. This rattled the young ones and with their composure gone it was no surprise when they went 3-0 down. Just before half time they pulled one back but in fairness this was just kindness by the oldies. HT 3-1
The second half saw the Young ones push forward but it was at this stage that Mick O Shea became the Peter Schmeichel of St Josephs. First he had to deal with the threat of his own son David who got through one on one. He parried Daveís first shot onto the post and when David drove the rebound towards the goal he got down quickly to his left and kept hold of the ball before releasing it quickly to Noel Keenan who played it through to Alan Doyle who was brought down on the edge of the box. The quick thinking Eilish Costello saw a gap and despite the youngies having 4 players on the line she sent her shot to the back of the net. This completely finished the young ones and the oldies raced into an 8-1 lead before again they took pity on the young ones and let them score for respectability. This was then undone when the oldies went up and scored their 9th. This was a game that showed if you get your tactics right and mark your man you will get results. Mick O Shea was always in control and by the end of the game the young ones knew they had come up against a man in peak condition. The back four of Martin Kirwan, Alan Doyle, Jim Murphy and Ian Doyle were never troubled with Murphy at one stage even having time to get a cup of tea. The midfield of John Maddock, Noel Keenan and Eilish Costello completely outplayed the opposition and up front Michael Murphy, Brenda Maddock and Sean Byrne showed such speed and skill the young ones looked like Bambi on ice. The young ones tried hard but found the heavy breathing of the oldies and the ability of most of the old team to take up a lot of space hard to cope with. Join us again next year when with the help of God we will all be a year older and a lot wiser.

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