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Soccer News - Saturday 28 May 2005

St Joseph’s win first ever Carlow league title

St Joseph's 2 Nurney Villa 1: ON a night when any one of three teams could have won the U.13 League Josephs held their nerve and got the three points that ensured they were crowned league champions.
With Parkville and Vale in position to take the league if Josephs failed to win this was a real test of character. Having gone out of the cup on Sunday evening in a dramatic penalty shoot out to Parkville Josephs got straight into this game.
From the start they piled on the pressure and got their reward when Robert Stynes scored to give Josephs the perfect start. This gave them the confidence to play the football that they are capable of and shortly after Jeff Sutton scored to put Josephs 2-0 up. St Josephs dominated the rest of the first half but failed to add to their tally. HT 2-0 The second half saw Josephs have to deal with a Nurney side who were not going to hand the title to them.
This was a real local derby and when Nurney scored 10 minutes into the second half the pressure was on.
Josephs continued to have the majority of the play but the Nurney counter attacks were always dangerous but Paul Costello, Darren Murphy and Eric Bates at the back ensured that they were kept at bay.
The tension near the end was only matched by the exhilaration of becoming the first ever Joseph’s team to achieve such success. In an all round team effort Gary Finnerty, Dean Farrell, Robert Stynes and Darren Murphy were excellent. This team has performed tremendously well since September and everyone contributed to achieve a great result for St Josephs Soccer Club.

UNDER 13 CUP: Parkville Utd 1-1 St Joseph’s. Parkville win on penalties.

Tinryland’s efforts to achieve a League and Cup double were unfortunately not to be. After a very close and tense game that could not separate the sides it came down to the lottery of penalties after even extra time could not divide the sides.

UNDER 14 CUP: St Anne’s 0-6 St Joseph’s. Joey’s advanced to the under 14 cup final after a comprehensive win over a gallant St Anne’s side. From the start Joeys were the dominant side and when Cormac Walsh scored with a fine header everyone thought that the floodgates would open but this was not the case.
St Anne’s dug deep and the score stayed at 1-0 until the second half.
The half time team talk to Josephs must have done the trick as Joeys got their second straight from the kick off when Ciaran Williamson scored with a tremendous longrange effort. Shortly after Darren Murphy broke down the left and crossed brilliantly for Cormac Walsh to send another header to the net.
Ryan Curran then made it 4-0 before David Byrne chipped the keeper for their fifth. Just before the final whistle David O Shea made a fine run down the right wing and crossed for Brian Shiels to head home. Best for Josephs who now have the chance to get Joeys second piece of Silverware were Luke Doyle, Padraig Whelan and Cormac Walsh.

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