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Soccer News - Wednesday 8 Feb 2006


St Joseph’s 0, Stretford United 3. St. Joseph’s U-15 team were knocked out of the SFAI Cup after a brave display against Stretford United in Tinryland on Saturday.
There was a very large crowd of 300 people on the day to see the two teams, who are both unbeaten in the Carlow league aim to reach the last 16 of the nationwide competition.

The first half was a very closely contested affair where both sides had several chances with the scores remaining level at 0-0 at the interval.
In the second half, the Carlow town team began to dominate and took the lead when Daniel Brennan scored after a free kick from Tinryland GAA player Donal Kingston. Despite being made to work very hard by the home side, Stretford eventually secured the win in the closing 10 minutes with a brace from Denis Murphy.
Stretford now advance to play Limerick opposition in the next stage of the cup. Best for St. Joseph’s were Ryan Curran, David O’Shea, Cormac Walshe, Padraig Whelan and Darren Murphy.

On a more sombre note, Stretford player James White was substituted in the early stages of the game after being notified of his mother’s grave illness. Sadly his mother passed away later on Saturday.

Local players Conor Byrne, Ryan Curran and David O’Shea will all travel to the UK shortly as part of a Carlow/Wexford/Kilkenny academy team that will play friendlies against the likes of Everton, Glasgow Celtic and Dunfermline.

CARLOW U-12 LEAGUE SOCCER MATCH: St Joseph’s 5 St Pat’s 2. St. Joseph’s won their third league match of the season in a hard fought match between two sides just above the bottom of the league. Sub Sean Delaney came on for injured Christopher Gaul in the 7th minute and he put Joey’s one goal up almost immediately. St Pat’s weren’t giving up but they were finding it difficult to break down the home defence of Neil Byrne, Martin Farrell, Niall Fitzpatrick and the ever-improving Greg Murphy. When they did get through, they couldn’t get past the home Keeper Aaron Doyle who was having a great game in goal.

St Pat’s were back on level terms when a corner came into the box and Pats scrambled the ball into the goal. A quick response from Joeys made the score 2-1 thanks to Sean Delaney again. Half time score was 2-1 to Joseph’s.
St Joseph’s went 3 - 1 ahead after great ballwork by St Joseph’s. Sean Delaney put Eoin Maddock through and he finished it off to the visitor’s net. St Pat’s pulled one back with six minutes to go. Saints went another goal ahead when Michael Delaney tapped the ball in when the ball was crossed in front of goal. Eoin Maddock finished the scoring of the day when he was put through by Colin Townsend and he rounded the Keeper to make the final score 5 - 2 to the home side. This was an all round great team performance by St Joseph’s.

ST. JOSEPHS A.F.C. NIGHT AT THE DOGS PLANNED FOR APRIL: St. Joseph’s soccer club are holding a sponsored greyhound race night on Monda,y April 10 at Enniscorthy Greyhound track. All support from parents and supporters is requested for sponsorship, advertisements in the race card and nominations for this fundraiser which has the potential to be very successful. This will be our major fundraiser/Social Event for the year. Anyone interested can contact any committee member for details.

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