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Thursday 14 December 2017

experience pays off for st joseph's

St. Joseph's............................ 4

Hacketstown United............... 1

Fielding a very young side, Hacketstown were really no match for an experienced St. Joseph's in their Whites Pharmacy league game.

The young lads from north Carlow showed some good signs early in the game and were not afraid to take on the experienced Joseph's who are having good cup runs in the League's major knockout competitions this season.

If anything the Hacketstown backline looked a little fragile early in the game and on ten minutes they conceded the opening Saints goal scored by Danny Doran.

Undaunted, the United young guns were not afraid to take the game to Joseph's.

Under pressure the Saints conceded a corner on 20 minutes, Paul Hogan swung in his corner kick beautifully to be deflected in off a Saints defender at the back post for a deserved equaliser.

However, the experience of the Saints was always visible and on 35 minutes Joseph's regained the lead from a ball over the top, Jeff Abbot ran through to find the net with a confident finish.

Hacketstown were unlucky not to have equalised again when Paul Hogan went one on one with the Saints goal keeper only to send his shot wide of the mark.

Leading 2-1 at the break St. Joseph's pretty much dominated the second half proceedings, creating a rack of chances but the United 'keeper, Alan Byrne was to deny them goals on at least five occasions.

On the hour mark, the Saints increased their lead, Ian Scully their top goal scorer, with a 35 yard shot put the ball in the top corner of the Hacketstown net.

Danny Moran, Jeff Abbott and John Paul Moore went on to create more great goal scoring chances with Moore hitting the crossbar but United's 'keeper Alan Byrne was in fine form, however just before the end of the game Scully added another for a final score of 4-1 to the Saints..

Excellent for St. Joseph's were Davy Moran, Jeff Abbott and Eddie Lyons. From a very young Hacketstown United side, 'keeper Alan Byrne, Thomas Kennedy, Colin Byrne and Mark Joyce put in great performances.

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