St .Joseph’s Com. Col…….0 Glenamaddy Com. Col…………3
St Joseph’s opened their season with a game against Glenamaddy in Castlebar last week and came out second best against the Galway outfit. An early opportunity for the home side fashioned by Ruairí Cullen and Captain Jack Mahon was averted by the Glens and then the Galway boys managed to get their noses in front after 10 minutes when a toe poke between the Joes defence and ‘Keeper saw the ball squeeze agonisingly over the line.
The Galway team were the better in the first half and nearly extended their lead nearing half time only for Stephen Towey to pull off a great save. An opening for Joes then occurred when a Galway defender passed back to his goalie and the ‘keeper picked the ball up, an indirect free kick was given for the infringement but the home side made a mess of the chance and were 1-0 down at the half time interval.
The Glenamaddy lead was doubled 2 minutes into the second period when the defence failed to deal with a Galway attack and eventhough the goalkeeper did his best the ball hit the back of the net.
Charlestown made a courageous effort to get back into the game but the Galway boys held out and made the game safe 20 minutes into the second half, dispatching a shot from a corner kick to the net. The home side rallied late on with a great chance set up by Darragh Casey for Luke O’Donohue who nearly punished the Glens and then the tireless Jack Mahon had a 30 yard screamer off the underside of the crossbar. Both teams reckoned it was a goal but the referee reckoned otherwise!
Best for Charlestown on the day were Jack Mahon, Niall Drudy and Marty McCormack.