St. Joseph’s and St. Barnabas battled to a 2-5 to 1-8 draw in the U-18 final Sunday at Gaelic Park. In the first half, after which St. Joseph led 1-3 to 0-5, St. Joseph’s were led by Ian Young 1-0, Michael Creegan 0-2, and Pat Maguire 0-1. Catching the eye for the boys from Woodlawn were Darren Meaney 0-2, Mike Devivo 0-1, Terence Flynn 0-1, and Billy Donoghue 0-1.
In the second half, Darren Meaney scored 1-3, his goal, a beauty, set up by Sean Moyles and Terence Flynn. Driven by enthusiasm, St. Joseph’s fought back, with Michael Creegan and Ian Young getting minors. Then a Deelan Gourley-to-Gerry Gillespie movement spotted Ian Young in space and from 20 yards out he planted the ball in the net to even the score. Thanks to a tough St. Barnabas defense, especially Jamie Lally, they held out as St. Joe’s attacked in waves in the final dramatic minutes.
St. Barnabas U-18s had advanced earler in the week with a 3-8, 1-11 victory over Rangers. Outstanding for St. Barnabas were Jamie Lally 0-2, Adrian Clarke 0-2, Darren Heaney 0-3, Ciaran Moyles 1-0, Sean Moyles 1-0, Terence Flynn 0-1, Dave Hannon 1-0, and Glen McDermott. Rangers’ best were Niall Duggan 1-2, Brian Morris 0-2, Derek Courtney 0-3, Marie Cassels, Gary Cullinane 0-2, Peter Cassels, Peter Kerrigan 0-2, Barry Mullen and Pat Burke.
In the second semifinal, St. Joseph’s edged Rockland by two points in Rockland setting up the showdown against St. Barnabas.