Joey’s topple Celtic in shootout
Monday, 22nd September, 2014
It took more than two hours to separate St. Joseph's and Celtic in a nail biting Community Credit Union Premier League grand final on Saturday.
Locked at 1-all at the conclusion of the regular period, the match went into 30 minutes of extra time.
But as the sun set, the scores stayed level with neither side able to convert a number of close calls into a match-winning goal.
From there, it went to a penalty shootout. St Joseph's held their poise, taking the shoot out 4-2 on the back of a brilliant save by goalkeeper Curtis Jelbert to claim their
fourth premiership in a row.
It was a fine farewell for two Joey's in particular.
Skipper Jyh Stubing has decided to take a break from the game, while co-coach Grant Smith is hanging up the clipboard.
"It was a obviously nerve wracking match but from a personal perspective, a pretty special way to finish up," Smith said, adding his side stayed cool under pressure when it mattered.
"I think our grand final experience showed at the end in the shootout."
Smith, who has been part of the coaching staff across four-year premiership streak, said Barry Schofield's inclusion was a big boost.
The key striker made a return from Adelaide to play in the decider.
Smith also paid tribute to Jelbert and defender Pat Nash.
Player of the match went to Celtic's Aidan Tinney, who lined up in an unaccustomed defensive role up on Schofield.
"It was the first time I'd played in that position this year," he said after the match.
However, the award was a small consolation for the competition Scotsman.
"I'm gutted but still very proud of the team," he said.
"It was very evenly matched, there were guys going down with cramps... everyone was going at it."
Tinney was left to lament a missed kick in the shootout.
"That's the beauty of penalties I guess, you get to that point and a few kicks decide the winner.
"I think we can walk away with our heads held high, we got closer than the club has been for a long time."
Earlier, Celtic shocked the opposition with an early goal to Thomas Rogers who somehow curled one past Jelbert.
Despite a near-impossible angle, Rogers found the top left of the net from the right of goal.
But the joy was short lived when Schofield struck from a free kick.
He beat the Celtic wall and 'keeper Sean Power to find the back of the net.
The match was level at 1-all at the break, with the score remaining unchanged in a dogged second half.
St. Joseph's best chance to snatch the lead came towards the end of the half but Liam King was unable to capitalise on a pinpoint Schofield pass.
There were a number of near misses in extra time, with Power's saves in the last line keeping Celtic in the game.
The tension lifted during the penalty shootout, with David O'Mally's boot landing the killer blow for the victorious Joey's.
Nash, McInnes, King, Stubing and Mat Muscat have been involved in the run of premierships.
St. Joseph's 1 (Barry Schofield) def. Celtic 1 (Thomas Rogers) Penalty shootout: St Joseph's 4-2