Late Mur­phy points earns draw for Bless­ing­ton

Bray People - - Sport -

Bless­ing­ton 1-7, Balt­in­glass 0-10: The Road­stone Ju­nior A foot­ball cham­pi­onship is cer­tainly giv­ing full value for money with ex­cit­ing fin­ishes, even if the stan­dard of foot­ball is not up to Se­nior grade JU­NIOR A FOOT­BALL A point by sub Seán Mur­phy deep in in­jury-time earned Bless­ing­ton a draw with Balt­in­glass in this cham­pi­onship game at Balt­in­glass re­cently.

The amaz­ing thing about this re­sult is that Balt­in­glass have gone nine matches without de­feat in the league and are the ru­n­away leaders but they are about to exit this cham­pi­onship without a win out of four matches.

Balt­in­glass con­trolled the first-half and were not flat­tered to lead by 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time. David Faulkner, who starred for the B team the evening be­fore had their first point; Ger Fo­ley, Paul Gar­ri­gan (3), and Ja­son Kennedy (0-2) added points.

Robert Pen­der had Bless­ing­ton’s first point in the fifth minute and their next in the 25th while Adam Cullen sent over a lon­grange free.

This game was as good as de­cided in the open­ing min­utes of the sec­ond­half.

The Balt­in­glass de­fence, who had been very sound all through, and in fact in ev­ery game were caught nap­ping. It took Bless­ing­ton just three min­utes to take the lead in the sec­ond-half, Mark Richardson sent over two quick points while John Mol­loy blasted home a great goal – a free by Adam Cullen was knocked down in the square and Mol­loy fairly blasted the rig­gings from the break in the third minute.

Then, just as they had done in the first-half the ‘Blues’ went the next 20 min­utes without a score. Points by mid­fielder Peter Os­borne, Pádraig McGrath and the man­ager him­self Ray­mond Danne put Balt­in­glass in front but Adam Cullen pointed a ‘45 be­fore Mur­phy got the equaliser to give Bless­ing­ton a half chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the semi-fi­nals.

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