Late Murphy points earns draw for Blessington
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.