Balt­in­glass claim sil­ver­ware

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

Balt­in­glass 2-9, St. Ni­cholas 16: This was a crack­ing game of foot­ball be­tween th­ese two west neigh­bours with Balt­in­glass winning the U-14 A foot­ball ti­tle with a six points win over St. Ni­cholas in the fi­nal at Ark­low on Satur­day.

The first-half pro­vided a typ­i­cal flavour of the match. It was end to end foot­ball all the way and at the break there was only a point in it - Balto lead­ing by 1-4 to 1-3.

Then the match was de­cided in the open­ing two min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod as Balt­in­glass drilled home 1-2, with the goal scored by Eoin Pat­ter­son and the points com­ing from star mid­fielder Conor Fo­ley.

St. Ni­cholas, a combo of Dunlavin and Donard play­ers, could not pull it back no mat­ter how hard they tried and they did put in a big ef­fort.

Balt­in­glass were pow­ered by a strong mid­field with a man-of-the­match per­for­mance from Conor Fo­ley; he was ably as­sisted by his part­ner Peadar Tim­mins and be­tween them they scored 1-7 of the win­ners’ to­tal.

A game St. Ni­cholas bat­tled on but those scores proved to be a hill to far for them to climb.

Over­all though this was an ex­cel­lent game of foot­ball played in ideal con­di­tions at Ark­low with the play­ers from both sides giv­ing it their all.

And it was played be­fore one of the big­gest and most colour­ful crowds seen at an U-14 foot­ball fi­nal.

St. Ni­cholas reached the fi­nal by com­ing through from winning divi­sion two un­der the league sys­tem and they still have the B fi­nal to look for­ward to. And they can be pleased with the fact that they beat Rath­new in the quar­ter-fi­nal and Bray in the semi-fi­nal.

Scor­ers for Balt­in­glass were: Conor Fo­ley (1-2), Peadar Tim­mins (0-5), Owen Pat­ter­son (1-10), Luke Kane and Stephen Heaslip ( 0- 1 each).

St. Ni­cholas scor­ers: Scott Phe­lan (1-0), Kevin Kealy (0-3), Timmy Met­calfe, Paul Murtagh and Eoin Kelly (0-1 each).

This fi­nal was for the Pat Doyle Memo­rial Cup with the cup be­ing pre­sented by the late Pat’s wife Mar­ion to Balt­in­glass cap­tain Conor Fo­ley, who also re­ceived the manof-the-match award from its spon­sor Eoin Doyle (brother of the late Pat).

Balt­in­glass: Padraig Whe­lan, John Hen­nessy, Robert Cremin, Jake Quinn, Niall Byrne, Adam Flem­ing, Niall Kir­wan, Conor Fo­ley, Peadar Tim­mins, Paul Col­gan, Luke Kane, Eoin Pat­ter­son, Stephen Heaslip, Kil­lian Burke, Sam Sheri­dan. Sub: Tom Burke for S. Sheri­dan.

St. Ni­cholas: Dara Fig­gis, Louis Caplis, Sean Phe­lan, Joey Deer­ing, Barry Mi­ley, Stephen Pierce, Alan O’Sul­li­van, Daniel Daw­son, Paul Murtagh, C. Healy, An­drew Howard, Timmy Met­calfe, Kevin Sin­nott, Scott Phe­lan, Kevin Kealy. Subs: Emma Byrne for P. Murtagh, Eoin Kelly for K. Sin­nott, Daryl Hunt­ley for T. Met­calfe.

Ref­eree: Jimmy Kelly.

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