St. Ni­cholas prove too strong for brave Bless­ing­ton

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

St. Ni­cholas 5-8, Bless­ing­ton 2-8: The Dunlavin/Donard com­bi­na­tion St. Ni­cholas com­pleted a great dou­ble at Bless­ing­ton on Satur­day but got it a lot harder to win the U-12 League fi­nal. De­spite the fact that they had most of their Allen Cup team on duty and should have proved too strong for Bless­ing­ton they still had to fight to the end. SOUTH-WEST U-12 FI­NAL The first-half of this game was very even with St. Nick’s, who were just pipped by St. Pat’s in ex­tra-time in the county fi­nal a week ago, just edg­ing in front by 2-2 to 0-7 at half-time.

Then two quick goals on the restart put them in the com­fort zone and left Bless­ing­ton with a moun­tain to climb.

The young blues fought back how­ever, grabbed a goal of their own, added two good points and the game was wide open again.

How­ever, the goals had killed off any chance the home side had of get­ting back into the game for a sec­ond time. When full-back Eoin Murtagh, who had moved up field grabbed an­other goal it was all over

The ex­tra skill of play­ers like Eoin Murtagh, Garry Allen and Conor O’Sul­li­van told in the end.

Subs like Des Mann, who scored 1-1 and Stephen Dowl­ing also left an im­print on the game.

Bless­ing­ton also had a lot of promis­ing play­ers, none bet­ter than the O’Con­nor broth­ers Pa­trick and Michael who was their top scorer.

Five sets of broth­ers – the Murtaghs; the Kellys; the O’Sul­li­vans, the Healys and the Fig­gis’s, and a brother and sis­ter, the Byrnes were in­volved with St. Ni­cholas in this great dou­ble.

St. Ni­cholas: Pa­trick Kelly; Joseph Met­calfe; Eoin Murtagh (1-2), William Kennedy; Thomas Whe­lan, Ai­dan Lambe, Stephen Cor­co­ran; Gary Allen ( 1-5), Stephen O’Brien; Conor O’Sul­li­van, William Byrne (0-1), Oisin Adler; Dar­ren O’Neill, Dean Phe­lan (1-0); Oran Fielder. Subs. - Stephen Dowl­ing (1-0), Ger­ard Healy, Conor Kelly, Chloe Dwyer, Des Mann (1-1), Ross Arch­abold, Bren­dan Keogh, Shane Fig­gis.

Bless­ing­ton: Dy­lan Siney; Stephen Byrne, Jack Gil­li­gan, Tom O’Con­nor; Conor Dono­van, Niall Kearns, Ro­nan Cor­co­ran (1-0), Caolon McGovern, Conor Kenny; Pa­trick O’Con­nor (0-2), Martin Shan­non, Dy­lan Fisher; Aaron Foster, Jor­dan Nolan (03), Michael O’Con­nor (1-3). Sub. - Lau­ven Thomas.

Jimmy Bir­chall (Chair­man South/West Ju­ve­nile Board) presents St. Ni­cholas cap­tain Cian O'Sul­li­van with the South/West Un­der-12 Cup.

Jimmy Bir­chall (Chair­man South/West Ju­ve­nile Board) presents Gary Allen with the Player of the Match Award in the South West Un­der-12 Fi­nal.

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