Bless­ing­ton boys in com­plete con­trol

Bray People - - SPORT -


BLESS­ING­TON GAVE Wick­low un­der­age foot­ball in Wick­low lift with a win over the Meath cham­pi­ons in the fi­nal of the Le­in­ster U-16 Club Foot­ball League, played as the cur­tain-raiser to the Wick­low v. Roscommon match at Aughrim on Sun­day.

In a year that, so far Wick­low teams have failed to mea­sure up to top Le­in­ster op­po­si­tion in other un­der­age grades this was a wel­come change of for­tune

Bless­ing­ton were in con­trol all through, led by 2-7 to 1-3 at half-time and in fact they looked in a dif­fer­ent class and of­ten left Meath op­po­nents grop­ing at shad­ows as they opened up their de­fence with the great­est of ease. But for the fact that over anx­ious for­wards missed at least three golden goal­ing chances early on this game could have been over as a con­test by half­time.

Jor­dan Nolan opened the scor­ing with a point in the sec­ond minute af­ter be­ing re­leased by a clever pass by Conor Devlin. MIchael O'Con­nor blasted the net three min­utes later and the show was on the road.

The 'Blues' then missed three good goal­ing chances - sig­nal to Bless­ing­ton teams of the past to drop their heads. In the tenth minute Daragh Ryan, who along with David Booth­man, was con­trol­ling mid­field stead­ied the ship with a fine point.

The Meath lads pulled back a cou­ple of points but De­clan McEn­roy and big full-for­ward Jonathan Kelly landed points be­fore Jor­dan Nolan blasted home a sec­ond goal for the home side - the fi­nal pass sup­plied by O'Con­nor. Se­neschal­stown re­minded them that they were in a match when Ed Meade grabbed a goal in the 24th minute but that brought a quick re­sponse when David Booth­man drove a great long-range point and Ian Richard­son and Kelly added two more to put seven be­tween the sides at the break.

A Meath come­back was al­ways pos­si­ble and there were those who were pre­dict­ing that Blesso could pay for their way­word ways in the early stages. It was the small­est player on the field, Michael O’Con­nor, that made sure that would not hap­pen when he walzed through for an­other goal in the sec­ond minute of the sec­ond half.

Senechal­stown had a mighty mid­fielder with a greal Meath name - Niall Lyons and he kept his side in some sort of shape with four great long-range points. The Bless­ing­ton de­fence were play­ing great stuff at that stage and if you want proof of their ef­fec- tive­ness not one Meath for­ward got to the score­board in the sec­ond half.

Bless­ing­ton's fourth goal was scored by Ian Richard­son and sealed a great vic­tory. From Stephen Kitt in goal to fly­ing cor­ner­for­ward Jor­dan Nolan at top of the left they was not a sign of a weak­ness on this team. To make mat­ters even bet­ter they had to play with­out star mid­fielder Thomas Donoghue who picked up an in­jury dur­ing the week. Nice to see this team man­aged by two county Se­nior play­ers Paddy Bro­phy and Jonathan Daniels.

Af­ter the game Hugh Kenny, rep­re­sent­ing Le­in­ster Coun­cil, pre­sented the tro­phy to proud Bless­ing­ton cap­tain Barry Fi­nan .

Bless­ing­ton: Stephen Kitt; Jack Gilligan, Jack Mills, Ciarán McEn­roy; Bary Fi­nan, Eoin Keogh, Richard Ward; David Booth­man (0-1), Daragh Ryan (0-2), Michael O'Con­nor (1-2), De­clan McEn­roy (0-1), Conor Devlin (0-1); Ian Richard­son (1-3), Jonathan Kelly (0-3), Jor­dan Nolan (2-2).

Se­neschal­stown: Dar­ragh Keogh; Mark Fox, John Smith, Peter Walsh; Eoin Fin­negan, Dar­reen John­son, Daire Geraghty; Niall Lyons (0-4), Seán Noo­nan (03); Ro­nan Con­neely. Ea­mon Sheri­dan (01), Bren­dan McKendry; Cor­man Mullen, Ed Meade (1-1), Ross Howard.

Ref­eree: John Hickey (Car­low).


The Féile fi­nal was played un­der lights last Fri­day night in Avon­dale. The two teams Bless­ing­ton and New­town gave their sup­port­ers ev­ery­thing to cheer for with the sides level at half-time at three points apiece and New­town shad­ing the bet­ter of the two for the first half, kick­ing five wides to Bless­ing­ton’s two.

This came back to haunt them in the sec­ond half. With five min­utes gone Bless­ing­ton was awarded a penalty by ref­eree Jimmy Lawlor and Pa­trick O’CCon­nor struck it to the back of the New­town net. They kicked two more points be­fore New­town half-back Evan Mo­ran kicked two points from play.

Bless­ing­ton kicked four more while New­town kicked one more for a fi­nal score­line of Bless­ing­ton 1-10, New­town 0-06. It wasn't plain sail­ing for Bless­ing­ton as New­town tried to get back that goal but just couldn't get through the Bless­ing­ton de­fence. On both teams ev­ery player gave it their all. County Ju­ve­nile Chair­man Damien Byrne pre­sented the cup to Bless­ing­ton cap­tain Caolan Mc Gor­man.

Bless­ing­ton: Z. Den­ni­son, P. Nolan, S. McCrolon, C. Ash­more, M. Creighton, C. McGor­man, J. Cot­ter, R. Cor­co­ran, M. Shan­non, C. Kenny, P. O’Con­nor, C. Ryan, G. Hearthy, P. Man­ning, A. Fos­ter Bro. Sub: J.Gray for A. Bro. Scor­ers: P. O Con­nor (12), G. Hearthy (0-4), C. Ryan (0-2), C. Kenny, R. Cor­co­ran (0-1 each).

New­town: S. Carthy, L. Keogh, S. Fen­lon, J. Shan­non, E. Mo­ran, R.Gren­nan, K. Dal­ton, D. Wal­she, V. Rooney, R. Davis, M. Doyle, D. Carthy, L. Turner, K. Turner, B. Tay­lor. Scor­ers: E. Mo­ran (0-2,) K. Duffy, D. Carthy, D .Wal­she and M. Doyle (0-1 each).

Le­in­ster Un­der-16 Club Foot­ball League win­ners Bless­ing­ton.

Hugh Kenny, County Games Man­ager, presents the tro­phy to Bless­ing­ton cap­tain Barry Fi­nan.

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