Blessington boys in complete control
BLESSINGTON 4-13 SENESCHALSTOWN 1-09
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).
WICKLOW FÉILE PEIL FINAL 2011
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.