AGB look­ing red hot af­ter su­per dis­play

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AGB trav­elled to Bless­ing­ton on Thurs­day evening for this Ju­nior ‘B’ foot­ball cham­pi­onship league match and came away with the spoils, win­ning com­fort­ably by seven points.

This game was de­cided be­tween the third and 12th minute of the se­cond half when the visi­tors outscored the Blues 2-4 to 0-1.

The first half had been a very even con­test, the teams level on five oc­ca­sions and the half-time score end­ing at six points each.

Adam Boland had opened the scor­ing for Bless­ing­ton, how­ever, Pe­ter Hem­pen­stall and Danny Cul­li­ton put AGB in front be­fore Stephen Car­roll lev­elled the game for the se­cond time.

Points from Adam Boland, Sean Mescall and Stephen Car­roll and one from Ian Bracken for AGB left Bless­ing­ton lead­ing 0-05 points to 0-03 af­ter 15 min­utes.

Three points in a row then from Pe­ter Hem­pen­stall, Danny Cul­li­ton and Ian Bracken put AGB back in front 0-6 to 0-5 be­fore half-back Jor­dan Lynch lev­elled the game at 0-06 all just be­fore half-time.

Both teams had chances of goals in the first half, Paul Donoghue in the AGB goal sav­ing from Stephen Car­roll af­ter 22 min­utes while shortly af­ter­wards a Quentin O’Reilly shot was blocked by the Bless­ing­ton de­fence.

The game was all over 12 min­utes into the se­cond half when AGB led 2-10 to 0-7 the goals com­ing from Jack Fur­long fol­low­ing a pass­ing move­ment that started in the AGB full-back line while the se­cond from Tier­nan McBride was a for­tu­itous lob from 30 yards which de­ceived Bless­ing­ton goal­keeper John McEn­roy and landed in the net.

AGB were com­pletely on top at this stage and re­stricted Bless­ing­ton to one point from play from Ciaran Mescall.

In fact, the scor­ing dried up to­tally af­ter 12 min­utes of the se­cond half with both sides pick­ing up only two fur­ther scores, Quentin O’Reilly pick­ing up two for AGB while Stephen Car­roll and Sean Mescall with a goal com­pleted the scor­ing on the night to leave AGB com­fort­able win­ners.

Over­all AGB had a num­ber of more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Alan McBride and dom­i­nated the mid­dle of the field with Daragh Cul­li­ton and Jack Fur­long and in fact could have won by more in the end had they not fluffed sev­eral close in frees in the se­cond half.

Bless­ing­ton will be dis­ap­pointed with their se­cond half per­for­mance and will need con­sid­er­able im­prove­ment if they are to trou­ble Kiltegan or Holy­wood to make it out of this group.

AGB: Paul Donoghue; Michael O’Sul­li­van, Taidhg O’Cal­la­han, Ryan Stafford; Tom Hur­ley, Donal O’Ke­effe, Jonathan Doyle; Daragh Cul­li­ton (0-2), Jack Fur­long (1-1); Pe­ter Hem­pen­stall (0-3), Tier­nan McBride (1-0), Gar­rett Kenny; Quentin O’Reilly (0-2), Ian Bracken (0-3), Alan McBride (0-1). Subs: Bren­dan O’Sul­li­van for Ryan Stafford; Stephen Donoghue for Donal O’Ke­effe; Jack Darcy for Gar­rett Kenny; Gary Fen­nell for Quentin O’Reilly; Corry Mills for Ian Bracken

Bless­ing­ton: John McEn­roy; Sean McGarr, Damian Breen, Paddy O’Reilly; Glen Far­rell, Aaron Cur­ran, Jor­dan Lynch; Shane Fisher, Pe­ter O’Con­nell; Danil­lis Sakusas, Adam Boland (0-2), Sean Mescall (0-1); Stephen Car­roll (0-3), Jack Cot­ter, Ciaran Mescall (1-1). Robert Gil­li­gan for John McEn­roy; Pa­trick Nolan for Damian Breen; Daragh Richard­son for Paddy O’Reilly; Ian Richard­son for Jor­dan Lynch; Stephen Byrne for Pe­ter O’Con­nell

Ref­eree: Liam Cullen (Hol­ly­wood)

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