Joy for Balt­in­glass

U-13s see off gal­lant St Pat’s in ‘A’ de­cider in Ark­low

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC MELIA at Pearse’s Park, Ark­low

BALT­IN­GLASS claimed the Un­der-13 ‘A’ county foot­ball ti­tle with a well-de­served vic­tory over a brave St. Pa­trick’s team at Ark­low last Sun­day morn­ing.

They started at a sav­age pace with flam­boy­ant mid­fielder Calum Bro­phy clip­ping the first point from the first at­tack. Jack Kenny and Jack Bookle added two more be­fore the Wick­low town men plun­dered the game’s first goal. Adam Ralph pow­ered in across the end line be­fore lo­cat­ing Sam Cul­leton in space and he ri­fled to the Balt­in­glass net.

The goal seemed to spur the west Wick­low men into ac­tion and Bro­phy scored a tremen­dous goal when he ar­rowed a shot from 30 yards into Wick­low keep­ers Rory Hen­nessy’s net.

Mo­ments later, Bookle got an open­ing and drilled an ef­fort to­wards goal how­ever Hen­nessy sprung from nowhere to save un­for­tu­nately for the Wick­low net­min­der Ross Nolan was on hand to strike the re­bound home.

When Matthew Fisher stretched the lead to seven things looked bleak for the county town men.

Un­per­turbed they set about eat­ing into the Balt­in­glass lead. Cul­leton pointed be­fore turn­ing provider for Will Far­rell to blast their sec­ond goal of the game.

The Balt­in­glass re­sponse was im­me­di­ate with Jack Kenny plac­ing a beau­ti­ful goal af­ter tremen­dous work by cor­ner back Kareem Matomi had pro­vided the as­sist.

They closed out the half with five points on the trot with Bookle, Kenny, Bro­phy and Dean Kelly all trou­bling the um­pires to leave them eleven to the good at the in­ter­val.

Pats came out fir­ing in the sec­ond half with Steven Gorm­ley test­ing Balt­in­glass’ keeper Eoin Cooney’s re­flexes with a tremen­dous ef­fort. How­ever, Kenny soon ex­tin­guished any hope of a fight back with an au­da­cious goal from dis­tance rem­i­nis­cent of the Of­faly mid­fielder Ciaran McManus from yes­ter­year af­ter Kelly had set the im­pres­sive at­tacker into space.

Pats never dropped their heads and struck for an­other goal of their own when Alex Sin­nott’s ball into the dan­ger zone was bun­dled home by Billy Joe Con­nors.

Balt­in­glass kept pulling away with more won­der­ful points from Bro­phy, Kenny and Bookle be­fore Kelly got on the end of a flow­ing move to ham­mer home their fifth goal.

Once more Pats re­fused to lie down, and the goal of the game was scored by Con­nors. Sin­nott dropped a ball into the square Con­nors fetched and as he struck for goal Cooney bravely blocked his ef­fort, with the Balt­in­glass de­fence con­verg­ing Con­nors with a bo­da­cious back­heel flick man­aged to get his sec­ond goal of the game.

The game fin­ished po­et­i­cally with Bro­phy from out on the right wing and Kenny a beau­ti­ful curl­ing ef­fort from the left pro­vid­ing the last two scores.

Pats bat­tled gamely and had great per­form­ers in Con­nors, Cul­leton and Will Far­rell.

For Balt­in­glass, Bro­phy, Bookle, Kelly and full-back Jake Doyle had fine games, how­ever, through­out the con­test Jack Kenny was a con­stant thorn in St. Pats side with clever move­ment, as­sists and ac­cu­rate score tak­ing.

Scor­ers - Balt­in­glass: Jack Kenny 2-4, Calum Bro­phy 1-3, Dean Kelly 1-2, Jack Bookle 0-4, Ross Nolan 1-0, Matthew Fisher 0-1

St. Pats: Billy Joe Con­nors 2-0, Will Far­rell 1-1, Sam Cul­leton 1-1, Steven Gorm­ley 0-2, Daniel Ka­vanagh 0-1

Balt­in­glass: Eoin Cooney; Cal­lum Con­nell, Jake Doyle; Kareem Matomi, Cody Fa­gan, Jack Kenny; Calum Bro­phy, Jack Bookle; Matthew Fisher, James Flem­ing, Ross Nolan; Conor Stephen­son, Dean Kelly. Subs: Damien Cor­ri­gan, Jaseer Mur­phy, As­ton Pen­der, Ben Quinn-Burke, Mario Ci­u­ciu, Dil­lon Nolan, John Nolan, Naoirse O’Neill. St. Pats: Rory Hen­nessy; Harri Armstrong, Steven Gorm­ley; Ryan McCor­mack, Lor­can Byrne, Will Far­rell; Sam Cul­leton, Alex Sin­nott; Ross McCrea, Daniel Ka­vanagh, Adam Ralph; Billy Joe Con­nors, Conor Mitchell. Subs: Jack Noble, Josh But­ler, Sam Christie

The Balt­in­glass un­der-13 foot­ballers and coaches af­ter their vic­tory over St Pa­trick’s in the county fi­nal in Pearse’s Park, Ark­low. Balt­in­glass cap­tains Jack Kenny and Calum Bro­phy are pre­sented with the league and cham­pi­onship cups by the Coiste na nÓg chair­man Pat Dunne. Balt­in­glass play­ers cel­e­brate af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle.

Hand­skakes all round af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle be­tween Balt­in­glass and St Pa­trick’s in the Un­der-13 ‘A’ county fi­nal.

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