Late burst secures win for Blessington
lavin came more into the game.
James Walsh landed two points before half-time, one from a free, which Dunlavin will rue kicking seven wides to Blessington’s three in that half.
The first 20 minutes of the second half belonged to Dunlavin and whilst Curtis Geraghty added a point for Blessington after four minutes, points from Shane O’Rourke, James Walsh, Thomas Davis and Cian O’Sullivan put Dunlavin level at six points each 15 minutes into the second half.
The Dunlavin half-back line of Mark Reid, Eoin Murtagh and Henry Healy were playing well and Paul Murtagh and Aaron Phelan were winning midfield.
Inside forward Cian O’Sullivan was set up for a man of the match performance having levelled the game at six points each with a wonderful point after 15 minutes and he went on to add two further points on the 20th and 21st minute to put Dunlavin eight points to six in front and looking likely winners.
The Blues were jolted out of their comfort zone and finished the better over the last 10 minutes with Mickey O’Connor picking up an opportunist goal, his brother Patrick adding a point and Curtis Geraghty another point from a free and despite the best efforts of Dunlavin, including another point from Cian O’Sullivan, the Blues went on to win by 1-8 to 0-9 points.
Referee Ciaran Fleming issued a couple of black cards during the game, Blessington’s midfielder Peter Manning picking up a black after only four minutes of the game.
Stephen Kitt; Aaron Curran, Stephen Bohan, Jack Gilligan; Kevin Hanlon, Caolan MacGorman, KJ Rodgers; Paul McLoughlin, Peter Manning; Brian Carroll (0-1), Michael O’Connor (1-1), Michael McLoughlin (0-1); Patrick O’Connor (0-1), Dean Siney (0-1), Curtis Geraghty (0-3). Subs: Eoin Keogh, Michael Nugent.
Tom McGuirk; Louis Capliss, Seanie Phelan, Harry Colburn; Mark Reid, Eoin Murtagh, Henry Healy; Paul Murtagh, Aaron Phelan; James Walsh (0-3), Thomas Davis, Cian O’Sullivan (0-4); Marty Capliss, Shane O’Rourke (0-1), Shane Carty. Subs: Mark O’Sullivan, Daniel Dawson, Barry Miley (0-1).
Helan Rouse and Laura Leigh at the Dunlavin GAA Club dinner dance at Tulfarris Hotel last weekend.