Bril­liant Bless­ing­ton prove too hot to han­dle for vis­it­ing AGB

Wicklow People - - SPORT -

BLESS­ING­TON put on a bril­liant dis­play of high workrate, at­tack­ing foot­ball after over­pow­er­ing AGB in this Se­nior Ladies foot­ball league match played in Bless­ing­ton on Fri­day night last.

From the first whis­tle to the last, there was no let up as the Blues hit the ground run­ning with some breath­tak­ing foot­ball.

Molly Cullen got the score­board of the mark in the sec­ond minute for the home­side with a sweet point.

Shona O Con­nor raised a green flag, for the first ma­jor of the evening after great link up play with Molly Cullen.

The AGB de­fence were un­der con­stant pres­sure in the early stages as Bless­ing­ton upped the pace.

Doire­ann Ka­vanagh broke down a good move by Bless­ing­ton and soloed 40 me­ters up­field and laid of to Becky Birm­ing­ham who put Jessie McEl­heron through to point for AGB’s open­ing score in the tenth minute.

How­ever, the home­side hit back with a point from Jess Bren­nan fol­lowed up with a smash­ing goal from Laura Allen to close out the open­ing quar­ter with the score read­ing 2-02 to 0-01.

Goalie Laura Rice had a pow­er­ful save from a Jess Bren­nan shot in the next at­tack.

Bless­ing­ton were in fly­ing form with some fine in­ter­link play in­volv­ing Molly Cullen, Amy Ryan and Shona O’Con­nor in­creas­ing the lead fur­ther.

Becky Birm­ing­ham took a shot from 40 me­ters out which can­noned down off the un­der­side of the cross­bar, every­body stopped mo­men­tar­ily, be­fore the ref­eree sig­nalled a goal was scored, much to the an­noy­ance of full-back Maura Reid who was dis­patched to the bin for ten min­utes for dis­put­ing the goal with the of­fi­cial.

Roisin Reilly fol­lowed up with a point from the re­sul­tant kick­out for AGB, go­ing into first half stop­page time.

How­ever, the home­side tagged on an­other 1-01 be­fore the half­time whis­tle sounded with the score now read­ing 3-06 to 1-02.

Bless­ing­ton put the game be­yond doubt in the open­ing ten min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod with a smash­ing goal from a mazy run by Shona O’Con­nor and points from Ellen Quinn and Laura Allen. Wing back Anna Vas was hav­ing a great game for Bless­ing­ton, set­ting up wave after wave of at­tack’s for the home­side.

The El­lis girls and Jess Bren­nan never let up, as the Blues went into over­drive build­ing up the score line.

Emma Fur­long made a dash­ing run up the field and tagged on a point in the 50th minute for AGB.

The Blue ma­chine just purred into over­drive for the fi­nal ten min­utes after some great tena­cious workrate from Molly Cullen, Jess Bren­nan, Shona O Con­nor and the El­lis’s, pil­ing on the scores be­fore the full-time whis­tle sounded.

Scor­ers - Bless­ing­ton: Shona O’Con­nor 3-0, Róisn El­lis 2-0, Laura Allen 1-1, Jess Bren­nan 0-5, Molly Cullen 0-5, Amy ryan 0-1, Ni­cole Walsh 0-1, Emma Reid 0-1, Ellen Quinn 0-1.

AGB: Becky Ber­ming­ham 1-0, Jes­sica McElehron 0-1, Roisn O’Reilly 0-1, Emma Fur­long 0-1.

Bless­ing­ton: Kim Con­nors; Sarah Pep­pard, Maura Reid, So­phie Cronin; Anna Vas, Shauna Byrne, Emma Reid; Amy Ryan, Shona O’Con­nor; Jes­sica Bren­nan, Molly Cullen, Ni­amh Cullen; Ellen Quinn, Laura Allen, Ni­cole Walsh. Subs: Róisín El­lis, Ni­amh El­lis; El­lie McKeever; Sarah Bo­han.

AGB: Laura Rice; Caoifhinn Ka­vanagh, An­ge­lika Py­ciak, Emer Kelly; Ni­cole Story, Doire­ann Ka­vanagh, Sarah Gar­rett; Emma Fur­long, Orla Byrne; Katie Mur­phy, Orla Hayes, Róisín O’Reilly; Jes­sica McEl­heron, Becky Birm­ing­ham, Áine O’Reilly. Subs: Ciara Forde, Emily Mul­hall, Zoe Takacs, Re­bec­cxa O’Sul­li­van, Casey young, Kayleigh Earls.

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