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Monday 22 September 2014

Blessington Blitz!

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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The Blessington club had some week on the GAA front; Even with their flagship team idle they chalked up four important wins in league and championship and have to be rated the club of the week.

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The Blessington club had some week on the GAA front; Even with their flagship team idle they chalked up four important wins in league and championship and have to be rated the club of the week.

Their Junior A team beat table toppers Stratford-Grangecon in the league before taking on Eire Og in the A Championship. Their C team beat Kilmacanogue in the first part of a double header at Bray on Sunday while at the same venue on Friday evening their Minors brought home the first trophy of the year when they hammered St. Patrick's in the league final.

There was never much doubt that Blessington were going to record a win in this match at Bray on Sunday.

They were in control from start to finish and but for kicking a worrying number of wides could have been much further ahead.

They recorded the only two points of the match in a very low scoring first quarter and even after Jamie McDonnell cut their lead by half with a point for Eire Og in the 20th minute they stayed in control.

Wee county Minor, Jordan Nolan, got the first goal of the match for Blessington in the 29th minute and Blessington went in with a comfortable lead of 1-7 to 0-2 at half time.

The Eire Og management sprung big Billy Norman from the bench for the second half and he made an immediate impact with a point four minutes later to cut the deficit.

Blessington kept picking off the points to stay comfortable in front. Two points by Conor Early kept the pot warm, if not boiling but then the Lakesiders hit a real purple patch.

In a matter of minutes they netted three more goals to end this game as a contest. Big Billy, one of Mick O'Dwyers favourite sons, netted a goal for the Greystones men with five minutes to go but it was, as we often say, too little and much too late

This Blessington team are competing with mostly Intermediate teams in Division 2 of the league and the experience in definitely standing too them in this lower grade in the championship.

While they may not be favourites for an outright win at this stage they look good for at least the knockout stages. It says a lot for the overall strength of the panel that one of the men they plucked from the bench Eddie Boylan finished up their top scorer with 2-1 while another of the subs, Conor Devlin, also scored 0-2.

Scorers - Blessington - Eddie Boylan 2-1; Jordan Nolan 1-2; Jonathan Kelly 1-0; Paddy 0-Connor 0-2; Robert Pender 0-2; Conor Devlin 0-2; David Behan and Jonathan Behan 0-1 each

Eire Og - Billy Norman 1-1; Jamie McDonnell 0-2; Conor Earls 0-2; John Deeney, Michael Walsh and Paul Doherty 0-1.

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