Monday 11 December 2017

Richardson rocks!

BLESSINGTON Chairman, Michael Sargent, had plenty to celebrate as he watch two of his three adult teams turn in fine displays in championship matches at the new Bray Emmets complex at Old Conna on Sunday.

The Junior C team got the day off to a great start with a good win over Kilmacanogue in the championship.

Just as all the Blessington teams are doing as present the young 'Blues' kept the umpire with the green flag busy in this match.

However, it was Kilmac that celebrated the first of the six goals that this interesting match coughed up.

That goal was scored by Conor Finn in the first minute and when Paddy O'Dwyer and Garret Kelly added points the men from the Sugarloaf were five points clear. That is how the score stood at the end of the first quarter - 1-2 to 0-0.

Ian Richardson got a score to settle Blessington side, their first point in the 16th minute, and when Karl Phibbs, one of three brothers on the team, got the first goal, the Blues were back in the game.

Ian Richardson put them in front for the first time and when Richardson got his second goal the west men were in easy street.

The half time score was Blessington 3-1, Kilmacanogue 1-3.

Kilmac had no intension of folding their tent and heading back to the Sugarloaf.

They came out fighting for the second half and within minutes Kian Byrne and Paddy O'Dwyer had landed points and the deficit was down to a manageable two points.

It was probably at that point that Blessington's real strength was to click in. They had the stronger bench and were able to call on strong subs.

One of them, the very experienced Lee Brennan, blasted home their fourth goal and that score knocked some of the fight out of the opposition.

Another of the subs, teenager Conor Ryan, began to make his presence felt with some great points and the Blues were back on track again.

Kilmac still had their traditional fighting spirit left and staged one more late rally. Late substitute, Marcus Rafferty, rallied them with a point and Conor Finn blasted home a goal.

That score had no chance of changing the result but it was a signal that the men from the Sugarloaf were still alive and well and still had every intention of finishing in the shake up.

Scorers - Blessington: Ian Richardson 2-1; Karl Phibbs and Lee Brennan 1-0 each; Conor Ryan 0-4; Shay Brennan 0-2; Jordan Lynch 0-1.

Kilmac: Conor Finn 1-3; Marcus Rafferty 1-0; Paddy O'Dwyer 0-2; Kian Byrne, Garrett Kelly and Barry O'Toole 0-1 each.

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