Late Behan save sends Blessington home happy
Blessington had a good but hard earned win over Newcastle in Division 3 of the SFL at Blessington on Saturday.
Newcastle's centre half back Philip O'Connor, a member of the Wicklow U-21 football squad, opened the scoring with a point in the early minutes and midfielder Ciaran Doyle sent over another to give Newcastle the start they needed in this game.
It took Blessington a while to find their feet before 17-year-old Daragh Ryan got them on the scoreboard. However they took complete control of this game in the second quarter and a string of points by Jonathan Kelly, Alan Ellis (2), Jonathan Behan, Thomas Fisher and Adam Carroll put them well clear.
Strangely enough it was another defender Alan Daly that lifted Newcastle again with a point just before half time and the scoreboard at that stage read Blessington 0-7; Newcastle 0-3.
A telling factor of that first half was that none of the six Newcastle forwards had got on the score sheet.
Daragh Ryan again opened the Blessington account in the second half but again it was Philip O'Connor that replied for Newcastle.
However Newcastle's troubles were far from over. In the 10th minute of the second half they won a penalty and at that stage a goal was what the game badly needed.
The very experienced goalkeeper Barry Behan saved a well enough taken shot from Shane Cloak and the chance was gone. It was young Ryan again that displayed his great potential by tapping over two more points for Blessington and the 'Blues' certainly looked to be moving into 'easy street'.
Newcastle came with a late rally; Shane Cloak had a good point and Shane Doyle added two more to get the deficit down to just two points. However they could not close the gap and the experienced Alan Ellis had the final point of the match for Blessington.
Scorers: Blessington: Daragh Ryan 0-4; Alan Ellis 0-3; Thomas Fisher, Jonathan Kelly and Adam Carroll 0-1 each.
Newcastle: Philip O'Connor and Shane Doyle 0-2 each; Alan Daly, Graham O'Brien, Ciaran Doyle and Shane Cloak 0-1 each.