NCW v Bbell 14s

Under 14 Division 3: Newcastle West B 2  Bluebell United 2

Bluebell (Feenagh/St Ita’s combination) deservedly picked up their first point this season away from home yet one point should and could easily have become 3 points as they were left to rue a litany of missed chances in the second half. Snow could be viewed in the mountains in the distance as the game kicked off yet the two sides made light of the wintry conditions as they provided an entertaining game for those present. The opening half was well contested with both sides having a few sighters at goal. The sides retired for the half time break scoreless.

Moments after the restart a shot from TJ Kelly seemed destined for the net but an outstretched leg from the Newcastle netminder denied him. Ronan O’Connor also had a couple of chances before Newcastle took the lead despite the best efforts of Mark Kelly, who made a great save initially before the Newcastle player found the net from a resulting phase of play. Undeterred, Bluebell went on the offensive from the restart and were rewarded when O’Connor fired home from close range after a loose ball from a corner kick fell his way. Soon after O’Connor made it 2-1 when he again showed good predatory instincts inside the penalty area to get a boot to the ball before a number of defenders to prod the ball to the net. Kelly and O’Connor then combined to set up Jack Long but his shot just went the wrong side of the post. A good run from Liam Power saw him pick out Rory Hannigan and his goalbound effort whistled just over the crossbar.

Bluebell were to rue this profligacy in front of goal when Newcastle equalised and but for a fine save subsequently from Kelly they would have found themselves in arrears. The final chance of the game saw the lively front pairing of Kelly and O’Connor combining well again with the latter firing his effort narrowly over the crossbar. There were good performances in all sectors of the field with Eoin Galvin and Iain Kelly resolute at the back, Long and Power a constant threat on the flanks and O’Connor and Kelly their usual lively selves upfront.

Team: Mark Kelly,Dylan Murray-O’Connor,Iain Kelly, Eoin Galvin, Ben Mulcahy, Jack Long, Shane Hartnett, Rory Hannigan, Liam Power, Ronan O’Connor, TJ Kelly. Subs: (all used) Fergal Lane, Cian White and Keith Begley.
Referee: Jim Molyneaux