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Bennettsbridge U21 come up short against James Stephens

posted Feb 2, 2017, 8:50 AM by Alan Flynn

The curtains came down on a long road which saw the club play continuously for almost 3 years. On this occasion it was the turn of the U21 team to finish off the season for the club and now they can enjoy a well deserved rest over the winter. Playing strongly fancied James Stephens was hard enough but when we were missing one of the teams powerhouses in Liam Blanchfield it was very difficult indeed. But as we have seen and said so many times this bunch of lads will never give up and they did not on Sunday either. Playing in icy conditions with a strong breeze we went in at half time 0-5 to 0-3 ahead after having the wind in our backs. It was a concern given the fact the wind was only getting stronger and so it proved but only because they got a fortunate goal half way through the half. When Connor Murphy hooked the Village wing forward the ball dropped short and finished to the net. Scores were hard to come by but that never stopped our lads from trying but try as they might the truth is we just could not break down their tight defence. So after all the thrills and spills over the last 2 plus years we can all go home and put our feet up for the winter. The final score was Bennettsbridge 0-07 James Stephens 1-07. Our team lined out : B Tynan, Brian O’Neill,S Byrne, Bill O’Neill, S O’Dwyer, J Cleere(0-1), C Murphy, L Dowling, K Blanchfield(0-1), M Shiel, S Morrissey, K Brennan(0-5), D Coyne, H Corkery, R Cleere. Subs used. R O’Connor and D Blanchfield.