Aug 25, 4 years ago

Juniors are defeated by Blessington

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Our Junior team was unfortunate to be drawn against Blessington in the quarter final of the Junior C championship. Blessington are the only undefeated Junior C team this season and had inflicted some heavy defeats to opponents along the way.

Despite the massive task ahead, there was some confidence within our Junior squad following three consecutive victories that if the team could perform to their best on the day anything could happen.

Unfortunately our team could not repeat the form they had shown going into this encounter and with a Blessington team firing on all cylinders, it turned out to be a very one sided game. A very fit determined and organised Blessington team were in control from the very early stages and went on to win by a very clear margin.

It is difficult to see any team stopping the Blessington men from lifting the cup this year.

It may be the end of the road in the Championship for our Junior lads but they are still competing in the West League and are currently top of the group 2 table. The next match in this tournament will be away to Kiltegan and it will be an opportunity to regroup and get back to winning ways.

Ger O'Keeffe wins the high ball for Stratford Grangecon

Ger O’Keeffe wins the high ball for Stratford Grangecon

Joe O'Neill contests a kick out for Stratford Grangecon

Joe O’Neill contests a kick out for Stratford Grangecon

Matt Hanbidge contesting the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Matt Hanbidge contesting the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Joe O'Neill receives the ball from Ger O'Keeffe

Joe O’Neill receives the ball from Ger O’Keeffe

Declan Bollard breaks with the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Declan Bollard breaks with the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Paul Sleator is first to the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Paul Sleator is first to the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Mark Caplice on the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Mark Caplice on the ball for Stratford Grangecon

Eoin O'Neill speaks with the team at half time

Eoin O’Neill speaks with the team at half time

Joe O'Neill wins the high ball from a kick out

Joe O’Neill wins the high ball from a kick out

Ger O'Keeffe gets his pass out to start a Stratford Grangecon attack

Ger O’Keeffe gets his pass out to start a Stratford Grangecon attack

Nigel O'Neill sets up an attack for Stratford Grangecon

Nigel O’Neill sets up an attack for Stratford Grangecon

The Stratford Grangecon goal comes under fire from  Blessington

The Stratford Grangecon goal comes under fire from Blessington

Blessington are unstoppable for periods of the game

Blessington are unstoppable for periods of the game

An inform Blessington team pilled on the pressure

An inform Blessington team pilled on the pressure

Stratford Grangecon corner forward Jack Best passes the ball to Kevin Bracken

Stratford Grangecon corner forward Jack Best passes the ball to Kevin Bracken

Ger O'Keeffe retains possession of the ball in midfield for Stratford Grangecon

Ger O’Keeffe retains possession of the ball in midfield for Stratford Grangecon

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Michelle O'Keeffe
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Hard luck lads. We’ve still got the league to play for
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