Blackhall Gaels 1-5
Bective hosted Blackhall Gaels on a fine spring Sunday afternoon for this League Div 2A opener. Both sides were missing regulars and were trying out players in new positions and exchanges looked reasonably balanced from the throw-in. Bective, playing against the breeze, scored first with a fine point on 2 minutes from influential midfielder Ciaran Mc Connell and Blackhall responded with 2 points. Bective’s second midfielder Paul Lyness pointed after good approach work and Marty Mulhall pointed from a free-kick before Sean Keating squeezed over a point from a very tight angle on 12 minutes.
Blackhall had defended well against a number of Bective attacks but they couldn’t stop Mark O’Brien getting on the end of a fast penetrating run from Donagh Garvey to palm the ball to the net on 17 minutes. O’Brien, who was showing well for the ball, repeated a similar style goal on 18 minutes. Blackhall pointed from a free kick but Paul McCabe pointed from a free kick after Declan McGuinness was brought down in front of goal and an O’Brien point brought the half time score to Bective 2 – 6, Blackhall Gaels 0 – 3.
Bective, with wind assistance, could have been expected to drive on but Blackhall kept them outside the scoring zone. O’Brien pointed again on 5 minutes and Bective, now 10 points ahead, controlled the ball well although not threatening the Blackhall goals. Mulhall pointed again on 14 minutes and Bective brought in Tristan O’Neill. Bective were working hard to dispossess Blackhall players and succeeded in many turnovers but also gave away some free kicks and Blackhall converted again on 18 minutes.
Michael Lyness, Dara Maguire and Marc Dowdall came in for Bective and Mulhall pointed from a free kick, and Blackhall pointed on 23 minutes. Strong defensive performances from Bective, with Ben Malone and Garvey showing their speed, gave Blackhall Gaels few scoring chances. The drama was not over yet and Blackhall were awarded a penalty after a strong attacking carry failed to penetrate the Bective defensive wall. Veteran
Tadgh Brosnan blasted to the top right corner leaving deputy goalkeeper Ciaran Reilly with no chance. T
Ciaran Reilly, Jack Grant, Jack Clarke, Ben Malone, Donagh Garvey, Jarlath Brennan, Colin O’Rourke, Ciaran Mc Connell, Paul Lyness, Chris McGurn, Marty Mulhall, Declan McGuinness, Paul McCabe, Sean Keating, Mark O’Brien,