Stars have Bessbrook in a spin
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Bessbrook United 1. Windmill Stars 5.
WINDMILL Stars made a statement of intent with the demolition of rivals Bessbrook United in the Bessbrook Cup on Thursday, writes Gerry Patton.
Many thought the wheels may be coming off the Windmill wagon following last week's defeat in the Kennedy Cup, but John O'Hanlon's men gave the perfect response as well as issuing Bessbrook a reality check.
Although United held their own in the first half, keeping the league champions goalless, Windmill showed their true class by banging in five in the second period.
It was the visitors who nearly took the lead after seven minutes when Gareth White escaped a very static Brook defence only to blast wide past the post.
Five minutes later the Bessbrook response was a great effort from new boy Ryan Rambo O'Hare who got on the end of a defensive mix up but his left foot snap shot was only inches wide.
After their initial scares both sides began to play some good attractive football on a superb Orior Park pitch.
On 17 minutes Windmill pressure forced a free kick, which Paul O'Gorman struck with great venom but the ball just skimmed the base of the post.
Although Bessbrook were competing well it was Windmill who had another chances just before the interval when Dermot O'Hare got on the end of great cross but his header was well saved by Boyle in the Brook goal.
With half time looming Bessbrook began to press and came close when a Quigley effort was bravely saved by Jennings and then moments he done brilliantly to hack away an effort from Rambo O'Hare.
After the break Bessbrook were all at sea and fell behind when Conor McKeown whacked the ball in off the post after it had bounced around the Brook penalty area.
Three minutes they conceded again when Josh McKeown found far too much on the left and gave Boyle no chance with his fierce drive.
Bessbrook were now completely under the cosh and it was no surprise when they went further behind on 55 minutes when another drive from Josh McKeown found the back of the net.
The home side looked to be down and out but they rallied on 65 minutes when Ben Treanor flicked on to Quigley who kept his composure to set up Rambo O'Hare who blasted home from close range.
Windmill responded immediately and should have gone further ahead moments later when a great run and shot from Joe McLoughlin forced a good save from Boyle. Unfortunately for him the ball fell to Stephen Loughran but he blasted over when he really should have scored
With Bessbrook showing little resistance Paul O'Gorman made it 4-1 with a rasping effort and then with minutes to go Stephen Loughran blasted home a fierce free-kick.
The only consolation for this young Bessbrook side is that they were up against the best team in the Carnbane and will have to learn from defeat.
Bessbrook United: Ciaran Boyle, Dermot Fearon, Kyle Cartmill, Danny Cinnamond, Niall McVerry, Justin Philpot, PJ Quigley, Gary McVicars, T Fox, Ryan O'Hare and Dean McConnell. Subs: Ben Treanor and David Edgar.
Windmill Stars: Martin Jennings, Barry Quinn, Rory Cunningham, Conor McKeown, Ciaran O'Neill, Paul Gorman, Stephen Loughran, Joe McLoughlin, Ryan Devlin and Josh McKeown, Gareth White. Subs: Davy O'Hare and Conor Shields.
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