Blayney notch upset win over United in C-Grade
Barnies United over 35s were looking to get back in the winner’s circle on Saturday to cement their place in the top 4 of the C grade ODFA competition, however Blayney had other ideas.
Blayney made the perfect start by striking early. The wind, along with a firm and bouncy pitch, made it difficult for the United defense, headed up by Wes Miller and David Stinson and keeper Matt Savaro was unable to clean up.
United striker Glenn Harpley thought he had leveled the scores, but was denied again by the wood work for the third time in as many weeks.
Nick Mastrangeli also had a great opportunity to peg the score back but was also unable to find the back of the net.
Blayney pounced again late in the first half on the counter and hit the sheds leading 2-0.
The United subs bench was again placed under pressure when Barnies president Wayne Stephens had to be escorted from the pitch and taken to hospital in the red flashing taxi with a hip injury.
United started the second half well and reduced the deficit to 1, when Andy Holmes was felled in the box. Harpley managed to sneak the penalty under the Blayney keeper.
United were again put under pressure by the fast paced Blayney team and they were able to build their lead back to a two goal cushion.
Brett Hazzard found the end of a Nigel Hobden corner late in the game to give United a sniff, but Blayney were able to hold out.
The end score of 3-2 was a well earned result for the youthful Blayney outfit.
United must now win their final game of the season to ensure they don’t slip out of semi final contention.