Blessington under 13 travelled to Killarney Co Kerry on Friday August 26th with a party of 38 including players and parents to compete in the highly respected Glen Eagle Cup. The team and parents stayed at the Glen Eagle Hotel in Killarney. The tournament was run over two days and Blessington qualified through to the semi finals on Sunday after some fantastic performances and high quality football against Killarney Celtic, Ballyhar Dynamos and Killorglin on Saturday. Blessington bagged 10 goals in the tournament from scorers Greg O’Neill, Sean Price and Liam Miley . Greg O’Neill was Top Scorer in the Tournament with 7 goals.. Blessington goalkeeper Conor Harper was outstanding with a number of vital quality saves over the two days.
The Semi Final was played on Sunday against Newcastle West from Limerick . This game had quality & entertainment from start to finish. Blessington played strong, energetic, quality football and every player was comfortable on the ball. Paddy Schofield, Jack Allen & Ciaran Mescall were outstanding in midfield and Diarmuid Nugent and Stephen Davis were strong and steady in defense. In this tight game Blessington took the lead with a fantastic goal from Greg O’Neill mid way through the second half. There was a large crowd at the game and the Blessington supporters were in great voice and celebrated the goal with the expected enthusiasm. Newcastle West equalised with an unstoppable 30 yard strike with 3 minutes remaining and the game went to penalties. The penalty shoot out also went to the wire and unfortunately Blessington lost the penalty shot out with. Blessington received well deserved praise from tournament organisers and opponents for their style of football and the player’s attitude. Kerry Radio covered the tournament and specifically mentioned Blessington on their sports report for the quality of the football they brought to the tournament. Well done Blessington U13
Well Done to John and his team great achievement