This was always going to be a difficult tie for Blesso as Ashwood, although bottom of the table seemed to be only losing their games by the odd goal.Added to this Blesso were without the talents of Ben Fitzsimons,who has often had a huge say in the outcome of a game.
The game started out very evenly with both sides having to work very hard to carve out any chances.
Both defences seemed to be on their game.Dean O’ Connor went close for Blesso with a shot going just wide of the post. Ashwoods No. 4 seemed to be their best hope of scoring with a very athletic performance from midfield. Conor O’Toole was putting in tireless work for Blesso in central midfield until a clash sidelined him for a while. Luke O’Brien and Daniel Cooney were both excellent for Blesso at the back. The deadlock was broken by Ashwood on 12 minutes from a corner that seemed to just squeeze in by Blesso keeper Mikey O’Toole. The game continued with much the same tone until Sonny Simpson replied with a piledriver that the Ashwood keeper got a hand to but couldn’t prevent crossing the line, 1-1. After the tip off Blesso seemed to be the most likely to score next, as was the case when Luke O’Brien scored his first goal of the season with a cracker from 15 yards, 2-1 Blesso and half time.
The second half was more of the same, a tough battle for possession. Blesso’s midfield of Dean Neilan,Sean Broderick and Emma Downes working really hard without getting much reward for their effort. Jack Deniffe putting in a tough shift as the lone striker. Ashwood’s No.’s 4 & 5 trying with all their might to bring the scores level.
Dean Neilan created a half chance for Emma Downes who shot just wide. Blesso finally got their third goal on 14 minutes of the second half when a sideline ball whipped in to the box from Dean O’Connor got a flick from Luke O’Brien who doubled his tally for the season and put Blesso 3-1 up.
Ashwood never stopped battling until the final whistle and might go away from this one considering themselves unlucky.
For the Blesso team, a really hard fought 3 pts,and a great all round team effort.
Blesso- Mikey O’Toole,Luke O’Brien,Daniel Cooney,Dean Neilan,Conor O’Toole,Sonny Simpson,Dean O’Connor,Emma Downes,Sean Broderick,Jack Denieffe