SDFL U13 V Kildare


Blessington’s O’Neill sinks Kildare



The SDFL U13 squad had 4 Blessington FC players in the starting line up for today’s  representative league clash against  Kildare at Ballyowen Astro. – Greg O’Neill and Jack Allen up front, Paddy Schofield centre midfield and Sean Price right wing.


This games started cautiously with both teams playing patient possession football. Kildare finished the first half stronger and were unlucky not to finish in front at half time. However  good team work, tactics and strong defending from the SDFL meant  the score was 0-0 at half time.


The second half was a different game with Blessington players playing a vital role in the game. Greg O’Neill opened the scoring for the SDFL after 10 minutes with an accurate side footed shot into the Kildare net.  1-0 to the SDFL.


Paddy Schofield worked tirelessly in the centre throughout this game and fed the wingers and forwards with quality balls. Sean Price constantly used his pace on the right wing taking on Kildare’s defence  delivering excellent crosses into the box. Jack Allen worked hard upfront to keep pressure on the Kildare defence and this paid off in the 17th minute with Greg O’Neill responding quickest to a loose ball in the box to score his second goal of the game and give the SDFL a 2-0 lead .   The SDFL were now in control on this game, comfortable on the ball and working well as a team. In the 25th minute the SDFL scored a 3RD  goal with a 30 yard unstoppable shot from Cabinteelys Mike Fagan. The game finished 3-0 to the SDFL.


This was a good days work for the Blessington lads competing at the highest level and making it happen on the pitch.


FAI Coach Education Brochure 2012

Here is the Coach Education Brochure for 2012 for the Greater Dublin Area. Full listing of Kick Start 1 and Kick Start 2 courses.

Blessington FC coaches should contact a committee member to register on one of these courses.

Please click on the link below:

FAI Coach Ed Brochure Greater Dublin

BFC Xmas Draw – Results

Well done to all our winners, result sheet is attached.

Blessington xmas draw result 2011


Thanks to everyone who has Support BFC throughout 2011

Blessington Bhoys see off Wexford.

SDFL U13 V Wexford U13.

It was a cold Saturday afternoon but perfect playing conditions for this
representative league game between the SDFL U13 and Wexford U13 squads. The
venue was the impressive new full size astro pitch at SDFL HQ in Ballyowen.
As both teams did their warm up under the watchful eye of new SDFL director
of coaching John Devine it was obvious that the players and supporters
appreciated the venue and the beautiful playing surface.

Blessington FC proudly had 4 players make the starting line up. Greg O’Neill
centre forward, Sean Price right wing, Paddy Schofield and Jack Allen in
centre Midfield. The game started with pace and both teams showed excellent
ball control and distribution skills. Wexford went closest in the 5th minute
hitting the post with a shot from outside the box, but it wasn’t long before
the Blessington lads soon showed why they are in the squad.

In the 10th minute Mikey Feegan from Cabinteely went down the left wing and
swung in a great cross, Blesso’s Greg O’Neill made a strong 20 yard run into
the box and rose high to meet the ball with power and accuracy to head
convincingly into the Wexford net . 1-0 to SDFL.

22 minutes into the game Sean Price doubled the score for the SDFL. This
time the goal came from a corner. With a perfectly flighted cross Sean’s
movement was quick and he lost is marker and rose to meet the ball and
placed it with accuracy into the top corner, another brilliant header.

Jack Allen and Paddy Schofield played delicate, clever possession football
in the midfield constantly making good angles to pass and receive. On
several occasions Jack Allen found space and made strong surging runs into
the Wexford penalty box. The performance from the Blessington lads was from
the top drawer and they did Blessington FC proud.

The final score was 5 – 4 to the SDFL. Their next game is against Kildare on
December 28th at Ballyowen KO 12 PM.

Well Done Lads

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from All at BFC


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Blessington FC


FAI Coaches Association

The FAI Coaches Association launched on 1st of December 2011 and is aimed at coaches at all levels of the game from underage up to senior level who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills as a coach and want access to the current trends in coach education.
Find out what the FAI Coaches Association is all about and how it can help make you a better coach.


FAI Coaches Association

FAI Coach Education – Goal Keeping Introduction in Jan 2012

Please find upcoming GK course. Please contact Jimmy on details below if wishing to book a place.


Goalkeeping Intro Course

Sat 7th of January

09:30 –  5pm

Oscar Traynor ctr

Cost €45


Or 0876655267


This is an excellent course and is recommended by all BFC coaches who attended last summer

FAI Coach Education: Sign up for the first Kick Start 1 of 2012


Please see the details below regarding the first Kick Start 1 of the new year, it’s in early January so the games are off and clubs don’t have to look for any cancellations. 

Course:                               Kick Start 1

Date:                                     Saturday January 7th

Venue:                                 Brookstone Rd, Baldoyle (Baldoyle Utd FC)

Time:                                    9 – 5pm

Cost:                                     €45

Contact:                             Denis Hyland 0871273242




Kick Start 1 is designed to assist parents and coaches, to introduce children (aged 6-9 years) to fun soccer games and FUNdamental movement skills in a well-structured, stimulating and safe environment.


To provide coaches with the ability to:

  • Plan, organise and implement a coaching session
  • Identify the stages in the development of young players at the FUNdamental phase aged between 6-9 years
  • Coach children between the age of 6-9 years in a fun, safe and friendly environment

Shankhill 1 – Blessington U11b 2

To date this was by Far Blesso toughest Test against a strong Shankhill team who had only lost 1 game this season,although Blesso should have been buoyed by recent results but they started the 1st half nervy and it was Shankhill who should have went in front when a long ball from the back went straight through the Blesso defense and in to the path of on coming Striker who rounded the goal keeper and fired his shot low.The shot had goal all over it but only for a last ditch clearance from Ryan keogh who turned it round the post. After that Blesso started to settle and got there passing game going,a couple of half efforts where squandered by the away side.Firstly Adam Obannayo missed his header from 4 yards out from a lovely cross by Dara Broe Foster and not long after that the wee man (Dara Broe Foster) cut in side and drilled a low shot passed the Keeper only to see it come off the post and Ryan Mulvey missed the rebound.It remained this way from most of the 1st half with both teams cancelling each other out,then just on the stroke of half time Shankhill went ahead with a low drive across the box which took out all the Blesso defense and keeper leaving their striker with the easiest of tap ins at the far post, H-T 1-0

The Second Half Blesso came out storming and 2 close chances in Succession 1st came from a Ryan Mulvey shot smothered by the keeper and the second from a Cian Mc Carthy low drive just by the post,Blesso were on the up at this point and were starting to play some lovely stuff,and just on the 10 minute mark of the second half Tadgh Miley who was starting to impose himself on the game laid a fine ball off to dara Broe Foster,he cut in side and unleashed a wicked curling shot the beat the keeper hands down 1-1.This goal seemed to spur Blesso on and knocked the sails out of Shankhill with all the play being played in and around the Shankhill half the second goal was looking inevitable.

Tadgh Miley switched to midfield with Ryan Keogh and was calling all the shots now along with Cian McCarthy,He drove into the box and beat 2 players,just as he steady himself to shoot a brilliant last ditch tackle from the Shankhill defender took the ball from his toe.2 minutes later and virtually the same move this time proving more fruitful.Tadgh Miley got his shot off this time and the ball whizzed past the keeper 1-2.The remainder of the second half was dominated by the Blesso midfield and attack,but they just could not find the killer 3rd against a very resilient Shankhill defense.At the final whistle the result remained 1-2 to the visitors and in fairness was Just about what Blesso deserved.

Blessington Team Ian Coughlin.Ryan Keogh Don Halpen,Eion Kavanagh,Tadgh Miley,Cian Mc Carthy,Adams Obannayo,Dara Broe Foster,Patrick Cunningham,Ryan Mulvey



U10 Division 1 Result: Blessington A 0-1 Newtown Rangers

An unusually subdued and out of sorts Blessington lost 1-0 to a well organised Newtown Rangers at a very cold Community College this morning. Determined not to concede early like last week’s match, Blessington kept it simple and had plenty of possession but were repelled by Newtown’s defensive wall. Early crosses from either wing were pushed clear by Newtown’s impressive keeper. Blessington’s clearest chance fell to Sam Gallagher who struck an outrageous side volley inside the box that smacked off the Rangers  full back who in truth did not know much about it. At the Blessington end Cian Doyle, Folu Ilori and Séan Brien mopped up everything that the mobile Rangers forwards threw at them and forced them into harmless long range efforts.Eni Ilori and Shane Sargent had good efforts saved by the Rangers keeper who probably kept the sides level at HT.

The second half was all Blessington pressure and substitutes Tadhg Murphy and Thomas O’Leary did well to halt Newtown’s odd forays passed halfway. Despite all the possession and pressure, Blessington conceded a well worked goal from a good cross by Newtown’s no 7 that found one of their forwards that had just about got the right side of Cian Doyle and bundled it over the line. It was hard luck on Cian, Paddy Brady and the other defenders that hadn’t really put a foot wrong all morning. Blessington showed the usual fighting spirit to get something from the game. We had chances to get a point and maybe all three but it wasn’t to be. Adam Walsh who had another good game cut in from the left wing but blazed over. Sam Gallagher, Shane Sargent, Edward Carter and Eni Ilori never gave up but for the first time in almost fourteen months Blessington failed to find the net. 

Blessington: Paddy Brady, Cian Doyle, Ryan Mahon, Séan Brien, Tadhg Murphy, Thomas O’Leary, David Akavickas, Edward Carter, Eni Ilori, Folu Ilori, Adam Walsh, Shane Sargent, Sam Gallagher.

However despite this result at the end of 2011 this bunch of players can look back over 2011 and feel proud of their efforts and achievements. Many thanks to all the parents for their support and flexibility and Clem and I wish all players and families a Happy Christmas and a safe and peaceful New Year