Disappointing results kept coming today at the Community College.
On paper this should have been a clear win for a strong Blesso side unbeaten in 2011 against a Firhouse team sitting mid-table and who blesso had beat comfortably at their grounds.
Whether the winter break works is debatable and the 1st half clearly showed that teams without matches get seriously rusty,But in fairness Blesso cannot begrudge a very determined and dogged Firhouse team who were very organized and committed.Blesso took the game to Firhouse from the off with Dara Broe Foster and Ryan Mulvey in particular leading the line well and creating a few chances.the 1st clear cut chance of the game fell to Dara Broe foster who picked a ball up off Tadgh Barrett and jinked past two players,just as he was about to unleash his shot from about six yards out,the ball took a bobble and he sliced his shot wide.Ryan Mulvey was next up with a lovely piece of play to round the defender he too found himself 1on 1 with the keeper,only to see his shot going slightly wide of the post.Of the few chances that came Firhouse way,their best effort came from a mix up in the Blesso defence which lead to a scramble around the six yard box to which no fewer than three firhouse players shots blocked on the line.As the half wore on and Firhouse getting deeper,blesso were starting to find it hard to penetrate their defence and were reduced to long range efforts. One minute before half time and Blesso finally broke the deadlock with a neat one-two from Cian Mc Carthy and Ryan keogh the ball broke to Dara Broe Foster who fired a low shot which took a wicked deflection and beat the goal keeper who was diving the other way. H-T 1-1
The second half was more of the same with all the attacking coming from Blesso and Firhouse defending stoutly.Cian McCarthy and Tadgh Barrett in the center of midfield where finding it difficult to impose their normal game and Adam Ogbannayo and Dara Broe Foster were finding that they were having to come inside more and more in the game to receive the ball,the game itself was becoming increasingly narrow with a lot of the play being played in and around the half way line.Chances still kept coming Blesso,s way a long free kick was brilliantly parried by the Firhouse keeper,unfortunately for blesso there was no-one following up,next Cian fired a shot at the edge of the box just wide,Dara then repeated Cians effort only to see his effort too just go wide of the post.Just a we all thought the game was running out to a 1-0,Firhouse had a rare break up the park to which they got a corner.The Firhouse player swung in a lovely cross only see it not dealt with by three Blesso players leaving the big Firhouse striker an easy tap in (1-1) There was only one real effort of note from either team after this,when Tadgh Barrett had a shot blocked in the six yard box,Blesso kept pushing but to no avail Full time 1-1