Granada U11’s 0 Blessington U11B’s 1

Saturdays game was a bit of a tetchy affair, with Blessington U11’s not really looking their normal selves and up against a very defensive, yet organized Granada team. Previously Blessington had played several games against Granada and had yet to loose a tie, although this game was never really in doubt, the result still left Blessington looking more and more nervous as the game wore on.

The game started sprightly enough, with Blesso having two chances in quick succession, Ryan Mulvey was first up with a shot blocked in the six yard box, when he connected from a lovely ball threaded through from Daragh Broe Foster, Adam was next up when he drilled a shot into the side netting from an acute angle and this was really the pattern of the whole game with Blesso pouring forward, but wasteful in front of goal. Blessington had reshuffled there team after their defeat last week, with the two gilroy brothers starting at the back and Tadgh Barrett holding the middle of defense, and the three boys were immense in the first half pressing play back into the Granada half and passing great balls out of defense. Ryan had another two chances in quick succession, first a shot well wide of the goal as he went clear through, his second was a more close affair when he drilled his shot just by the post from about six yards out..But the little striker was to make amends not long after, he picked the ball at the edge of the box turned brilliantly and drilled a low shot into the corner of the net, Tadgh Miley had two great chances not long after this, his first was brilliantly saved from a long range effort and then the mid-fielder was very unlucky when he brilliantly slide in at the back post to meet a cross from Adams only to see his shot come back of the post, Daragh Gilroy was unlucky next when he headed a corner just over the bar, ( H-T 0-1)

The second half was more of the same, and chances were still being squandered, Daragh Broe foster was fierce unlucky when he hit the bar from edge of the box, next Adams again managed to fire into the side netting from about four yards out..Ryan Keogh  had a lovely free kick tipped away from the Granada goal keeper and then Daragh Gilroy’s shot was blocked from the rebound, it was all one way traffic now, but Granada’s defense stood firm.One scare of note came midway through the second half when Granada broke out of defense, their winger had a brilliant run and slid a ball across the box, Ryan Keogh in trying to clear the danger fired the ball off his own post, the ball was finally cleared and that was really the only effort from Granada.Cian McCarthy was next up with a great drive from the edge of the box , saved well again from the Keeper, and the keeper was again to come to Granada’s rescue when he did brilliant to save at Daragh Broe Foster’s feet. This was really the last chance of the game and Blesso ran out some what unconvincing 1 nil winners

Great Credit again to all the coaches at Granada, who have transformed a team at the bottom of the division into an outfit very hard to break down..Well Done

Blesso Team: Ian Coughlin. Conor & Daragh Gilroy, Tadgh Barrett, Don Halpen, Eoin Kavanagh, Tadgh Miley, Cian McCarthy, Daragh Broe Foster, Adams Ogbannayo, Ryan Mulvey, Patrick Cunningham


U10 Premier Cup Final Result: Blessington A 1-3 Ardmore Rovers

Blessington A went in search of the first piece of Silverware for the Club on Saturday against fierce rivals Ardmore Rovers at a bright but windy Goldenball.

The final started at a frantic pace as you would expect and immediately Ardmore had Blessington hearts in mouths when on their first attack smashed a twenty yard drive against the cross-bar. Blessington to their credit did not freeze and reacted first to clear the danger, Paddy Brady and Ryan Mahon most alert in the moments that mattered. However this Blessington team is made of sterner stuff and settled quickly into their short passing game. Tadhg Murphy leading the recovery and urging his team forward with tackle after tackle. His desire to win a ball he had no right to win eventually forcing a breakthrough. Tadhg’s determination allowed him to pick out Sam Gallagher who played a neat ball into Edward Carter who fed the ball out wide to the accelerating Eni Ilori. As the ball bounced up Eni nodded it past the Ardmore defender and struck a stinging shot which the Ardmore keeper did well to save. However the ball slid out the side of the box and Eni with Ardmore Rovers defenders swarming all over him unleashed another thunderbolt that was in the back of the net before anyone knew it. It was a fantastic effort which drew huge applause from the neutrals and Blessington supporters. The SDFL representatives beside me acknowledging the well worked goal too.

Blessington pressed on from here looking for the security of another goal and despite huge efforts by our midfield engines Edward Carter , Eni Ilori and Sam Gallagher to forge openings for the tireless runs of Thomas O’Leary and Shane Sargent could not find it.

Instead Ardmore got a fortunate break, a hopeful ball into the box by the Ardmore winger caught Tadhg Murphy on the wrong side on the forward and as he turned to recover position and make the block the ball struck him on the arm. The vocal Ardmore line quick to shout for penalty saw the ref award it thereafter. Paddy Brady dived the right way but was unable to stop the shot. 1-1 HT

The equalizer certainly did not dampen down the spirit of the team at the HT break and the team were really hopeful of winning the match still. Clem and I did not have to lift any spirits; the lads were clearly up for it.

The second half started with Blessington now playing into a strengthening wind and Folu Ilori straight into the action charging down a loose ball and carrying it twenty yards only to see his shot go wide. Adam Walsh now on up front with Folu always looking for the ball inside the Ardmore defence made run after run. As both teams pressed Ardmore seized the initiative when a clever pass by the Ardmore No 5 played in his striker to slot the ball coolly home despite the significant efforts of Séan Brien and the Blesso Captain Cian Doyle who marshalled his defence superbly all day. The wind now was playing a significant role as it forced Blessington full backs to clear every ball on the deck to prevent it coming right back on them but Aidan Murphy and Séan Brien were more than capable of finding their wingers when it mattered. Eni Ilori and Shane Sargent continued to run at the Ardmore defence at every opportunity with Eni drawing most of the Ardmore tackles. On one occasion both players felled within moments of each other by over the top tackles that the referee should have dealt with better in my opinion. This was pivotal moment in the game and I was proud of the way the Blessington players stood up for each other and showed Ardmore that they were a team and that this team would not lie down easily. From the resulting free Blessington almost struck an equalizer from Sam Gallagher’s brave effort. Before the Ardmore goalkeeper could restart play the referee sent off the Ardmore linesman for coming onto the pitch repeatedly. Tensions were high.

Ardmore eventually put the game out of sight when they scored the final goal of the game after some unusually slack marking by Blessington allowed the Ardmore No12 time to place a cushioned header into the back of the net. Moments later the full-time whistle blew; 3-1 Ardmore.

The 3-1 score line doesn’t reflect the brilliant performance by the team in the final and I’d like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts by all the players not only during this game but through the League Cup fixtures when all our toughest games were away from home. I hope they are as proud of themselves as I am sure their parents and coaches are of them.

Congratulations to the Ardmore players on their victory. They played some great football too.

Despite the obvious disappointment of the loss our players rallied around and went over to the second pitch to watch Blessington U9B beat Donnybrook to win the first Cup of the season for Blessington. Well done to the U9 Blessington players. Afterwards our team went to McDonald’s to refuel and present Paddy Brady with the ‘Most Improved Player Award’ on our team for 2011/2012. Congratulations Paddy!!!

Blessington U10: Paddy Brady, Cian Doyle, Ryan Mahon, Séan Brien, Tadhg Murphy, Thomas O’Leary, Aidan Murphy, Edward Carter, Eni Ilori, Folu Ilori, Adam Walsh, Shane Sargent, Sam Gallagher.



Beechwood U11’s 3 – Blessington U11b 2

Blessington U11’s suffered their first defeat of the season against a team who looked rejuvenated from the one beat just before Christmas 7-0.

The game was played out in the lovely grounds of the Royal St Hospital in Donnybrook and Blessington started off brightly with two great chances in succession, Adams Ogbannaya threaded a great ball into the box which Ryan Mulvey onto to an blasted his shot just wide, Tadgh Barrett next up slotted a lovely through ball from the middle of the park to Daragh Broe Foster who wide a bending shot just past the post, with Blessington piling forward the 1st goal of the game came, with a great counter attack from Beechwood, their lively mid-fielder hit a long ball into the box which the Blesso defense did not clear it broke out to the striker who fired a fierce shot right at the the Blesso keeper, Ian did well to save the powerful shot but only managed to knock the ball back out in front of goal and into the path of the unmarked Beechwood striker, who accepted the gift by prodding the ball into the net.(1-0) Blessington regained their composure and again asserted themselves on the Beechwood team Adams again was unlucky when he hit a fierce shot from edge of the box only to see it hit the bar, Ryan  Mulvey next up had a shot cleared off the line and then with the pressure mounting Blesso got their equalizer. Adams beat one defender and played the ball to Ryan Mulvey who turned brilliantly and fired a low shot into the next from the edge of the box. (1-1) .Disaster struck just before the interval when from a corner daragh Gilroy managed to head the ball into his own net, it was very unlucky for the little defender who was having a great game, (H/T 2-1)

The Second was the same as Blesso poured forward the threat was always there for Beechwood to get a third, but again chances were squandered by Blesso Tadgh Barret in quick succession had two chances first up and shot from just inside the box went inches over the bar and next from even closer tadgh snatched at his shot and it went inches by the post.Blesso kept on pressing but chances were starting to become difficult to come by as a very well organized Beechwood packed their defense,Blesso again missed a glorious chance when Adams whipped a ball into the box a little Daragh Broe Fosters header was again saved well by the keeper. Cian McCarthy had a pile driver of a shot saved brilliantly from the Beechwood Keeper and from the rebound Tadgh Barrett was unlucky to see his shot blocked on the line, Blesso brought on their captain who had been out sick for a few weeks and with minutes it was 2-2, again the lively Daragh Broe foster hit a long ball up to Adams he fired in a low ball across the box the eluded everyone bar Tadgh Miley who was at the back post to volley home (2-2). There was one bit of controversy at the end of the game though when little Daragh Gilroy went straight through the defense and was brought down by a harsh tackle, the ref saw this foul but deemed it to be outside the box, it was a harsh decision as it clearly was inside the box.And it was to get worse as from the free kick beechwood cleared a long ball, it was missed by Ryan Keogh and bounced into the path of the Beechwood striker who ran into the box, with the Blesso keeper rooted to his line he cooly slotted the ball home to make it 3-2. this was the last kick of the game and Beechwood had snatched a great victory for them.

Blesso tried as hard as they could today, but never really got going, playing their usual passing with pace game and this has to be attributed to a very resolute Beechwood team who with great credit to their coach and on the back of a great victory against Shankhill has transformed them into a really good outfit..Well done to all at Beechwood

Blesso Team: Ian Coughlin, Ryan Keogh, Daragh & Conor Gilroy, Eoin Kavanagh, Tadgh Barrett, Adams Ogbannayo, Daragh Broe Foster, Tadgh Miley, Don Halpen. Yanni Cabalum, Ryan Mulvey, Cian McCarthy,Patrick Cunningham.

Blessington AFC Senior Match Reports

Tuesday 10-04-12
Blesso returned to winning ways with a hard fought victory against an organised Marks Celtic team. The lads
got off to a great start with Paddy Carroll slamming the ball to the net inside the first minute after great work
by Mark Daniels and Conor Murphy. Marks then settled well and a tough battle was fought out in midfield, with
both sides having some chances but Blesso having the better of them, with both Jono Daniels and Del Balfe
coming close. In the second half, Blesso pressed hard for the insurance goal, and it eventually came with 15
minutes left when Jam Nolan sent Scott Doyle clear on the right, he played a lovely ball across the box to the
inrushing Johnny Lynch and he made no mistake from about 10 yards. Our next game is the return match with
Marks on Sunday next.
Sunday 15-04-12
The lads made the short journey to Tallaght on Sunday morning ahnd handed out a lesson to the home team.
Again we had a great start, with Mark Daniels corner after just 5 minutes being headed home by Dave “Sads”
Carroll, and then minutes later brother Paddy got in on the act, racing on to Johnny Lynch’s through ball and
slotting home past the keeper. A few minutes later a lovely flowing move was side-footed home by Mark Daniels
from Johnny Lynch’s square pass, and at that stage it was game over. To their credit Marks came into the game
and their centre forward was unlucky to shave the post just before half time. In the second half, Philly Sheridan
got our fourth after the hone keeper spilled Dano’s free kick from the left, and then Johnny Lynch got the goal
he deserved, slotting home Jono Daniels through ball to complete the scoring. A very solid performance from
our lads, and another clean sheet as well. Next game is away to 4th placed Grange Utd on Tuesday evening in
the AUL Complex, this should be a tough task after our recent 0-0 home draw with them.
Tuesday 17-04-12
Wow! The Blesso lads turned in a breathtaking performance to blow away Grange Utd tonight at the AUL. A tight
game was expected after our recent home draw with them, and though Blesso had a solid enough start, Grange
took the lead after 10 minutes when a loose midfield ball was snapped up and their left winger smashed it home.
To our credit, the lads dug deep and after 25 minutes we got our reward when Scott Doyle’s accurate corner was
headed home by Paddy Carroll. Playing as the lone striker, Paddy was terrorising the Grange backline, who liked
to stroke the ball across the park; Paddy was having none of that though! The lads took the lead when a nice move
down the left saw Feidhlim O’Shea tee up Scott, just inside the box, and his lovely low curling shot went in off the post.
Half time came and went, and for fifteen minutes or so Grange pressed and tried to get back on level terms. Davy
“Stony” Nolan in goal was solid and his handling was perfect, so their efforts came to nothing. Then a lovely ball
from Eddie Boylan found Paddy through the centre and he held off the challenge and squared for Johnny Lynch to
grab our third. Five minutes later it was game over, when sub Ciaran Dempsey’s long diagonal cross was met on the
volley by Johnny about 10 yards out and the ball flew into the top corner for a spectacular 4-1 lead. Grange were
totally shell-shocked by now, but to their credit they continued their passing game, however the Blesso defence, 
marshalled by David Carroll and Jono Daniels, were excellent and kept them at bay comfortably. The evergreen
Mick Tyrrell came on for young Govonor Aja for the last 25 minutes, and Mick’s lovely corner was touched onto the
bar by the Grange keeper from Paddy Carroll’s header, and Scotty was on hand to power home a header for 5-1.
Incredibly the alds kept pressing and Micko added a sixth in the dying minutes (with his right foot!) after good work
again by Paddy in the box. A brilliant all-round performance by the Blesso lads, acknowledged by the Grange manager
who described it as the best performance he’d seen all season. We didn’t like to tell him we were actually without
7 of our regulars – Mark Daniels, Philly Sheridan and Del Balfe all working, Bryan Carroll, Gary Mahon, Paul
Allen & Adam Cullen all out injured! Special mention tonight to Conor Murphy and Paddy Carroll whose work-rate
and pure speed caused mayhem all through the game. Just 2 league games left now, and we are likely to finish in
third place, just being pipped for the runners-up spot. Then we concentrate on the Mullion Cup last 16 home tie
against LIBERTY HOUSE on Sunday 29-04.

AFC Belgrave 1 Blessington U11B 2

Part 2 of the Blessington FC and AFC Belgrave double header took place last night at Bluebell and the small pitch really did suit the home team, who looked a completely different outfit from Saturday

This game was played at an almighty pace with both teams really having a go straight from the off, and it was not long before chances started to fall for both teams. First up a scuffed shot from Belgrave striker just inside the box got the Blesso defense out of jail as it went straight into the keepers arms. Daragh Broe Foster on another one of his mazy runs broke through Belgrave defense and fired a fierce shot just inches over the bar,. next up Tadgh Barrett had a shot rattle the bar from the same position. Blessington were finding it hard to play there passing game on this small pitch and kept finding themselves on the back foot in the first 10 minutes.Belgrave had a glorious chance to take the lead when there winger whipped in a fine ball to the striker in the middle of the box, again he failed to connect fully with the ball and his shot went just wide.Belgrave were no pushing Blesso back  with the long ball from the back and you could sense the goal was coming, and on the 10 minute they got the opener..another fine run from their winger resulted in him firing a low cross into the box between defender and keeper, with both players leaving the ball to the other, the big Belgrave striker made no mistake with this one and pounced onto their hesitancy and prodded the ball into the net (1-0). This goal seemed to fire a bit of life into Blesso, who until then had been a little of the pace of the game.
Cian McCarthy set up Ryan Mulvey  but again his shot was blocked by the Belgrave defense, but the game was now swinging Blesso’s way and again you could sense the equalizer was on its way, and just before the stroke of half-time Blesso grabbed it, with a long clearance from Belgrave out of defense being picked up by Cian , he ran the ball mid way in the Belgrave half and unleashed a low drive the hit the bottom corner of the net , straight after the goal the whistle went for half-time (1-1)

Second half started in the same vain as the first with Belgrave playing long balls up to their striker from defense and Blesso on the back foot, again chances started to fall their way and again Belgrave were slightly unlucky not to take the lead. Their winger who was having a great game had a shot from the edge of the box the just went by the post, then Ian Coughlin saved bravely from the Belgrave strikers feet as he was baring down on goal. Eoin Kavanagh who was having a great game for Blesso had a shot saved brilliantly from the edge of box, as did Tadgh Barrett who curled a lovely shot which was heading to the top corner, again the Belgrave keeper did well to save. Blesso were going really well now and were getting to grips with the small pitch and packed defense, Daragh Broe Foster again was unlucky when he hit the bar with a dipping shot and Cian McCarthy again had another pile driver from the edge of the box just go wide, Ryan Keogh was next up with a curling free kick that was cleared off the line by the Belgrave defender and then Yanni Cabalum was very unlucky when he drove his shot into the side netting, with one minute to go Blesso again piled on the pressure and from this the winning goal came Tadgh Barrett fired the ball into the box to Finn Harney who did well to hold it up, he laid the ball back to Adams Ogbannayo who drilled his shot low into the net (2-1). But there was still time for one more scare as straight from the kick-off Belgrave had a long range effort hit the bar and bounce back into play, after a series of blocks the ball finally went out of play for a corner and the game was finally won

Blessington were not at their best today, but it shows great character from the kids to keep plugging away and in the end get their rewards for their efforts. Credit too has to go to Belgrave who on their own pitch posed a formidable opponent and in truth a draw would have been a fair reflection on the game..This was a great game, with both teams fully committed and chances galore, Well Done to Both Teams

Blessington U11B 3 – AFC Belgrave 0

This was part one of a double header against our visitors, Part two to be played out in Bluebell on Tuesday.

The game started off at a great pace with Blesso FC pushing the extremely well organized Belgrave team back at every opportunity, but finding it hard to find a way to goal.The first real chance of note fell to Adams who watched his shot just miss the target from about four yards out, next up little Daragh Broe Foster had a curling shot again just miss the target from the edge of the box.Time and time again the Blesso attacks were broken down by a resolute defense and dogged Belgrave team and on ten minutes they gave the Blesso team a real fright,when the striker slipped a shot just inches past the chance fell to the influential Adams who drove through the heart of the defense and rounded the keeper, just as he was steadying himself to shoot, the defender slid in and nicked the ball first.But this was the start of a glut of chances to fall Blesso’s way. Cian McCarthy again playing through the middle and controlling the game drove at the defense, beat two defenders and shot low and hard only to see the Belgrave keeper pull of a great save.Tadgh Barrett then slipped in Tadgh Miley who shot again just by the post, you could sense the  breakthrough was coming and just of the stroke of halftime, Blesso got a free kick just outside the box, up stepped Cian McCarthy and he drilled a thunderbolt of a shot low into the net. ( H/T 1-0)

The second half started well for Belgrave who had two chances in quick succession.First one fell to their midfielder who swivelled well and shot low into the side net from edge of the box, next up their winger curled another shot just inches past the post.But after the initial flurry from Belgrave,Blesso took the game again by the scruff of the neck. Daragh Broe Foster pulled a high ball down in the middle of the park and beat one defender and unleashed a fierce shot just inches over the bar, next Ryan Mulvey had his shot blocked in the six yard box, the pressure was the second came from an unlikely source,another free kick,this time Adams took it and whipped a great cross into the box, ( the smallest guy on the pitch) Daragh rose to meet the cross and bulleted his header into the corner of the goal (2-0) this really was a smasher of a goal and our first headed goal of the season. The third really did wrap the game up with Tadgh Barrett running down the wing and whipping the ball into the middle of box,Ryan Mulvey met it full on and unleashed his shot only to see this blocked again,but this time he was not to be undone by the Belgrave defense and followed it up for a neat tap in low into the net (3-0)

Another Fine performance by Blesso and have now stretched their unbeaten run to 23 games.Well done Guys

Blesso team: Ian Coughlin, Daragh Gilroy, Conor Gilroy, Don Halpen. Eoin Kavanagh, Ryan Keogh, Tadgh Miley,Tadgh Barrett,Cian McCarthy,Patrick Cunningham,Adams Ogbannayo, Ryan Mulvey, Yanni Cabalum, Daragh Broe Foster