Blessington U11B’s 23 v Blessington Over 40’s (Parents) 23

Due to Shankhill no show, Blessington newly crowned champs had a new challenge to attend to, the newly formed and slightly overage Parents of the team.
In goals for the parents was, Yanni’s dad Jesse ( who had borrowed Don Johnson’s shoes from Miami Vice) at the back we had the evergreen Alan Gilroy and Eoin Barrett and the plain Green (by the end of the game) Stephen Coughlin, midfield had Peter Harney ( dressed like an attorney) and Paul( I should have stuck to coaching)Jordan and the borrowed referee Rob Gilligan and Aaron Broe Foster ,the sprightly and talented Tommy Mulvey played up front with Brendan ( I am not passing) Harney.

The Parents were slightly outnumbered by the starting line up of 17-20 players of the U11’s and we are not quite sure how many was in the team by the end. First real chance fell to the Parents when Brendan blazed a header over from two yards out – hang your head in shame, and then followed up by tapping one by the post from a yard out after some lovely play from the youthful Tommy Mulvey,Return passing is not in Brendan’s locker,Alan Gilroy opened the scoring with a great volley just inside the box and then Brendan made amends by slotting home from four yards out after being put through again by the ever present and energetic midfielder Tommy Mulvey,(H/T 0-2 to the old fogies).

Second have started after a much needed rest by the Parents, with the U11’s putting the parents under severe pressure, Daragh Broe Foster chipped Yanni’s dad from outside the box to make it 1-2 and then Tommy Mulvey fluffed a header from four yards out, took a bit of the shine off a near perfect display. Aaron Broe Foster then had a great chip clip the post from just inside the half way line. another chance was squandered by the parents when Brendan finally passed and put Tommy Mulvey through he hit the ball first time but it blazed by the post..Aaron made it 1-3 with another great solo goal, before Ryan Keogh chipped the keeper from outside the box with a cracker of a curling shot to make it 2-3. There seemed to be 400 kids on the pitch by now and the parents were starting to lag a little, when Tommy Mulvey finally got the goal his performance deserved with a brilliantly taken peno against 11 goalkeepers…He was pure class on the night.(2-4) and with the last kick of the game Yanni got one over on his Dad when he drilled his shot into the net from the edge of the box..(3-4) After much debate and a soaking from the kids to the managers it was agreed to call the game a draw (23 all) if for nothing else to keep peace in the households.

Thanks to all who participated in this impromptu game, it was great crack and I hope and think the kids will take great memories from it..To all the kids of U11B’s who have played this year, a massive thank you  from myself and Stephen for your commitment,determination and no less skill in winning yet another league,,You guys truly are a great bunch of kids…Roll on 11 a side..


An Corn Cairdis on 27 May 12

This Sunday 27 May 2012, three teams from Blessington FC will play an end of season tournament hosted by St Ita’s FC in Donbate, Co Dublin. St Ita’s are a like-minded club, focussed on player development and our U9A, U10A and U11A teams were delighted to accept the invitation and the players are really looking forward to the tournament called ‘An Corn Cairdis’. The other teams involved are Bunclody and Dunshaughlin and all clubs see this as an opportunity to make new friends.

Bus leaves at 9:45am from the Community College and a planned return hopefully with some tired but happy players around 6pm.

U10 Division 1 Result: Blessington A 2-1 Firhouse A

This game marked the end of the 2011/2012 season for Blessington U10A. Our final game of our first season back in the Premier Division ended in a 2-1 win over the always impressive Firhouse A and the win was all the sweeter as Blessington battled back from being a goal down at HT. 

The game started at a frantic pace and Blessington struggled to get to grips with Firhouse’s quick passing game probably because it was our first game in over six weeks. Firhouse dominated the early chances but both full backs Ryan Mahon and Séan Brien did not allow the pacy Firhouse wingers space or time to pick out the decisive ball to the strong Firhouse centre forward. Cian Doyle back to his best was strong in air and quick to clear any breaking ball regularly finding our own wingers, Eni Ilori and Sam Gallagher with wonderful passes.

Firhouse pressed and pressed and eventually found a breakthrough when a miss hit shot ballooned off one of their players and evaded the dive of Blessington No 1 Paddy Brady. Paddy (Blessington’s Most Improved Player 2011/2012) was surely disappointed to concede after a wonderful display up to that moment.

Blessington had chances through Folu Ilori and Adam Walsh who forced the Firhouse keeper into some smart saves with chances they had to dig out. It was a difficult first half for the two lads up front as our midfield was out-fought for any loose ball. HT 0-1 to Firhouse.

 A change to our line at the start of the second half up brought new energy to our side and for the first time in the game Firhouse were on the back foot. Aidan Murphy in inspired form dealt with the threat down the left side and the Firhouse threat was dampened immediately. Tadhg Murphy using his strength did not allow any opportunity from the right and Cian Doyle again won everything coming down the middle. It was from this base that the equalizer came as Cian played a ball out to Shane Sargent now running the show in midfield and he picked out Eni Ilori on the left. Eni powered into the box and squared the ball to the ever alert Thomas O’Leary who’s excellent powerful first time shot forced the keeper into a reaction save but he spilled  the ball and Folu Ilori quickest to follow-up slid in to knock the ball into the back of the net. Firhouse pushed on but the now combined efforts of our midfield and defence held firm and were solid. The winning goal came from Edward Carter. Shane Sargent played a clever one two with Sam Gallagher and then played wonderful pass to Edward who had run into the space created by Thomas O’Leary’s clever run. Edward with just the Firhouse keeper to beat feigned to shoot and as the keeper dived to his left, Edward rolled the ball to his right and into the back of the net. 2-1 Blessington and well deserved!!!

The final moments of the game saw Thomas O’Leary fire a thunderous side volley over the bar and Eni Ilori came narrowly close to extending our lead. There were of course some nervy moments for Blessington near the end but Paddy Brady dealt with them and Blessington finished the season on a high with another fine home win.

This was a real team effort but I feel the defenders: Sean Brien, Ryan Mahon, Cian Doyle, Tadhg Murphy and especially Aidan Murphy deserve special mention as they looked real composed and made some really good decisions during the game. Well done lads.


Blessington U10A: 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.


On a final note Clem and I would like to thank the players for their outstanding efforts during training and on match days. They are wonderful players and we look forward to watching them progress during the summer when we will be focussing on training using the 3V3 technique with additional strength and conditioning training.

Thank you to the parents for their support, encouragement and flexibility this year again, I hope you have enjoyed this season as much as we have!


Wicklow Community Games Final

Lakeside FC   5  v Ashford FC  1

Another fine display from our Lakeside team against a very strong and organized Ashford team, who especially in the first half really put it up to our boys

This game started off slowly enough with both teams taking a while to settle and probably for the first twenty minutes Ashford shaded it, they seem to have a measure of the Lakeside forwards and made better use of the ball when they had it, The first real opportunity of note fell to Adams Ogbannayo fed through brilliantly by Daragh Broe Foster, he surged into the box, but rather than take his chance he squared the ball from about six yards out only to see it cleared by the Ashford defense. Ashford were posing a real threat from long balls over the top by their defense, and it was from this the first goal of the game came, with the striker latching onto such a pass he ran into the box and coolly slipped the ball passed the oncoming keeper (0-1). This seemed to kick start lakeside and from then on in it was all Lakeside pressure up till half time, Keelan Sherrit and Mark Hayden took the midfield by the scruff of the neck and started countless attacks from surging runs and some lovely through passes, with Shane McGarry and Daragh Broe Foster Lakeside had real width and pace and for the first time in the game were starting to make it count. Adams had a great shot saved well on the twenty minute mark after another fine piece of play between midfield and attack, another block from the Ashford defense was fired clear, this time Keelan who picked the ball up just outside the box fired an unstoppable shot low into the net, (1-1). Lakeside started to turn the screw and with only five minutes to half time they got their rewards, Lakeside were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box Keelan stood up to take it and floated in a inch perfect pass, as the Ashford keeper came to collect the ball high, little Pauric Keogh rose first to head the ball past the oncoming keeper..not bad for one of the smallest guys on the pitch ( 2-1). Right on the stroke of halt time Lakeside got their third and probably goal of the game, Mark Hayden floated a lovely through ball out to the wing and the race was on between defender and Shane McGarry, Shane just got to the ball first and in his stride lashed a fierce curling shot into the roof of the net (3-1). The referee blew for half time right after this strike.

The second half was not as nervy an affair, with Lakeside dominating all over the pitch, with their defense marshaled brilliantly again by Jeff Kemmy playing a high line,Ashford found themselves on the back foot continually. Pauric Keogh had another great effort just over the bar and then Shane Daly was really unlucky when he met a corner with a full on header only to see it go inches over the bar. Ryan Mulvey was next up and again was very unlucky when he turned brilliantly and fired his shot into the side netting.You could sense the goal that would kill the game off was coming, with Ashford becoming deeper and deeper in their own half, chances were starting to fall regularly, and from another through ball little Sean O’Rourke was fed through as like the Ashford goal he coolly prodded the ball past the oncoming keeper (4-1). Ashford did have chances in the second half but had no real concerted pressure, one real chance of note fell to the striker and he fired a good shot that was saved well by the Lakeside stand in Keeper,Adam Humphries. But the game was soon over as a tie, when again a great through ball split the Ashford dense with both Shane and Sean finding them on side, a race between the two started with Shane just getting to the ball first he fired a wicked shot into the roof of the net (5-1). This was the last real chance of the game and the remaining minutes were played out in the Ashford defense,,
As stated above, this again was a brilliant display from the Lakeside team, who only playing their second match together, look a formidable side..A note however has to go to Ashford, who for long periods of the first half dominated and looked the better team. Lakeside are now Wicklow Champions and next up is an away tie to the winners of the Dublin group. Well done guys

Blessington Senior Match Reports

AUL Mullion Cup Quarter Final – Sun. 06-05-12
D Pils Athletic  3-6  Blesso 1sts
Blesso made it to the Semi Final of the AUL Mullion Cup last Sunday by comfortably beating Latvian Dubliners D Pils Athletic in the AUL Complex. The home team, from a division lower, took the lead on ten minutes with a rebound from a free kick, but a header from David Carroll from a Mark Daniels corner, a penalty from Jono Daniels after Scott Doyle was upended, and a neat finish from Johnny Lynch put Blesso in command 3-1 at the break. The second half was the Paddy Carroll show, as he waltzed through the opposition to grab himself a great hat-trick. To their credit D Pils continued to press, and grabbed two late consolation goals, but in truth Blesso were never in danger, and we now look forward to the semi-final against Mountview United, who we have beaten and drawn with in the league this season.
AUL Mullion Cup Semi Final – Tues. 15-05-12
Mountview United  0-2  Blesso 1sts
It was back to the AUL Complex for the semi final, and what a game it was, as Blesso qualified for their first final in seven years. The Mountview line-up was noticeably different from the league meetings, and we counted at least six new players, all from their first team, who recently won the Senior Saturday AUL division. Mountview started the stronger, their new players showing their experience and strength, and although they enjoyed lots of possession, Davy Nolan in the Blesso goal wasn’t troubled by their efforts. At the other end, Paddy Carroll and Del Balfe were beginning to make progress, Paddy causing them all sorts of problems with his pace, and Del showing strongly down the left side. By the half hour mark, Blesso had gained the upper hand, and Paddy had two great chances both saved by the Mountview keeper. Blesso got the breakthrough on the stroke of half-time, when Del made another great run on the left, linked with Mark Daniels who played in Paddy again. This time Paddy squared the ball for Scott Doyle to slot home the opener. After the break Mountview changed their formation, and their most effective player up to now, no.9, was pushed up front from his midfield spot. Blesso adapted very well to this, and for the rest of the game no. 9 barely got a touch, as Conor Murphy was delegated to drop back and cover. Paddy’s pace was now giving them headaches, and by the hour mark he had been clean through twice more, only for the keeper again to save. Then just after 60 minutes Johnny Lynch was sent off after a tangle with their no. 4, who was lucky to escape with yellow. A man down, Blesso performed heroics in the last half hour, and we set ourselves up so well Mountview found it hard to get into the box, never mind get attempts at goal. Feidhlim O’Shea and Philly Sheridan came on and played their part on the right side, and yet again their keeper made a great save from Paddy, and Del was close with a long range effort. Then on 91 minutes Paddy sent Del racing down the left wing again, his strength took him past two players and he squared for Paddy again; this time he made no mistake, smashing it home from 12 yards. Great celebrations followed, and the ref blew full time about two minutes later. A great display once again by the lads, and yet another clean sheet, and we meet Grange United in the final next Sunday 20th at 11.00 again back at the AUL Complex. COME ON AND GIVE US YOUR SUPPORT!

Tymon Bawn 0 – Blessington U11B 6

Another roaring performance from our boys, who ripped into Tymon from the start with some lovely football,

Blessington got off to a flying start when within one minute Tadgh Miley slipped a lovely ball through to Ryan Mulvey, he took one touch at the edge of the box and unleashed a great shot that flew past the keeper (0-1), and this was just the start of a super first half. Daragh Broe Foster dusted himself  down from a foul outside the box and fired a lovely shot just inches over, Ryan then had a shot blocked  by the Tymon defender, but the second goal was never far away and just on ten minutes, Tadgh Miley who seemed to be everywhere fired a shot that the keeper did well to parry, unfortunately for him little Daragh pounced on the rebound and fired the shot low into the net (0-2). Cian McCarthy was next up with a brace within five minutes of each other and both were driving runs from middle of the pitch he let rip a fierce shot that the keeper tried to save with his foot only to see it hit the side of the net (0-3), he was not so close with the second that nearly bust the net from outside the box(0-4), by this time the Blessington midfield of Daragh Broe Foster,Tadgh Miley, Cian and Daragh Gilroy were running riot over Tymon, Daragh Gilroy had a brilliant run that nearly finished up with a goal, he was unfortunate with his shot as it just went inches by the post, Tadgh Miley had another shot saved by the Keeper and then Yanni Cabalum was very unlucky when  he beat two players and shot again just by the post,,the fifth goal came courtesy of a Tadgh Miley shot and like the second the goal keeper did well to parry and for the second time little Daragh Broe Foster met the rebound and placed the ball identically as he did with the first.,(0-5)

The second half was much of the same and with tymon changing the keeper at half time, the seemed to fair better at stopping the game turning into a rout.Tadgh Miley had a shot saved by the keeper and then Adam Ogbannayo was unlucky when he hit the side net from a narrow angle.Ryan Mulvey then had a shot fired just wide again from a narrow angle and Daragh Gilroy had another shot blocked after another lovely run.The sixth came courtesy of the Blessington Captain, Timmy picked the ball up in the middle of the park beat four players and fired a great shot past the oncoming keeper (0-6) chances kept falling Blesso’s way but this was to be their last goal, as for Tymon the really did have a go in the second half, but  with Tadgh Barrett marshalling his defense brilliantly, Ian Coughlin,Don Halpen,Conor Gilroy and Ryan Keogh were never really in danger.The only other chance of note that came Tymon’s way was saved well by our stand in Keeper Finn Harney..

Another Fine display boys well done for another great season…Long may it last.

Blesso Team: Finn Harney, Ian Coughlin,Don Halpen,Conor Gilroy ,Ryan Keogh, Tadgh Barrett, Tadgh Miley, Daragh Gilroy, Adams Ogbannayo, Daragh Broe Foster, Yanni Cabalum, Cian McCarthy,Patrick Cunningham and Ryan Mulvey

Blessington FC holding FAI Workshop for all managers, coaches and volunteers

Blessington FC Committee has organised a series of workshops led by Paul Martyn (FAI Club Development National Coordinator) to facilitate discussion on the problems BFC coaches, managers and volunteers have faced this season. The purpose of the discussion is to generate ideas and support to ensure that BFC can continue to provide football playing opportunities for our 400+ membership.
The first workshop is planned for next Monday 28 May 2012 at 7:30pm at Crosschapel and will deal with Club Structure. All managers, coaches and volunteers are kindly invited to share their views and experiences. The workshop will not be a success if we all do not participate in this opportunity to improve our club.
BFC Committee

Blessington U11B 3 – Tymon Bawn 0

There was deja vu  about this game as last year Blessington clinch the title against Tymon and Saturdays affair was the same, Blesso now have 2 games left and once results are posted will be on 69, Blesso on Saturday started to show why they are top of the league with totally convincing win against a spirited Tymon side, who just could not get out of their half from start to finish..

The game started off nervy enough with Blessington finding it hard to get into the stride, but once the break through came the Blesso team settled and started to play some lovely football. Ryan Mulvey had a snap shot saved well by the Tymon Keeper and Cian McCarthy was extremely unlucky with a brilliant half volley again thwarted by the impressive Tymon Keeper, Daragh Broe Foster then had a shot on the edge of the box again the keeper came to Tymons rescue, but you could sense the goal and so could Tymon as the got deeper and deeper in the own half, little Daragh Gilroy playing on the wing today picked the ball up in the middle of their half took on two defenders and beat both with pace and no little skill he drove a lovely shot low and hard into the net, it was a brilliant individual effort. ( H/T 1-0)

The second half was frantic with Blesso swarming all over Tymon and only for the goal keeper,Blesso would have been out of site, Ryan Mulvey was unlucky with a header just by the post, when he met a corner from Adams full on from about six yards out, Tadgh Miley then drove a shot into the side net when fed through by the impressive Tadgh Barrett, but he was to make amends straight after this when he jinked into the box and fired a wicked shot past the keeper (2-0) chances kept falling Blesso’s way but the Tymon defense stood firm.Yanni Cabalum was unlucky when he failed to connect to a Daragh Broe Foster cross and then the little winger had a great shot saved again by the Tymon keeper, but we did not have long to wait till the the third and again this was a cracker, Daragh swung in a brilliant corner and Adams rose highest to fire a header past the outstretched keeper, Ryan Keogh then was unlucky when he fired a shot from just outside the box only to see it blocked on the line. In the end three was enough and Tymon offered little in attack as the forwards were met with a well organized Blesso defense marshalled by Tadgh Barrett, Conor Gilroy and Don Halpen were immense at the back to along with Eoin Kavanagh, (F/T 3-0)

This is only the  U11’s second year together and since forming from the academy the have won a cup final and two leagues, and now will go  up another league, Well done guys on another absolutely Brilliant season


Bray 5 Lakeside 10

This was as good a game as the result showed. This was the turn of the Community Games and Lakeside were drawn to play away in Bray, there was no fewer than fourteen of the sixteen panel from Blessington AFC playing for Lakeside tonight against a team from Bray made up of players from Ardmore and St Josephs,and you could see that from the off, with the kids well used to playing with each other.

The first half straight from the off was all Lakeside, with chances galore falling in around the bray goal and the Bray defense struggling to keep up with the pace of the lakeside midfield and strikers.Daragh Broe Foster grabbed two quick goals to kick off the proceedings the second an absolute peach, slotting the ball home from close range after some lovely build up play with no fewer than six lakeside players involved, his first was more of an individual affair with a lovely curling shot from just inside the box, Shane McGarry was next up with a fine goal, influential Mark Chapman had a great shot parried by the Bray keeper only to see Shane fire in the rebound.Adams grabbed the next and Lakesides fourth, when he cut inside the defense and fired a fierce shot into the net to make it 4-0. Bray rarely got out of their half and with Jeff Kemmy marshaling his defense brilliantly along with Cian McCarthy, Tadgh Miley and Liam Broderick Lakeside looked very comfortable, and it was maybe this comfort that caused the lapse in defense and allowed Bray to get their goal, with a long ball out of defense catching all of lakeside flat footed the Bray striker followed through and slotted the ball by Ian Coughlin in goal.After this though normal service presumed and Lakeside scored another four goals in quick succession, Keelan Sherrit fired a lovely bending shot into the net from outside the box and then Sean O’Rourke lifted a beautiful chip over the keeper after being sent straight through from Adams.Mark Chapman then made it seven when he followed up his own blocked shot to lift the rebound over the keeper and the scoring was still not over. Mark Chapman having a fine half rounded off the first half rout with another fine strike after again some lovely build up from the lakeside midfield. ( H-T 1-8)

The second half was never going to be easy after Lakeside made five changes at half time, and it showed for the first fifteen minutes when Bray totally dominated, in this period they grabbed 3 goals all identical to each other, long balls played over the defense and there strikers latching onto the through balls for tap ins. In fairness to Lakeside this was to be expected after such a fine first half and all the changes made at half time, it was always going to be tough to get going again. But get going the did with Adam running down the wing and fired a low ball over the box the ball bounced up and Ryan Mulvey did brilliantly to head the ball into the goal, Pauric Keogh then had a perfectly good goal chopped off for being offside and then Liam Broderick was unlucky not to score from a corner with a fine header.Bray were growing into the second half and it was more of an even affair, and their impressive striker grabbed his third after a brilliant run from their winger, he slotted the ball home from close range from the through ball. Adams was then unlucky with a shot that hit the side net and then Bray got their fifth goal of the game with an identical goal to the first three, long ball over the top catching the make shift defense out and their striker grabbed his fourth with a lovely shot inside the box. with only miutes to go Lakeside got their tenth goal when Ryan Mulvey  followed up a great shot from Mark Chapman which was saved by the keeper, Ryan blasted the rebound into the net. (F-T 5-10)

From the off Lakeside looked a real good outfit and by halftime this game was well and truly over, allowing the coaching staff to make wholesale changes, due to the kids Blessington commitments in the SDFL tomorrow.As this was their first game together, it makes it all the more impressive and it will take a real good team to beat this side on this kind of form…Well Done Guys

Lakeside Team: Ian Coughlin, Tadgh Miley, Cian McCarthy, Jeff Kemmy, Liam Broderick,Adam Humphries, Ryan Keogh, Pauric Keogh, Keelan Sherrit, Mark Chapman,Daragh Broe Foster, Shane Daly, Shane McGarry, Adams Ogbannaya, Sean O’Rourke and Ryan Mulvey


BFC Leisurewear Update

The final order for BFC Leisurewear this season will be made this week.
Anyone needing Kit or Leisurewear, please contact our Chairman ( V.Balfe) member asap
BFC leisurewear page on