Beechwood U12b 0 – 4 Blessington U12b

This was by far Blesso’s best performance of the season, whether the smaller pitch than our own at Crosschapel helped, well that’s up for discussion, but the kids truly reveled in the sun yesterday with some brilliant individual performances and more importantly they played excellent collectively.

Blesso got off to a flyer from the whistle, with Cian McCarthy moved to the wing and Adams taking up a more central role in midfield along side Tadgh Miley and Daragh Gilroy on the other wing they swarmed all over Beechwood’s midfield. Cian was unlucky within minutes of the start snatching at his shot from a tight angle, only to see it hit the side net, Adams then produced an piece of brilliance as he weaved past four defenders, he then on the run tried to chip the oncoming keeper, unfortunately he just did not get enough on it and the Keeper saved well.Ryan Mulvey then had his shot blocked from about six yards out and Cian had another effort saved well by the Keeper. You could sense the consistent pressure would pay off,and so it did, virtue of a Ryan Mulvey Shot the whizzed through the defense and past the keeper, was it going in or wide who knows, but Daragh Gilroy slid in to make sure (0-1). Tadgh Miley saw a long range effort just go by the post and at the other end Ian Coughlin pulled of a great save from a Beechwood corner. Just before half time Blesso struck again,when Adams shot low and hard past the keeper from the edge of the box, after a lovely one two with Cian (HT 0-2)

The Second half Beechwood rallied for the first 5 minutes and Ryan Keogh did brilliantly to head off his line from an in swinging corner, after that Ian Coughlin pulled off a brave save at the feet of the Beechwood striker. After the brief flurry in and around Blesso’s goalmouth,Blesso started to regain their composure and should have been 3 up when Tadgh Barrett fired over the bar from about 5 yards out, Adams pulling all the strings in midfield sent Ryan Mulvey through and he was unlucky to see another effort blocked by a brilliant piece of last ditch defending. Again Adams played a lovely through ball and this time Eoin Clarke became provider laying a neat pass into the path of Daragh Broe Foster, who coolly slotted the ball past the keeper (0-3). To their credit though Beechwood kept trying to push forward, but at each attempt found the Blesso defense rock solid and with don Halpen back in the team all four guys at the back were immense. The icing on the cake was provided by Tadgh Barrett who made up for his earlier mistake by rounding one player and slotting home from close range after being set up nicely by Finn Harney.(FT 0 -4)

A well deserved victory against a very well organized Beechwood team, we hope this is the start of something really positive for the Blesso U12 team, after this display, there is no denying these kids really do have potential…Well done to all our kids
Blesso Team: Ian Coughlin, Ryan Keogh, Chris Murphy, Don Halpen, Tadgh Barrett, Adams Ogbannayo, Tadgh Miley, Cian McCarthy,Daragh Gilroy,Ryan Mulvey, Daragh Broe Foster Subs: Finn Harney, Eoin Clarke, Daire Clarke Patrick Cunningham.


Blessington U10A 2 – 0 Ashwood

Blesso went into this fixture with an unbeaten start to their new campaign, but were without the talents of last weeks hat trick hero Sonny Simpson who was last seen hanging around the players lounge at Sunderland FC !!!

The reshuffled pack saw Ben Fitz slot into the anchor role in midfield and Luke O’Brien started on the right side of midfield for the first time.
Blesso back on home soil started the game very brightly against an Ashwood side that only lost last weeks fixture 1-0 to last years League and Cup double winners Rathcoole.
The bigger pitch at the Community College has definitely brought out the best in this young Blesso side as they took the game to their opponents.
Free flowing attack after attack was thrown at the Ashwood defence, measured corner after corner being fired into the Ashwood danger-zone by Ben Fitz, crying for someone to get a nick on it, and Daniel Cooney nearly did again this week with another fierce volley just put inches by the post (third time lucky next week Dan).
The football was a joy to watch, but was it to be “one of those weeks” for Blesso as we went into the break 0-0.

The second half saw the introduction of Emma Downes and Jack Denieffe for Sean Broderick and Colm Martin who both had an excellent first half for the home side.
Blesso started in much the same fashion putting pressure on the Ashwood defence, but Ashwood themselves were now looking dangerous as they were trying to hit Blesso on the break with some fast moving counter attacks that were superbly being dealt with by Dean O’Connor,Daniel Cooney and Jack Denieffe. All under the very watchful eye of stalwart keeper Mikey O’Toole of course.
Conor O’Toole & Ben Fitz were  now starting to get a foothold on the game and were feeding balls through to our wingers Dean Neilan and Luke O’Brien who were causing all sorts of chaos in the Ashwood defence.
Chaos finally turned into No.1 for Blesso as Emma Downes turned on a sixpence and rifled home her first of the season into the roof of the Ashwood net.It really was a true strikers goal out of a half chance (well done Emma).
No.2 followed shortly for Blesso when a well intercepted counter attack by Dean O’Connor in the Blesso defence turned into a cracking strike at the other end from Ben Fitz from about 20 yards out. 2-0 Blesso.

Blesso never really looked to be in too much danger after this and saw the game out fairly comfortably.

Another good performance from this young Blesso side that definitely seems to be gelling well together this season. Keep it up guys.

Blesso:Mikey O’Toole,Dean O’Connor,Daniel Cooney,Colm Martin,Ben Fitzsimons,Conor O’Toole,Dean Neilan,Luke O’Brien,Sean Broderick,Jack Denieffe,Emma Downes

Five Star Performance by the Under 8’s

On a perfect morning for football, with the sun shining, short cut grass and a pitch marked to UEFA Champions League standard, Blessington under 8’s welcomed a much fancied Brookfield team that had won its opening game of the season by a considerable margin.

Having lost their first two matches of the season, despite having put in such great effort and much endeavour, a change of training method was implemented by the Blessington coaching staff, for their mid-week session. The focus shifted from using a Spanish style session and looking for “Devine Inspiration”, to a more traditional Italian type training method. The results proved to be, Bellissimo!

From the moment the match kicked off, it was clear that this Blessington team had a new found desire and will to win. Not only to win the ball, but also to run at their opponents or make a pass to one of their team mates. There was a different feel to it today. More confidence within the team and a sense that they believed they could win.

The first few minutes of the match saw Blessington put together a number of dangerous attacks and only narrowly missing the target on a couple of occasions. “We have the beating of these”, Chris Callinan (parent and well respected referee) was heard to announce on the sideline. He was right! Midway through the half the deadlock was broken by Jack Hardy, who delivered a fierce shot into the bottom left hand corner of the Brookfield net. That was the trigger! After having played 2 previous matches without a single shot on goal, the blanket of self-doubt was lifted off and this group of players began to play like we know they can. They had a stranglehold on the game now and a second goal came shortly afterwards, courtesy of a tidy finish, set up by Shane O’Connor and scored by Jack McManus. Billy Moore added a well-deserved third before half time and Blessington went into the break more comfortable than they could ever have imagined.

Such a strong half time lead, gave an opportunity to change things around. The league’s best Goalkeeper, Patrick Foley was given the opportunity to stretch his legs outfield so he swapped places with Matthew Callinan in the 2nd half.

The 2nd half saw things continue in a similar vein, with Blessington continuing to pile the pressure on their opponents. Billy Moore rounded off a fantastic performance by bagging his second goal (fourth) of the game which was closely followed by a fifth scored by Patrick Foley.

Brookfield fought hard and they deserve great credit for their efforts however any attempt by their forwards to carve out a chance was snuffed out by the excellent defensive trio of Matthew Callinan, Aidan King and Bobby Gray.

The final whistle signalled great celebrations coupled with a sense of great relief. “We’re off the mark”. “Bring on our next opponents”

Blessington Team: Patrick Foley, Matthew Callinan, Aidan King, Bobby Gray, Jack Hardy, Shane O’Connor, Billy Moore, Jack McManus, Zach Power, Emily O’Toole

Last Man Standing Week 2 – Update

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Lastmanstanding Week 2 Update, with 77 players playing for a pot of 500e. Good luck to all.
Follow your progress and more importantly, other players progress by checking on our website at the link below.

This week 40 Players have opted for Everton, with a further 10 going for Man City

In Total only 8 teams picked across the 77 players

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Thanks as always for your wonderful support, it is appreciated by everyone at BFC

   “Together We Can Achieve More”

Blessington FC Fixtures for weekend 29th/30th September

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 Please find attached link to all Blessington FC Fixtures for weekend 29th/30th September.

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Results for all Previous weekend fixtures can also be found in this link.


To All Managers

Please see urgent notice from SDFL which comes into affect from the 2/10/12

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The Academy stars in “The Star”

A great start to this season’s academy, just got even better with the publication of an article in “Target”, the Star’s 24 -Page football pullout. Hopefully this will bring some added publicity to what we are trying to achieve and may also attract new players, new coaches and some additional sponsorship. We have some exciting initiatives planned for the coming season which will be communicated regularly via the blog and the Academy distribution lists. For your perusal,  attached is a copy of today’s academy article.

Comprehensive List of all BFC Fixtures and Results for weekend 22nd/23rd Sept.

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Click on link below: to access a comprehensive list of all Blessington FC teams and how they fared last weekend:

Fixtures and Results


U/8 Catherine O’Farrell League Cup – Ashwood V Blessington

Blessington Under 8’s 2nd game of the season saw them make the relatively short away trip to Ashwood. On what was a lovely morning for football, the blessington team started very strongly and battled hard for every ball. Most of the play took place in the middle third of the pitch with little or no chances being created by either team before half time. As a result the interval saw both side scoreless, but both having put in a great deal of effort. Of all the matches played by this under 8 team so far, including friendlies, this was their best half of football by a long way. The 2nd half started much the same as the first had ended, but Ashwood began to take a hold of the game midway into the half. Some telling substitutions by Ashwood made a difference they broke the deadlock after 10 mins of the half. Blessington continued to battle hard for the remainder of the half but Ashwood ended up running out 4-0 winners. The effort and performance but in by the team on the day didn’t reflect the scoreline and there are many positives to be taken from the game. Many of the teams we will face this season will already have had a year of competitive football behind them, so we are playing catch-up, in some regards. However with the ability these group of players possess, it’s only a matter of time before they catch up on the more experienced teams in the league. Roll-on next Saturday!

Blessington Team – Patrick Foley, Matthew Callinan, Aidan King, Jack McManus, Jack Hardy, Billy Moore, Shane O’Connor, Emily O’Toole, Zach Power