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.