Last Saturday saw Blessington U11A on their travels again to play the excellent Beechwood U11A. Already many Blessington teams have faced teams from Beechwood FC this season and one thing we all agree on; is that their football is always of the highest quality. And so it was again this Saturday.
The match was played at the sunny Merrion Cricket Club on Anglesea Road on a pitch of real quality and it produced a game of the highest standard. It was our first visit here.
Blessington shot out of the blocks this week, eager to impress after two great coaching sessions earlier in the week and immediately took a foothold in the game. Shot after shot rained down on the Beechwood goal and they had their No #1 to thank after he kept them in the game, saving from Shane Sargent, Edward Carter, Folu Ilori and Sam Gallagher who struck a tremendous half volley that had goal written all over it. By the time the opening goal came from Blessington the game should really have been over but Beechwood have quality and showed great character to keep the away team shut out for so long. Another chance by Folu was put out for a corner and his brother Eni on his is favoured left foot delivered a cracking ball into the box that caused panic between keeper and defenders and was turned in by an unfortunate Beechwood player. Although harsh on Beechwood it was well deserved by Blessington who were quite comfortable dealing with Beechwood neat passing style. There was real purpose and desire shown by Blessington’s back three of Cian Doyle, Seán Brien, Aidan Murphy and central midfield to be the first to every ball. HT 1-0
The second half began like the first with Blessington rising in ascendency early and fashioned some great chances by Thomas O’Leary and Adam Walsh making their first appearances of the season (welcome back lads!). At the back Tadhg Murphy and Ryan Mahon were formidable, as they won their own individual battles.
As the half wore on, Beechwood made Blessington raise their game to the highest level all season as the game opened up. Paddy Brady in goal needed to be at his best to keep Blessington’s noses in front but couldn’t do anything to prevent Beechwood’s equaliser. An unstoppable rocket into the top left corner, a wonderful strike with three minutes to go!
The final chance of the game fell to Shane Sargent running onto a great through ball by Thomas O’Leary but he narrowly missed the target as the keeper forced him wide. FT 1-1
This was a great performance by our lads, probably the best for quite a while. Understandably the players were upset to concede at the death but we are still unbeaten. As we packed up to make the long trip home the coaches received comments from the referee and other Beechwood coaches who watched the game that our players were tremendous and had shown wonderful technique. Well done lads!
Blessington: Paddy Brady, Cian Doyle, Ryan Mahon, Aidan Murphy, Edward Carter, Sam Gallagher, Eni Ilori, Shane Sargent, Folu Ilori, Adam Walsh, Tadhg Murphy, Thomas O’Leary, Seán Brien
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