Here is the first match report from our Senior Sunday team who notched up their 4th consecutive away win of the season today. Well done lads and a big thanks to Senior Sunday player Barry Connolly for putting it together. Barry will continue to share news on here about the team.
Blessington managed to overcome a tough opponent and a very tough pitch this morning in the Phoenix Park. The grass on the pitch was long and the pitch was massive so a nice flowing , fast paced match was never on the cards. Blessington managed to get the better of the early stages and scored very early on with a sublime lob over the ‘Keeper from Scott Doyle. The ball fell to him 25 yards out and with his first touch, hit a perfectly weighted strike to leave the keeper without a chance. They could have made it two when Paddy Carroll struck the post with a fine effort only to see the ball fly past him to end any chance of kocking in the rebound.
Inchicore came into the game without really testing ‘Keeper David Nolan, but when they sent in a corner, the referee saw fit to give a penalty for what appeared to be a 50/50 tangle in the box. It was converted calmly by the Inchicore number 8 to make it all square.
A nice passing sequence from Mark Daniels and Conor Murphy sent Full Back Barry Connolly down the line where he beat the left back and sent in a cross which was deflected out for a corner. Paddy Carroll took it and it beat everyone and bounced in. Probably what Blessington deserved going in at half time, even though it was lucky to say the least.
Blessington started the Second Half with purpose and left winger Phillip Sheridan beat two defenders only to be taken down in the box. The referee had no choice but to award a penalty. Conor Murphy stepped up but couldn’t keep his 100% penalty record for the season as the ‘Keeper saved easily. Inchicore then went down to 10 men when their number #11 jumped in on Murphy with both feet showing and was sent from the field of play. Inchicore used this as a motivator and started to push Blessington back. They abandoned all formation which caused problems for Blessington but their numerical advantage allowed them to counter attack. Good work from Carroll on the left of the Inchicore box allowed Sheridan to finish with ease, clipping over the ‘Keeper, to make it 3-1.
Inchicore kept pressing in the late stages and forced another penalty when their Left Winger crossed into the box and David Carroll tried to control the ball low down with his chest only to guide it into the Centre Forward’s path. Carroll got up and clumsily challenged him to the ground and the number #8 duly obliged for the second time. This made it a nervy last few minutes for Blessington but the task was made easier as Inchicore went down to nine when their number #6 stupidly lashed out and Blessington closed the game out.
Blessington: David Nolan, Barry Connolly, Bryan Carroll, David Carroll, Paul Allen, Scott Doyle, Mark Daniels, John Lynch, Conor Murphy, Phillip Sheridan, Paddy Carroll.
Subs: Shane Bird, Derek Balfe, Gary Mahon, Darren Larkin
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