Blessington FC Fixtures for weekend 20th/21st October


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Please click on link  below to find the comprehensive list of all Blessington FC fixtures for this weekend 20th/21st October.

Fixture List
Best of Luck to all BFC Managers and Teams

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More Footage from Our Match with our Polish Friends


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Please find more footage of our commemorative match for James Nolan,

The first link is Gareth the legend Dudley scoring the penalty and the second is a 8 minute short movie of the day.

Gareth Dudley scoring Penalty

8 Minute Footage of Match

We Hope you enjoy the memories

 

Again Thanks to everyone

LMS – Resumes this week (Reminder)


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After the debacle of Friday night, and with only the Faroe Islands to go tonight, the Premier league fixtures are back this weekend and that also means so is our LMS. Can everyone who is still in the game, please have their selections into us no later the midnight Thursday Night.

you can email your selections to lastmanstanding@blessingtonfc.com
Thanks from all at BFC

Link to Remaining Fixtures:

LMS Fixtures List

James Nolan Commemorative Match and Day Report – Thanks to all involved.


  Blessington FC Over 30’s 1 – 2 Polish Friends

The sun shone brightly on the Blessington FC grounds at Crosschapel last Saturday 13th October, for the James Nolan Memorial Match. With just two and a half weeks notice, the BFC club members had done trojan work in organising the event, a friendly game between the home team representatives (over 30s+) and the visiting Polish Journalist national team, with special guest player Rafal Bruski, Mayor of Bydgoszcz.
 
The pitch was in great condition, considering the heavy rain of the previous two days, and the Polish and Irish flags hung proudly on the netting behind both goals. By two thirty the crowds were pouring in, and by the three o clock kick-off time the ground was bursting with up to 1,000 supporters of both teams. The Blesso lads eyed the opposition cautiously as they went through a rigorous warm-up, some of the younger guests looking particularly sharp.
 
 Schoolboy’s Secretary Lille Balfe, ably assisted by Ann Dudley, made sure everyone was topped up with tea, coffee, BFC bottled water and lots of goodies for the kiddies, as the anticipation grew and the nerves began to show. BFC schoolboy players formed a guard of honour as the teams walked side by side onto the pitch, and the crowd responded noisily.
 
   FAI CEO John Delaney took his place on the sidelines, no doubt looking for some fresh talent for Trap, after the debacle of the previous evening. Polish ambassador Marcin Nawrat joined him, as PZPN (Polish FA) officials Piotr Golos and Adam Gilarski and UEFA representative Daniel Olkowicz lined out in the Polish squad. Visiting Polish cameramen and videographers took their places, and the scene was set.
 
The national anthems were sung with pride, and the team captains exchanged pennants after the “Champions League” style handshakes were delivered. The Polish captain then presented Blessington captain for the day, Gareth Dudley (James’ brother-in-law) with a Polish jersey with “J. Nolan” and number 21 (James’ age), in bold print. The final act before kick-off was a fantastic round of applause lasting a full minute, as all present showed their respect and great affection for James.
 
The visitors kicked off and the crowd responded to the action with great cheers. The home team had plenty of possession in the first twenty minutes, and Joey Nugent will feel he could have had us ahead, but the Polish keeper pulled off one fantastic save to deny him (we won’t mention the two missed sitters Joey). Chances came and went at both ends, as the visitors found their feet, and then after about half an hour, Lee Brennan’s perfectly timed tackle was adjudged by referee Paul Weafer as a dubious foul, and the Polish team were awarded a soft penalty. Davy “Stony” Nolan had no chance as the visitors went one up, to huge cheers and singing from the vast number of Polish supporters present. Lee suffered a double blow, as he was immediately substituted. Alan Lowe brought off a super last ditch challenge to deny the Poles a second goal, and at the other end first Johnny Lynch and then Mark Daniels went close for Blesso.
 
   Willie Boyle gave the Blesso lads the hairdryer treatment at half time, and they came out flying into the second half. Within ten minutes they were level; the Polish keeper made another great save from a Lee Brennan screamer (yes he was back on), and in the resulting melee a Blesso player was upended, linesman John Kane flagged furiously, and ref Paul balanced things up nicely by pointing to the spot. Skipper Gareth Dudley stepped up and smashed it home, to wild celebrations from wife Sue (James’ sister) and all the Irish contingent. Blesso continued to press forward, but the Polish lads were dangerous on the break, and from one such break they took the lead, when sub keeper David “Sads” Carroll couldn’t hold a cross-shot, and the striker swept it home. The Polish crowd went berserk, and to chants of “Polska, Polska”, the Blesso lads tried to again get back on level terms. Club President Paddy Nolan (60+) entered the fray and did his best to grab the equaliser, but to no avail. A final chance fell to Mark Daniels, but under severe pressure, he blazed it just wide.
 
 The final whistle sounded to end a fantastic spectacle, and there were great celebrations and more “Polska” singing, this time from both teams; our assistant manager, Eddie Boylan, and Club Secretary Eoin O’Donovan, joined with the Polish huddle and celebrated. A rendition of “You’ll never beat the Irish” followed, and the Poles sang it louder than we did. “There’s only one Jammer Nolan” rang out across the Wicklow countryside as both teams remembered exactly why we were all there. Mayor Bruski made a lovely presentation of an Irish flag to the Nolan family directly after the game, and the players left the field to a final gigantic applause from the huge attendance.
 
 After a quick shower, courtesy of Avon Ri Hotel to whom we are very grateful, the teams regrouped in Murphy’s Bar for a few beers and to recount the events of the day. A lovely buffet meal was provided in Plan B, and then Pat Nolan (James’ uncle) presented Mayor Bruski with a Wicklow souvenir to mark the occasion. Vinny Balfe (BFC Chairman) presented both Ambassador Nawrat and Mayor Bruski with match pennants, and the Mayor reciprocated with a flag of his city of Bydgoszcz. Match referee Paul Weafer, and his linesmen John Kane and Tommy McGuinness, not only gave their services on the day, they also sponsored a “man of the match” trophy for both teams. This presentation was made to the giant Polish centre-back, and interestingly enough the Blesso winner was David “Sads” Carroll, our club captain, and a neighbour of Paul Weafer’s.
 
 Piotr Golos of the Polish FA, PZPN, expressed to Vinny his desire to have a return match sometime next year, so here’s hoping something can happen. As our new found Polish friends departed in the late evening, most of the Blesso lads stuck to their duty and stayed on, eventually finding themselves back down in Plan B to see out the night, according to Club PRO Tommy Mulvey, a first hand witness, who himself had shown great staying power all evening in the course of his duty.
 
And so this great event came to an end; a massive thanks goes to everyone involved; to Artur in the Polish Embassy, Piotr in PZPN, Tomasz & Michal from the Polish Weekend school in Dublin, to Jimmy & Essie and all the Nolan family, to the match officials, to all the Polish media present, and of course all of our own fantastic club members who made this special day one for BFC to be very proud of. Huge thanks go to all the supporters of both teams who filled up the ground, and we hope that many of you will return more regularly to see the BFC teams in action at the weekends. Watch out for the media reports both at home and in Poland of this special day, celebrating the life of a very special young man.
 
   R.I.P. Jam, pride of Blesso and Ireland.
 
 Blessington FC Squad: Davy Nolan; Eoin O’Donovan (Club Secretary), Brian Wilson, Lee Brennan, David Carroll (Club Captain), Mick Fleming, Phil Sheridan, Mark Daniels, Mick Tyrrell, Joey Nugent, Gareth Dudley (Team Captain), Alan Lowe, Paul Byrne, Mark Sheehy (Club Treasurer), Eddie Shirran, Vinny Balfe (Club Chairman), Jimmy Pearce, Paddy Nolan (Club President), Johnny Lynch. 
Manager : Willie Boyle.  Assistant : Eddie Boylan

Some Footage of Commemorative Match – Thank you to our Polish friends


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Please find attached a sample provided by our “Polish friends” of the commemorative match for James Nolan,this will be shown in Poland (click on link below)

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Some related links for Our Polish residents, Please pass on.

Thank you from all at Blessington Football Club for making the day so memorable.

Beechpark U12 1 – 10 Blessington U12b


Blesso found themselves on the road again this weekend with a trip out to Lucan to meet Beechpark, and from the off this result was never in doubt with Blessington swarming all over Beechpark , the only question was going to be by how many goals the result would end up,

Blessington first real effort was fell to man of the match Ryan Mulvey, who shot just passed the post from just inside the six yard box after some neat play with Patrick Cunningham.Tadgh Miley and Adams Ogbannayo both had efforts saved by the Beechpark keeper who in fairness kept the score down with some fantastic one on one saves throughout the game. Blessington kept piling on the pressure from which the opening goal came, Daragh Broe Foster was fed through by the industrious Daragh Gilroy and he swung in a wicked ball into he box, just before the goal keeper could scoop up the ball the defender stuck out his foot and turned it into his own net (0-1). Soon afterwards Blessington were two up when Tadgh Miley drilled a low shot into the net after some neat play by the midfielder taken on two defenders in the build up to the shot, (0-2). Ryan Mulvey made it three when he turned a Daragh Broe Foster cross into the net with a neat half volley (0-3), unfortunately for Beechpark, Blessington could sense blood and wave after wave of attacks fell on the Beechpark goal, Tadgh Miley made it four when he was put through by Ryan keogh, coolly slotted home his second of the game and Blesso’s fourth (0-4). Chris Murphy got in on the act after a lovely corner from Daragh was not dealt with, the defender turned brilliantly and drilled home his first goal for the club. (0-5). Patrick Cunningham completed the first half rout with a fantastic individual goal when he swept past two defenders and unleashed a fierce shot high into the roof of the net (0-6).

Blessington made a few changes in the second half and it took them a bit of time to get going again, during this period Beechpark showed some real endeavor and got their rewards when a neat ball was slid in behind the Blesso defense, their little striker broke clean through and hit a great shot past the diving Ian Coughlan (1-6). But that was really that from Beechpark as Blessington regained their grip on the game and piled on more pressure on the already over worked Beechpark keeper, in a five minute period he thwarted Daragh Broe Foster attempts, with one great save at the Blesso wingers feet and another fine stop when the little winger went clean through. But there was to be no denying Daragh next attempt when he slid the ball past the defender and fired low past the keeper from just inside the box (1-7) Ryan Mulvey then made it eight, with a fantastic half volley from edge of the box after a bit of a melee in the Beechpark defense (1-8) and Tadgh Miley came back on to complete his hat trick with a surging run down the wing, he cut inside and from a narrow angle he blasted by the keeper to make in nine (1-9). The rout was complete near the end when Daragh Broe Foster got his second of the game, with a similar effort to his first, he jinked by the keeper and fired home a neat shot again from just inside the box (1-10).

Blessington showed real drive and commitment and even when comfortably in front they never lost focus or shape and made it very difficult for Beechpark to get out of their own half, Well Done guys.

Blesso Team: Ian Coughlan, Don Halpen, Tadgh Barrett,  Chris Murphy, Ryan Keogh, Daragh Broe Foster, Tadgh Miley, Adams Ogbannayo, Patrick Cunningham, Ryan Mulvey,Daragh Gilroy Subs: Eoin Clarke, Daire Clarke

FAI Junior Cup (Dublin Sunday, Round 2): Inchicore Athletic 2-3 Blessington Sr Sun


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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U11 Willie Madden League Cup: Railway Union A 1:1 Blessington A


The much travelled Blessington U11A team were on the road again this week to the sunny climes of Park Avenue in Sandymount to play old friends and rivals Railway Union. Anyone attached to either of these two U11 teams knows the history between them is dramatic and exciting. Little did anyone know that the referee would be the centre of attention this time…

From the start of the game the respect for each other was evident as each team probed for openings but anxious not to concede early on. There was plenty of good football but little in the way of goal chances. Blessington’s Paddy Brady in goal probably the busier of the two keepers as he marshalled his back three of Tadhg Murphy, Cian Doyle and Aidan Murphy with plenty of encouragement and instructions.

The powerful Blessington midfield of Sam Gallagher, Edward Carter and Eni Ilori gradually took a foothold in the game and the pendulum swung up the other end of the pitch. Few teams can handle these three and pass after pass found Shane Sargent and Folu Ilori. The first real chance for Blessington was fashioned by Sam who has found real form this season. After dispossessing his opponent he turned inside and played a stinging pass down the line to Shane who did well to flick it by the full back and unleashed a vicious volley that cannoned off the bar. Eni Ilori eager to support his team mate did well to react to the rebound but couldn’t control it.

The final chance of the half fell to Folu Ilori who forced the Railway Union keeper into a great save that had goal written all over it. HT 0-0. Railway were obviously the happier that the break had come.

Some personnel changes from both teams were introduced hoping to secure a breakthrough and it was Blessington who adapted first. Thomas O’Leary back at the ground where he first scored for the club back in 2010 came close with a wonderful strike after running onto a great pass from Adam Walsh. Next up was Shane Sargent who narrowly shot wide. The players sensed the breakthrough was coming. However, inexplicably the referee came into focus for the rest of the game at this moment but I will return to that later because the Blessington goal needs a special mention.

A goal fashioned from defence in a sweeping move involving three Blessington players but clever runs off the ball by two others that created the space needed.  The industrious Seán Brien nicked the ball from the Railway No#10 and played a neat pass to Edward Carter who played the ball first time to Eni. Eni had lots to do with three players to beat but Adam Walsh and Thomas O’Leary like wide receivers in NFL powered up the wings in support. The Railway Union full backs pulled out wide to mark them and Eni had the gap he needed.  With the goal at his mercy and only the keeper to beat Eni showed tremendous calm as he passed the ball not unlike Thierry Henry in his prime into the left corner of the net. 1-0 Blessington with the promise of three points – maybe!

But a match against Railway Union is not without drama for us. With ten minutes remaining and Railway Union players from the next match assembling on the side line a moment of confusion was created. The ball was cleared by the Blessington defence only for it to be knocked into the play by one of these other players. One of the Blessington players retrieved the ball to give it to the referee who instantly awarded a penalty to Railway Union. When the Railway Union player missed the penalty the referee allowed him the opportunity to take it again. Apparently the player did not wait for the referee’s whistle. The second opportunity wasn’t wasted and the teams were level.

Blessington to their credit and character did not let this setback to affect their attitude and they were determined to win all three points and spent the remainder of the game parked in the oppositions half. Time unfortunately ran out for them. Both sets of players shook hands at the end of the game – plenty of respect for each other at the end of another great game.

In the post match huddle I told them was very proud of them for keeping their reputations and emotions intact under difficult circumstances. Not easy at 10 years old!

Onwards and upwards…

Blessington FC:

Paddy Brady, Cian Doyle, Seán Brien, Tadhg Murphy, Aidan Murphy, Edward Carter, Sam Gallagher, Eni Ilori, Shane Sargent, Folu Ilori, Adam Walsh, Thomas O’Leary.

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Under 8’s Avoid the Trap Door.


It was very much a case of back down to earth with a bump this week, as Blessington under 8’s welcomed an in form Granada team, that had comfortably beaten a much fancied Ashwood outfit in their top of the table clash the week previously.

The 10:15 kick-off meant, pitches at dawn, again, for the tireless ground staff and with players and coaches still tucked up in bed, these trusty stalwarts worked hard to ensure the pitch was once again prepared to highest possible standard.

Just one change to the Blessington line-up this week saw Zach Power, rewarded for his 2 goal haul against Belmont last week, lead the line up front and with both sides ready for action, the match kicked off and the battle began!

From the first whistle, it was clear that this Granada team had all the hallmarks of an excellent side and that Blessington would have their work cut out if they were going to get anything out of the game. The Ford Motor Company manufactured the Granada from 1972 until it ceased production in 1996, but the Blackrock, 2012, U8, model, looked as though it was every bit as powerful as its motoring predecessor.

Much of the early action saw Granada drive forward and threaten the Blessington goal at every opportunity, however some world class goalkeeping from Patrick Foley ensured that score-line remained unchanged, for the meantime anyway.

As the half wore on, Granada’s Number 9 appeared to be the danger man and it wasn’t long before he had opened the scoring with a ferocious right foot shot, that very few keepers at any level, would have managed to save.

Further woe was to follow and within a couple of minutes their danger man, once again rattled the net with another fantastic strike.

Granada were beginning to move up through the gears now and with Blessington still stuck in neutral, it looked like they were going to race to a comfortable podium finish.

Inevitably, it wasn’t long before Granada had added a third and with half time looming, things looked extremely bleak for a miss-firing Blessington outfit. But right on the stroke of half time, Zach Power managed to get on the end of a searching ball played in behind the Granada defence and fired home from 11 yards out, to give a glimmer of hope to the home team as they headed into the half time break.

With hair driers on standby and tea cups in hand, the Blessington coaching staff delivered a comforting half-time team talk, in the hope that things would improve in the second half.

After having watched a dismal Irish performance the night before, many of the on-looking crowd feared that this team would fall into the same “trap” as the national team and put in an equally poor performance for the remainder of the game.

They needn’t have worried!

The half-time break seemed to work wonders and it wasn’t long before a revitalised  Blessington side began to surge forward and put Granada under ever increasing pressure. Some excellent runs forward by Aidan King saw Granada subjected to intense pressure and it looked as if a comeback was definitely on the cards.

So much so, that Chris Callinan took a brief moment away from his linesman duties, to announce to his admiring followers, “If we get another one back, it could make things interesting”. “Don’t quote me on that”.  Very interesting analysis, from an interesting man!

Blessington continued to press hard, but just as it looked like they’d get one back, Granada drove forward and against the run of play, added a fourth.

Blessington heads, unlike matches of old, never dropped and they continued to pile forward and apply massive pressure on the Granada defence. Their effort was rewarded, when Aidan King slotted home his first goal of the season from close range, to bring the deficit back to three, with twelve minutes still left to play. Despite hitting the post, having a curling free kick brilliantly saved, and a shot cleared of the line (by one of their own players!) Blessington failed to add to their 2 goal tally,

As the match drew to a close and against the run of play, Granada added another goal to ensure the result was put beyond doubt. But as the referee blew the final whistle, it was definitely the Granada team that were by far, the more relieved of the 2 sides.

As the teams shook hands and left the pitch it was one of those occasions when the performance was far more significant than the result. Despite the half time score-line and staring a heavy defeat in the face, this team put in, what was without doubt their best half of football of the season and proved with the right attitude and players that want to play for their team, anything is possible. Are you watching John Delany, are you watching….   Maybe you are!

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

BFC Announcement – Shuttle Bus will be available for tomorrows match


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 Due to expectations of a large crowd  at tomorrow’s match, Blessington FC have organized a shuttle to run from Blessington square from 1.45pm onwards, cost of travel will be 2 euro only, Please be advised that due to large crowd car parking may be limited. The shuttle service will run back and forth from match as required, so please use this mode of transport to the game if possible.

Thanks from everyone at Blessington FC 

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