LMS Week 2


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This week we have 33 players out of the 74 remaining going for Liverpool,  Next up 10 players choose Arsenal. looking at midweek results who would bet against us losing a few more bodies

LMS Competition in full in link below

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Breakdown of Teams selected

Count of Player
w/ end 01.12 Total
Arsenal 10
Chelsea 4
Liverpool 33
Man City 5
Man Utd 3
Newcastle 3
Norwich 4
QPR 3
Sunderland 1
Tottenham 1
WBA 7
Grand Total 74

ies this week. Good Luck to all our players

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BFC’s Fixtures for weekend 1st/2nd December


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Please find link below for our comprehensive results of all Blessington FC’s games from last weekend and also the  fixtures for weekend 1st/2nd December.
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U11 Willie Madden League Cup: Blessington A 3-1 Brookfield Celtic


Blessington U11A were at home this week at a very cold and frosty Community College to play Brookfield Celtic with both teams looking for the maximum points.

Brookfield started the game brightly after settling much quicker than their opposition. Brookfield’s early chances owed much to the powerful displays by their No #6 and No #8’s. Blessington’s midfield trio of Edward Carter, Sam Gallagher and Leon Murphy struggled to match their pace and strength in the early exchanges and Blessington’s goal keeper Paddy Brady the far busier keeper.

Blessington’s first chance of the game fell to Thomas O’Leary after a neat passing move started by defender Aidan Murphy. Aidan’s crucial tackle at the edge of his own box won possession back and his pass down the line was inch perfect for Sam Gallagher. Sam cut the ball back to Folu Ilori who picked out Thomas who unleashed a swerving shot that the Brookfield keeper was pleased to see go over the bar.

Brookfield raised their game after that and Blessington had difficulty getting out of their half. Blessington had Cian Doyle and Tadhg Murphy in particular to thank for keeping them in the game with important tackles and interceptions, both players having a great game. However Brookfield were determined to have something to take into the break after dominating possession and they really turned the screw. Three successive Brookfield corners were well defended by Blessington and as Edward Carter carried the ball out of defence he was fouled. The Blessington free out fell short however and the big Brookfield No #6 fired a tremendous ball into the box to one of his teammates. The Brookfield forward cleverly passed the ball to his onrushing team mate and his shot rattled the back of the net. 1-0 to Brookfield at HT.

The second half started at another high tempo with plenty of tough challenges from both sides. The halftime introduction of some fresh legs for Blessington started to make the difference and they slowly rose in the ascendency. Strong runs from Adam Walsh and Shane Sargent from midfield drew a series of fouls that would force Brookfield deeper and deeper into their own half. The equalising goal was started with a wonderful pass by Adam Walsh to Thomas O’Leary who had to use all his strength to hold off his marker and laid the ball off to Shane. Shane deftly swivelled around the Brookfield defenders and poked the ball into the bottom right of the goal after sending the keeper the wrong way.

Blessington took the lead soon afterwards. Eni Ilori was tormenting Brookfield down his favoured left wing and was dragged down as he raced towards the Brookfield goal. The resulting free kick was inch perfect and Eni rose highest to flick the ball on giving the keeper no chance. 2-1 Blessington.

Brookfield to their credit stormed back and had two tremendous chances to equalise. The first was a great volley destined for the goal but for the excellent goal line block by Sean Brien. The second chance was snuffed out by Ryan Mahon who tracked another powerful run by the Brookfield No #6 and gave his keeper Paddy Brady time to come out and collect the ball at the feet of the Brookfield player.

The final chance of the game came from a Blessington corner. Edward Carter whipped in a great ball that the Brookfield keeper punched clear, Cian Doyle lofted the ball back towards the goal and again the keeper punched high in the air it through a crowded area. The falling ball was watched all the way by Folu Ilori and he bravely headed the ball into the back of the net capping a fine individual display. 3-1 Blessington.

The final whistle was greeted by home supporter’s cheers that had the pleasure of witnessing a great match of fine football by two fully committed teams.

Well done lads!

Blessington FC:

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

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Blessington’s Sub Zero Heros Win Again


Kettles on windscreens, woolly hats on heads and a cries of ”have you seen my gloves!” signalled the early morning start for the under 8′s first home game since mid-October. Belmont FC were the opposition this time out and having beaten their Dublin 4 opponents earlier in the season, Blessington’s confidence levels were justifiably higher than normal.

With 5 weeks having passed since the ground staff were tasked with having to prepare the pitch, the job proved even more difficult than normal, due to the heavy frost covering the ground. But once again, they battled the elements and managed to deliver a pitch fit for a king (and the rests of his team mates!)

The Perfect Pineapple

As the teams warmed up, the referee inspected the pitch and Gary O’Connor anxiously checked the weather on his phone. ”Zero degrees lads…. he mightn’t play it”

Images of John Motson’s Sheepskin coat ran through the coaches’ minds and after lengthy conversations, the referee finally announced. “It’s up to their manager, lads”

With all eyes on the opposition manager, he knelt down, picked up a handful of frozen grass and inspected it closely. With a deep breath, short exhale and a long pause he waited. The tension was unbearable. Finally he spoke.

The man from Belmont A, he says yes!

Game on!

Who Shot JR

As the teams took their positions a touching minutes silence was observed in honour of the late great Larry Hagman, then without further ado, the whistle blew and the game kicked off.

A couple of tactical changes to the Blessington line-up this week saw Billy Moore tuck into a central midfield position and Zach Power leading the line up front. From the outset they were straight into the action and the opening minutes saw Blessington with plenty of ball, but try as they may they failed to create any clear-cut goal scoring chances. Mid-way through the half Billy Moore shipped a heavy knock to his ankle and was replaced by Aidan king in the Blessington engine room.

As the half dragged on it looked as though both teams would go into the break honours even. However, with a couple of minutes remaining, Jack Hardy won the ball on the edge box and in a scene reminiscent of Dallas, he got his target in sight, took aim and fired off an accurate shot from close range. Opening goal!

Half time whistle. 1-0 in front!

The second half saw the introduction of Jack McManus up front and Matthew Callinan joined Bobby Gray and Ciaran Clarke in defence while elsewhere, Patrick Foley was given the task of thawing out in central midfield. The pattern of play continued in the same vein as the first, with Blessington having all the ball but nothing to show for it. That was however, until poacher extraordinaire Jack McManus, tapped in from close range to score his 2nd league goal of the season. That seemed to settle the nerves and it wasn’t long before Zach Power got on the end of a Shane O’Connor pass and added a third Blessington goal.

To Belmont’s credit they never gave up heart and their big number 6 was finally rewarded for his efforts, when he slotted home a tidy finish to give Belmont a glimmer of hope for the remainder of the game. That hope however, was quickly extinguished, when an Aidan King fizzed a shot past the Belmont keeper and the result was put beyond doubt.

The remaining couple of minutes fizzled out and as the final whistle blew and the players shook hands, over on the sideline there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Was it the joy of watching another win? Was it the ice cold conditions? Or, was it the sudden realisation that next season’s series of Dallas, just won’t be the same.

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

Blessington U12b put in a 5 star performance


St James U12A  1 – 5 Blessington U12B

Blessington saved their best performance in over a year to sweep aside an unbeaten James team with some style.The game was played out on a very cold and windy morning  in the fantastic grounds of St Benildus’ College in Stillorgan.

Blessington took this game by the scruff of the neck early on, holding a high line and compressing the game in the James half, there was two great chances early on for Blesso to open their account, the versatile Daragh Gilroy had an effort saved well by the keeper after being played clean through by Tadgh Miley and then Adams who had a storming match through the middle of the park was unlucky to see his effort from the edge of the box flash past the post, St James to their credit played the ball about well and probed for openings at every opportunity, unfortunately for them they found a very resolute Blesso defense in front of them and with Tadgh Barrett in the center of defense marshaling his troops, James could not find a way through. The opening goal came courtesy of a Daragh Broe Foster free kick after Tadgh Miley was pulled down on the edge of the box, the little winger bent a sweet shot into the far post just past the despairing defender (0-1), Adams then saw his brilliant volley from a Cian McCarthy cross rattle the bar from close range and Eoin Clarke had his shot blocked from close range, Blesso were relentless in their pursuit of the second goal and again it eventually came from a free kick again the provider was little Daragh Broe Foster.  His first free kick was good the second was pure class, from an acute angle outside the box, the little man again bent a wicked shot high into the roof of the net (0-2). Blesso were piling forward and you could sense the third was coming, another foraging run from Cian McCarthy provided Daragh with his hat trick and probably goal of the game, with the move starting well back in the Blesso defense, played brilliantly up through midfield and out to the wing for Cian who then beat two players and drilled a fierce cross ball across the face of the box which Daragh met full on and the ball flew past the keeper. ( H/T 0-3)

The second half was a little more of an even contest, with Blesso making 4 changes to the starting line up, it took the away team time to settle back into their stride. The first real chance fell to James striker after being put through from a long ball out of defense, but Ian Coughlan in the Blesso goal was equal to the task and cleared the ball well, the goal keeper throughout this game almost played like an extra sweeper, consistently breaking down St James attacks from long balls. Blesso started to settle and Daragh Clarke should have made it 4 when he failed to control a pass from Tadgh Barrett when clean through on goal,  Patrick Cunningham then was unlucky to see his shot saved well by the keeper and Daragh Broe Foster saw a neat volley rattle the post from another fine cross from Cian. Blesso again started to dominate and the fourth goal came from a corner from Adams cleared out to the edge of the box by the James defense only as far as Tadgh Barrett who took the ball down well and rifled a shot straight back towards the goal, the James defender tried to block with his head only to see the ball loop over his own keeper and into the net (0-4). Blesso were in full tilt now and Patrick rounded off a fine display when he tucked in the rebound after a fine save from a Tadgh Miley shot. (0-5). Just as Blesso started to take their foot of the gas James broke and with another long ball over the defense, this time not dealt with, saw the James striker for the first time in the game free from his marker and lobbed the oncoming Blesso keeper from the edge of the box (1-5). Right at the death Adams should have made it six with a fine solo effort, picking the ball up on the half way line he barged past two defenders as the third came to met him he slipped the ball brilliantly past him and was baring down on goal, unfortunately for Adam his shot did not match the run and the keeper made a fine diving save to prevent him scoring a goal his performance deserved. (F/T 1-5)

In truth this is by far the best Blessington U12B have played in a long time, with passing and movement done at great pace which left St James struggling to cope with the threat. When Blessington did not have the ball they pressed St James at every opportunity causing their midfield and defenders to make errors, In fairness to St James they did not give up on their passing game and at times looked really threatening, but the plaudits have to go to our boys, who on the day were just to strong. Well Done Boys.

Blesso Team: Ian Coughlan, Don Halpen,Tadgh Barrett, Ryan Keogh,Conor Gilroy, Tadgh Miley, Adams Ogbannayo,Daragh Broe Foster,Cian McCarthy, Eoin Clarke, Daragh Gilroy Subs: Daragh Clarke, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Murphy, Finn Harney.

LMS Week 1 – Results


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We had 33 fallers on the first week with a late goal from Norwich taking 19 players out of the competition, Still 72 players in for week 2, with 55 players having chosen Man Utd. Click on link below to see full table…Good luck to all for week 2.

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Teams Selected by Players

Count of Player
w/end 24.11 Total
Arsenal 4
Everton 19
Liverpool 4
Man City 1
Man Utd 54
Man Utd 1
Newcastle 3
Stoke 5
Sunderland 2
Tottenham 6
West Brom 1
Wigan 5
Grand Total 105

 

BFC Second LMS Competition – Update


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Our Second Last Man Standing kicks off this weekend, all selections of the 105 players are now posted on website, see link below. Good luck to all players going for the prize of 580e.

LMS week1
Breakdown of Teams selected – Over 50% of Players opting for Man Utd ( did QPR sacking of Hughes influence decision)

Count of Player
w/end 24.11 Total
Arsenal 4
Everton 19
Liverpool 4
Man City 1
Man Utd 54
Man Utd 1
Newcastle 3
Spurs 2
Stoke 5
Sunderland 2
Tottenham 4
West Brom 1
Wigan 5
Grand Total 105

Offer to Teams or Academies


Christmas Offer to all  Teams or Academies

 

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Blessington FC’s Fixtures for weekend 24th/25th November


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Please click on link below to direct you to all of  Blessington FC’s fixtures for this weekend (24th/25th November) which are now up on our website.
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Blessington 5- 0 St Pats Ath FC


Blessington returned to league action for the first time in over a month on Sunday morning against league strugglers St Pats Athletic.  Blessington began the game as strong favourites and from the off it became obvious why. The home side looked organised in defense, catching the opposition offside on numerous occasions. The defense kept a high line and this allowed their midfield & forwards to apply some early pressure on a nervy St Pat’s back line. A quick throw in on the right hand side to Mark Daniels allowed him to roll the left back and send in a low cross for Conor Murphy to open the scoring very early on.

 

Blessington continued to dominate early on and the goal gave them confidence to pass the ball with purpose, spreading the ball wide and sending in some good crosses from the right hand side. It was from a more direct route that Blessington scored their second goal though, when David Carroll sent a long free kick from inside his own half, deep into the St Pat’s box, finding Scott Doyle in behind the defenders to slot home his third goal in as many games.  The third goal followed soon after, some good work from the Blessington midfield found Jonathon Daniels just out side the box. He tried his luck with his weaker left foot and lashed the ball over the Goalkeeper to make it 3-0.

 

St Pat’s must have feared the worst as Blessington were clinical in attack and solid in defense, with David Nolan in the Blessington Goal having virtually nothing to do. The home side took their foot off the gas slightly as the half came to a close without any more goals.

 

The second half began with St Pat’s coming at Blessington with a sense of urgency, trying to get an early break through to perhaps stage a memorable come-back. They pushed their wingers up higher and added an extra body in midfield to push the Blessington defense back with some small success. They began to trouble the Blessington left hand side, getting a few crosses in that were dealt with quite comfortably. As the half wore on, the away side started to come at Blessington, leaving some space at the back which fell into the hands of the home side. From a St Pats corner, David Carroll rose superbly to clear the ball to Scott Doyle, who broke at speed down the right hand side.  Derek Balfe and Jonathon Daniels broke with him in the middle and he found the latter with a great ball. Daniels slotted home first time from close range for his second of the match.

 

The fifth goal was a carbon copy of the fourth as Blessington countered with speed from another corner kick. This time it was substitute Derek Balfe who raced down the right, crossed to Daniels, who completed his hat-trick with a simple finish. If was hard not to be impressed with the level of fitness shown by Blessington in the latter stages, as they blew the opposition away with the speed of their counter attacks and the ruthlessness of their finishing. They have now scored 29 goals in their first 7 league matches, a good sign of things to come.

Teams.
David Nolan, Barry Connolly , James Fitzpatrick , David Carroll , Paul Allen , Scott Doyle , Jonathon Daniels , Johnny Lynch , Mark Daniels , Conor Murphy , Paddy Carroll .      Subs .Derek Balfe, Darren Larkin, Bryan Carroll