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.