King’s Triple Crown Conquers Carriglea


Into the West

If Aliens ever invade, we should all hide in Dunedin Park. They’ll never find us!

Wrong turns, dodgy directions and after a quick detour to cash in some traveller’s cheques, the main Blessington convoy eventually found is way to the impressively maintained and even more impressively secluded Dunedin Park, home to Carriglea Boys FC.

For what was surely going to be (based on league position) an easy run out for the boys in green, conditions couldn’t have been better. Beautiful blue skies, white cotton wool clouds and a lovely surface for football meant that everything was set up perfectly, for an enjoyable morning of underage football. Although, there was a strange feeling that something was missing…

Pitch marked? Check!

Corner flags in place? Check!

Referee? ……Che ……. No referee!

Bananas in Pyjamas

After a quick call and confirmation that the referee was injured, both management teams huddled together and quickly conferred.  We’ll ref it ourselves and play for the points was the decision, and after a short pause to choose the referee and find a whistle, both teams took their positions and the match kicked off.

Right from the outset Blessington looked distracted. Gone was the hustle, missing was bustle and many of those watching, would have been excused for thinking that last week’s wine hadn’t turned back into water after all.  The team looked punch drunk!  Was it the delayed start time, was it the thought of the upcoming crunch match against Rathcoole, or, was the fact that the stand in Referee for the first half, was still wearing his pyjamas!

As the early minutes quickly passed, the first effort of the game saw Jack Hardy try his luck from just outside the box. But his long range effort not only gave the on-looking daisies plenty of time to duck for cover, but also gave the Carriglea keeper the chance to position himself and make the first save of the day.

As the half progressed and the scores remained level, a close range effort by Jack McManus was met with a fine save at his near post, by the opposition keeper.  Instantly, the call of “Use your box and kick it long” came in from the opposition side line, and without further ado their young shot stopper duly obliged. HOOF! The ball rose slowly into the mid-morning air and then paused momentarily, before beginning its final descent. Somehow, Billy Moore managed to read its flight path, position himself perfectly, and fire the ball back in the direction it came, over the keeper’s head and into the back of the gaping net!

One Nil to Blesso, courtesy of Billy’s boots!

The remaining uneventful minutes of the first half fizzled out and the referee’s whistle brought not only welcome relief, but also some freshly sliced Orange segments and the chance for some words of encouragement from the Blessington coaching staff.

Fangtastic Finale

With team talks complete and the introduction of Aidan King and Matthew Callinan, the referee for the second half (Stephen McManus) checked his whistle, blew his watch and the match resumed!

Things suddenly began to look different now and there was definite sense of a new found energy and enthusiasm. It looked like the change in both personnel and exotic refreshments meant that the second half was going to be far more fruitful, than the seedless one that had preceded it!

With only a couple of minutes gone in the second half, Aidan King won the ball high up the pitch, raced in behind the Carriglea defence and slotted home from close range to make it 2-0 to Blesso. Long sighs all round and some welcome breathing space!

It wasn’t long before a third and fourth were added by King and Hardy respectively, and all remaining doubts were suddenly washed away. The dying embers of game saw King crown a royal second half performance by coolly bagging his first ever hat-trick, after tidy finish from just inside the opposition penalty area.

As the final whistle blew and both teams exchanged pleasantries, there was a palpable sense of relief amongst the Blessington supporters. 5-0, job done, let’s go home.

Before anyone even a chance contemplate the next upcoming match away to Rathcoole (2-3 result prediction), Stephen McManus appeared out of nowhere with a celebratory box of jellies. Slowly, the fans and players returned to their cars and as they silently munched away on their end of match treats, some Liverpool Fans amongst them began to ponder…. “I reckon Luis Suarez gets sweets after every match, they thought…. and I bet his favourite bar is, a “Chomp!”

Roll on Rathcoole next Monday night!


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




BFC Results for week 25th-28th ( including midweek fixtures)

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Blessington FC Seniors update

Blesso Senior 1st team had an excellent 3-0 win away to Jobstown yesterday evening.
Booy, Scotty & Sean O’B got the goals in what was a great team performance;
Stony in goal never had a direct shot to deal with thanks to a well organised defence.
10 points needed from the final 5 games, starting at home to Sallynoggin/Pearse on Sunday morning at 11.
Come up and give the lads your support!  COYBIG!

BFC Fixtures 22nd April – 5th May.

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Under 8’s Make The Trip To Lourdes

Immaculate Interceptions

“My Granny went there once to get some Holy water” was the response.

The Blessington squad had just been informed of their opponents for Saturday’s match and with two key players due to be missing, they were definitely going to be looking for a miracle at Lourdes, if they were to have any chance of maintaining their top of the table position in Division 2. However, with pre-Christmas 3v3 football behind them and five wins from five in the league, the opposition for this match, would surely prove to be the toughest test yet for this young group of Blessington stalwarts.
With Aidan King missing from midfield and Ciaran Clarke absent in central defence, Shane O’Connor and Zach Power were given the tough task of anchoring the centre, alongside the free roaming Jack Hardy.
Early doors, saw Lourdes mount wave after wave of attack and but for some unbelievable shot stopping by Patrick Foley, Blessington would have found themselves 2-nil down within the first five minutes alone.
Try as they may, and despite some excellent defensive interceptions by Bobby Gray and Matthew Callinan, Blessington couldn’t hold out any longer. Some neat passing and clever build-up play by the opposition, saw the deadlock broken, the home supporters rejoice and the away supporters frantically reaching for the rosary beads!
However, as the half wore on, Blessington began to grow more and more into the game, and some excellent midfield interplay between Hardy and O’Connor, saw the pair create an excellent chance for Jack McManus that he just narrowly failed to capitalise on. With confidence levels continuing to grow and the Lourdes keeper pulling of a fine save from a Jack Hardy effort, many of the Blessington supporters believed, that the contents of the team bottles, were slowly beginning to turn from Ballygowan into Beaujolais nouveau.
But, just when it looked as though Blessington were beginning to get the upper hand, a brief moment of indecision in the Blessington rear guard, saw the Lourdes number 8 seize on the opportunity and slot home from close range for their second goal of the game. Blessington continued to battle hard and another excellent save by Foley right on the stroke of half time, saw Blessington enter the break 2-0 down and with a glimmer of hope that a Lazarus like come back, although not likely, was still a remote possibility.

Howay the Lads
The half time changes saw Billy Moore (fresh from his trip home to Newcastle) enter the fray and with Shane O’Connor asked to help the young “Geordie Shore” up the midfield, the teams once again took to the pitch and second half was underway!
Right from the whistle, Blessington fought hard for every ball and it was clear that they weren’t going to give up without a real fight. A couple of excellent balls out of the Blessington defence saw Jack Hardy get a run at Lourdes, but on both occasions his efforts were foiled by the opposition keeper.
As the half progressed, the opposition not only showed some nice one touch football, but it was also clear that Lourdes enjoyed showing off their fine selection of crosses! Another couple of world class saves by Foley, ensured that the score line remained the same for much of the 2nd half, but late into injury time, a clever ball in behind the Blessington defence saw the home side make it 3-0.

The Sea Of Galilee
As the final blew and the wine changed back to water, requests for a certain goalkeeper’s surname did the rounds and calls of, not at any “Price” rang around the Blessington crowd.
If there can be such a thing as a satisfying defeat, this was one of those days and with every last ounce of effort left out on the pitch, thoughts soon turned to the return fixture. Home advantage, smaller pitch, key players returning. “We can take these you know!”

There’s no pond in Sundrive Park. But if there were, Patrick Foley would surely have walked across the surface of it, on his way back to Blessington!


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

BFC Results for weekend 20th/21st April

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Blessington Football Clubs Race Night

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Please find attached the list of winners which are owed €30.00. Can all managers check the list to see what winners they have. For any managers that have winners please contact the Treasurer to collect your winnings at

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Many Thanks to all the Managers,Coaches,Players and Supporters who contributed to make this event such a success. 

BFC Fixtures 20-25th April (Including Midweek fixtures)

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Thanks for your continuing support from the BFC Committee

BFC Results for weekend 10th/11th April

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Blessington U12’s Crosschapel Thriller.

Blessington U12A 2 – 4 Blessington U12B

This was the final encounter the season between the two U12 Blessington teams and it was always going to be a close affair, especially from what we saw in the last game between the two, when the B team nicked it by the odd goal.

From the off the B team settled better and Adams was unlucky from a few yards out when his shot was blocked by Blesso A defender, Tadgh Miley and Daragh Broe both had efforts that went just by the post and then Ryan Mulvey saw his whipped shot hit the bar and post with the keeper beat hands down. The B team were flying and it was no surprise when Adams opened the scoring when he brilliantly jinked between two player and from way outside the box unleashed a fierce shot that flew over the keeper. (0-1)  Blesso B kept the pressure on and Conor Gilroy was unlucky not to score when he rounded the keeper only to run the ball out of play, the little man did not have long to wait though to open his account, when the Blesso A goalkeeper spilled a Cian McCarthy shot Conor pounced on it and slotted a great shot into the net. (0-2) Blesso B should have gone 3 up,when Ryan Keogh curled a fantastic shot just past the post. Blesso A chances were few and far between in the first half some long balls out of defense were dealt well with by Tadgh Barrett who marshaled his defense well. Missed chances were to be rued by the B team when a mistake just before half time let in little Sean O’Rourke and he slotted the ball away from the diving keeper into the net (1-2)

The second half kicked off and the impetus was now with the  much buoyed A team who were now playing the ball about with some composure and style  and in the midfield the A team were winning all the 50/50 battles, half chances were starting to be created. Two shots in particular in the first 5 minutes of the second half should have led to the equalizer with both chances whizzing past the post. The Blesso B team were starting to look nervy and you could see the confidence grow in the A team. A rash tackle outside the box led to the equalizer and definitely the strike of the game, when Liam Broderick, who stepped up to take the free kick and floated a fantastic shot high into the corner of the net. (2-2) This goal seem to spur the B team back into action and Tadgh Miley was unlucky when he dragged his shot by the post from just inside the post, Cian McCarthy then had a fantastic run were he beat the whole defense with his pace only to see his shot hit the side net. Daire Clarke hit the side net with a shot too and Patrick Cunningham blasted a fine shot just wide minutes later. With 5 minutes to go and the game heading for a draw, little Daragh Broe was brought down just inside the half way line, Cian McCarthy took the free and floated the ball into the box where Daire Clarke did really well to bring the ball down in tight space, he then laid a fine pass back to the oncoming Tadgh Miley who crashed his shot into the net. (2-3) As Blesso A pushed for the equalizer Cian McCarthy put the game beyond doubt with arguably the goal of the game, when he took the ball in his own half and beat all in-front of him,  leaving himself one on one with the keeper he coolly slotted the ball past the keeper. (2-4) No sooner had the ball hit the net and the referee blew the final whistle to end a fabulous tie.

This was a marvelous advertisement for grassroots football, with both teams giving it their all and providing the parents and coaches who watched the game a great spectacle. The real winner here has to be Blessington Football Club whose future looks very bright if we can keep these kids in football..Well Done To All

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