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This Sunday 26 May 2013, three teams from Blessington FC will play an end of season tournament called ‘An Corn Cairdis’ hosted by Bunclody AFC in Wexford. The other teams involved are St. Ita’s and Dunshaughlin and all four clubs see this as an opportunity to make new friends.
These clubs share Blessington FC vision and are focussed on player development and our U9A, U10A and U11A teams were delighted to accept the invitation.
Bus leaves at 9:45am from the Community College and a planned return with some tired but happy players around 7pm.
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Dalkey 2 Blessington 0
Blesso on the road again this time in Dalkey’s fabulous grounds at Hyde Park. The last time these two met Blesso lost out by the odd goal in a game that they really should have won. This time it was third playing second respectively, with Blesso only needing a point to clinch the second spot. You could sense the tension between both sets of players.
The game started with neither team really dominating and both looking nervous when in control of the ball, mistakes were being made by both team regularly. Dalkey slightly shaded the opening minutes and had two half chances which the should have done better with, first was a great shot from their striker that was blocked after being put through by a long ball and then Ian Coughlan in the Blesso goal did well to smother the ball at the feet of the Dalkey midfielder as he was about to pull the trigger. Blesso to the credit are nothing if not plucky and they started to gradually claw their way into the game. Tadgh Miley was unlucky with a free kick from edge of the box after Adams was upended, then Adams hit a weak shot straight at the keeper after a lovely one two with Daragh Broe Foster, Tadgh Miley again was unlucky when his header was cleared of the line brilliantly by the Dalkey defender. But it was from the next corner that came the controversy when Adams volley hit the inside of the post and looked to have rolled over the line before being cleared, unfortunately for Blesso the referee was not positioned well and could not determine either way so waved play on. Dalkey had one more chance before half time when another long ball was not dealt with, their striker fired high and wide with the goal at his mercy. ( H/T 0-0)
The second half continued in the same vein with chances at a premium, both teams fought for every inch. Blesso continued to have most of the ball, but Dalkey always looked threatening with the long ball over the top of the nervy Blesso back four. Adams should have done better with his snap shot from the edge of the box which the keeper saved well and then their keeper came to the rescue when he dived at the feet of Cian McCarthy to smother the ball just as he was ready to shoot. Disaster came for Blesso in the tenth minute of the second half when the defense missed three attempts to clear the ball allowing the Dalkey striker to break free, he coolly slotted into the net past the on rushing keeper (1-0). Blesso rallied again and Tadgh Miley was unlucky when he shot into the side net after a fine run, Ryan Keogh followed this up with a fine free kick that flew just over the bar with the keeper beat hands down. But again defensive frailties were Blesso’s downfall, with another long ball not being dealt with, the Dalkey midfielder found himself in acres of space and unleashed a fabulous shot that flew high past the despairing Blesso keeper (2-0). This was to be the last real effort of the game as Dalkey closed up shop and although there was a valiant effort by Blesso kids in those remaining minutes, they just could not get them back into the game.
Dalkey have 3 games in hand and should win these, this will take them past Blesso and into second place. Our Blesso boys have nothing to feel down about, it just did not happen for us today and we were beat on the day by a well organized Dalkey team. If its either second or a third place finish this season it will still have been a great achievement by our kids and we are extremely proud of their efforts.
Blesso Team: Ian Coughlan, Daragh Gilroy, Conor Gilroy, Chris Murphy, Ryan Keogh, Daire Clarke, Tadgh Barrett, Adams Ogbannayo, Cian McCarthy, Tadgh Miley, Ryan Mulvey and Patrick Cunningham
Season Synopsis 2012-2013
Blessington made the move over to the Leinster Senior League after many seasons in the AUL with a feeling of stepping into the unknown, but it could not have got off to a better start with a 9-0 thumping of Knockmitten at home in the August sunshine. It was quickly followed up with a convincing 3-0 victory over almost local rivals Jobstown to really start the season with a bang. Two defeats in the next three games to would-be title challengers Liffey Valley and Lakelands put doubt in the minds of those who believed that Blessington were real title contenders.
What followed in the rain-filled next 7 months was the key in erasing these doubts. Fourteen wins from the next fifteen games (Two walk-overs against league drop-outs Coill Dubh included) brought Blessington to the summit of LSL Premier Sunday 1 with 2 games in hand. They showed a ruthless streak that went unmatched in any league across the LSL, scoring 54 goals in that run. With the now league leaders needing 7 points from 4 games to complete a memorable league win, the towns first in 33 years, they faced a much improved Larkview on a Thursday evening under lights. They took an early lead but the nerves kicked in and in the end were potentially lucky to get out with a point. This point was vital in deciding where the title would end up.
LiffeyValley, who themselves still had a chance of winning the title, visited Blessington the following Sunday on a mission. The West Dublin side survived an early onslaught to dominate the match and end up victorious in a 2-0 victory. While the Blessington side was very disappointed, their objective remained unchanged. 2 wins from their 2 remaining matches, both at home, would seal the title that the players so desperately craved. Beechwood arrived the following Tuesday with revenge in their eyes following 5-0 hammering earlier on in the season. They set about a nervy Blessington side early on, but once the home side got the opening goal midway through the second half, Beechwood lost discipline and ended the game with 9 men. The game finished 3-0.
So it was all down to the last day of the season, Dundrum F.C were the visitors to Blessington. The weather over the weekend had put the game in some doubt but some good work by the Blessington staff ensured that the game would go ahead. A big crowd came up to Cross Chapel with a sense of occasion in their mind. The team looked determined from the off and after 20 minutes started to take control of the match. They started to tear Dundrum apart and created a few excellent chances, but it wasn’t until the 40th minute did they convert a well executed set piece. Philip Sheridan got on the end of a beautiful cross from the left and buried an excellent header past the Dundrum keeper.
The second half started the way the first half finished and Blessington scored 4 goals in the first 15 minutes. Skipper David Carroll played a captains role by scoring the second direct from a free kick to ease all nerves and goals from Paddy Carroll, Sean O’Brien, Ken Long and an own goal brought the title to the West Wicklow side. Fitting that they found their ruthless streak once again when it mattered most.
A determined Blessington team had the past on their mind as they dedicated their win to late team mates, James Nolan and Raymond Daniels.
Top Goal Scorer, Conor Murphy 18 Competitive Goals
Goal of the Season Scott Doyle Vs Ballymun, FAI Junior Cup
St James U12’s 1 – Blessington U12b 3
Blessington U12’s were on the road again as they traveled to face St James at St Benildus College in Kilmacud. This time at the request of a challenge match from James greatly received by Blessington.
St James started the better with a couple of early half chances, both being blocked in the box by the Blesso defense. Blesso defense struggled in the early period with the strong winds holding the ball up and making it impossible to control and with the biting rain swirling into the faces of the away team their normal passing game was not materializing. Cian McCarthy had a fine chance to open the scoring but dragged his shot wide from the edge of the box, Tadgh Miley repeated this feat from a similar position as Blesso started to gain some composure after the early onslaught from James. Another couple of chances where spurned by Blesso when Daragh Broe Foster went clear on goal and fired his shot straight at the keeper, Adams then followed this up when he to dragged his shot across the face of the goal. St James too had a great chance to open the scoring when Ian Coughlan pulled off a superb save from a half volley from the James striker. The last chance of the half fell to Tadgh Barrett who had a fine shot saved by the James keeper. ( H/T 0-0)
If the first half was an even affair the second was all about Blessington, who with the winds in their backs rallied superbly and took the game by the scruff of the neck. Tadgh Miley opened the scoring with a superb volley from the edge of the box which flew directly over the head of the James keeper (1-0)and not to be outdone Cian McCarthy soon followed when he dropped the shoulder and past one defender before unleashing a fierce shot which again flew over the James keeper (2-0), these were two superb strikes and with the confidence pouring through the Blesso team, chances started to be created with regular ease. Tadgh had a shot blocked when he could and probably should have put Ryan Mulvey through clear on goal, Ryan Mulvey then had a brilliant half volley saved superbly by the James keeper. Blesso dominance was however to pay off when Tadgh Miley rounded of a brilliant performance when he beat two players and shot low past the keeper from the edge of the box to make it three (3-0), he was again unlucky not to grab his hat trick when after beating two players in the box, he saw his shot rebound off the post . Adams then had two chances to make it four, firstly he say his shot blocked well by the James defense and then he spurned a great chance when he misfired wide with the goal at his mercy. James did grab a consolation goal near the end when the James striker was put clear through on goal, he slotted a fine shot past Ian Coughlan in the Blesso goal ( 3-1).
This was to be the last effort of a superb game played out in great spirit in difficult conditions. Well Done Guys.
Blesso Team: Ian Coughlan, Daragh Gilroy (MOTM), Chris Murphy, Don Halpen, Tadgh Barrett, Tadgh Miley, Adams Ogbannayo, Daragh Broe Foster, Cian McCarthy,Conor Gilroy,Ryan Mulvey Subs: Daire Clarke, Patrick Cunningham, Eoin Clarke, Finn Harney.