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