Blesso U10’s unlucky against Union


Railway Union U10’s 1 v  0 Blessington U10’s 

After a later than expected start to game, due a no show by the referee, the U10’s kicked off their season with a difficult away game against Railway Union at Park Avenue. Newly promoted to Division 1, Blessington settled into the game with ease, keeping their structure and limited Railway to a small number of chances.  Our defensive trio of Brian, Matt & Shane did some stellar work as a unit in front of our goalkeeper Zach, (who’s confidence grows with every game he plays between the posts). Much of the defensive work done in training is now beginning to pay dividends, particularly  against good opposition. The lads showed excellent control holding their line, were aggressive in their tackling and supportive to each other throughout. Unfortunately a great strike late in the half left us trailing at the break. There were some tired legs at half time, the hot weather was taking its toll on the lads in this tough encounter. The second half started similar to the way the first ended and despite our defense holding strong our midfield couldn’t get into the game. Railway had most of the possession throughout the match and showed great levels of skill and composure on the ball (something we have to aspire to over the coming months). Playing against good opposition meant we had limited goal scoring opportunities so it was difficult to stay composed on the ball after chasing the game for such long periods. And so our first game of the season finished with a 1-0 defeat. But with a much improved defensive display, we have a good foundation to build on for season ahead but plenty of room for improvement elsewhere.

 A special mention for our captain today Sean Gallagher (Blesso’s man of the match) who covered every blade of grass in effort to get us back into the game. His effort and attitude was inspirational.

BFC Fixtures for weekend 28th/29th Sept


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Please Note: there is a conflict with Sundays U13 and U14 A fixtures, both showing 10:15 KO’s at Community College, we will update as soon as times have been confirmed

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Liffey Washed Away by the Under 9’s


U-9 Div.1  At Community College Date: 21/09/2013 KO: 11:00 Ref: J McHale Att: 39

Indian and Cowboy
Early Tuesday morning texts, padlocks, the opening of dark container doors and the eerie squeak of roller wheels, can mean only one thing. No, not the return of Christian Grey, but the return of another exciting season of small sided competitive football!
On a beautiful Indian summer morning and the preceding Cowboy inspired 3v3 match having been completed, both teams took to the pitch for the opening day Under 9 Division one clash between Blessington AFC and Liffey Valley Rangers.
Early exchanges between the two sides were tight and it looked as though the strong flow of the Liffey (play) might be enough to break through the well organised Blessington defensive flood gates. However, the defensive partnership of Matthew Callinan and Ciaran Clarke held firm, as they comfortably snuffed out any danger posed by the opposition. With a year of competitive action under their young footballing belts, the defensive duo, like experienced fishermen sitting on the banks of a river, were ready and waiting to reel in any brave little fish, that dared enter their defensive footballing waters.

Smokin’ Salmon

According to Wikipedia (so it must be true) the Liffey was previously named An Ruirthech, meaning “fast (or strong) runner. However, as the match developed, it was the Blessington players who looked faster, stronger and far hungrier than the visiting opposition. In fact, at times the Blessington players looked more like young Salmon, glistening in the September sunshine as they leapt high above the Liffey (players) making their way upriver to lay their footballing eggs in the back of the opposition net.

Mid-way through the first half the deadlock was broken after a tidy finish from close range by Zach Power. Some excellent work in mid-field by Aidan King and a clever, early pass in behind the banks of the liffey (defence) meant that a neat finish was all that was required. Power duly obliged. 1-0 Blesso!
Blessington continued to press hard and despite some excellent work out on the left by Billy Moore and having most of the possession, Blessington failed to add their single goal tally and the half time whistle saw the bare minimum between the teams going into the break.
Transfer deadline day signing Frank Llop, was introduced for the second half and alongside Jack Mack and Finn Jordon they were given the task of forcing home the territorial advantage and adding to the 1-0 score line.
Some early second half attacks by the opposition were comfortably dealt with by the excellent Bobby Gray and having come off injured in the first half and re-introduced early in the second, Shane O’Connor also made a telling impact. O’Connor’s strong tackle in midfield and jinking run through the Liffey defence, resulted in a free kick on the edge of the opponent’s box. Up stepped Jack Hardy. 2-0 Blesso!
Egg citing Finale
Blessington were in complete control now and what had once been a strong Liffey flow, had now become more of a trickling stream. The young footballing fish of Blessington continued to successfully navigate the weakening Liffey flow and with the final destination in sight it wasn’t long before more goals were added. Jack Hardy tucked home a clinical finish from just inside the box courtesy of a Finn Jordan cross, and Frank Llop fired home an excellent effort after a swift move started by some excellent distribution by Patrick Foley in the Blessington goal. Right at the death, Jack McManus played a clever ball in behind the Liffey defence and Zach Power tapped the ball home for his second goal of the game. Job done, destination reached!
As the final whistle blew to signal the end of an excellent opening day performance, the players and supporters could begin to look forward (with optimism) to an exciting season ahead. And unlike the brave little Salmon who lay their eggs and die after having reached their final destination, these group of young footballers will grow stronger and faster, as they attempt to navigate the choppy waters of Division 1 football.

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Blessington 5 – 0  Liffey Valley Rangers (HT:1-0)

Power 12,39 Hardy 27,29 Llop 37

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

BFC Results for weekend 21st – 22nd Sept.


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5 Star Blesso


U11 Willie Madden Cup 21/9/13 Blesso 5 – 2 AFC Belgrave

5 Star performance by U 11A’s today on a cracking Autumn Morning. Blesso proved too strong for their opponents with an impressive pass and move display. All players seemed to be up for the challenge from the off and midfield dynamo Conor O’Toole chipped in with a brace in the first half and even cheekily had the ball in the back of the net on the stroke of half time to complete his hat trick only for the ref to correctly rule the goal null and void due to the use of a hand of god style technique. (Had me fooled) Blessos midfield were pulling all the strings and our back three of Luke O’Brien, Daniel Cooney & Jack Denieffe never really looked to be in too much bother. Dean O Connor put in a good shift in the first half in the lone strikers role and could count himself unlucky not to be on the score sheet also. Couple of changes at half time saw the introduction of Sean Broderick , Ben Fitzsimons and Colm Martin and Blesso came out in the second half still looking to improve. Ben Fitz introduced at halftime made sure of that with a well finished header and Blesso’s third of the game from a Sonny Simpson corner. (Great corners Sonny) A couple more Blesso changes were made at this point and the fluency of the Blesso performance seemed to take a backseat. Belgrave to their credit got back into thogame and pulled the scoreline back to 3-1 after some important tackles were missed in the Blesso box. The fact Daniel Cooney was not on the pitch at this point probably added to this as he had been a tower at the back throughout the game up to that. Blesso’s super keeper Mikey (Mignolet) O’Tooe had to be at his best stifling out the Belgrave attack as they stared to get a foothold on the game. The pressure on the Blesso defence was relieved somewhat when the ever pressing Ben Fitz found himself upended in the Belgrave box. The ref duly pointed to the spot and Ben made no mistake with a well dispatched penno 4 – 1 Blesso. Blesso’s football was still not where it was in the first half and Belgrave got back on the scoresheet with a well worked second goal 4 – 2 . Dean Neilan’s influence in the Blesso midfield was definitely being missed as the game was now a more even affair. Blesso to their credit were not finished themselves yet and another corner saw Dean O’Connor score Blesso’s fifth after a scramble in the Belgrave box. All in all a solid start to the season for this Blesso side. Onwards and upwards C’mon the Blesso.

Blesso – Mikey O’Toole, Jack Denieffe, Daniel Cooney, Luke O’Brien, Sonny Simpson, Conor O’Toole, Emma Downes, Dean Neilan (C), Dean O’Connor, Colm Martin, Sean Broderick, Ben Fitzsimons

BFC Fixtures for 21st/22nd Sept.


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BFC Results for weekend 14th/15th September


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Please see below all Blessington FC results from the weekend 14th & 15th September

 

Home Team Result Away Team Location KO Time Referee Date
Parkvale a 2 — 2 Blessington U12a Rockbrook School 10:30 Peter Dunne Sat 14/09/13
Beechwood FC b 4 — 0 Blessington U12b Beech Hill Park 10:30 Michael Cranny Sat 14/09/13
Blessington U13a 6 — 1 St James Ath a Crosschapel 10:30 Mick Moore Sat 14/09/13
Templeogue United 3 — 1 Blessington U13b Tymon Park 11:45 Andrew Reynolds Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U14a IDLE
Blessington U14b 1 — 1 Shankhill FC b Crosschapel 10:15 S Kane Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U15a IDLE
Blessington U15b IDLE
Blessington U16a OFF St James Ath b Crosschapel 11:30 S Kane Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U17 9 — 0 Terenure FC Crosschapel 11:00 Austin O’Sullivan Sun 15/09/13
Home Team Result Away Team Location KO Time Referee Date
Blessington Sr Sat OFF Fairview Crosschapel 14:30 TBC Sat 14/09/13
Jobstown 3 — 1 Blessington Sr Sun 1 Jobstown 11:00 TBC Sun 15/09/13
Blessington Sr Sun 2 1 — 5 Willows FC Crosschapel 13:30 TBC Sun 15/09/13

Utd too strong for Blesso U13’s


Templeogue Utd 3   v 1 Blessington U13b

This is the first time Blessington U13’s have come up against Templeogue Utd and from what I witnessed they are a very formidable outfit. The match itself was played in Tymon Park in horrendous conditions, with wind and heavy rain making playing any sort of cohesive football impossible. that and the fact Blesso just did not get going made for a difficult morning, but take nothing away from home team who played some lovely football in the same conditions and could and probably should have win by a greater margin.

The home team choose to play the first have with the strong wind in their backs and made great use of these elements with a mixture of long high balls out of the back and defense cutting cross field passes from midfield it was not long before their chances started to pile up, two chances in quick succession came, when Templeogue first saw their shot from edge of the box whiz by the post and then their big striker was unlucky with his header which flashed over the bar from close range, There was to be no let up in the first half with Templeogue bombarding the Blesso defense and Blesso struggling to clear their ranks or deal with the ball in the swirling winds. Another chance went begging for the home team when their lively winger flashed a great ball across the box which neither of the two strikers could connect with, the inevitable opener was only minutes away and although deserved was hard on Blessington, with a long ball out of defense again not being dealt with by the Blesso, it broke kindly to the Templeogue winger who lofted a great ball into the box, but just as our keeper came to collect it, the wind seemed to divert the ball into the net. (1-0). Blesso rallied briefly with Adam unlucky with a half chance and the Ryan Keogh was extremely unlucky when his free kick hung up in air, in normal conditions this would have flew in to the net. With the swirling winds driving into the Blesso teams face goal attempts were few and far between and with that Blesso’s brief rally ended and normal service resumed with Templeogue swarming all over the Blesso defense again. Next chance of real note came when a deflected shot came crashing off the post and safely in the arms of the Blesso keeper, Templeogue had a player upended in the box soon afterwards and should have been awarded a penalty, again the pressure was building and again it was no surprise when Templeogue extended their lead with a lovely sweeping move out of defense, their player hit a lovely swerving shot from the edge of the box that sailed into the roof of the net ( 2-0). One last chance fell to the home team before the break but was thankfully that too was squandered and as the whistle blew the relief with the away team was palpable .

Blesso had the wind now for the second half and although not near a strong should have been of benefit to the away team, unfortunately we did not use the elements properly, with long balls being over hit, passes going as stray and far too many times the ball was just hit long with no real intent other than clearing lines. This played into Templeogue hands who with wind in their faces kept the ball on the ground and played neat short passes out of defense. Blesso had chances in this half and Dara Broe had two free kicks in quick succession, one which he did brilliantly to bend into the net (2-1) the other he went narrowly by the post, Ryan Keogh and Cian McCarthy had shots blocked from edge of the box and then Ryan Mulvey was unlucky when his shot was blocked and cleared in the six yard box. But as Templeogue play was measured and controlled, Blesso’s was frantic and disjointed and Templeogue started to assert themselves back on the game, three shots in quick succession flashed by the posted when really their strikers should have scored from one on one positions with the keeper. another flurry of chances saw Blesso clear their lines but not after the Templeogue striker had two shots saved brilliantly by the Blesso Keeper. Again the home team flooded forward and again the Blesso defense creaked under the pressure, with their midfield controlling the game, a lovely cross field pass from midfield was met first time by the striker and he slotted a lovely low drive past our keeper and into the net to make it three and the game was now over (3-1),

Life in this league is proving tough for Blessington U13’s, two games and two defeats says it all, and as in the previous game key defensive mistakes are costing us goals, where maybe in previous seasons we would have got away with. Organization, discipline,composure on the ball and use of the ball in possession are key factors when playing at the level. Blessington need to learn all of the above soon if they are to make any in roads this year.

Congratulations go to Templeogue who played some fabulous stuff in some very trying conditions.

We on the other hand need to go back to the drawing board.

Blesso Team : Ian Coughlan, Daragh Clarke, Conor Gilroy, Tadgh Barrett, Ryan Keogh, Tadgh Miley, Adams Ogbannayo, Cian McCarthy, Padraig Keogh, Ryan Mulvey and Dara Broe Foster,

Subs: Daragh Gilroy, Patrick Cunningham, Chris Murphy, Don Halpen, Eoin Clarke

Blessington FC Fixtures 14th/15th Sept. – Updated


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 Please note, Revised fixture list. All games will be in Crosschapel this weekend.

Home Team Result Away Team Location KO Time Referee Date
Parkvale a V Blessington U12a Rockbrook School 10:30 Peter Dunne Sat 14/09/13
Beechwood FC b V Blessington U12b Beech Hill Park 10:30 Michael Cranny Sat 14/09/13
Blessington U13a V St James Ath a Crosschapel 10:30 Mick Moore Sat 14/09/13
Templeogue United V Blessington U13b Tymon Park 11:45 Andrew Reynolds Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U14a IDLE          
Blessington U14b V Shankhill FC b Crosschapel 10:15 S Kane Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U15a IDLE          
Blessington U15b IDLE          
Blessington U16a V St James Ath b Crosschapel 11:30 S Kane Sun 15/09/13
Terenure FC V Blessington U17 Bushy Park 11:00 Austin O’Sullivan Sun 15/09/13
Blessington Sr Sat V Fairview Crosschapel 14:30 TBC Sat 14/09/13
Jobstown V Blessington Sr Sun 1 Jobstown 11:00 TBC Sun 15/09/13
Blessington Sr Sun 2 V Willows FC Crosschapel 13:30 TBC Sun 15/09/13

BFC Fixures for Weekend 14/15th Sept.


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BFC  upcoming fixtures for weekend 14/15th Sept.

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All games are subject to change. Check with team manager for latest updates and fixtures are regularly posted on SDFL website.

Please contact Dave at 0851744635 for any changes to fixture list above.

 

Home Team Result Away Team Location KO Time Referee Date
Parkvale a V Blessington U12a Rockbrook School 10:30 Peter Dunne Sat 14/09/13
Beechwood FC b V Blessington U12b Beech Hill Park 10:30 Michael Cranny Sat 14/09/13
Blessington U13a V St James Ath a Crosschapel 10:30 Mick Moore Sat 14/09/13
Templeogue United V Blessington U13b Tymon Park 11:45 Andrew Reynolds Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U14a IDLE
Blessington U14b V Shankhill FC b Community College 10:15 S Kane Sun 15/09/13
Blessington U15a IDLE
Blessington U15b IDLE
Blessington U16a V St James Ath b Community College 11:30 S Kane Sun 15/09/13
Terenure FC V Blessington U17 Bushy Park 11:00 Austin O’Sullivan Sun 15/09/13
Home Team Result Away Team Location KO Time Referee Date
Blessington Sr Sat V Fairview Crosschapel 14:30 TBC Sat 14/09/13
Jobstown V Blessington Sr Sun 1 Jobstown 11:00 TBC Sun 15/09/13
Blessington Sr Sun 2 V Willows FC Crosschapel 13:30 TBC Sun 15/09/13