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