Blessington U13B 1 v 2 Knocklyn U13A
Blessington FC kicked off their season with an early Sunday morning kick off against one of the Division’s favorites, Knocklyn FC. Although the result was not what we wished for, the performance was and there was definitely evidence that our team will do more than hold their own in this league this season.
From the off Knocklyn got at the Blesso defense, who looked extremely nervous and the nervy start was compounded when Knocklyn had the ball in the net after two minutes, Knocklyn had a long range effort cleared for a corner. The ball was swung in high and with the Blesso defense caught static, only the Knocklyn player rose to nod the ball into the net, (0-1). Cian McCarthy was then unlucky for Blesso when he had a snap shot from edge of the box deflected wide. Blesso started to grow into the game, with our midfield in general taking control, but it was again a defensive error that caused the second goal this time from a free kick not being dealt with properly the ball landed at the feet of the Knocklyn striker who hit a lovely half volley into the side of the net, (0-2). There is one thing about the Blesso team that is not in doubt and that’s their spirit and from this point they really took the game to Knocklyn, Adams should have scored when his shot bounced back off the post from six yards out and then Tadgh Miley was unlucky when his shot was blocked brilliantly by the Knocklyn defender, Blesso then had two free kicks in succession saved well by the Big Knocklyn keeper. But Blesso got their rewards for their efforts right on halt time, when from another free kick swung into the box, Tadgh Miley controlled it brilliantly and laid it into the path of Adams, who without breaking stride jinked one player and shot low and hard into the net. (1-2).Brilliant effort.
The second half brought changes to the Blesso team and with home team taken time to settle, Knocklyn were given new incentive to get their third. Two half chances fell their way, first one was long range effort dealt comfortably by Ian Coughlan and the second a great shot blocked by the lively Tadgh Barrett. But as Blesso settled, the game took the same pattern as the first, with Blesso on the ascendancy and Knocklyn looking dangerous on the break. Daragh Broe Foster missed a glorious chance when he saw his shot from edge of the box go narrowly by the post, Tadgh Miley and Daragh Broe Foster both had free kicks saved well by the Knocklyn keeper. Blesso were now piling the pressure on for the equalizer, Cian McCarthy had a shot blocked again by the Knocklyn defense, then Padraig Keogh saw his shot blocked from the edge of the box and from the rebound Patrick Cunningham could not squeeze the ball past the packed Knocklyn defense. Blesso spurned two great chances near the end, when from a lovely through pass Adams latched on beat two defenders and with the goal at his mercy managed to fire his shot straight at the Keeper, Daragh Broe Foster then had a great shot saved by the keeper and was unlucky to hit the side netting from a narrow angle from the rebound.
Blessington can really count themselves unlucky, apart from the initial ten minutes they really did give a great account of themselves and with the chances they created on another would have won the game. Congratulations has to go to Knocklyn who contributed brilliantly to a very entertaining game, played and at very high standard. My final thoughts though are with our team and if there was ever a doubt that we can compete with the best then these really were put to bed yesterday morning. I was extremely proud of the reaction of our kids from going 0-2 down so early on.
This spirit and determination will serve us well this season. Well Done guys
Blesso Team: Ian Coughlan, Daragh Gilroy, Don Halpen, Tadgh Barrett, Chris Murphy, Tadgh Miley, Padraig Keogh, Adams Ogbannayo, Cian McCarthy, Ryan Mulvey, Daragh Broe Foster
Subs: Eoin Clarke, Daire Clarke, Conor Gilroy, Patrick Cunningham