U-9 Div.1 At Community College Date: 05/10/2013 KO: 11:00 Ref: M.Moore Att: About the same as last week
For Those About To Rock
For many people, geology is just a load of old rocks! But to those in the know, Greenhills is home to one of the finest specimens of Esker formations in all of Europe. In fact, it’s along this raised and winding trail of sand and gravel (formed during the ice age) that the Greenhills road makes it way up towards Tallaght and eventually meets the N81 and main road to Blessington AFC. Not being content with having a superb geological specimen in its portfolio, and not to mention one of Ireland’s largest nests along its route, it’s also home to Greenhills Boys FC, one of the strongest teams in Division 1 and visiting opposition for Blessington’s second home fixture of the 2013/14 season.
On another beautiful Indian summer morning in Blessington and without a single cloud (or cowboy) in sight, the match kicked off and right from the outset it was clear that Blessington were up for the challenge. As early as the first minute, young Billy Moore managed to break through the Greenhills midfield, only to be denied by some last ditch tacking by their well organised rear guard unit. That set the tone for the half and as the match grew older, Blessington continued to cause havoc in the Greenhills defence and despite a couple of close range efforts by Frank Llop, the scores remained level.
Greenhills to their credit, tried to gain a footballing foothold in the game, but the ice that had helped form the landscape of the visiting side, was now coursing through the veins of the home side as they coolly yet ruthlessly attacked the visiting opposition with wave after wave of prolonged footballing pressure. However, midway through the half and totally against the run of play, a rare Greenhills attack, dangerous cross into the Blessington box and failed attempted clearance saw the visiting side take the lead. 0-1 Greenhills!
Last season this could have signalled game over for the boys in green, but with the days of Blessington heads being dropped, well and truly behind them, the home team raised their chins, dug deep and within minutes were level again, thanks to a tidy close range finish by Jack McManus. The final few minutes of the half remained a tight affair with both sides having chances to take the lead, but some tidy defending by Bobby Gray and an excellent save by Patrick Foley kept the sides level.
Half time whistle and 1-1 at the break!
Who Shot That Poison Arrow
With Finn Jordan and Matthew Callinan sprung from the bench, the second half resumed in the same manner as the first had ended, with Blessington on the attack. Wave after wave of Blessington pressure continued to build and midway through the half, some excellent work by Shane O’Connor resulted in a side-line kick deep in the opposition half. Up stepped Aidan king and his superbly weighted ball into the box was met by the head of Jack Hardy. His clever flick managed (only just) to elude the outstretched keeper and deservedly, much to the delight of on-looking home supporters, Blessington found themselves (and deservedly so) 2-1 in front.
Blessington continued to press hard and despite some excellent chances, failed to add to their one goal advantage. With the bare minimum still between the sides and less than five minutes of the match remaining, Greenhills swept forward and fired a footballing arrow straight through the heart of the Blessington defence to score a well taken (yet undeserved) last gasp equaliser. Heartbreak for the home side!
She Hasn’t Finished Singing Yet
Kermit the frog once lamented, “It’s not easy being green” and what had once seemed a certain victory, now heading for a disappointing draw, the players and home supporters alike would surely have echoed his frog like sentiments!
HOW AND EVER! This young team wasn’t going to let this one fizzle out for a disappointing draw and with time almost up, an excellent ball into the Greenhills box by Ciaran Clarke, fell to the feet of Zach Power. The young striker held his nerve, took aim and his close range effort, somehow, managed to squeeze past the despairing dive of the visiting keeper.
3-2 Blesso! Final whistle! Great Win!
For all those lucky enough to have witnessed another great performance and even better win by this superb group of young players, it was clear (despite earlier concerns) that the business of being green is actually turning out to be, something very special. Very special indeed!
Blessington 3 – 2 Greenhills Boys (HT:1-1)
McManus 15, Hardy 27, Power 40
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