It was a night to remember for the under 14’s and in fact for Blarney Utd as a club. The Under 14’s captained by Sean MacCarthy defeated Macroom in a entertaining affair to lift the Leonard Gould Cup. The significance is that this team won the same cup last year so were defending the trophy which is an incredible achievement. Blarney started off well with Conor O Riordan and James MacCarthy leading by example and putting serious pressure on the Macroom defence by chasing everything down. Sean MacCarthy and Shane O Shea were bossing the midfield and Eoghan Maloney and Dean O Shea were really putting the pressure on the wings but it was to everybody’s surprise when Macroom went in front with a well taken goal from a speculative throw. But to their credit the under 14’s did not panic and the the back four of Adam Higgins, Denis Mac Sweeney, Jack Homan and Eoin Kirby were rock steady in defence and when Ben Hutchinson played a perfect ball through for Conor O Riordan to run on to the Striker showed great bravery to come on to the ball and finished well even though he was under extreme pressure.
The ever dependent Ben Maher made a great save from a long range free kick late on in the first half to keep the tie level at half time.
The teams came in at half time and when the second half start it was evident that the Blarney boys wanted it. It was all Blarney at this stage and Ben Hutchinson and Shane O Shea were doing well in the midfield by getting on top of their counterparts. Blarney’s second came when there was some good work on the left wing and when the ball found Dean O Shea he made no mistake by dispatching the ball with great accuracy. Blarney had the bit between their teeth and when there was some good work by the forwards to win the ball and when Dean O Shea took his shot from outside the box it found the net to give Blarney a cushion. Luke Keogh came on up to give Blarney an option up front and he worked hard not allowing Macroom time on the ball. The forth goal was a great piece of skill by Dean O Shea when he got the ball on the half way line and went straight for goal, after skipping by a few challenge the man of the match scored his hat trick to put the tie beyond Macroom. Dylan Constant, Luke Keogh and Conor O Riordan were unlucky and on another day their chances might have gone in. Dylan Constant used his experience at the later stages to hold up the ball and see the game out. Macroom scored a consultation goal late on in the second have but it was too late to matter. The management team are very proud of the whole squad and would like to thank the parents and the players for all the help and support throughout the year and it is just rewards for all the hard work that was put in this season.