Author: David Maher

Blarney U14 v Carrigaline Hibs

Blarney under 14’s played host to Carrigaline Hibs on Friday evening for and eagerly awaited  cup tie. Blarney continued their winning form a and deserved the victory over a very tough and resilient Carrigaline team. Blarney had some early chances and would have taken an lead only for some fine saves by the Hibs keeper, the breakthrough did come however after 20 minutes when Dylan Constant got his chance and with some neat footwork he slotted it home with aplomb.

Carrigaline to their credit created chances at the start of the second half but the Blarney defence held strong. The tie was put to bed in the second half when a good through ball found Conor O Riordan and he finished well. The result means Blarney progress to the next round away to St Mary’s Tuesday night.

It was a good performance by the team and we will give man of the match to both Adam Higgins and Luke Keogh.

Blarney U14’s secure promotion

Ringmahon Rangers 1 – 2 Blarney United

Blarney under 14’s had a tough away game against Ringmahon Rangers. The conditions proved very difficult and Blarney elected to play with the wind. Blarney had the best of the first half and were unlucky not to take the lead when the  ball came off the post on a couple of occasions. It was only a matter of time before Ben Hutchinson found the net with the opener that put the away side in control for the rest of the half. Blarney were up against it in the second half and the south siders were using the windy conditions in their favour. The Blarney team to a man were sticking to the task at hand and were trying to catch Ringmahon on the counter but were unlucky not to capitalise. Ringmahon were fortunate to be awarded a corner and from the resulting corner the ball found the net to bring the home side level. Blarney realised they were in a  dog fight and their season would be defined by the last 10 minutes of this football ball game but the Blarney boys rose to the occasion and when Shane O Shea showed some great bravery to finish and secure promotion and guarantee runners up spot. We will give man of the match award to the whole team as it would be unfair to single out any one player, The Blarney management team are very proud of the whole squad and the support and commitment of the players and their parents for the season. Promotion is just rewards for the teams hard work this season.

Blarney United A v Avondale United B

After the defeat to St Mary´s, the team had extra motivation and playing on the grass in O’Shea´s park for the first time only added to their determination to do well.
We played our best soccer this year against Avondale , passing the ball like Barcelona, two goals to Michael Carey, one for Sean another two Isaac and a final goal to Jacob resulted in a 5-2 win.