Author: David Maher

Blarney through to the U15 Local Cup Final

Blarney 2 – 1 St Marys
This was a terrific and deserved win away to St Marys in the local cup semi final.
St Marys took the lead after 15 mins from a long range free kick that somehow went all the way into the net. Blarney equalized after 30 mins, again from a long range free kick that was dropped by there goalkeeper and knocked in from close range by Cian Connolly. From the start of the 2nd half Blarney took  control all over the park. 15 minutes into the half Blarney took a deserved lead. After a quick break from defence the ball was  crossed from the left which broke to the edge of there box to the on coming Michael O Mahony. He struck a superb goal which gave there keeper no chance. This was a goal that deserved to be a match winner, which proved to be the case. They now can look forward to defending the trophy they won last season, and if they perform anywhere near like the semi final, then there in with a great chance.

BUFC U14’s v Fermoy

Fermoy 1 – BUFC 2

 

Blarney under 14’s travelled to Fermoy for a Friday evening kick off, Blarney started well and really put it up to a physical Fermoy side, this was a great game for the neutral and had it all.  Blarney were on the attack from the start and Dean O’Shea was unlucky not to convert with three great saves from the Fermoy Keeper but the break through came when Luke Keogh won the ball in mid field and found Dean O Shea with who headed down the wing where he crossed to Conor O Riordan and Conor found the net to put Blarney ahead and this settled Blarney down and the midfield pair of Sean Mc Carthy and Shane O Shea we winning the battles in midfield. Ben Hutchinson and Adam Higgins were keeping the tricky Fermoy wingers at bay. The first half ended with Blarney up by a single goal.

 

To Fermoy’s credit they came out with real intent in the second half and had some good chances but Ben Maher was excellent in the Blarney goal and made some top class saves. Blarney were playing a brilliant counter attacking football and were hitting Fermoy on the break but the Fermoy keeper was in top form pulled off some great saves. The Fermoy goal came from some good play by the powerful Fermoy winger who powered through and had a bit of luck on the way and toe poked the equaliser.  Blarney did not panic and the counter attacking football paid off when Conor O Riordan was put through and the teams top goal scorer finished like all good strikers. Blarney put more pressure on and were awarded a penalty but the Fermoy keeper pulled off a world class save to keep Fermoy in the game. Blarney saw out the game and got a brilliant away win. Managers man of the match was Conor O Riordan but it could have gone to any number of players. Management team have to commend the players attitude and commitment throughout the last week. 3 games in 6 days is a tough ask for any squad and to have picked up 7 points goes to show the full squads team spirit.  Special thanks to Billy, Ben, Jack and Gavin under 13’s that helped us out also. Roll on the next game.

BUFC U14’s v Ringmahon

BUFC U14’s 1 – 1 Ringmahon

 

Blarney Utd under 14s welcomed Ringmahon Rangers to O’Shea park on a freezing miserable evening that you might expect to get in November and not in late April. In cold and wet conditions Blarney took the game to Ringmahon and it was all one way traffic for the first half with the Blarney midfield of Shane O Shea and Sean Mac Carthy taking control of things in the middle of the park, There was sustained pressure from the Blarney wing men of Ben Hutchinson and Dean O’Shea who were feeding the two from men of Conor O’Riordan and Dylan Constant and they in turn were keeping the Ringmahon defense busy, The Ringmahon keeper was the busiest man on the pitch. The breakthrough came when Conor O Riordan converted a poachers goal to put Blarney in front.

The second have was much the same with Blarney piling on the pressure but the Blarney could not get a second to put the tie to bed and the Rangers defence we riding their luck for the duration of the second half. Blarney were very impressive throughout but were caught by a long ball which Ringmahon converted to share the spoils, Managers Man of the match was Shane O’Shea who put in a great box to box performance. Managers are very proud of the whole team to a man and particularly the attitude and their never say die attitude of the whole squad.

U14 Blarney Utd A v Carrigaline A

BUFC 14A played against Carrigaline A

The first half was a scrappy affair with most of the play in the middle third as both teams tried to get a foothold in the game.

Blarney did take the lead prior to half time with a long ball drive from Michael Carey

Blarney made a few subs in the second half and this appeared to give the team more stability and Blarney started to dominate, their effort was rewarded with 2 goals in the second half one from Isaac Herlihy and once from Colm Heelan.

Final result 3-0