Friendly Blarney U14’s 2 v Douglas Hall 1
Blarney 2003’s welcomed the south side out fit for a well contested friendly. This was a game that was played in good spirits. Blarney continued their good winning form. The windy conditions proved difficult for both sides. Blarney started the game well and were on top for the first period of the first half, with chances for Conor O Riordan and a disallowed screamer from Dean O Shea and it was only a matter of time before Blarney took the lead. Against the run of play with a speculative shot the Hall went 1 up to take the lead. The Blarney team to their credit didn’t panic and composed themselves. The Blarney equaliser came from a very effective piece of play. Ben Maher in goal found Dean O Shea in midfield (who controlled with great skill) he put Conor O Riordan in and the number 10 made no mistake with the finish. Blarney continued to control the affair until half time.
The second half Blarney played against the wind and the back four Homan, Kirby, Higgins and Mc Sweeney were not letting anything passed them. Blarney made wholesale changes to give the full squad a good run and the second half was a measured performance and Denis McSweeney found the net with what looked like a cross into the box for Blarney to take the lead for the first time. (Denis insists that this was a definite and well placed shot on goal) with Sean Barrett and Michael Carey playing well being supported but Ben Hutchinson and Luke Keogh on either wing. Carey was unlucky not to get a third for Blarney when he was ruled off side after being put through by Barrett.
Blarney stuck with the task and showed great maturity as a football team to see out the result and win the game 2 to 1. Overall a good football performance and every player played their part to see off a spirited Douglas Hall team. Let’s keep this going until the end of the season lads.
Eoin Henry and Myles.