Today the lads qualified for the last 32 of the CSL Local Cup with a comprehensive 0-7 win away against Kilinardish Coachford.
Blarney settled very quickly into the game and would have been ahead after a few minutes only to be denied by the good saves from the Kilinardish keeper.
Blarney took the lead after 15 minutes when Darragh Bowdren got on the end of a rebounded shot. He then added another two great finishes to give Blarney a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time.
Blarney made a number of changes at half time and picked up where they left off in the first half. They kept piling on the pressure and added another 4 goals to there tally in the second half from Darragh Mc Carthy, Aaron Healy, Daniel Murphy and a fourth for Darragh Bowdren.
It was an excellent all round team performance and credit to our Keeper, defenders and midfielders also who were determined to keep a clean sheet when we were put under a bit of pressure at various times in both half’s of the match.
Kilinardish Coachford 0 Blarney United 7
We are now at the business end of the season so any support you can give to our teams this weekend would be greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to Conor McCarthy who is presented with the FAI School’s International Player of the Year. Conor played all his underage football with Blarney United and is now with Cork City.
An amazing achievement.
Great Away Win for Blarney U12’s
U12 Div. 1
Mayfield Utd 1 Blarney United 6
Blarney United travelled to Mayfield today for a very important away match against Mayfield. The only loss so far this season in the League for Blarney was against Mayfield on the opening day of the season. The lads were well up for this match as they felt they had a point to prove to themselves as Mayfield have always come out on top in this fixture over the last 2 seasons.
Blarney started the better of the 2 teams and settled well playing some nice football. They took the lead in the 13th minute when Aaron Healy scored from close range after nice work from Oscar Aherne down the right wing. Five minutes later Charlie Cummins made it 2-0 with a fantastic shot from outside the box and with 25 minutes gone in the half Charlie got his second finishing accurately into corner of goal from 12 yards out.
The second half started much the same as first half with Blarney playing lovely football and stretching the Mayfield defence every time they were in possession. Charlie completed his hat trick within 7 minutes of the second half again a nice shot from the edge of the box giving there keeper no chance to save it. Mayfield then pulled a goal back and 2 minutes later a fine save was made from Blarney’s Keeper Michael Lehane after Mayfield won a free kick just outside the Blarney box. Blarney settled again and played some fantastic football for the rest of the match. Aaron Healy who was a constant threat for Blarney every time he was in possession finished the game off with 2 more fantastic goals to complete his hat trick and for Blarney to record a great win.
It was another fantastic team performance playing some very attractive football.
Well done lads on a very focused and committed effort today from the whole team!
Blarney Utd 2 V Carrigaline Utd 2
Both teams had no cup games this weekend and played a friendly in O’Shea park.
The game was played at a high pace by two good footballing sides.
Blarney took the lead in the 9th minute when Darragh Ahern chased down a back pass to the Carrig keeper and his determination payed off when he flicked the ball over the keeper and followed in to slot home from close range. Blarney got on top following the goal and applied good pressure for the remainder of the half and in the 25th minute they got their second from a corner when Cameron Lynch delivered a great cross into the six-yard box which was volleyed into the roof of the net by Evan Crean to make it 2-0 at half time.
The second half was also lively and both teams had many chances, Carrigaline’s first came in the 40th minute with a great shot from outside the box that was brilliantly pushed away by Ben Maher. Blarney had several chances that they did not take and Carrigline took advantage of this in the 45th minute when they worked their way into the Blarney box and when the Carrig striker shot from close range Maher produced two fine saves but Carrig found the net with the third. Carrigaline gained momentum following their goal and following several attacks scored with 5 minutes to go with a close range shot to level the game at full time.
Ben Maher, Jack Dennehy, David Keane, Johnathan Keane, Gavin O’Sullivan,Evan Crean, Cameron Lyncn, Darragh Ahern, Gerry Murphy, Billy O’Sullivan, Harry, Sean Joyce, Cian Curran
MOM David Keane
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.
A big thank you to Cormac Hayes, coaches and players who marched today in the Blarney St Patricks Day Parade. A few pictures below of some of the participants
Blarney Utd V Macroom
It was the last home game of the season for the U13’s and the conditions could not have be better.
Blarney had a tough game against Macroom away and they were lucky to come away with the points in the Town park.
In O’Shea Park Blarney took the lead in the ninth minute when Cameron Lynch put a great ball in the box from a corner and it was headed home by inform striker Darragh Ahern from close range. The game was close all through the first half and Blarney made it two in the 15th min following some good passing out from the Blarney defence through midfield and up to Sean Joyce who struck a great shot from outside the 18yrd box which the Macroom keeper made a great reaction save and it was Ahern who pounced on the rebound to make it 2-0. Macroom continued to attack and were rewarded in the 20th minute when they headed home from close range with a great header. The game was even for the remaining 10 and it remained 2-1 at HT. In the second half Blarney were more industrious and with some good runs down the left from Billy O’Sullivan Blarney looked like scoring again and in the 35thminute Lynch got into the Macroom box and he laid off a good pass to Joyce who switched the ball to Ahern and he tapped into the goal to make it 3-1. Blarney continued to dominate the remainder of the game and were awarded a penalty in the 45minute which was converted by Gavin O’Sullivan.
Joyce continued to torment the Macroom defence for the remainder of the game with some great runs into space and it was his flick on in the 50th minute through to Lynch and he outpaced the Macroom defence and slipped the ball under the Macroom keeper to make it 5-1 at FT.
Ben Maher, Jack Dennehy, David Keane, Johnathan Keane, Gavin O’Sullivan, Charlie Cummins, Cameron Lyncn, Darragh Ahern, Gerry Murphy, Billy O’Sullivan, Billy O’Sullivan, Sean Joyce, Deane Carey.
MOM Sean Joyce
Some pictures of our academy kids training last Saturday morning