Category: Blarney Academy News

Blarney Utd. U14’s v Park United

Blarney Utd 6 – 0 Park Utd.
Blarney Utd 2003’s had a great win against the Mitchelstown side to start climbing up the table. It was a blustery day in O Shea Park for both Teams but Blarney used their experience and kept the ball on the ground with a brilliant passing game. The Home team opened their account when Jack O Keefe (Man of the Match) won the ball from a well struck shot from outside the box to beat the keeper at the near post. Blarney were well on top against a difficult wind.
Moments later Park Utd were given a free kick in the Blarney half and from the resulting free kick the ball was hit long and the Blarney stand in keeper Luke Keogh did very well to save but could not hold on to the ball and the Park Utd Striker put the ball into the net to draw the sides level. Blarney Utd to their credit kept the pressure up and there was a break on the left side Shane O Shea took a fantastic shot that was destined for the top corner but the Park Defender handled the ball and the referee awarded a penalty to the home side that Sean Mc Carthy dispatched with confidence. James Mc Carthy and Conor O Riordan were a constant threat up front and O Riordan was unlucky not to make it three before half time, Dean O Shea had a couple of chances that might have gone in on another day.
Blarney were ahead at half time which was an achievement considering the weather.  Blarney started well and the defense were on top with Eoin Kirby and Jack Homan marshalling the Centre back area with huge confidence giving Luke Keogh in goal very little to do. As Blarney started to get to grips with the game their full backs Adam Higgins and Denis Mac Sweeney were allowed to push on giving  Evan and Sean from the 2004 squad the freedom to attack with confidence. It was only a matter of time before Blarney were to score a third and after a amazing run from Jack O Keefe the Cork player showed his class and  made no mistake in getting his brace for the day. Park were really up against it and could not live with the pace of the Blarney attack, Conor O Riordan scored the forth and fifth with his blistering pace he beat the Park defense and slotted easily. A good day at the office was put to bed when a hard working Shane O Shea got his just rewards by scoring the sixth. This result means Blarney 2003’s are climbing up the table and still have it all to play for the season. Good team performance special mention to Jack O Keefe, Conor O Riordan, Sean Mac Carthy, Luke Keogh and Jack Homan. Big thank you to Evan and Sean who came in from the 2004’s and did not look out of place considering they were playing a year ahead of themselves. Well done lads

Blarney United U12’s v St. Mary’s

Blarney United 4 St. Mary’s 0

Another vital win for the U12 Division 1 team in their push for league honors and promotion to the Premier League.

The Blarney lads started well but the blustery conditions were making it difficult for both teams’ to settle.

Blarney came close on a few occasions before they eventually broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute.

Charlie Cummins played a nice ball out to Aaron Healy on the left who then crossed it into Darragh Bowdren to shoot from close range which was saved well by the St. Mary’s keeper but it fell to Oscar Aherne who made up good ground on the right to blast the ball into the roof of the net.

In the second half Blarney stepped up there game and Jerry Murphy and Liam Leisk were excellent in the Blarney defence.

Blarney got there 2nd goal ten minutes into the second half when Darragh McCarthy held the ball up well in the opposition box and laid off a fine pass to Aaron Healy who then slotted the ball accurately into the net.

Five minutes later Blarney won a free kick just inside Mary’s half and quick thinking form Charlie Cummins who played a one two with Jerry Murphy and then unleashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to make it 3-0.

A fine individual effort for the 4th goal saw Aaron Healy pick the ball up on the left wing and beat his man and finish from close range giving the goalkeeper no chance to make a save.

It was another great team performance and the attitude & commitment from the lads was top class.

Blarney U13’s v Corinthians Friendly


It was a perfect morning for a game in Blarney. It was the third time both teams played each other this season and all three were great games. Both teams were up for the game and the football was played at a fast pace. Blarney took the lead in the 13 minute when a pass back to the Corinthians keeper was intercepted by Darragh Ahern and he skipped passed the Corinthians keeper and put the ball in the net with his left foot from close range to make it 1-0 to Blarney The game was end to end with some good possession from both sides. Corinthians levelled the game in the 18th minute when the ball bounced between two Blarney players outside the box and a Corinthians player got a foot to it and it deflected into the Blarney net to make it 1-1. In the 20th minute a long range shot from a Corinthians midfielder made it 2-1 . In the second third Blarney played the better football from the back with Ben Maher distributing great balls and Gavin O’Sullivan, Cathal McCarthy and Jack Dennehy were starting some great moves from the back with Charlie Cummins working hard in the middle to support these passes. Blarney should have taken the lead in the 30th minute when Cameron Lynch received a great pass from Jack Dennehy and he lobbed the ball over the oncoming Corinthians keeper only to see his effort go just wide of the post. In the final third Blarney had most of the play and with two consecitve corners were Sean Joyce hit the post and Darragh Ahern also bought the the best out of the Corinthians keeper when he made a fine save with his outstretched left leg from close range. Corinthins made some good attempts in the last five but with Maher in top form he denied any threats.



Ben Maher, Jack Dennehy, Cathal McCarthy, Gavin O’Sullivan, Charlie Cummins, Cameron Lyncn, Darragh Ahern, Billy O’Sullivan, Sean Joyce, Deane Carey, Aaran Healy,Jerry Murphy


MOM. Ben Maher

Mallow Utd 1-3 Blarney Utd U13’s


It was a good hard battle as third place Mallow took on a Blarney team who were on an
unfortunate run in the league since the beginning of the New Year. The pitch was soft in Mallow and it suited a strong physical Mallow side who were up for a game on the day. Blarney played with the pitch incline in the first half and against what was a stiff breeze. Gavin O Sullivan and Charlie Cummins controlled the game for Blarney in midfield and in the 12th minute Blarney were rewarded when Cummins played a great ball through the Mallow defence and even though the weight of the pass looked too much for Darragh Ahern who ran diagonally on to it, he calmly pushed it passed the Mallow keeper to the end line and with his left foot scored from an impossible angle to make it 1-0. Mallow pressed had from the re-start and Blarney were under siege time and time again from a brace of Mallow attacks and they made it 1-1 in the 15thminute when they latched onto a ball played out from the back and Mallows centre forward weaved his way into the box and his shot deflected off a Blarney defender to make it 1-1. In the 20th minute Sean Joyce came on for Blarney and he was on the scoresheet on the 25th minute when he received a great ball from Charlie Cummins and he pulled the ball with the outside of his left boot and struck with his right on the 18yrd line high into the top left corner to make it 2-1.Blarney finished the half with most of the possession and in the 30th minute a corner from Cameron Lynch was knocked in at the back post unfortunately by a Mallow defender to make it 3-1 at the break. The game was 50/50 in the second half but Mallow had the better of the chances but with Ben Maher in great form he kept a clean sheet in the second half with some fine saves. A good physical game and Blarney were glad to see the final whistle.


Ben Maher, Jack Dennehy, Cathal McCarthy, David Keane, Johnathan Keane, Gavin O’Sullivan, Charlie Cummins, Cian Curran, Cameron Lyncn, Darragh Ahern, Billy O’Sullivan, Sean Joyce, Deane Carey


MOM. Charlie Cummins

Blarney U13 coach Neil Twomey putting the lads through their paces prior to the Mallow game



U13 Blarney Utd V Watergrashill Utd Friendly

With the league game off V Douglas Hall, the U 13’s had a friendly in O’Shea Park.

With conditions, perfect for football there was some great football played by both sides

but Blarney came out the stronger in the end

The game was level up to the tenth minute until centre forward Sean Joyce ran onto a great through ball by Gavin O’Sullivan from midfield and when Joyce crossed the path of the chasing centre back he struck the ball low to the left of the Hill keeper to make it 1-0. Joyce made it 2-0 with an identical goal 3 minutes later. Watergrasshill defended for the remainder of the half but were unable to prevent Blarney striking again with goals from Billy O’Sullivan who scored from a Corner with a great header and Joyce added his third from close range.

The second half had some great football by both sides and Blarney added goals with Aran Healy, Gavin O’Sullivan, Sean Joyce and David Keane also scoring.



Ben Maher, Jack Dennehy, Brian Lowney, David Keane, Johnathan Keane, Gavin O’Sullivan, Cian Curran, Cameron Lyncn, Darragh Ahern, Aaran Healy, Cillian Ryan , Billy O’Sullivan, Sean Joyce