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Carrigaline 0 Blarney Utd 1 U/17 League

First half was largely uneventful. Blarney to their credit pushed hard for the opener and nearly got it after 20 minutes when Stephen Looney hit the crossbar with a powerful header.  Stephen Looney had the Carrigaline team in all sorts of trouble with his pin point corners and free kicks but Blarney failed to capitalize on these in the first half. The second half started brighter with Carrigaline pushing on a bit making the game a bit more exciting. Blarney introduced all 5 subs from the bench and with 20 minutes to go decided to go for all 3 points now playing a formation of 2-3-5. The team duly responded and attacked from every angle. Rob O Riordan had a bullet header cleared off the line and Peter Harte was unlucky when his volley rattled the crossbar. Blarney got their deserved winner when Ronan Buttimer got on the end of an Oliver Keane lob making no mistake from 10 yards out. Thanks for all the support!

Blarney v Douglas Hall

Blarney 1-2 Douglas Hall A.E.T ..the lads bowed out of the munster senior cup after a hard fought game against Douglas all at the weekend going down to a late goal in extra time in a game they will feel they should of won after missing some great chances over the 90 mins ..Blarney went 1 up after a fine strike from alan stewart and were hit with a sucker punch in injury time in the 1st half when douglas drew level after a lapse in concentration ..the second half was a hard fought contest but its douglas who prevail after extra time and we wish them the best of luck as blarney bow out of a cup they got beaten by cork city in the semi final of last season …Ballincollig away on sat at 2pm in the league is next up for the lads

Blarney Utd U15A v Watergrasshill

Blarney 15s climbed to first spot in Div 2 today with a well-deserved 4-1 win over Watergrasshill in what were difficult conditions in O’Shea Park.

Blarney deserved their 3-1 lead at the break and had the majority of the possession in the first half with a dominant team performance, John Lehane was a constant treat through the middle and was using his pace and strength to penetrate the Watergrasshill defence, On the right-side Steven Riordan was weaving his way down the right flank with some great runs and crosses into the opposition box. The breakthrough came in the 15th minute when Lehane made a surging run past the Hill defence and he made no mistake when drove his shot low pass the hill keeper for a deserved 1-0 lead. Blarney confidence was high and they continued to keep the opposition inside their own half and deserved their second in the 20th minute when Lehane barged his way through three hill defenders and held his composure to slot the ball low to the right hand corner to make it 2-0. The third goal came in the 30th minute when constant Blarney pressure produced a corner which was taken by Niall Cremin and his inswinging ball flew in at the near post to make it a deserved 3-0 lead . Blarney did not keep their concentration following their third goal and the Hill took advantage within a minute of the re-start when they got inside the impressive Blarney defence and slotted low across the keeper to make it 3-1 at the break.

The second half produced a better performance from the Hill and they created the better chances which were defended well by a well organised Blarney rear-guard with Marcus Heinen giving a man of the match performance at left back making several vital interceptions and tackles to stem the Hill attack. The Blarney defence were under a lot of pressure but stood strong with Issac Butler showing good hands in goal. The Hill nearly made it 3-2 in the 40 the minute with a powerful shot outside the box that came off the upright and spun across the goal line only to go over the end line to the relief of the Blarney supporters Blarney did create some more chances in the half with Riordan coming one to one with the keeper in the 50th minute and his shot was blocked brilliantly by the outstretched hand of the Hill keeper to prevent a fourth for Blarney. Riordan made amends in the 60th minute when he made a clever diagonal run into the 18yrd box to receive a midfield threaded pass and he finished brilliantly across the Hill keeper to put the game beyond reach and it finished a deserved 4-1 victory for the home side.

MOM. Marcus Heinen

Blarney U14’s Bow Out of Local Cup after 4 -4 match thriller.

Blarney 2003’s were very unlucky not to progress away to Douglas Hall in the local cup, The wind swept conditions at Moneygourney made it difficult for both teams to play football. BUFC played against the wind in the first half and after a tentative start it was plain to see that it was going to be a difficult game for both sides. Blarneys midfield pairing of Shane O Shea and Sean Mc Carthy did very well to take control of the ball and after a through ball by Sean Mac, Conor O Riordan slotted his first of three for the day. Douglas Hall equalised with a speculative shot that found its way into  the back of the net, but from the start with good work from Eoghan Maloney and Ben Hutchinson the ball broke to Conor O Riordan and he lobbed the defence and keeper to put Blarney back in the lead, Sean Mac slotted a through ball to Luke Keogh who finished with deadly accuracy to give Blarney a 2 goal cushion. The Blarney defense were holding firm and Jack Homan and Eoin Kirby on top. The Douglas second came as Blarney struggled to get the ball down the pitch with the gale force wind in their faces and as the ball came to the Douglas hall striker his shot took a massive deflection leaving Ben Maher the goalkeeper helpless . Blarney had the lead of 3 to 2 at Half Time.

With an injury to Jack Homan Blarney had to reshuffle the back 4, Scott Mc Elroy came on for Jack Homan and Denis Mc Sweeney slotted in as part of the Centre back pairing with the excellent Eoin Kirby, Adam Higgins playing right back was marking Douglas’s tricky winger who was a major threat all game.  The wind pick up more in the second half and Blarney got a forth when Ben Hutchinson had a shot that the keeper spilled and Conor slotted home to his credit. Dean O Shea just back from injury came on and was very unlucky not to capitalise on good attacking football from Blarney. As luck would have it the wind died down for Douglas and to their credit they never gave up and with got a third goal with a mix up in the box after attacking down the right wing. Their forth came from a shot which was destined for the Top corner but the Brave Maher saved but was unable to get their for the follow up which made it 4 a piece.

Extra time was a good battle with d both teams cancelling each other out where chances were limited apart from a few efforts from long distance,  The clock ran down and it was time for the lottery of the penalty shootout where Blarney’s keeper Maher saved twice  The score was 3 to 2 on penalties and the pressure was on Luke Keogh to keep Blarney in the tie and he made no mistake in slotting the ball to his left putting the keeper the wrong way.  With Sudden Death to come and Douglas who had the rub of the green all day won when Blarney’s penalty we over the bar,  It was a great effort from the the lads and while all players played well, special mention should go to Conor O Riordan who scored a hat trick, Shane O Shea and Sean Mc Carthy for a top performance and Ben Maher who was heroic between the sticks.

BUFC U15 v Ringmahon Rangers National Cup last 32

Blarney 3 – 1 Ringmahon. Hard fought, but well deserved win for Blarney in the last 32 of the U15 national cup at O’Shea park. Blarney went 1 up after 10 mins through Zak McCarthy after a superb through ball by Jack O’Keeffe. Ringmahon equalised 10 mins later and it remained 1-1 till half time. Second half had both teams working tirelessly with Blarney creating the best chances. Eventually with 5 mins remaining Michael O Mahony scored with a header from a Ronan O’Brien corner and Blarney wrapped up this tie in the final minute through Ronan O’Brien from a Liam O’Connor cross. Blarney will now play at home v Douglas Hall in the last 16.

BUFC 12A’s v Mallow United B

Blarney United U12A won their 3rd match in a row to beat top of the table Mallow United. This win brought Blarney to 1 point of the top of the table. Peter Wills scored in the first half and John Joe O’Connor scored a second half penalty to secure a 2:0 victory. All players were outstanding and showed great passing ability and strong defence to keep a third clean sheet in a row.