Blarney Utd 2 v Wilton 1

A great strike from Ray O’Leary in the first half and a header from Anthony Crowley was enough to gain 3 valuable points against a well organised Wilton side in a game that Blarney had the better chance throughout… Kevin, Martin O’Sullivan and Derek Healy had fine games and Greg Constant was satisfied with the 3 points but knows there is room for improvement.

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 United U13’s playing for Cork U13’s

A big congratulations to Gavin O’Sullivan, Cameron Lynch, Cathal McCarthy and Ben Maher who all played a significant role in Cork School Boys defeating South Tipperary 3-1 and Waterford 2-1 yesterday in the WIT Arena.  Next weekend Cork will play their two final group games against WWEC and West Cork. The group winners will go into the Munster Final. best of luck boys

Churchvilla v Blarney United U14A’s

Churchvilla 1-2 Blarney United A

Conditions on Saturday were poor, with high winds and long grass.
Blarney start well  playing good soccer and controlling the ball.
Towards the end of the first half, the ball was delivered to  Issac Herlihy from the right wing and he managed to push the ball into the net, 0-1 Blarney led at half time
In the second half Blarney played into the wind and  Churchvilla were level after 5 minutes.
Blarney  reacted excellently and with 10 minutes left the ball fell to Michael Carey who shot in a lovely ball into the net. 
Blarney held on to win 2-1
The Team decided the man of the match was Michael Carey

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.