Blarney 14’s V Macroom -Leonard Gould Cup Final

It was a night to remember for the under 14’s and in fact for Blarney Utd as a club. The Under 14’s captained by Sean MacCarthy defeated Macroom in a entertaining affair to lift the Leonard Gould Cup.  The significance is that this team won the same cup last year so were defending the trophy which is an incredible achievement. Blarney started off well with Conor O Riordan and James MacCarthy  leading by example and putting serious pressure on the Macroom defence by chasing everything down. Sean MacCarthy and Shane O Shea were bossing the midfield and Eoghan Maloney and Dean O Shea were really putting the pressure on the wings but it was to everybody’s surprise when Macroom went in front with a well taken goal from a speculative throw. But to their credit the under 14’s did not panic and the the back four of Adam Higgins, Denis Mac Sweeney, Jack Homan and Eoin Kirby were rock steady in defence and when Ben Hutchinson played a perfect ball through for Conor O Riordan to run on to the Striker showed great bravery to come on to the ball and finished well even though he was under extreme pressure.

The ever dependent Ben Maher made a great save from a long range free kick late on in the first half to keep the tie level at half time.

 

The teams came in at half time and when the second half start it was evident that the Blarney boys wanted it. It was all Blarney at this stage and Ben Hutchinson and Shane O Shea were doing well in the midfield by getting on top of their counterparts. Blarney’s second came when there was some good work on the left wing and when the ball found Dean O Shea he made no mistake by dispatching the ball with great accuracy. Blarney had the bit between their teeth and when there was some good work by the forwards to win the ball and when Dean O Shea took his shot from outside the box it found the net to give Blarney a cushion. Luke Keogh came on up to give Blarney an option up front and he worked hard not allowing Macroom time on the ball. The forth goal was a great piece of skill by Dean O Shea when he got the ball on the half way line and went straight for goal, after skipping by a few challenge the man of the match scored his hat trick to put the tie beyond Macroom. Dylan Constant, Luke Keogh and Conor O Riordan were unlucky and on another day their chances might have gone in. Dylan Constant used his experience at the later stages to hold up the ball and see the game out. Macroom scored a consultation goal late on in the second have but it was too late to matter. The management team are very proud of the whole squad and would like to thank the parents and the players for all the help and support throughout the year and it is just rewards for all the hard work that was put in this season.

Blarney U14’s v Buttevant Cup

Blarney U14 2 – 1 Buttevant

Blarney under 14’s showed themselves to be a team that has really matured this season. They played a very good Buttevant side that are flying high in their division. Blarney’s opener came from a perfectly floated free kick from Jack Homan was met by Shane O Shea’s head to give the Blarney boys  a well deserved lead at  the stroke of half time. Blarney were always in control of the tie and when Ben Hutchinson came on in the second half and took a shot which found the net it was the cushion that Blarney needed. Buttevant got a free kick with 10 minutes to go and found the net with a brave header. Blarney showed their experience and maturity to see out the game and booked their place in The Leonard Gould Final. The whole squad were excellent but the Back four of Higgins, Homan, Kirby and Mac Sweeney were the coaches men of the match. As coaches it is great to see the Under 14’s reach a final this year as well a being promoted. As coaches we are proud of their achievements this season.  Support welcome for the final.

Blarney U14 v Carrigaline Hibs

Blarney under 14’s played host to Carrigaline Hibs on Friday evening for and eagerly awaited  cup tie. Blarney continued their winning form a and deserved the victory over a very tough and resilient Carrigaline team. Blarney had some early chances and would have taken an lead only for some fine saves by the Hibs keeper, the breakthrough did come however after 20 minutes when Dylan Constant got his chance and with some neat footwork he slotted it home with aplomb.

Carrigaline to their credit created chances at the start of the second half but the Blarney defence held strong. The tie was put to bed in the second half when a good through ball found Conor O Riordan and he finished well. The result means Blarney progress to the next round away to St Mary’s Tuesday night.

It was a good performance by the team and we will give man of the match to both Adam Higgins and Luke Keogh.