U/16’s premier game
The score line did not reflect a great performance from Blarney Utd on a frosty Sunday morning in Riverview.
Springfield pressed from the start but Blarney led by Captain Darragh Holland along with the excellent Shane Aherne stood strong against a very strong Springfield outfit. Blarney keeper Jake O Leary kept Springfield at bay with two excellent saves but could do nothing about Springfield’s opener when a Blarney Utd player headed into his own net. Blarney showed great fighting spirit and won a free kick five minutes before half time . From the free kick Ronan O Brien blasted the ball home with a ferocious strike from 20 yards. Ronan almost made it 2-1 a few minutes later when an audacious lob cannoned off the crossbar, the ball rebounded to Blarney centre forward Andrew Mc Carthy but he was denied by the Springfield keeper.
Half Time 1-1
McCarthy continued to be a thorn in the Springfield defence and supported by midfielders Michael O Mahoney, Isaac Cronin, Oliver Keane and Mikey Murphy Blarney pushed on in the second half. A great one two between Michael Murray and Anthony Butler created a chance for Blarney midfielder Isaac Cronin but the Springfield keeper saved spectacularly. Springfield against the run of play went 2-1 up when they capitalised on a rare Blarney U
td error. Keeper Jake O Leary made another marvellous save from point blank range but unfortunately Springfield made it 3-1 from the resultant corner. Controversy was to follow, Ronan O Brien shot straight from the tip off and from 50 yards out the ball beat the goalkeeper and into the net, the Springfield keeper (ala Roy Carroll) scrambled the ball out from behind the goal line and unbelievably the ref deemed the ball had not crossed the line. (to be fair to the ref it was a long way out!)
Blarney continued to attack but went 4-1 down with a few minutes to play from a Springfield counter attack.
A spirited team effort with good performances from full backs Liam O Connor and Cian Connolly. Thanks to all the parents for the support on Sunday morning.