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The development squad recorded a 10 – 2 victory away to Avondale United in the Munster Senior League Junior Division 2 on Sunday 11 Oct 2015
Wayne Long opened the scoring for Blarney with Alan Stewart and Kevin O’Leary adding penalties before Scott Shine’s fine strike and a well worked move finished by captain Kieran Murray, had Blarney going in at the break 5-0 up.
A poor second half performance from Blarney saw the home side get two quick goals. However, Blarney were never in danger with Scott Shine adding a further 3 in the second 45. Jordan O’Connor and Sean Lynch also got on the score sheet which saw the development squad finish the game in double figures.
Next up for Blarney is a tough home fixture against Rockmount on Friday 16 Oct (KO: 7:45pm) O’Shea Park
A determined performance from the BUFC development squad, led by Sean Lynch and Wayne Long saw them pick up a valuable 3 points in tough conditions at Camden on Sat 7th Nov
Pat Doyle returning for his second spell with the Club popped up with a towering header 10 minutes in to put the away side in front in what was a tough fixture.
A strong wind and a very soft pitch made it difficult for both sides to play football but Blarney looked relatively comfortable throughout the 90 minutes. Blarney had a host of chances to close out the game in the second half but failed to add to the score line in the second half which inevitably lead to a tense final 10 minutes. Andy O’Donoghue had a relatively quiet afternoon but was in top form when called upon.
Blarneys slow start put them 1 down inside the first min at Churchvilla scored almost straight from the kick off and it was nearly ten minutes before Blarney settled . It was after 15 mins Blarney equalise when Alan Shine put away a Cian Dunlea corner and Cian made it 2 – 1 before half time with a great finish to a good Blarney move. Blarney started 2nd half more solid but an own goal from a Churchvilla corner levelled the game early in the second half. Blarney pushed for a winner but a draw was probably the fair result.
Blarney Utd came into this game on the back of an three match unbeaten run and where looking forward to the challenge that Corinthian Boys would present them. With only a point between the two side, Blarney sitting in third and Corinthians sitting in forth it was always going to be a tough match.
The match kicked of with Blarney on the front foot form the start and were well on top for the first five minutes having plenty of possession. But so how Corinthian Boys took the lead on in the 5th minute totally against the run of play. A free needlessly given away allowed Corinthians a free shot at goal. Peter Klys in his first competitive start for the team made a wonderful save getting down to his right but some ball watching allowed the Corinthians number 10 to run on to the ball unchallenged and he slotted the ball in from 2 yards to give them the lead.
Blarney responded really well and tested the keeper again after 7 minuted after some lovely one touch football. Blarney were level on 11 minutes with some great play down the right side. A wonderful ball down the right touchline from Eddie Murphy to the on rushing Isaac Cronin who drove into the 18 yard box and put a lovely ball right across the box for the in rushing Diarmuid MacDonagh to slot the ball home for a well deserved equaliser. Blarney continued to push forward with great play in the centre of midfield from Sam Bruchet, Patrick O’Sullivan and Isaac Cronin in the holding role. That onward pressure paid dividend ends on 30 minutes when Adam O’Donoughe took a beautiful free kick that ended up in the top corner of the net to make it 2.1 and it remained that way until the half time whistle.
The second half started in much the same way as the first half went. Although Blarney got away with some slack defending Corinthians had a great chance to level but again Peter Klys was excellent in goal and made a great save and held onto the ball. A quick kick out from the keeper let Dairmuid MacDonagh away on the left and with his cross blocked the ball went out for Blarney’s first corner of the second half. Adam O’Donoghue took the resulting corner to the near post which caught the keeper by surprise some how the keeper could not make the post and the ball crept in and it was 3.1 to Blarney and no more than there play deserved.
With changes being made on both sides the game opened up. Joey Forrest and Fionn Collins came into the game and both made great contributions. Forrest unlucky not to score with 10 minutes to go with the ball just being pinched of his foot as he was ready to shoot. 2 minutes later Blarney were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box. Adam O’Donoghue stepped up and cracked a wonderful effort the keeper made a great save tipping the ball onto the crossbar, Eddie Murphy on the far post chipped the ball back in and the keeper came and punched away the ball and Corinthian Boys managed to clear.
To their credit Blarney Utd never the let the tempo of the game drop and with a solid back four of Cian Mackin, Adam O’Donoughe, Brian Dinan and Josy Lyne in the first half and with Charlie Coulter joining the back four to bolster the defence and Adam O’Donoughe pushing into the mid-field Blarney seen out the game comfortably. All in all it was a great performance all round. Blarney now take their unbeaten run to four and looking forward to their next match away to Ballinhassig on the 5th of December.
Douglas Hall V Blarney Utd 22-Nov-15
Blarney had the rub of the green in this game after sustained pressure from Douglas early in the game and the last 15 minutes of the game Blarney managed to pinch all three points. Defensively Blarney were very strong at the back throughout and the Hall could not break them down with Ben Maher as sound as ever between the posts and the pairing of Cathal McCarthy and Gavin O’Sullivan resolute as ever at center back and also Dave &Johnathan Keane protecting the flanks superbly.
Douglas had the most possession in the first 20 minutes of this game but created little chances in this time with Blarney defending brilliantly. Blarney came into the game in the remaining 10 minutes of the half and had some good possession and when Cameron Lynch was put through on the 23min his shot went just wide to the relief of the Douglas players and it was 0-0 at HT. Both teams had equal possession in the first 15 minutes of the second half with little chances from both sides. The breakthrough came on 53minutes when the ever threatening Lynch got inside the Douglas defence and he finished from 15 yrds with the Hall keeper getting his finger tips to it but it was not enough , 1-0 to Blarney. The Hall pressed for the remainder of the game and had one great shot from 20yrds which the superb Blarney keeper Ben Maher tipping it over the bar. 1-0 Blarney and 3pts. MOM was Cathal McCarthy.
Blarney United Development Squad. The Blarney United Development Squad (DS) is the clubs 2nd adult team which plays in the MSL Junior section Division 2. The DS is in its first year of existence with the main difference from previous years being that the emphasis is on young players and their development. The goal is to develop these players and integrate them in to the clubs senior squad, who play in the MSL Senior Division 1. The DS is largely made up of young Blarney players who have come through the clubs under age setup over the years, with the average age of the squad in the early 20’s. A few club stallworths are also involved and add vital experience and character to the group. The DS train twice weekly. Monday nights in Fehilys F.1.T gym in Ballincollig where the squad are put through a grueling circuit program by the onsite personal trainers and on the Club’s all weather floodlit pitch in O’Shea Park on Wednesday nights. Home games are played on the clubs floodlit grass pitch Friday nights 7:30pm All support is greatly appreciated at both home and away games with upcoming fixtures available on the club’s facebook page or Munsterseniorleague.ie. The management team is made up of Seamus Ring, Paul Fitton, Tim O’Connor and Stephen Jennings.
Source: Muskerry News