Blarney 2 – Corinthians 1
There was only one place to be this Wednesday evening and that was in O Shea Park to see Blarney take on the Douglas outfit. It was a perfect evening for a game of ball and both teams rose to the occasion. The game started off at a hectic pace and Blarney took the game to the opposition and bossed the early exchanges. The College boys started to get a foothold in the game and kept the Blarney full backs busy with their tricky wingers, Adam Higgins on the right and Luke Keogh on the left were impressive against the wingers and supported by Jack Homan and Gavin O Sullivan in the centre back positions. The College Corinthians goal came from a deflected Blarney clearance and there was a through ball that the Corinthians centre forward stuck to his credit.
While Blarney did not panic and the Blarney attackers Shane O Shea and Cameron Lynch were testing the Corinthian’s defence and were unlucky not to put Conor O Riordan in on more then one occasion. Blarney eventually got their reward for their good pressure, the Corinthian centre back fouled Dean O Shea which resulted in a free kick about 25 yards from goal. Conor O Riordan dipped the ball over the wall but the shot was too hot to handle and Blarney were deservedly level. Blarney had the momentum and determination to step up a gear. Scott McElroy showed great initiative and came back into midfield to help the ever honest Sean McCarthy and Shane O Shea which resulted in a number of corners for Blarney and Corinthians were living on the edge.
The Second half started well for the home team and Blarney brought on Jack O Keefe and he showed his experience in midfield. Jack Dennehy came on for Luke Keogh who got a knock early in the second half. This was a tie that was end to end and both sides created chances. Ben Maher in the Blarney goal put in a great shift between the sticks with 3 excellent saves and Jack & Gavin were kept busy by the opposing strikers. While both teams were honest in their efforts this tie was on a knife edge, The Blarney management team put James McCarthy on with about 20 mins to go and the physical imposing centre forward caused the Corinthians defence all sorts of problems. Dylan Constant came on up front to add a bit of pace to the attack. With about 3 minutes to go Blarney got a free which Jack Homan floated in and when the keeper spilled the ball, James McCarthy showed great strength to bundle the ball over the line. Cameron Lynch was unlucky not to make it three when the keeper made an excellent save. Blarney showed resolve and won the game. It was a great team effort by all and the whole squad were brilliant and showed true Blarney Spirit. Well done lads and the jerseys are in the wash for the return leg on Saturday morning.
Eoin, Henry and Myles