It was a good hard battle as third place Mallow took on a Blarney team who were on an
unfortunate run in the league since the beginning of the New Year. The pitch was soft in Mallow and it suited a strong physical Mallow side who were up for a game on the day. Blarney played with the pitch incline in the first half and against what was a stiff breeze. Gavin O Sullivan and Charlie Cummins controlled the game for Blarney in midfield and in the 12th minute Blarney were rewarded when Cummins played a great ball through the Mallow defence and even though the weight of the pass looked too much for Darragh Ahern who ran diagonally on to it, he calmly pushed it passed the Mallow keeper to the end line and with his left foot scored from an impossible angle to make it 1-0. Mallow pressed had from the re-start and Blarney were under siege time and time again from a brace of Mallow attacks and they made it 1-1 in the 15thminute when they latched onto a ball played out from the back and Mallows centre forward weaved his way into the box and his shot deflected off a Blarney defender to make it 1-1. In the 20th minute Sean Joyce came on for Blarney and he was on the scoresheet on the 25th minute when he received a great ball from Charlie Cummins and he pulled the ball with the outside of his left boot and struck with his right on the 18yrd line high into the top left corner to make it 2-1.Blarney finished the half with most of the possession and in the 30th minute a corner from Cameron Lynch was knocked in at the back post unfortunately by a Mallow defender to make it 3-1 at the break. The game was 50/50 in the second half but Mallow had the better of the chances but with Ben Maher in great form he kept a clean sheet in the second half with some fine saves. A good physical game and Blarney were glad to see the final whistle.
Ben Maher, Jack Dennehy, Cathal McCarthy, David Keane, Johnathan Keane, Gavin O’Sullivan, Charlie Cummins, Cian Curran, Cameron Lyncn, Darragh Ahern, Billy O’Sullivan, Sean Joyce, Deane Carey
MOM. Charlie Cummins
Blarney U13 coach Neil Twomey putting the lads through their paces prior to the Mallow game