U16A’s through to last 16 of the National Cup

On sat 27th jan the u16 A blarney Utd team travelled to Kildare to play Naas afc in the last 32 of National Cup.With supporters in tow we arrived up to Naas  in great form and that form carried on throughout the day.As we were the first Blarney second team to reach the last 32,we were quietly confident of getting a result and causing a massive upset.We started on the back foot as Naas controlled the game from the off with some neat interplay and had some great chances to open the scoring.They eventually got the break thru after 30 mins when a speculative shot found it’s way past Isaac Butler in goal and the home side celebrated the opener.What should have been the start of a mauling at the hands of our hosts was the wake up call Blarney needed and having weathered the storm,we started to get a foothold in the game.They say goals change games and that’s exactly what happened on the stroke of half time when a perfectly floated free kick found Scott Forest in the box and a terrific touch and finish set us on our way.Here we should have been 5 goals down we went in all square and it was Naas who were the more worried side as their dominance never registered on the scoresheet.The second half started as the first ended and within 10 mins a terrific break down the right saw the Naas left back in all sorts of bother and his pass back was intercepted by Forrest who was taken down in the box.Steven o Riordan stepped up to slot the penalty home and the celebrations began.Within 5 mins Blarney went 3-1 up when another counter attack saw James Noonan play a perfectly weighted pass on to O Riordan who took it on and smashed a brilliant shot into the net past the keeper.Wild scenes again as players and supporters celebrated the 3rd goal.However Naas weren’t ready to throw in the towel and when a Naas player got between our defence and keeper,he made no mistake and the nerves were well and truly shredded as the clock ticked on.We needn’t have worried as another break away goal was scored by James Noonan who capped off a fantastic display with an equally fantastic strike to put Blarney 4-2 up with minutes remaining.The scenes when Noonan scored will last long in the memory as both players and young fans mobbed the scorer.When we asked why we do the coaching and travelling and all that goes with it;it’s days like this.To a man all 16 players contributed to a brilliant day for themselves,their parents and their club.We go again next month back to Kildare to play Leixlip in the last 16..a phenomenal achievement by this team who keep giving their coaches 100% and are a pleasure to work with