Sunday, September 17, 2017
In an utterly meaningless end of season friendly in Bray, the Blues ran out comfortable winners after what must be described as a very poor showing by the home side. The game did serve some purpose for the Blues' gaffer - it was a useful run out ahead of the Wexford match in Ferrycarrig and it provided game time for some of the younger fringe players and Sander Puri who has returned to action from a long period of injury.
Numerous substitutions after the break reduced the game to nothing more than a training session but the records will show a win for the Blues, who have several times in recent years been humped by Bray at the Carlisle Ground in friendly games.
Reports of investigations into possible match fixing since the game have been greeted with little more than curiosity by Blues' fans. Nothing in Bray surprises these days!
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Ian McLoughlin (Paul Martin `70), Anthony McAlavey, Kenny Browne (Darryl Walsh `64), Paddy Barrett, Sean Heaney (John Martin `70), Paul Keegan (Owen Wall `64), Dean O’Halloran, Jack Lynch, Sander Puri (Conor Whittle `64), Dean Walsh, Aaron Drinan (David McDaid `64).
Both keepers used by the Blues, Ian McLoughlin who started and Paul Martin who replaced him for the last quarter, were at the top of their games and each made a number of very impressive saves including these ones. For young Paul Martin this was a particulary satisfying occasion as he made his senior debut, coming on at the same time as his brother John during the second period.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
|Picture Noel Browne|
|Picture Noel Browne|
Poor first half,....much improved second half.....two points dropped.....squeaky bum time! Three weeks ago the Blues were nine points ahead of the nearest challenger. Then it was seven. Now it is five.
This was another game that should have been won, thanks once again to a very strong second forty five. Why does the team so often wait until the second half to perform? Dean Delaney in the Shels' goal was not tested during the first half despite the fact that the Blues did work the ball into the visitors' box several times.
True they got out of the blocks well and should have taken the lead from the penalty spot after only a few minutes but again, Davie McDaid squandered the chance by blasting well over the bar. That's three missed from the spot this season by him.....definitely time for a change.
To make matters worse, Shels took the lead a couple of minutes later following a throw to the Blues near the opposition box when no fewer than three three different players in blue could have prevented the goal.
The Blues had a few chances before the break....half chances at most. It really was poor enough against one of the Blues' bogie teams.
The second half was a much different story and a number of excellent scoring opportunities were created before Aaron Drinan levelled from a corner on the left five minutes after the re-start. After the equaliser the Blues pressed forward and could have and should have won the game. Sander Puri, making his long awaited return to action went closest when his shot came back of the upright. His contribution was impressive and he surely will start the remaining games. He looks sharp and hungry to make up for time lost. Let him at it!
Three games left and if Cobh continue to grind out wins the Blues must do likewise. Surely they won't take maximum point from Cabinteely and UCD? If they do and if the Blues fail to do likewise then it will be down to a shoot out in Cobh or possibly worse.....not a pleasant prospect. Wexford away next Friday week is vital.....a real must win game.
The pitch was perfect. So too was the weather. The crowd was up a couple of hundred over the previous game. The match officials did well.
C'mon the Blues!