Friday, October 13, 2017
The Blues were denied a perfect finish to the season thanks to a very obviously motivated Cobh side, for whom this was a big result. To the Blues, it mattered little.
Cobh gave their visitors a line of of honour as they took to the field...... expected but a decent gesture nonetheless. For Hendo this might have been hard to do but it certainly did not show. With far fewer resources at his disposal he gave a very good account of himself all season.
Before a small crowd, there was little atmosphere around St. Coleman's Park. Maybe 350 there including about 150 Blue supporters. Sad to report once again, some serious misbehaviour by a small number within the Blue contingent, whose conduct on the day drew the Gardai into action. All in all more very bad publicity for the club and more damage to its reputation because of the actions of a small minority.
The Blues did not have a shot on target during the first half....it really was hard to watch.
The first goal came after half an hour; a beautiful volley that left Ian McLoughlin motionless. The second came as a result of a break by Cobh with 15 minutes left on the clock. After that it was all one way as the Blues laid siege to the home goal. They pulled a goal back when Dean Walsh headed home from close in but could not force an equaliser, which they would not have really deserved.
Rennie made a number of changes for the game, lining out without six regulars and three more changes during the second half saw the Blues finish with an unrecognisable line up. Under 17 hot shot Colm Whelan came on late to make his debut.
The end of along hard season has arrived and a chance for all to look forward and plan for life in the Premier Division. What lies ahead?
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Ian McLoughlin, Anthony McAlavey, Conor Whittle, Sean Heaney, Jack Lynch, Garry Comerford, Paul Keegan (Daryl Walsh 77'), Aaron Drinan, Sander Puri (Tunmise Sobowale 62'), Dean O'Halloran (Colm Whelan 75'), Dean Walsh. Unused subs: Matt Connor, Kenny Browne, Paddy Barrett, Mark O'Sullivan.
Late in the game against Cobh the Blues pressed forward in pursuit of a result, throwing everything at the Cobh defence. They pulled one goal back as they launched attack after attack on the home goal but they could not find an equaliser.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Despite conceding a goal after only eleven seconds and again early in the second half for Sligo to draw level, the result was never in doubt as the young Blues ran out comfortable winners by a two goal margin last Saturday week at the RSC.
Three of the goals scored on the day came from magnificent runs from deep....best of these was the Sligo opener.
Captain Jack Larkin equalised for the Blues after 24 minutes when he swept the ball home from and Adam Conway pass. Colm Whelan gave the Blues the lead after 34 minutes - that's fifteen consecutive games in which he has scored. Substitute Regis Madika gave the Blues the lead when he converted from Ciaran Brennan's pass with quarter of an hour remaining and Mike Nzongong headed the last goal in the dying minutes from a right wing cross.
All in all a wonderfully entertaining game, won by the better team. About this there can be no doubt and hopefully Manager John Furlong's side can now go on to complete a double by winning the league. They will play Dundalk on 14th October at the RSC in the quarter final.
Well done guys....what a weekend that was for the Club.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Noel Heffernan, Kallum Broaders, Lee Costello, Adam Conway, Daryl Walsh, Dean Beresford, Darragh Power, Jack Larkin, Ciaran Brennan, Colm Whelan, Greg Waters. Subs: Torik Adegoke, Sean Tracey, Jack O'Donnell, Brendan Kirwan, Oisin Knox, Regis Madika, Mike Nzongong