Blarney United FC look back with pride on another successful year

BU FC can look back on 2014 with great pride especially in the Schoolboys, Youths and underage development. All of these areas of the club performed with outstanding results and are the backbone of the Club and the key to Future success at Senior and Junior Level. BU FC would like to thank all the Managers, Coaches, Helpers, Volunteers, Parents, Players, Committee Members and our Sponsors for the hard work and support throughout 2014. BU FC was awarded the Cork City and County Sports award for the Month of May 2014 and this was in recognition of the league wins for 2014 Under 12 Division 1, Under 12 Division 5, Under 17 Division 1, Under 18 Division 1. The award was presented to the club at a luncheon in the Meteropole Hotel by Lord Mayor Mary Shields, Sponsor of the award John Buckley Sports, Chairman of BU FC Brian Murray, Schoolboy Chairman Finbarr Hogan and the Managers and Captains of the winning teams. Prosperous is certainly a word that can be used to describe the current on field achievements of our Senior team at the moment. Chairman Brain Murray appointed former Cork City player Danny Murphy as Senior team Manager in the Summer and his brief would be to bring through the current young talent at the club from our under 18s, 19s and Junior team and add them to the already experienced players such as Ray O Leary, Allan Weldon, Damien Roddis, Denis Buckley, Aiden leahy, Stephen Jennings, Anthony Crowley, Ivan O Leary, Barry O Mahony. Danny had to experiment at the start of the season to find the right blend and balance to the team, beaten in all Cup games was not the start anyone wanted…BUT you would gladly swop those Cup defeats if in December the team is undefeated in all league games and Top of the Table and that’s exactly where the senior team is. Danny has brought in young local players under 17 captain from last season Martin O Sullivan, Eric Baxter and Scott Shine from the 18s, Alan and Shane Stewart from the 19s, Jordan O Connor who has been a revelation up front, 7 aside player of the tournament in the summer Sean Blake and with the return of goalkeeper Cian Woods from Cork City under 19s and find of the season so far is young Pops Crowley who at the age of 16 has shown skill, talent and maturity that bely his age. The last league game the Seniors played was a top of the table clash against Bandon at home and despite having a man sent of in the second half they went on to win 1-0 Mossy Carroll getting the winner after Barry O Mahony went on a run from the half way line beat 3/4 players before picking out Carroll who drove the ball past the hapless Bandon Goalkeeper. That game was Match of the week and Congratulations to Pops Crowley who was awarded Man of the Match. Two players missing from the squad this season are Aaron O’Raw and Connor Mac Carthy who joined Cork City U19s and are both playing at centre half together every week. BU FC wish both of them every success at City. Our under 12 A and B teams both won their respective leagues in 2013/14 and continue to be in contention again in chase for league honours this season. The A team are playing in the Under 13 Premier Division this Season and a step up to Premier league football anyone who knows their football will tell you that your first season up premier if you stay up your doing well. Not alone are they going to stay up but they have a great chance to win it….unbeaten in all league games they are joint top of the table with College Corinthians who are also unbeaten in the league and it looks like the winner of this league us going to go one of them. They play their league games every Saturday Morning the kick off times vary from 10.30-11 if you have not had the chance to watch these rising stars yet then you should make a new years resolution to watch them play in 2015. BU FC football Academy takes place every Saturday Morning from 9.45-11am in O Shea Park, Riverview, Blarney. The academy is open to all children from the age of 5-10. twitter@Blarneyunited Facebook; BU FC Phone; 087-2804186 Blarney United FC wishes all our players, members and families a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for 2015for page 35 IMG_82232497359392