Thursday, April 21, 2016

18 April, Turner's Cross, Cork

Cork City 7, Blues 0 (EA Sports Cup)

A real spanking this was for the Blues, which left the small travelling contingent of fans (about thirty) in shock as they made their way home. It really was embarrassing but however bad it was for them, it must have been a lot worse for the players.

If ever there was a game of two halves this was it. Up to the break the Blues gave a disciplined display with every player on the field contributing, even if their duties were largely defensive from one to eleven. To a man they did their jobs very well and who knows what might have happened, if they did as well in the second half – they might have sneaked a goal somehow.

But it was not to be. A switch was flicked one minute after the break when the Cawkies found the net and they went on to score another six before the final whistle finally rescued the Blues…..hard to explain their almost total collapse after such an impressive and well organised first half.

Corey Chambers did exceptionally well throughout and although he might have stopped a few of the goals, he certainly kept out a bucket full also. His display was impressive between the sticks. Captain on the night David O’Leary lead by example and others to catch the eye (during the first half mainly) were young Roy Butler, Shane Mackey, and Anthony McAlavey (as always). Colum Nugent did well when he came on. Young Jake Mooney also impressed even if he was the smallest player on the pitch when he came on as a second half substitute. Well done also to Tunmise Sobowale who made his senior competitive debut in a Blue shirt.

True, the wheels have come off big time but Blues fans should be mindful of a number of interesting stats before writing off the entire season. In Division 1 only one team (Limerick) has scored more goals than the Blues, who have found the net in every league game so far. Athlone and Cabinteely both trail the Blues and it could be argued that a few of the points that got away from the Blues were self inflicted. On the flip said the fact that only one side (Athlone) has given away more goals than the Blues clearly indicates where the problems are.

Former Blues Sean Maguire and Kevin O’Connor lined out for Cork. The attendance topped 600 and good to report the match official behaved themselves.

Amid continued rumours surrounding the stability of the club the show goes on tomorrow night at the RSC when the Drogs come to town. What chance is there that the people of Waterford will come to the rescue of their club? Or will they remain seated on their bar stools or sofas watching a poor substitute for the real thing on TV, at the same time claiming to be good football people? The same people would be the first to bemoan the demise of this great club if the worst were to happen. Get your fingers out and support the Blues – your Blues.

Blues: Corey Chambers, Dean Reidy, Roy Butler, Shane Mackey, David O'Leary, Robbie Buckley, Darren Murphy, Dean Broaders, Anthony McAlavey, Aaron O'Connor. Subs; Tunmise Sobowale, Glenn Waters, Jake Mooney, Dean Walsh, Colum Nugent, Richard Tobin, Matt Sheehan.

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