Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Blues 0, Cork City 0 (28/1/17, RSC, Waterford)

This was a very useful pre-season outing for the Blues which never at any stage threatened to repeat the outcome of the last game between the same sides when the Cawkies ran out 7-0 winners. By contrast, the Blues bossed much of this game, especially up to the break and the message was clearly delivered to all the Blues fans in attendance - the Blues are back in business and will be contenders this time round. And it must be said also that the message was heard by Paddy Power also. The Blues have now been installed as favourites to win Division 1.

Pat 'Nutsy' Fenlon was not at the RSC to see his side comfortably hold its own against its lofty neighbour. Rumour has it that he was abroad running the rule over some player(s). He need not have worried however - Alan 'Rennie' Reynolds is well capable taking charge on the line.

Several players lined out against their former clubs and it was one of these, Mark O'Sullivan, the former Turner's Cross favourite who went closest to finding the net when he struck the frame of the goal twice in the first half. Other Blues to threaten the Cork goal were Anthony McAlavey, Sander Puri and Dean Walsh. McAlavey in particular really caught the eye with several good attempts on goal.

Mark O'Sullivan

The game was played before a crowd in excess of 600, higher than all but a few of last season's competitive home games. No wonder General Manager, Paul Cleary had a smile on his face, helped also by rumours that season tickets are selling like hot cakes. How good this must sound to Blues fans everywhere!

The game gave debuts to some of the new signings and home debuts for a few more and a number of these players put down very clear markers as to their intentions this year with impressive displays especially O'Sullivan, Sander Puri, Kenny McEvoy, Garry Comerford and Patrick McClean.

The preparation for the start of the league season continues next weekend when the Seagulls from Bray visit the RSC and then on Sunday the Blues travel to Cork to take on Wilton in the Munster Senior Cup. Be there!

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey (Dean Walsh (46), Gary Delaney, Patrick McClean (trialist 63), trialist (Dean O'Halloran 40) (Tunmise Sobowale 77), trialist, Kenny McEvoy (Conor Whittle 59), Anthony McAlavey, Garry Comerford (Owen Wall 59), Sander Puri, Mark O'Sullivan (trialist 69). Unused subs: trialist.

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