Tuesday, June 27, 2017
UCD 3, Blues 2 (23/6/17, Belfield Bowl, Dublin)
The Blues' impressive run of fifteen games unbeaten finally came to an end at the Belfied Bowl last Friday night when the travelling faithful saw them go down by the odd goal in five. Despite a wonderful fight back from three goals down, the mountain proved to be that little but to high for the Blues. Bottom line.....they have a shocking first forty five minutes to blame for this defeat.
The news that Cobh suffered a home defeat by Shelbourne on Saturday night will have come as some comfort.
UCD played a good passing game and used the ball well when in possession. True, the Blues had far more of the ball from start to finish and far more of the game was played in the UCD half, but the reality is that once again a failure to penetrate cost the Blues dearly and a seriously below par showing up to the break did not help either. The comeback in the second half restored pride but why did it take over an hour to get sorted?
The first UCD goal was lucky by any standards.... a huge deflection that flatfooted Matt Connor. Their second was a beauty, early in the second half. The third was a soft penalty.
Conditions were perfect and the pitch at the Bowl was top class as always.
The night was marred by the discharge of another flare by someone within the Blues' ranks. More trouble for the club; more damage to the club's reputation; all because of some mindless & irresponsible idiot. Hopefully the person masquerading as a fan of the club, will be identified and punished appropriately. The new Blues do not need this.
Other than the idiot who let off the flare, the fans were in great voice and gave their usual impressive performance, although it must be said that the language used at times could be better.
Patrick McClean caught the eye, perhaps trying to impress his brother James who was at the game. Shane O'Connor was at the top of his game but David McDaid was the man with the two goals - his second goal was as good as will be scored in the league this season. By contrast John Martin was brought down to earth after some great outings over the last few weeks. He found the going tough.
Another difficult away day next Friday in the kip that is Tolka Park.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Robin Dempsey, Shane O'Connor, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Garry Comerford (Kenny McEvoy 67'), Anthony McAlavey, Derek Daly, John Martin (Gary Delaney 83'), David McDaid, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh 71'). Unused subs: Dean Walsh, Conor Whittle, Owen Wall, Matt Sheehan.