Bluebell Through To Quarters Of Harp Cup

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Bluebell United 2 Clonmel Town 0
BLUEBELL UNITED booked their place in the draw for the quarter final of the FAI Harp Lager Senior Challenge Cup as a result of a hard earned win over Clonmel Town at Capco Park.
Bluebell deserved their win but they had to work hard for it, after an impressive Clonmel side dominated the first half hour of play.
The visitors took up the running right from the start and, playing an attractive brand of attacking football, had the home side under severe pressure for long periods in their own penalty area.
However, the Tipperary side failed to get a lucky break with their finishing, their display certainly deserved and this, coupled with the fact that Mark Clohessy brought off a few super saves in the Bluebell goal, meant that Clonmel failed to turn their territorial advantage into the scores.
Bluebell came much more into the game nearing half time and it was a very different story after the break once Bluebell took over at midfield.
With Clonmel on the attack from the start, goalkeeper Clohessy kept Bluebell in the game in the 15th minutes with a diving save as he managed to touch a massive 40 yards drive from Robert Boland round the post for a fruitless corner.
Two minutes later, Clohessy was in action again, palming away a cracking drive from Glen Conway. In the 23rd minute, Clohessy was helpless as Waters cleverly slipped Flood’s tackle and lobbed the ball past the advancing goalkeeper, only to see it hit the inside of an upright before being lashed off the goal-line by central defender Liam Riley.
As Bluebell came more into the game, up to half time, Clonmel goalkeeper Stephen O’Neill was in top form as he brought off three fine saves to keep out goalscoring efforts from Nolan, Flood and Paul McGovern.
Luck was definitely on Clonmel’s side one minutes into the second half when McGovern shot past goalkeeper O’Neill only to see the ball crash off the butt of an upright and rebound to safety.
Then after 57 minutes, came the opening goal for the homeside when Flood crossed high into the penalty area.
Graham Dunning cleverly beat the Clonmel offside to run on and slot the ball wide of the advancing keeper O’Neill and into the bottom corner of the net to make it 2 0 in Bluebell’s favour and to give them a place in the next round.

BLUEBELL UNITED; Clohessy, Swift, Curran, O’Brien, Riley, Nolan, Flood, Duffy, McGovern, Dunning, Wynne. Subs. Fitzpatrick for Flood (68), Beehan for McGovern (86).
CLONMEL TOWN; O’Neill, A. Ryan, P. Ryan, Blanche, Hannigan, Conway, Shanahan, Tully, Moroney, Boland, Waters. Subs. Prendergast for Conway (52), E. Ryan for Hannigan (76), B. Ryan for Boland (80).
Referee: E. Barr (Dublin).

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 July 2011 16:12