Subs on: Bayley, Byrne, Cleary, Keegan, Griffiths.
Garret Cooney and Shane Stritch goals secured The Bells place in the next round of the Intermediate Cup. A late Mochtas goal gave us a little scare near the end but it wasn't enough to prevent a very good performance on the day.
The Bell travelled to Porterstown Road this morning to face an in form St Mochtas side in the FAI Intermediate Cup 2nd round. The pitch looked in tremendous condition just before kick off and with the rain threatening to lash down, it looked as though the game was not going to be as free flowing as everyone expected but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Both sides filled with talented players looked to get the ball down and put together passages of play that wouldn't look out of place in our national league but it was The Bell that started the better and within the first 10 minutes we had three successive corners to apply some pressure on the home sides defence. We threatened to open the scoring within 10mins with two shots from distance with Morgan Cranley having to be on his toes to push away the efforts but as it so usually happens it was one of Mochtas last seasons players that opened the scoring, it was Garreth Cooney who came back to The Bell after a season with the Porterstown side who struck a left footed half volley past Cranley to give us the lead after 15mins. A much deserved lead for us after a blistering start to the game. We had other chances to score but some poor finishing and some last ditch defending the home side kept it at 1-0. Mochtas grew into the game after approx 35 mins when a Philly Hughes free kick had to be smartly saved by The Bells Graham Bedford. Bedford moved across his goal well to push out the on target free kick. The resulting corner was cleared temporarily and another effort from distance went well wide. After such a fantastic start to the game by us it was always going to be hard to limit the attacking quality of the home team and as the first half went on Mochtas started to get more and more possession but without really creating many clear cut chances. It was just before half time The Bell had another chance to improve on their lead but once again Cranley was there to make a fantastic left handed save to push it out for another corner. Going in at HT manager Andy Noonan would've had mixed feeling with the teams first half performance, happy with the phases of play but disappointed not to be more than one goal to the good.
The second half kicked out with The Bell keeping more of the ball and trying to create chances down the flanks but once again were met with a fully committed and organised defensive quartet. We continued to press high up the pitch which gave us the chance to pick up any misplaced passes out from the back and steal possession high up the pitch. Mochtas were by no means done with creating chances however and it appeared that they were looking to create via the dead ball route. A few sloppy free kicks given away by over eagerness in the tackle by the Bluebell players meant that free kicks in and around The Bells penalty area seemed to be the best form of creating a goal scoring chance for the home side. A couple of free kicks from 25 yards out needed to be dealt with by Bedford in goal. As the second half wore on it was one of those games where we felt if we could put one of our many chances away it would be game over but Mochtas never gave up and continued to come back into the game. Philly Hughes who was playing in a more defensive role today was unlucky not to equalise when a shot from distance struck the crossbar and went out for a goal kick. A chance created really out of nothing and against the run of play but a player of his quality can do that against you. We made numerous subs to freshen things up but with only having been on the pitch less than 15 mins Robert Bayley was shown his marching orders after receiving two quick fire yellows for late challenges. With no more than 5 minutes left on the clock it was looking like The Bell were going to hold onto a comfortable 1-0 away win and move into the next round but Jordan Keegan had different ideas, normally this late in the game you would encourage the player to hold the ball in the corner to see out the clock but rather than killing the clock he decided to go on a mazey and step around the defender with ease to slide the ball across the box into the path of Sean Byrne who passed the ball towards goal but once again Cranley had different ideas and produced another wonderful save but for it to only land at the feet of the tireless and full of running Shane Stritch. No more than the striker deserved after leading the line all morning and giving the defenders an uneasy game. A late Mochtas header provided only a small consolation for the home side and straight from the tip off the referee ended the game sending The Bell through to the next round. Mochtas winger Lee Dixon was shown a red card after the final whistle.
Goals: Garreth Cooney, Shane Stritch.
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Bluebell United F.C. are an amateur club from South Dublin who play in the Leinster Senior League. The club was founded in 1946 in the southern suburbs of Dublin. Our pitch is located on the Naas Road directly opposite The Red Cow, Moran Hotel. During the 1999 season a major revamp of the football ground was carried out. This project was part funded by a grant from the Irish National Lottery, the remainder was raised by organised events, plus funding from team sponsors and advertisers. All the committee members work on a voluntary basis.
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