Thursday 20 June 2019

Double-winning Blarney soccer squad honoured after historic season

Blarney Utd stars get sports award

Bill Browne

By any standards the past season has been a phenomenally successful one for the Blarney United under-17 soccer squad, their management and supporters. 

Last year Greg Constant, who for several years had managed and coached the club's senior team, was offered the exciting role of managing the U-17 squad - a tantalising prospect given the exceptional wealth of talent within its ranks.

Greg went on to build a strong management team that was determined to bring honours back to O'Shea Park. 

At the end of April, their vision was rewarded when the team defeated St Kevin's Boys from Dublin 1-0 in a hotly contested FAI National Challenge Cup Final at Dalymount Park - making history in the process by bringing the coveted trophy back to O'Shea Park for the first time. 

Hot on the heels of this triumph, the team last month went on to complete an unprecedented double, defeating a strong Douglas Hall team 2-1 at Turners Cross to bring the Teddy Healy U-17 cup back to Blarney. 

The historic double win was made all the sweeter by the fact that it took place in the same year that Blarney United is marking 70 years since it was established. 

The icing has now been well and truly put on their cake after the squad was unveiled as the winner of the April Cork City and County Youth Award. 

Now in its ninth year, the awards, jointly sponsored by the Metropole Hotel and John Buckley Sports, place deserving local sports stars and their achievements under the spotlight. The Blarney team will now go forward for possible selection for the overall 2019 award, the winner of which will be announced early next year. 

The club is now optimistic that this season's success can be replicated next year, by this talented group of players. 

"As a club, we also believe that this squad will be an inspiration to the teams coming up through the ranks as well as being the future bedrock of our adult teams in years to come," said Greg.