By Eamon Scott
COLLINSTOWN FC…..0 BLUEBELL UNITED…..2
BLUEBELL UNITED hit two second half goals to book their place in the Metropolitan Cup final where they will meet local rivals Crumlin United.
Andy Noonan’s side travelled to Ballyowen Lane to tackle Collinstown FC and while the hosts showed plenty of desire and commitment, it was the experienced Red Cow outfit who saw out the encounter with a polished display of no nonsense defending and took opportunity when it beckoned with two decisive strikes.
In front of a bumper crowd of close to 500 at the South Dublin Football League HQ, there was a cracking atmosphere and on a sunny evening both sides showed plenty of ambition and a willingness to attack when opportunity arose in a game excellently handled by Declan Troy.
The first half failed to produce a goal but the second half exploded into life with Sean Byrne getting in front of the Collinstown defence to nod home from close in just three minutes after the restart.
Collinstown FC kept plugging away and Dean Carpenter and Danny Matthews showed some clever footwork as they looked to open up the Bell’s watertight defence.
The game was in the balance at one-nil but Bluebell were enjoying more possession and Collinstown rarely threatened although Andy McNulty was forced into a superb reaction save midway through the second period and it proved to be the closest the home side came to breaching the Bluebell defence over the 90 minutes.
Gary Seery then put the game to bed for Bluebell with a second with a measured finish to the back of the home side’s net in the 70th minute.
Collinstown refused to lie down and kept going to the final whistle but Bluebell were well worth their victory and have now set up a mouthwatering showdown with great local rivals Crumlin United who earlier in the evening accounted for Maynooth Town on a similar scoreline at Armagh Road with Craig Walsh and Alan McGreal finding the net for Martin Loughran’s side with two scintillating strikes.