A Team Hail Garry O Grady

The longevity of lads like Ollie Crowe and Garry O Grady as players for Colemanstown is astounding in itself. 19 years of passion, commitment , dedication and gra for the game and the club are words that spring to mind for Garry O Grady. Our youngest A team player, Paddy Mullins, wasn’t even born when Garry made his debut for the A team. It was fitting then, that Garry O Grady scored the game’s crucial goal in the A team’s hard graft to earn a 1-0 fantastic win which elevates them to second position behind current league leaders Corrib Celtic. Not only did he score the game’s sole goal but he was the driving force in defense putting in a remarkable performance and adding the calming quality needed on occasions. Colemanstown started the game slightly more dominant than Maree/Oranmore but had few clear cut chances only Tom Flannery hit the post. They had the greater amount of possession but created little or no tests for the keeper. Colemanstown’s stand in keeper (for Alan ‘Junior’ Finn who got injured mid week) Trevor Mullins showed great confidence in his ball handling with a notable one on one save on 20mins. Richie Lally & Gareth Lally anchored midfield and their work rate, as ever, was tremendous. Half time came with the score 0-0 which was probably a fair reflection of the game in the first half. The second half saw Colemanstown take over and created many opportunities. Tom Flan & John O Brien had the ball in the net soon after the restart but a picky ref adjudged both players to be offside. The never tiring Tom Flan again hit the woodwork with a pile driver from 30 yards. Then up popped Garry O Grady for an all important corner which the Oranmore keeper spilled but happily for Colemanstown Garry was on hand to nestle the ball into the net. Ray Moran and Tom Flan had further chances to increase the scoreline but their opportunities were missed while Colemanstown had to sustain huge pressure in the last 10mins and another great fingertip save from Trevor Mullins helped maintain a clean sheet. The lads can hold their heads high after this superb performance. The applause from the few supporters at the end recognises how much effort was put in to this display given the heavy pitch and difficult underfoot conditions. We wish Gareth Lally a quick recovery for the ankle injury he sustained in the game. A team are away to Oughterard next Sunday in the league. Meanwhile our B team had another hard luck story as a depleted team went down 2-0 to two second half goals from Oughterard.