A Team & Reserve soccer update

Colemanstown fielded a make shift 11 against Corrib Rangers at home on Saturday which also saw Ronan Carr start his first A Team league game to date. Colemanstown started the better of the two sides and took the lead through Tom Flan after 10 mins. Corrib Rangers then got a foot- hold on the game and scored from a corner shortly before half time to leave the sides 1-1 at the break. Colemanstown re-started the 2nd half as they did the first and Flan scored a header from a corner to claim his 10th goal this season. Colemanstown conceded again within a few minutes of scoring. Corrib Rangers dominated and had the majority of possession for the remainder of the game but the boys in green didn’t panic and showed their fighting spirit once again with some trojan work from Richie Lally and solid goalkeeping from John Gormally. All things considered it’s more of a point gained than 2 points lost to promotion contenders. Great credit also to one of the club’s greatest ever football servants, Garry O’Grady now in his 22nd year as an A Team player and like any good wine – improving with age.  He led the defence so powerfully on the turf he has played on all his life so much so that Jayo Finn may be sorrow he took a week’s sojourn to Portugal!!  Final score: Colemanstown 2; Corrib Rangers 2.

Team: John Gormally, Enda Cunniffe, Richie Lally, Garry O’Grady, Ronan Geraghty, Alan Finn, Ronan Carr, Padriag Quirke, Kevin Reilly, Ray Moran, Tom Flannery.

Our reserves had a difficult day at home yesterday morning against West Utd with the fixture being reversed the day before due to an unplayable pitch in The Swamp. The Colemanstown lads appeared to be more excited about trick-or-treating tomorrow night than concentrating on their football. That said, West fielded many of their A team players which took its toll on our blend of youth and experience. It’s been a while since a father and son combination took to the field donning the green jersey; the last time was Ozzie O’Grady and son Garry who played together in 1997. Yesterday saw Eoghan Barrett and his son Jack line out together for the first time. Did the father out-do the son or the son out-do the father? We’ll let them argue over that. Yesterday also saw an uncle-nephew tandem as Gerry Grady lined out with his nephew Dylan Grady who both looked very versatile indeed. Even though the result didn’t particularly go our way it was a first in many ways and another big milestone for the club. Our sole goal came from Oisin Flannery through a penalty which he won himself as the well ran dry against a more superior West opposition.

Panel: John Gormally, Martin Walsh, Cian O’Toole, Eoghan Barrett, Jack Barrett, Shane Lally, Gareth Lally, Gerry Grady, Geordan Kenny, Oisin Flannery, Dylan Grady, Niall Cunningham, Barry Forde, Kenny Duane. Yet another milestone on the managerial front as 18 month old Finn O’Grady assisted dad Garry on the sideline.

Photo shows from left: uncle and nephew combination: Gerry & Dylan Grady & father and son combination: Jack & Eoghan Barrett.