‘A’ Team share the spoils in latest league encounter

Our A team will see this as a missed opportunity to return to winning ways and gain some ground to creep a little bit further up the table, as they clocked up their third draw from three games to date, this time away to Galway Hibs. Both teams had a goal disallowed in the first half as both strikers were adjudged to be off-side; Ray Moran for Colemanstown after great work initially from Stephen Walsh whose first attempt at goal was well saved but rebounded to Moran. Paddy Mullins had our earliest opportunity but was caught on the wrong foot after an inch perfect cross from Damo Wynne. Hibs had the earlier first half possession but for the last 20mins of the first half Colemanstown took control as Gelston excelled in goal with some great calls on the ball as he commanded the area well. Richie & Gary Lally came more into the game initiating the Colemanstown fightback. Both sides went in at the break deadlocked. Colemanstown restarted well but Paddy Mullins squandered a golden opportunity to gain the lead with a powerful drive from 20yards which he drove over the bar. 5mins later, Colemanstown had their best move of the game as Gary Lally won the ball in defence, skipped through the middle dribbling past several challenges, then linked up nicely with Conor Jackson who played the ball back to the mighty Gareth who found himself one-on-one with the Hibs custodian who turned it out for a corner. The resultant corner was well swung in by Alan Finn as Damo Wynne rose highest to net his first goal of this year’s campaign. Colemanstown were in command at this stage but their slender advantage was short lived as Hibs scored 10mins from time. Conor Jackson was deemed to have fouled in the middle of the park and as the resultant free kick was floated in to the danger area, the ball broke in the box and while the in-form Gelston did get a hand to a smashing drive, the momentum of the ball carried it over the line for Hibs to salvage a draw. Squelchy had an effort before the final whistle but fired into the side net. Jayo Finn was in his usual form demonstrating yet again his superb reading of the game whilst making perfect tackles and communicating perfectly with his colleagues. Paddy Mullins did well, in his redeployed role up front while Gary & Richie Lally anchored the midfield berth. Lee Murphy also looked lively on his introduction. Overall, Colemanstown may have been marginally superior in a keenly contested away battle. The club sympathise with the Lally lads Richie, Robbie, Johnny & Paul and their parents Mary & John on the death of Mrs. Lucy Lally.