Colemanstown ‘A’ 4 – Dynamo Blues 2 – Match Report by Gary Devaney
This long awaited fixture in Tuam on Sunday morning saw Colemanstown take control straight from the start. On 4 minutes, Richie Lally’s free was deflected into the Blues net by some careless defending. Almost immediately Gareth Lally was sent through on goal by an outstanding delivery from Sean Hardiman and slotted past the blues keeper who was helpless to the effort in goal. It was a dream start by Colemanstown and the new youngsters Thady Moran and Josh Brennan were causing the Dynamo Blues defence a lot of headaches.
Blues struck back on 28 mins after a mix up in the Colemanstown defence but Colemanstown kept the pressure up with Eoin Kenny, John o Brien and Richie Lally winning their individual battles with ease. On 45 minutes Blues got their equaliser but one could see the Colemanstown players at half time still had the confidence that they were in control.
The rock solid defensive line of Conal Docherty, Sean Hardiman, Jason Finn and Ethan Lally started the second half under pressure and Alan Finn (Junior) was called into action a few times. The pressure was short lived though as Colemanstown went ahead again on 62 mins when Gareth Lally rose above everyone to head Colemanstown into the lead 3-2. First team regulars Geordan Kenny, Dylan Grady, Ronan Carr and Damien Wynne were introduced and immediately caused problems for Dynamo Blues. The rest of the match belonged to Colemanstown and on 71 mins Damien Wynne struck a sweet volley over the Blues keeper. Blues dropped their heads and their chase on the game. Colemanstown could have added a couple more when Damien Wynne hit the crossbar and Geordan Kenny had a goal disallowed when he was judged to have been offside.
It ended 4-2 to Colemanstown and should have been more. The lads have been waiting quite a while to play this game and it was definitely worth the wait with a healthy 3 points in the bag.
U14: Colemanstown 2-2 Cregmore Claregalway – Report by Jason Finn
After winning their opening game, Colemanstown welcomed Cregmore/Claregalway to Colemanstown on Saturday afternoon. Colemanstown started brightly and had a couple of early chances through Cathal Kennedy and Patrick Flynn but to no avail. Colemanstown opened the deadlock when a free kick from David Walsh evaded the Cregmore defenders and ended up in the bottom corner. Only David can say if he meant it or not! Cathal Hynes put in a great shift in midfield winning his duels and working tirelessly. Ross Lally, was as always, marshalling the defence and making some great passes to the wider players. Cregmore responded quite well and got a deserved equaliser when one of their midfielders took a shot from the edge of the box which found the top corner. Half Time: Colemanstown 1 – 1 Cregmore/Claregalway
Cregmore came out of the blocks a lot quicker in the 2nd half. Fionn Flattery was busy in goals making a couple of good saves. Against the run of play, David Walsh got his second with a strike from outside the box which swept over the keeper’s head for a great strike. Cregmore got an immediate equaliser when their striker scored from inside the box. Colemanstown finished the strongest as Diarmuid Ryan had become influential carrying the ball out of defence. Great link up play between Kyle McDonagh and Cathal Kennedy resulted in Kennedy getting a powerful shot away which just grazed the crossbar. Patrick Flynn had the last opportunity of the game when he cut in from the left beating two defenders only for the goalkeeper to make a great save.
FT: Colemanstown 2-2 Cregmore
Squad: Fionn Flattery, David Walsh, Ross Lally, Diarmuid Ryan, Conor Walsh, Joshua Buckley, Cathal Hynes, Cathal Kennedy, Patrick Flynn, Dylan Murphy, Kyle McDonagh. Subs used: Jamie Nutley, Sean Connolly
U12: Colemanstown 1- 1 Kiltullagh.
This was a thrilling match between two neighbouring teams played in Colemanstown on Friday evening. It was a tight game as the scoreline suggests and for the first 15mins, Colemanstown had to endure an onslaught on goal from the visitors as Joe Carroll, Eoghan Ryan & Tadhg Bardell had to work hard to prevent Kiltullagh from putting Colemnastown to the sword. The onslaught was halted when Tadhg Hart latched onto a spilled ball and in his attempt to weave through on goal, he was taken down. Hart himself, took the resultant free which he connected to exquisitely but whacked off the woodwork. This passage of play appeared to relieve some of the Kiltullagh pressure as it significantly ignited the Colemanstown lads. 5 mins later as self-belief soared high, Tadhg Hart’s cross into the box fell kindly for Noah McDonnell who smashed to the net from close range. A typical goal poachers goal!. Colemanstown maintained their foothold on the game until half time as they continued to look the slightly better side for the remainder of the half.
From the outset of the restart, Colemanstown continued to maintain the pressure and dominated for a spell with numerous chances through Tom Holohan, Tadhg Hart, Noah McDonnell & Jamie Lally. Stephen Murphy showed true bravery & fearlessness when an attempted clearance from Kiltullagh deflected off his face but job done as Stephen had to retire early due to the bash received. Colemanstown youngsters were well in command for the first 15mins of the 2nd half until Kiltullagh equalised on 20mins originating from a corner which was struck on the half volley past the diving Tommy Nutley. The last 10mins saw two evenly balanced teams compete in creative passages, accurate passing play with a steady flow and rhythm as Tommy Nutley was called upon to make some stops from Kiltullagh’s pacey wingers. In the final quarter Matthew Harte, Aidan Ruane & Eric Murrajvos were called upon to maintain the pressure and they duly responded. The game finished 1-1 with both teams enjoying approx. 50/50 possession in a tight game. Well done lads – a great entertaining game.
Squad: Tommy Nutley, Joe Carroll, Eoghan Ryan, Tadhg Bardell, Tadhg Hart, Kamie Lally, Noah McDonnell, Sean Keating, Jamie Somers, Stephen Murphy, Matthew Harte, Tom Holohan, Aidan Ruane, Eric Murrajvos.