‘A’ Teams Woes Continue despite Gelstons heroics in goal

It’s difficult to be a hero and still on the loosing side. This epitomises Niall Gelstons efforts in the ‘A’ teams latest league encounter against table toppers Corrib Rangers at home on Sunday as he guessed the right way on two occasions saving two perfectly executed penalties. Colemanstown must feel that most things are going against them these days. They have been denied a long overdue victory for a while but this was always going to be an uphill battle between injuries, unavailability of players etc. and then facing the current table toppers on top of all that!!. Although Corrib Rangers had most of the possession, Colemanstown were in this game for the first 20mins until ex Galway Utd player Derek O’Brien, easily Corrib Rangers best player on the day, scored their first when he lobbed Gelston. 10mins later they scored their 2nd originating from a corner which broke to centre back Eric Browne who scored after a bit of poor defending. Gelston then displayed great heroics as he stretched well to save a penalty and keep us well in the game and showed he is a certain ‘breed’ of goalkeeper who is a specialist when it comes to saving penalties. These kinda people usually have different techniques and methods to upset the rhythm of the player taking the peno but this was not our Gelston on Sunday. He stood on the goal line without any off-putting techniques and just strut his stuff. 2-0 half time. Colemanstown got off to a great start in the 2nd half when they clawed it back to 2-1 thanks to Ray Moran who headed home after Lee Murphy added to an Alan Finn corner. Corrib Rangers were then awarded their second penalty after Ronan Geraghty was deemed to have fouled his man but the ref pointed to the penalty spot in what appeared to be a bizzare call by him as Geraghty had made a clean tackle to win back the ball but justice was done when Gelston guessed the right way and saved the rebounded effort which was goal bound as well. Derek O’Brien was an assist in Goal No.3 as he ran down the left wing and his cross into the danger area was met by the striker who just about got a foot to it to poke it past Gelston. Squelchy & Alan Finn both had good creative chances to claw back the score but both missed. Goals 4&5 for Corrib Rangers came in quick succession with 20mins left as they went for the jugular in a bid to prove why they are table toppers. Shane Bailey got 1 back to put a bit more respect on the scoreline right at the end. Squelchy took on 2 lads; played the ball towards the end line before crossing to Bailey who shot exquisitely from the edge of the box to finish on a score 5-2. The return tie which was scheduled for this Sunday in Westside is now cancelled due to Connacht Cup involvement by Corrib Rangers.