Antonio the star for ‘B’ Team

There were only a few watching on as Colemanstown ‘B’ travelled to Bohs to rack up their third win of the season thanks to two first half goals from Romanian born Antonio  Zavalas and another from Shane Bailey in the second half. Indeed Antonio was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick and even a fourth as he hit the woodwork twice in a bid to add to his goal tally. Colemanstown’s starting 11 did not include many of the regulars due to Steven Brodericks exploits the previous night, Pearses Junior B hurlers and other bits & pieces! Still there were plenty of stars on show in green as mid-week signings Keith Donnellan, Tom Loftus & Kevin Reilly got to don the colours and put in hearty displays. Colemanstown dominated from the off as Antonio impressed early on while his 2 quick goals settled Colemanstown. His first was scored on 15mins when Shane Bailey flicked on a header and Antonio ran in behind the defence to tap the ball to the left of the advancing keeper. 10mins later he got on the scoresheet again after a good effort from Bailey was fumbled by the keeper but Antonio won the ball back and slotted the ball neatly to the net. Bohs had an effort or 2 before the break to get back in the game; one hit the crossbar while their second effort saw Tom Broderick equal to the task as Martin Walsh also came close with a free kick for the visitors. Colemanstown recommenced the second half enjoying their football spraying the ball around with ease. They went 3-0 up 15mins after the restart thanks to a Shane Bailey effort from distance after a good build-up by Kevin Reilly & Shane Kenny. Antonio then chipped the keeper but unfortunately hit the woodwork and later showed great speed and agility as he broke the offside trap and elected to square to Kevin Reilly but the Bohs defender tracked back and intervened well as a 4th goal looked imminent. Bohs were awarded a penalty as Keith Donnellan making his first start since his return from Oz was adjudged to have fouled the inrushing striker who went to ground with ease to earn a penalty which was well dispatched despite the best efforts of Colemanstown custodian Tom Broderick. Our last effort came from the boot of Kevin Reilly who drilled the ball inches wide after a pin point pass from left back Martin Walsh. Our back 4 were rock solid all through despite being on the razz the night before and credit to Kerrill Lally who turned up to play in his shirt and tie following his graduation the previous day. Man of the match would have to go to Antonio who wowed the small crowd with a significant performance. This win keeps us mid table but there’s plenty of games left yet.