It was almost a ‘no show’ the night before but instead it was a ‘Sean show’ yesterday in Cregmore as all hailed the mighty King Sean as his contribution was scintillating in the ‘B’ teams latest 5-0 win, indeed their 3rd consecutive win on the trot and an unbelievable 16 goals in their last 3 games. Sean Walsh stole the show with his hat trick of goals in 8mins to put the result well beyond the reach of Cregmore late in the game. It was hard to separate the two sides in the opening half as Conor O’Grady missed two one-on-one chances in the first half hour; one blasted over the bar and his 2nd attempt not too far off the mark as Sean Walsh played him through. Meanwhile Eanna Daly in the Colemanstown goal had to be alert to an inbound corner from Cregmore. Conor O’Grady went near with a free kick as he clipped the outside of the post after the industrious Sean Walsh was taken down. The aforementioned Walsh was involved in the next passage of play which put Colemanstown in the driving seat as he played a lovely ball through to John O’Brien who was quickly bundled over and the resultant free kick from the edge of the 18’ box was buried by Conor O’Grady on 40mins. 1-0 at half time. Colemanstown came out a recharged team for the 2nd half and although they were under pressure early on Steven Broderick led at the back with some timely interceptions and notable headed clearances. Colemanstown then took control of affairs and dominated with the majority of possession and continued to threaten. They were rewarded soon after following good work on the right involving Joe Finnerty, Antonio & John O’Brien linked up with Conor O’Grady whose cross into the danger area targeted Ronan Skehill but his man rose higher only to head into the Colemanstown net. Antonio then created a chance for himself as he beat a few lads on the right hand side and dribbled in on goal only for the keeper to make a good stop to concede a corner. At this stage Colemanstown’s movement began to bamboozle Cregmore thanks predominately to the two farmers in the camp, who took valuable time off work to don the green and white, namely Padraig Quirke and Sean Walsh in central midfield who won some timely tackles and showed some great passing play. Sean Walsh’s best was yet to come: the only sad thing – you could count on one hand the few present to view his next 8mins as the game was only attended by a paltry Colemanstown attendance, Colemanstown’s 2 subs, their manager and 2 lonesome supporters but at least one of them was Seans’s Mrs! I’m sure he has showcased his talents in front of Jacinta before now. His first goal came following a long kick out from Eanna Daly which found the hard working Ronan Skehill who released to Walsh who had to accelerate his pace to breeze past the last defender and finish well from the 12 yards. His 2nd moments later came from a 30’ cracking drive into the top corner after good initial link work involving himself, Padraig Quirke & John O’Brien. He ensured he had his finest match in a Colemanstown shirt when he claimed his hat trick on 38mins as Cregmore’s possession of the ball was timely intercepted by Conor O’Grady who liberated Sean Walsh and he was a joy to watch as he throttled through the middle like the tractor at home waiting for him, beat 2 players on his left, turned in on his right and emphatically dispatched a curling shot into the top corner from 25yards. Instead of claiming the match ball, he chose to pull the jersey over his head and show off his hairy chest to Jacinta with his fists clenched and arms pumping!! A different type of celebration when you score a hat trick I suppose!! Steven Broderick led the robust defending at the back assisted well by Ross Sullivan, Barry Forde & Joe Finnerty. Padraig Quirke, Conor O’Grady & Sean Walsh dazzled further up the field while Ronan Skehill on the left & Antonio on the right revelled in the space given to them on occasions. John O’Brien made a good comeback to soccer with a sterling display up front. Tommy K & Damo Mannion got on plenty of ball and also performed heroically. For a team who had won only one of their first 10 games; they have now emphatically won their last 3 by scoring 16 goals and are now climbing nicely up the ladder. So look out any doubters of this B team…..
Meanwhile our reserve team were also in action as they took on neighbours St. Bernards at home in the reserve league also on Saturday. It was a feast of goals; 9 in total but unfortunately we came out on the losing side 6-3. Conor Jackson scored 2 while Alan Finn scored a class goal.
Next weekend we have 3 games down for decision. The A team have the small matter of Athenry to deal with on Saturday at home at 3pm. The reserves play St. Bernards away at 12noon while the U14’s play Athenry away at 12.30 also on Saturday.
The club send sympathies to the Clancy & Harte families, Cuddoo, Colemanstown on the recent death of Mickey Clancy.