Colemanstown B 2: Kinvara 1: yes you read it right!

Our B team sank Kinvara yesterday at home in a first half blitz aided by a stiff breeze which should have seen them at least 6 up at the break, instead of that it was just 2 up. Having lost their two opening games manager Gary Broderick deserves a little bit of credit in his new 3-5-2 formation and a re-shuffled team saw a big change in tactics. The home side dominated the first half thanks to a vibrant display from debutant Niall Cunningham & also Antonio & Kevin Reilly played a major role in their first start of the season. There was also late call-ups to replace David Killarney & Joe Finnerty so the manager deserves a little pat on the back! Within the first couple of minutes Kinvara had the first chance as they played the ball down the left wing but Tom Broderick stood his ground well. From then on it was Colemanstown who took over and Niall Skehill scored his third of the season on 20mins when he found himself in front of goal after a great Kevin Reilly cross from the right wing and his left footed shot easily beat the Kinvara custodian. It was all Niall Skehill after that but he wasted gilt edged chances to increase his sides lead. In fact by half time it could have been Niall Skehill 6; Kinvara 0. Sean Walsh also had a good effort in the first half but he too squandered his shot while another debutant Ronan Skehill, younger brother to the aforementioned Niall also had an effort but the keeper saved well. Then Shane Bailey doubled Colemanstown’s advantage as he got on the scoresheet for the first time in 7 games but it was worth the wait; a smashing diving header on the back post from a Kevin Reilly corner. 2-0 half-time. The second half saw fewer chances falling to Colemanstown but it was Niall Skehill again who had the first major say, but this time he was also guilty of poor execution in front of goal. Soon after Kinvara got 1 back when Ross Sullivan still suffering the after effects of fresher week and looking forward to rag week and his stag party was rounded rather easily and somehow he fluffed his shot and the Kinvara striker found the space and poached a goal through the legs of Tom Broderick to make it 2-1. For the latter 25mins most of the game was played in the middle third of the field as Colemanstown held out for their first 3 points of the season even though sub Damien Mannion had a chance late in the game to make it 3-1 but unfortunately he was still rocking after baby daughter Katelyn came home from hospital mid-week so wasn’t up to jumping just 1inch higher to head home a last minute goal. All in all Colemanstown were duly rewarded for their enterprising play all through. Kevin Reilly showed great strength and pace as he shrugged off 3 players on one occasion and made some mesmerising runs on the right wing. Antonio also lit up the place with his workrate alone as we welcome him back to the ranks for this season. Niall Cunningham, on his debut put in a great days shift tracking back to help his defence and surging forward on every opportunity and was well assisted by Adrian Burke in centre midfield and another debutant Ronan Skehill on the left wing. Even though the Skehill lads united in a rebellious criticism to their elder cousin manager Gary who pertains to know all there is to know about the game, it still didn’t dampen the joy sought from gaining all 3 points as Gary was carried shoulder high down to Burkes for his well earned few pints until they dropped him on the road because he was too swelled headed! So well done lads, ye’re off the mark. Onwards and upwards from here. We wish Bernie Burke a speedy return from her little holiday and wish her good health. Also hard luck to Niamh Kilkenny and her charges today in the All Ireland camogie decider.