Fireworks were set off in Colemanstown on Saturday night which went right into the next day as the B team clocked their second win in the league to date. This home win was well worth the wait as they hammered in 7 past a hapless Kilshanvey keeper. The fans in the stand were delirious and some even in tears as Gary Broderick and Barry Forde together raised their hands skywards in prayer. They spent the night chanting the squad’s new slogan and anthem, “I believe”, “I believe I can fly”. Last week they couldn’t score and this week they just couldn’t miss even though we are led to believe they could almost have scored as many more. Colemanstown opened the floodgates early on as Rob Lally lived up to the tough assignment put to him by player/manager Ross Sullivan before the game, having not scored since the sides last met last year. This tall order was put to rest on 10mins as he was perfectly positioned on the back post to meet a Kevin Reilly cross from the right. 9mins later Kevin Reilly scored his first goal of the season as he skipped by a couple of defenders, cut in across the endline and easily rounded the advancing keeper to slot home the second. Goal 3 & 4 were punched in, in quick succession as Antonio found the net following great work from Conor O’Grady on the left wing who swung in a cross which was half cleared but as the now transformed Antonio hit the ball on the half volley, he rattled the net. Sean Walsh scored our 4th before the break in what had to be the pick of the goals on the day. His sudden and accelerated burst of pace prior to his perfect execution has to be attributed to Jacinta’s new diet for him of wheatgrass and porridge, even the jersey turned green after the goal and the ref held up play to give him the opportunity to be resuscitated. It was a splendidly taken goal and for a while he thought it was the Athenry 10k he was running. The visitors got 1 back before the break leaving caretaker keeper Eanna Daly with no chance in the Colemanstown goal. 4-1 at half time. Colemanstown came out swinging from the restart of the second half and Rob Lally scored his second of the day and surely put Ross’s task to bed as he astutely bet the defender and rounded the keeper to slot home No.5. At this stage Colemanstown had completely taken over and dominated all sectors of the field as Adrian Burke & Keith Donnellan at centre back were particularly commanding and Ronan Skehill who started at right back was redeployed into left back in the second half and was equally impressive with both feet. Kevin Reilly scored the next direct from a free kick after he, himself was taken down. The perfectly executed drive flew into the bottom right hand corner. Ronan Skehill showed no mercy or compassion before the final whistle sounded as he called for the ball following a corner taken from the right and hit first time low and hard into the back of the net. It was a star studded win as everyone played superbly to ensure a superb and well deserved win. Niall Cunningham, back from injury, epitomised Colemanstown’s hard working attitude and drove the team on from the middle of the field. Steven Broderick, Damien Mannion & Ross Sullivan also played their part when called into action. It’s back to the drawing board for a new anthem as the Sawdoctors ‘To win just once’ is no longer applicable. Onwards and upwards from here lads.
Meanwhile our A team were knocked out of the Connaught Cup with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Castlerea Celtic away yesterday. Jayo Finn finished Colemanstown’s sole goal with a header resulting from a Paddy Mullins corner which was flicked on by Ray Moran at the front post. Wishing Ray Moran a speedy recovery from a foot injury sustained during the game and also to Richie Lally on his recent injury. Crutches are up for auction!!