Hat-trick hero Sean Hansberry does the trick for U12’s

Colemanstown Under 12’s manoeuvred their way out of a little hole as they came from one goal down at half time to score three times in the second half and earn a hard fought but well-earned three points against Kinvara in their league clash played in Kinvara yesterday. In so doing, they leapfrogged the hosts as both teams were level on points earlier in the day. It was a day when we all learned of Sean Hansberry’s name as the under 12’s returned to winning ways and thanks to his hat-trick, such a day should belong to him! It was a win this U12 team badly needed and in the end much deserved. Even our co-manager admitted afterwards that he would have resigned had the win not come our way, such was its rich deserving. Colemanstown started brightly and had themselves half a chance on 6mins as Eoin Concannon swung in a lovely corner which was half hit on the volley by Mark Donnellan but the ball spilled to Conor Moran whose effort was cleared off the goal line. Colemanstown custodian Darragh Roche was not called upon until 10mins in when he held well from a corner that looked well on target. Ryan Noone, lined himself up next with a great effort after a long ball pumped in by the industrious Liam Gormally, but the Kinvara No.1 saved well. 16mins into the game Kinvara scored from a set piece after Ryan Noone was adjudged to have pushed his man. A training ground exercise paid off nicely for them as they took the free kick quickly to a free man who scored past Roche who was taken a bit by surprise. This ignited Colemanstown though as they played into a stiff breeze. Sean Hansberry who was waltzing around the midfield area sent in a lovely ball to the inrushing Ryan Noone but the keeper beat him to the race as he closed Noone down for the shot. Roche was again called into action on 20mins when he stretched well to deny Kinvara their 2nd in a one-on-one effort. Straight up the other end & Sean Hansberry was denied in another one-on-one effort after a long ball from Conor Moran in the middle of the park. At this stage it was tit for tat but the few reliable Colemanstown supporters on the sideline always knew it was a matter of time before the goal would come. Ryan Noone then had a cracker of a shot from 20yards that hit the crossbar while down the opposite end Darragh Roche again made a fantastic save as the ball was worked in along the endline and squared into the box but Roche made a point blank save. 1-0 at the break. With the wind and the fall at their backs for the 2nd half, Colemanstown purged on and were rewarded as early as 1 minute after the restart when Sean Hansberry crossed into the box and found the hard working Ryan Noone whose initial effort was well saved but kindly fell to Hansberry who made no mistake this time in grabbing his 1st goal of the day. Moments later Hansberry capitalised on a poor Kinvara kick out but his effort was just wide of the mark. Colemanstown pushed more bodies forward as time progressed resulting in greater chances as Anthony Feeney’s play & involvement made a noticeable difference on the left wing. With 4 mins left, some great work from Anthony Feeney & Conor Moran in midfield sent in a long ball for Sean Hansberry to run on to and as he squared up one-on-one with the keeper, he held his nerve well to slot to the keepers left to make it 2-2. With 2mins left, the action was anything but over though as the ever influential Ryan Noone swung in a lovely corner and a glancing header from Hansberry sealed the points to delightful celebrations from the players, supporters & management. It was a day when Darragh Roche and his defence Dara Hansberry, Jamie Hession, Michael & Eoin Concannon came out of this game standing tall. Conor Moran, Liam Gormally, Sean Hansberry & Anthony Feeney took control of proceedings in midfield while up front, Josh McGuire-Greaney, Mark Donnellan & Ryan Noone all had their moments. But the day certainly belonged to hat-trick hero Sean Hansberry who proved the difference with his 3 goals.