Despite producing a dominant performance and a confident approach Colemanstown’s A team made every effort humanly possible to win their latest league game against Salthill Devon at home on Sunday last. There was one change from the side which started against St. Bernards which saw Dermot O’Halloran start in goal in place of the injured Niall Gelston. Colemanstown dominated the first 20/25 mins creating plenty of chances as Kegs and Flan could have opened the scoring with the best chances. However, it was the visitors who opened the scoring against the run of play as Stephen Rabbitte won a header at midfield which broke to the left winger who hit it first time and went in from outside the box. Colemanstown however got back on their horse and battled on pushing hard as every player gave every ounce and we were duly rewarded 5mins before the break when Flan scored a superb free kick from 25yards to leave the sides deadlocked at the interval. The 2nd half saw a more even affair as chances created were few and far between with both defences well on top as it was difficult to separate the 2 sides. Salthill struck the decisive blow from a set piece about 15mins after the restart which was to decide the outcome. Salthill’s midfielder got on a ball from a clearance and somehow the ball got through a number of bodies to find the net for a poxy goal. Colemanstown pushed forward in search of an equaliser but to no avail as the gaffer attempted to jump start his side with the introduction of Squelchy Walsh, Paddy Mullins, Ronnie Geraghty, Lee Murphy & Fearghal Flannery but their fresh legs could not prevent our winless league run extending to 5 games. It is always hard to go into the dressing room when you lose especially after a performance put on when every player gave every ounce they had. It might not have been a fair result but sometimes in sport there is no justice – you either win or you lose. But you also need the rub of the green….
Next up is Loughrea away on Sunday; 2pm KO
Team: Dermot O’Halloran, Sean Hardiman, Stephen Rabbitte, Jason Finn, Gary Lally, Damo Wynne, Ritchie Lally, Ray Moran, Alan Finn, Tom Flannery, Kerrill Hardiman.
Subs used: Stephen Walsh, Paddy Mullins, Ronan Geraghty, Lee Murphy, Fearghal Flannery
A minutes silence was observed at the start of the game for a brother of the chairman of the Referees Association.
The club also take this opportunity to wish Roisin Burke, Colemanstown & Finbarr Donnellan, Pallas, Caltra the very best on their wedding day this Friday. Wishing them both an unforgettable wedding day and more importantly a long & happy married life together.