Hope springs for U12’s even though latest result shows no justice

The weather and pitch conditions took its toll yet again for most of our home & travelling teams. The only game to proceed was our U12 match vs Mervue played at home yesterday morning. Andy & Eddie Concannon’s young U12 outfit were unable to maintain surges of great form and good football yesterday against a stronger Mervue outfit in rain drenched conditions and on a day when the wet ball made it tough for both keepers. Mervue started stronger and got on the ball early on as Colemanstown sustained some pressure as they defended three consecutive corners in the first 6mins with one notable chance cleared off the goal line from the boot of Anthony Feeney. Sean Hansberry was to the fore in Colemanstown’s first real chance as he won a corner on the far side of the field, which was swung in by Eoin Concannon and Jamie Hession came close. Immediately from the kick out Darragh Roche was called into action as he spread himself well to make a good point blank save… this lad certainly doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty…. Liam Gormally had a good chance then as he capitalised on a poorly placed Mervue goal kick, throttled his way in on goal but got crowded out by an outstanding Mervue defence. Jamie Hession then had a driving effort from the right side of the field but was just off the mark. Immediately down the other end of the field Darragh Roche was again called upon as he held well, in what was a difficult ball to hold in the conditions. It was tit for tat at this stage and up until the 17th minute as almost straight from the kick out Mervue scored from all of 30 yards, a shot that evaded the ever vigilant Roche and again a difficult ball to handle in the slippery conditions. However, Colemanstown’s play for the rest of the half cracked with energy & invention as Sean Hansberry worked hard down the far side of the field and a great cross into Liam Gormally who was positioned in the danger area but again just missed. Roche was called into action again as he had to stretch well to save a header back pass from Hansberry. Colemanstown were rewarded 5 mins before the break after great work from Jamie Hession on the far wing was again crossed into the danger area and this time Liam Gormally made no mistake as he hammered home from close range to score his first goal of the league campaign. Jamie Hession then skint the crossbar before the break to leave the sides deadlocked at half time. Colemanstown got off to the worst possible restart as Mervue scored 1min in after Darragh Roche first saved well but was unable to get his hands to the rebound. Liam Gormally then put through a lovely cross to Conor Moran but the keeper did well as Conor was kinda swallowed up as the defence and keeper surged in on him. Sean Hansberry then had a good effort from distance 10mins into the 2nd half after some good donkey work from Eoin Concannon on the wing but the keeper saved well. 2 mins later Mervue scored their 3rd as they split through the middle and made no mistake as their striker raced in on goal. It was up and down the field for the next while as Darragh Roche made some more superb saves while Liam Gormally and Jamie Hession came close to narrowing the margin for Colemanstown. Mervue got their 4th with 10mins to go which seemed to sink Colemanstown’s young heads as they worked the ball up the left side of the field and a cross into the box was well met. They got 2 more before the end, their 5th a classic drive which left Roche with absolutely no chance even though he did show great athleticism in trying to get to it and their 6th turned the screw right on the stroke of full time. The score in fairness did no justice to our boys who were well in this game until the last 10mins of the game.

Meanwhile our Reserve game vs Oranmore/Maree was rescheduled, our B team game vs Kinvara was cancelled albeit, they had made the trip to Kinvara unknowingly while the A team game vs NUIG was also cancelled.

The club wish to sympathise with Chris Quirke, Menlough, a long term supporter of the club and her family on the death of her Dad Pat. May he rest in peace.