Colemanstown ladies long awaited 1st home game was eventually played yesterday morning after last week’s game was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch. That is not to say that the rain stayed away and a second set of jerseys would have come in handy for the girls at half time. The game kicked off in front of a superbly vocal home crowd who got behind the team from start to finish. Colemanstown got off to a nervy start and it took the ladies a few minutes to get used to the greasy conditions. Leading goal scorer Aisling Kelly was first to get on the score sheet on 15 mins. Kelly intercepted a poor Renmore kick out and with a cool head she hit a low hard shot past the keeper to give Colemanstown the lead. Renmore didn’t have many chances in the first half as our back line of Niamh Ryan, Captain Paula Kelly, Orla McCaffrey and Eavan McDonagh competently dealt with anything that seemed a threat. Colemanstown were the dominant team and went into the break leading 1-0. On the resumption, both teams knew that the next goal would be the game decider as Colemanstown were piling on the pressure. The crowd were on the edge of their seats and letting out sighs of frustration as numerous clear cut chances were squandered. At last after a couple of rebounds in the box the crowd were finally given a second goal to celebrate. The ball fell to left-winger Catherine Burke as she calmly placed her shot perfectly into the left side of the goal. All the play was with the home team but Renmore grabbed a lifeline when a chance out of nothing fell to their striker and she finished it superbly. Colemanstown keeper Sinead Cosgrave even applauded the goal, as there was nothing she could have done to stop it. It wasn’t long before that lifeline was put back in its box when midfielder Tessa Mullins skipped past a few challenges and blasted the ball to the roof of the net with her left peg just inside the box. Midfield duo Sarah O’Connell and Mullins linked up nicely together with Natasha Finn playing a traditional forward role of holding up the ball and laying off passes. After a tasty passage of play the girls rewarded their hard work from a corner kick. The cross-whipped in by Mullins was met by the head of O’Connell who steamed her way through and above all the bodies for a well-deserved goal. The final whistle went shortly after that and the ladies were applauded off the pitch from the warm supporters in the stand. Final score Colemanstown 4, Renmore 1.
Starting team: S.Cosgrave,N.Ryan,P.Kelly,O.McCaffrey,E.McDonagh,P.Kelly,T.Mullins,S.O’Connell,C.Burke,S.Ward,A.Kelly.
Substitutes: N.Finn for S.Ward, A.Flannery for E.McDonagh and L.Lally for O.McCaffrey.
Report compiled by Ladies team manager Kara Mullins