Colemanstown U15s 3 – 1 Loughrea
Our U15s put in a super performance against Loughrea on Saturday coming away with a 3-1 league win. The Skehana/Mountbellew/ Moylough & Pearses players & Kyle Madden with Ahascragh / Fohenagh hurlers in particular have to be commended for travelling from Moycullen, Ballymacward & Tuam respectively, from their Feile hurling matches. Well done to Kyle & his teammates who were part of the successful Shield winners in Kenny Park on Sunday.
With the S/M/M lads having no time to reflect on their win, let alone a warm-down & the Pearses lads having no time to reflect on a narrow defeat, there was just about time to get an energy drink and change colours in the car on route. Thank you to these lads who did what was required to fulfil their place on the team as Colemanstown looked to progress in the league. It’s a testament to all dual players involved. It can’t be too easy on the body playing two matches back to back. It surely was an ultimate display of dedication and endurance.
Colemanstown created their first chance on 6mins with an early effort from Jamie Nutley which was defended, fell to Kyle Madden but was bulleted across the face of goal. 3mins later Fionn Flattery had to be quick off his line to beat the pace of the oncoming Loughrea striker. David Walsh then fired a free kick over the cross bar when Ross Lally was fouled as Colemanstown created many scoring opportunities. The breakthrough was made on 26mins after good work from Josh Buckley at right back up the flank to originate another trademark Colemanstown move. Loughrea conceded a corner which was whipped in by David & who other than the towering Diarmuid Ryan headed home to continue his same impressive performance as he displayed in the hurling. Josh McDonnell & Kyle Madden linked up nicely but Madden’s final effort wasn’t too far off target on 33mins. Colemanstown maintained most of the 1st half pressure but a few successive corners before the break failed to yield a further goal. Half time: 1-0.
Shane Duffy doubled the lead quarter hour after the restart. A clearance in defence found Diarmuid Ryan who sprayed out right to Duffy and with work to do he skipped by two defenders as he cut in across the box, rounded the keeper to perfectly execute the finish. Good work from Cathal Kennedy created a chance for Sean Connolly after a shemozzle in the box but his effort was turned around the post for a corner. With 2mins to go Loughrea pulled 1 back through a 25yard free kick which left Fionn stranded in goal but Colemanstown responded splendidly straight from the tip off through Cathal Kennedy who won the ball on the left wing and unleashed an unmerciful effort from 22 yards into the top corner as Colemanstown prevailed 3-1. Like every match there’s blood, sweat & tears at times but it’s smiles that shine brightest as the lads walked off the field as proud as punch with their hopes of league success still fully intact. Speedy recovery to Ross Lally who sustained a knock to his knee.
Squad: Fionn Flattery, Josh Buckley, Diarmuid Ryan, Michael Fallon, David Walsh, Kyle Madden, Ross Lally, Donnacha Walsh, Joshua McDonnell, Shane Duffy, Jamie Nutley, Cathal Kennedy, Matthew Keane, Sean Connolly, Ronan Screene, Jonah Donnellan.
Colemanstown U13s 3 – 2 MacDara
Our U13s put together a powerful team display on Friday evening at home against Carraroe side MacDara. They found themselves 2 – 0 up on 10mins with 2 well worked goals. Darren Quirke opened the account after Colemanstown carved open the visitors defence in a well worked move involving Tadhg Hart, Harry Tierney & finished by Quirky. As Colemanstown dominated the early exchanges a quickly taken corner from Joe Carroll to Tadhg Hart who had some work to do before finishing superbly from just inside the box. Noah McDonnell clawed one back before the break in a fortuitous effort as a kick out deflected off an inrushing attacker and into the net for the easiest of finishes. 2-1 Half Time
MacDara equalised from a set piece 10mins into the 2nd half – a corner whipped in which was finished from close range. The remainder of the 2nd half was end to end stuff from both sides with an equal share of possession. With 5 mins remaining both teams were scrambling for a winner as Colemanstown lifted the tempo of the game. Tadhg Hart stole in the back door to claim his brace when he finished from close range into the top corner. Colemanstown held out til the end for a nervous last few minutes to finish on a high 3-2 winners.
Squad: Noah McDonnell, Michael Lally, Conor Keating, Jamie Lally, Tadhg Bardell, James Somers, Harry Tierney, Darren Quirke, Fionn Proulx, Tadhg Hart, Joe Carroll, Sean Keating, Martin Mellody, Thomas Screene.