Luck was certainly not on Colemanstown A Team’s side as their hard work and creativity failed to be rewarded at home to Corrib Rangers in their latest league outing yesterday.
Rangers got the rub of the green with an early own goal. They went 2 nil up shortly after with a well worked goal. But it was the home side who created all the chances.
The versatile Kerril Hardiman partnered Jason Finn in defence, replacing his brother Seán. Ronan Carr and Damien Wynne completed a very steady back four. Padraig Quirke partnered Richie Lally in midfield. Mossy Carr, Niall Gelston and Ryan Noone completed the midfield, leaving Gareth Lally up front. Chances were plentiful all through the match, from all positions. Kerrill Hardy, ,Damien Wynne, Niall Gelston, Gareth Lally, Padraig Quirke, Young Ryan Noone and Mossy Carr all had decent attempts on goal but just couldn’t find that much needed break.
The ever improving Mossy Carr impressed through the match, getting himself into great positions using his usual silky footwork. It was from one of his many dribbles into the box, where Colemanstown finally got a deserved goal back, albeit from an own goal. At that stage momentum was on Colemanstown’s side. Second half substitutes Tom Flannery, Alan Finn, Fionn O’ Connor and Thady Moran added to the intensity. Unfortunately the away side grabbed a break away opportunistic goal shortly after.
Still Colemanstown didn’t give up. Fionn O’Connor had a header cleared off the line. Tom Flan tried his luck with a long range volley and hard working Padraig Quirke had a couple of more attempts. Captain Damien Wynne drove his team on and led by example, with an industrious and passionate display from full back Eventually the pressure paid off when Mossy was fouled for a penalty, which was coolly converted by Wynner.
Unfortunately, time ran out for the home side who were camped in Rangers half for most of the 2nd half. Despite leaving with no points, these lads can look forward to the next game with great confidence, given the increasing morale in the camp. Hard luck boys but there will be better days ahead.
Final score: Colemanstown 2 Corrib Rangers 3. Match report by Ollie Crowe.