Misery in the end as ‘A’ team share the spoils

Our A team will count themselves hard done by against Corrib Rangers at home this morning by not taking all 3 points having dominated large stages of this latest league encounter.  They grew more and more into the game as it progressed but an equalising goal from the visitors deep into injury time left our players rather helpless and somewhat incensed. Both teams managed to get to half time scoreless as there was little opportunities for both sides. Kerrill Hardiman carved out our first chance on 15mins when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper but his shot scooshed just wide of the mark. On 32 mins Johnny Lally played in a super ball right across the face of goal but Alo Finn just failed to connect while the latter was well wide with a free kick moments later in the ensuing play. Corrib Rangers went close to opening their account 4mins later as a corner kick somehow deflected off the crossbar. Niall Gelston showed great bravery when he was called into action as he was quick off his line to drown out the striker’s threat.  Seconds later we were lucky not to concede an own goal as Corrib Rangers began to pile on the pressure.  Then Jayo Finn who together with Sean Hardy powered the engine room in defence unleashed a long ball from the back, into the path of Tom Flan but the pace of the ball beat him as the Rangers custodian was quick off his line to avert danger. 0-0 at the break. The visitors were on the attack again soon after the restart but Jayo Finn put his body on the line to deflect an almost certain goal and as Niall Gelston smelt danger punched the ball out towards the corner flag and also followed up on the ensuing play to boot the ball away to safety. As the rain came pouring down Flan broke through countering from Gelston’s clearance and his shot from the edge of the 18’ box curled wide. At this stage Colemanstown were showing great ability to muster shots from little or nothing and were rewarded 5mins into the 2nd half when Tom Flan latched onto a long clearance on the stand side of the field, took a couple of touches, looked up and played a cracker of a cross to Kegs who showed great footwork and with just a solitary touch scored a cracker into the left hand corner to jubilant joy from the Colemanstown contingent in the stand. The lead was short lived though as the visitors responded 3mins later with a looping free kick which Gelston could do nothing about.  Almost straight from the kick off Kegs had a good effort from 30yards which was well held by the Rangers No. 1. Then minutes later Alo Finn went about his business with a minimum of fuss and when Alo gets a sniff at goal he pounces and that’s exactly what he did to put Colemanstown 2-1 up.  Flan & Kegs combined again for our next attempt at goal as Flan’s back heel to Kegs who burst through the middle with great gusto but his effort went to the left of the mark; had he spotted Damo Wynne as an option on his right, he might have been in a better position to terrorise the keeper a bit more. At this stage we were showing plenty of invention and goal threat up front as Richie Lally & Gareth Lally bossed proceedings in midfield. Flan continued to cause problems, this time with a header from a Sean Hardy free kick but the keeper went down well to clutch the ball. The game flowed from end to end as Kegs was next to try his luck with a thumping shot from 30yards which whizzed over the crossbar. Corrib Rangers then had a chance which trickled wide of the post after some rare sloppy defending from Colemanstown. One of the best moves of the game saw Flan do the spadework and a great cross to Kegs but he failed to connect. Damo Wynne then had an effort when he latched onto a corner but he fired low and the keeper was equal to the task. Paddy Mullins then wasn’t too far away with his free kick with 5 mins left in the game; a free kick which was well won by the newly introduced Squelchy. Colemanstown had a bit of a let off with 2 minutes remaining as a mix up in defence saw a combined effort of Jayo Finn, Sean Hardy & Lee Murphy help thwart the ball from danger with Lee Murphy eventually clearing the ball off the goal line. With a minute left Damo Wynne had a gifted chance after good work from Flan but he delayed his shot at goal and the keeper was out of his box to crowd his effort. Much to our dismay there was further drama to follow as Colemanstown were left reeling when Corrib Rangers snatched a late equaliser in injury time which we certainly didn’t deserve.  One felt like giving these lads some words of comfort cos one thing is for sure, they wholeheartedly deserved to bag all 3 points today. That said, if they continue to play like they did today with such fire in their bellies, well then another 3 points is not too far away. Next week sees another busy weekend of action as the A team play West United in South Park in the FAI Cup; the B team are away to Athenry on Saturday at 2pm; while the Reserves also have their first league outing away to Athenry on Saturday at 2pm.