Our reserves 2-0 win over Renmore played away yesterday clinched them top spot in the Reserve league table, albeit, they have a game in hand. Colemanstown played more direct football; however both teams had equal chances; the only difference – Colemanstown took theirs. Another win is what counts and another fairly impressive attacking play is what provided the win. Colemanstown’s first goal came on 20mins when veteran Garry O’Grady played Lee Murphy on the right wing who passed to Shane Bailey and as Bailey drew 2 defenders with him, his exquisite back heel into space for Lee Murphy to run on to and with only the keeper to beat, Murf’s left footed strike engineered his first goal of the season. 1-0 at the break. Lee Murphy & Gerry Grady had early second half chances, but both went wide. Renmore were pushing hard for the equaliser winning corners and frees as their big physical striker made things difficult for centre backs Eoghan Barrett & Jason Finn who coped extremely well in the circumstances. Bailey had a chance to increase the lead as he won the ball in the middle of the park, skipped by a few defenders before unleashing a strike which was well stopped by the Renmore keeper. Colemanstown killed off the game and with it Renmore’s challenge with 5mins to go when Conor O’Neill won the ball on the left wing and following his powerful run towards the edge of the box drilled a fine finish inside the post. There was no dispute about the merit of the victory, simply put they took the couple of chances presented to them. Next week our reserves play Moyne Villa at home on Saturday at 2pm.
Meanwhile our B team are no longer winless as they clocked their first win of the season with a whopping 4-3 win over St. Bernards in Abbeyknockmoy yesterday. There was plenty of excitement in this nip & tuck game which saw Bernards go 1 up after 10mins and one thought the writing was on the wall once again for the B team. Colemanstown equalised through Niall Skehill on the half hour mark as Damo Mannion released a ball through the middle for Niall to run on to; his first effort was deflected onto the post by the keeper but Niall was perfectly positioned on the doorstep to bundle the ball over the line. It might not have been his prettiest goal ever but nonetheless crucial and got him off the mark killing his goal scoring drought. Colemanstown went 2-1 up before the break, again Niall Skehill in the thick of the action capitalising on a mix up in the Bernards defence but found his attempted lob of the keeper just short as Jason Burke ran in to make sure. 2-1 to Colemanstown at the break. It was up and down the field for the first period of the 2nd half until the home side drew parity with a well worked goal. And then came 3 goals in the next 15mins as Ronan Skehill played the ball from the left wing into the path of his brother Niall who rounded the defender, struck at goal, only to see his effort saved but as every opportunistic striker will do, followed up on play to tap the rebound to the bottom corner. Jason Burke’s effort then thundered off the woodwork and Shane Lally hit the side net but then, Tom Broderick was deceived in goal as a corner kick found its way to the net with 10mins to go and one thought would the B team’s party be spoiled? However, Colemanstown had the final say with 5mins to go as Alan Walsh’s long throw from a line ball went past Sean Walsh and as Walsh was running goalward, the keeper hesitated but Sean Walsh toe poked over the line from a tight angle to spark bedlam with the Colemanstown contingent. This win hopefully sees a new dawn rising for the B team for the rest of the season. Next week, they play Dynamo Blues in Tuam on Saturday at 2pm while our A team play their rescheduled 2nd Round Michael Byrne cup game against Loughrea at home on Sunday at 11am.
The club sympathise with Mrs. Chrissie Kelly & her family, Doonane on the sad death of Mattie. Ashling, Paula, Anita & Trisha are past players of the club. Mattie’s requiem mass takes place tomorrow in Skehana Church at 12noon. We also pass our sympathies to past player Kieran Cannon, Attymon on the passing of his father Sean. His funeral takes place from Quinns funeral parlour, Athenry tomorrow evening from 5-7pm. May they both rest in peace.