Reserves show character to beat Bohs 2-1

On a smashing sunny October 31st both Colemanstown Reserves & Galway Bohs put on a display of football in Colemanstown that showcased all that is good about the reserve league. With little between both teams on the table this was always going to be a well contested game. Not only was it a smashing contest it was pulsating as well. Penalty saves, hitting the woodwork and chances at a premium…. It didn’t take too long for both teams to settle as both sides kept things tight at the back. It was young Ronan Carr who carved out two early chances for Colemanstown, 1 hitting the post and the other just wide of the target. The game however, hadn’t too long to wait before the opening goal arrived. It fell to the visitors as they floated in a lovely free kick which was powerfully met by the head of a Bohs striker which left stand in keeper Gareth Lally with no chance. Conceding this early goal stunned Colemanstown into life as Sean Hardy stood out a mile at centre back. Alan Finn then goaled before the break direct from a free kick after Lee Murphy was taken down. His left footed shot beat the wall and found the top right corner of the net to level matters by half time. In the 2nd half, the game opened up as both teams went in search of a winner. Robbie Parker & Garry O’Grady were coming more into it at centre back. Ronnie Geraghty’s early 2nd half rasper was denied by the crossbar. Bohs were then awarded a penalty midway through the 2nd half but who came to the rescue only the mighty Gary Lally who stretched dynamically to save well not only the penalty, but was quickly back up on his feet to stop the rebound as well. Urged on from the back by the solid defensive trio of veterans Rob Parker & Garry O’Grady and the outstanding Sean Hardy, Colemanstown started finding gaps in the Bohs set up. Kenny Duane, Alan Walsh, Alan Finn & Chris Sheridan played both a defensive & roaming role when required. It looked like the winner might come and so it did! A powerful run from Alo Finn on the left of midfield pulled the Bohs defense out of position as Finn slipped by 2 defenders before crossing to Ronnie Geraghty who finished a half volley to the net from 12 yards and so help Colemanstown claim their first 3 points in the reserve league. They showed character galore and determination to come from behind for the second successive week, this time beating a strong Bohs outfit. Well done also to the hard working Lee Murphy who played through the pain barrier, playing on through injury due to a depleted squad on the day. Next weekend our A team play Athenry in a keenly awaited contest in Raheen on Saturday at 1pm; our B team are home to Cregmore/Claregalway on Saturday at 2pm while our u14’s hope to get back on winning ways as they make the long trek to Carraroe to play Cois Farraige at 12.30pm KO.