Rising Performance from Niall Skehill helps in B team’s win

Our ‘B’ team clocked their 5th league win of the season thanks in the main to Niall Skehill’s shooting power but they were made work hard for this 3-1 win over Cregmore in Colemanstown today. Cregmore had the wind at their backs in the first half as the ball was up and down the field in tit for tat stuff. Tom Broderick between the posts had a few good catches from corners, Cregmore hit the post and Colemanstown had a few efforts over the bar from Shane Bailey in the early exchanges. Colemanstown found themselves 1-0 down after 30mins when Cregmore as good as scored direct from a corner assisted by the stiff breeze. Conor O’Grady equalised before the break with a splendid effort from 18 yards. The goal originated from a Martin Walsh throw ball to Keith Donnellan who gave a cross field pass for Conor O’Grady to run on to. Still with a bit of work to do, Conor controlled the ball well with two deft touches, rounded his man and creating space for himself, he calmly slotted the equaliser in the bottom left corner with a curling effort giving Colemanstown a crucial goal heading into half time. Colemanstown’s free flowing game rapidly livened up in the second half as they came more into the game dominating it and spraying the ball about to good effect while also stepping up the tempo of the game. Niall Skehill hit the crossbar following a good cross from Antonio , Bailey had a few more efforts at goal and suddenly Colemanstown found themselves in the driving seat. With 20mins remaining Sean Walsh who had been introduced shortly after half time, sent a lovely through ball to Niall Skehill who easily beat the defender for pace and finished powerfully from 12 yards past the advancing keeper. Cregmore pressurised in search of the equaliser as Tom Broderick was called to the fore and stepped up to the task. Niall Skehill wrapped up the points with 7mins left with an unmarked header at the back post after a great passage of play involving Sean Walsh, Conor O’Grady & Bailey. The back four of Padraig Quirke, Paul Moore, Adrian Burke and Martin Walsh put in stellar displays. Antonio Zavalas & Niall Skehill worked hard on the flanks putting in magnificent displays while Conor O’Grady also made a huge impact & Bailey held up the ball to great effect. Niall Skehill would have to be Man of the Match as he showed all the hallmarks of a good striker and proved his worth with two genuine strikes. The ‘B’ team now lie fourth in the table and who knows if this New Year form continues they might be eyeing up a promotion spot. Next week they play West United in the league in South Park at 2pm.