Shane Burke bags winner in tight U12 local derby

Shane Burke’s first goal of the season was enough to steer Colemanstown U12’s into 5th position as they secured a narrow home win over neighbours Kiltulla. This was a tit for tat game as Kellie Brennan & Thady Moran had the best of the first half efforts for Colemanstown while Jason Fahy in the Colemanstown goals put in an epic display with some notable saves, one a dynamic full stretch finger tip save midway through the first half which ensured a clean sheet at half time. 0-0 at the break. The second half resumed with great intention from both sides. Colemanstown conceded a sloppy corner in the early seconds and the resultant corner kick was finished to the net following a goalmouth scramble, albeit, just about dribbled over the goal line. Immediately after the kick off Kellie Brennan continued her fine goalscoring form with a swift strike finding space inside the box after trojan work from Shane Burke & Thady Moran in a well worked team goal. Kellie has now scored 9 goals in 8 games; a fine achievement indeed and together with Luis Suarez both are well in line for the golden boot award. Both teams squandered some chances thereafter until Burke struck the winner with 15mins remaining. In a great move originated by himself, he found Mika Harun and was on hand to collect the return pass from Harun and slot home from the edge of the 18’ box. Colemanstown with their  1 goal cushion rallied on from there and showed a diehard commitment for the reaminder of the game. Thady Moran & Shane Burke turned many players inside out with their fine running. Aaron Molloy & Jason Keane stifled Kiltulla going forward in their attempt to steal an equaliser in the latter stages of the game. Josh Brennan & Ethan Lally were rock solid in front of our resolute keeper Jason Fahy. Kellie Brennan was always a goal threat and together with Mika Harun combined well up front. Eve Murray & Luke Mitchell were integral assets when introduced, the latter narrowly missing out on a sliding chance to score a 3rd late in the game, what surely would have been a classic, should it have crossed the line. It was a great team performance for David Gilligan’s lads, full of endeavour with a great end result. They play Carraroe side Cois Farraige on Saturday at home in the first round of the Cup so here’s hoping their fine form will continue. Meanwhile the B team lost 4-0 to Corrib Rangers in their league outing on Saturday while the A teams match failed to go ahead due to a poor pitch surface.