U12 & U13 Boys League action 

Colemanstown U12 Boys 5 – 2 Loughrea Div2 

It was a warm, still October Saturday morning away in Loughrea, as CUFC U12 Boys, lead by this weeks Captain Oran Cosgrove, embarked on their third league match. Pressure was on for the first win of the season and the boys were up for the challenge. Loughrea came out strong quickly putting Colemanstowns back four chasing. Loughrea’s strike was on target and opened the scoring with the first goal. The defensive line of Daniel O’Dea, Sean Forde, Caelan Noone and Adam Mitchell picked themselves up, faced into the game with Sean Forde calling for a strong defensive line. A break by Colemanstown saw Thomas Kennedy move quickly forward delivering the equaliser and bring the game back all level. A tight first half ensued. James Kilkenny having to come on early for an injured Tommy Gooney. Some tight play in midfield released Keelan Murray and Colemanstown took the lead into half time.

The second half saw George Costello in for Daniel O’Dea and Conor Saunders in for Caelan Noone in the back line and again Loughrea piled the pressure on. Oran Cosgrove worked hard as he covered the pitch. Colemanstown controlled the ball through a number of solid passes, the ball got to the feet of James Kilkenny and into the back of Loughrea’s net. 3-1 to Colemanstown. The whistle rang awarding a soft penalty to Loughrea for hand ball. Iarlaith Griffin steadied himself on the goal line, dived the right direction but the ball hit the net. The score now 3-2 to Colemanstown & game on. The lads though found a new lease and powered forward. Clearances from Conor Saunders and George Costello, some back line breaks by Sean Forde down the wing, connected play from Marc Scarry, Oran Cosgrove and Jayden Monahan all helped Colemanstown who responded with further goals from Keelan Murray and Oisin Flannery. 

Final Score Colemanstown 5 -2 Loughrea. Match report by Brian Saunders 

Squad: Oran Cosgrove, Iarlaith Griffin, Adam Mitchell, Sean Forde, Caelan Noone, Daniel O’Dea, Keelan Murray, Tommy Gooney, Thomas Kennedy, Conor Saunders, Marc Scarry, Jayden Monahan, George Costello, James Kilkenny, Oisin Flannery.

Colemanstown U13s 2 – 2 Barna na Forbacha Div2 

Colemanstown U13s got caught at the death as Barna forced the equaliser in the last minute in a tight, tough, physical match at home to Barna / Furbo in the league on Saturday. Although Colemanstown had the better of the first half chances, they found themselves 1-0 down in a half which they pretty much dominated with Aidan Quinn in the Colemanstown goal the less busier of the two keepers. Daniel Ruane, Dermot Parker & Daithi Burns had the best chances of the first half as Colemanstown were very organised limiting the visitors to few chances in front of goal as Oisin Nugent, Dara Blake, David Barrett & Finian Walsh were solid at the back.

Possibly against the run of play, the visitors finished a sweeping attack with a long delivery over the top which caught our defence off guard and they finished well on 25mins to leave the score 1-0 at the break to Barna/ Furbo. For the remainder of the half, Owen Hillary & Conal McDonagh were busy running both flanks & Dermot Parker & Jack Barrett got on plenty of ball in the centre of midfield. 

Oisin Nugent helped Colemanstown to turn the game around in the second half as he pumped in some lovely deliveries into the strike force duo of Daniel Ruane & Daithi Burns. Daniel Ruane’s hard work was rewarded midway through the 2nd half, after he himself did much of the hard work, got behind the Barna/Furbo defenders to poke in the equaliser from close range with the assistance of the butt of the post. Soon afterwards, Nugent’s long delivery from the back found Daithi Burns in space and with calmness personified he chipped the keeper from distance. Owen Hillary & Conal McDonagh had further half chances in the 2nd half with splendid work also from Mikey Nutley & Gearoid Griffin but were unable to add to the score tally. Right at the end, Colemanstown were caught as the visitors scrambled home the equaliser in a crowded box and there was little Aidan Quinn could do about it. Speaking to Colemanstown TV after the game, gaffer Alan Walsh felt the result was a fair reflection of an intense game featuring two fairly evenly matched teams. Final score: Colemanstown 2 – 2 Barna na Forbacha. 

Squad: Aidan Quinn, Dara Blake, Oisin Nugent, David Barrett, Finian Walsh, Owen Hillary, Dermot Parker, Jack Barrett, Conal McDonagh, Daniel Ruane, Daithi Burns, Mikey Nutley, Gearoid Griffin.