Our U13s maintained their unbeaten run at home yesterday morning against Ramblers with a convincing goal-feast no one could have predicted, given that both sides were unbeaten to date. It was far from a sleepy first half for the Colemanstown boys who got off to the best possible start. There were early chances for Tommy Mellody and Harry Mitchell but the breakthrough was made on 7mins after a good build up involving Ciárán Keating and Killian Hughes who squared across to the inrushing Jonah Donnellan who beat the offside trap, found himself one-on-one with the keeper and slotted to the keepers left. Harry had a chance to double the score on 9mins after a free kick from Tommy Mellody was headed on by Luke Williams to Mitchell who was storming into the area but the keeper stood his ground well. Cian Ruane had to be alert on the Colemanstown goal line on 16mins as he was called into action for the 1st time while straight down the other end, Harry Mitchell’s chance was wide and a subsequent effort of his was struck straight at the keeper while Cilly Fahey also had a half chance which didn’t work out.
Colemanstown doubled their advantage on 20mins through Mellody from close range; originated from Donnellan in the centre circle who sprayed the ball across the field to Mitchell who crossed into the danger area where Tommy Mellody tapped home with utmost ease. Straight from the kick off, Mellody fed Jason Rabbitte whose low hard drill went across the face of goal. Tommy Mellody added his 2nd on 22mins as his perfectly executed right footed corner beat the keeper and curled into the net for a riotous goal. Rabbitte did all the hard work on the flank which led to Colemanstown’s 4th as he skipped by 3 defenders before squaring across the box where Donnellan was perfectly positioned to tap home as the visitors were left sprawling for a bit of sleep-walking.
Ramblers got one back in the ensuing play as Cian Ruane failed to hold the ball, he may have been a bit cold, after all it was his first bit of real action. David Walsh made it 5-1 on 24mins with his powerful left foot from a long distance out which took both himself and the keeper by surprise as it skidded off the surface before finding the net. Walsh’s grin told its own story as the ball hit the net. Recognising the momentum, Tommy Mellody stole a loose ball headed on by Harry Mitchell to set Mellody on a run that took him to his hat-trick as he dealt another heavy blow for the visitors – his pace assisting him to finish with ease. 6-1 at half time.
Harry Mitchell, Donnellan and Tommy Mellody had early 2nd half chances to exacerbate the problem for Ramblers but to no avail. At this stage, the management duo gave game time to the bench as Dara Scarry, Eoin Keague, Cian Burke, Larry Murajovs, Nathyan McGuire-Greaney & Johnny Keane were all introduced at varying stages in the 2nd half. A long kick out from Cian Ruane in goals was worked up the field and as the ball was crossed into the box, Jayo Rabbitte spectacularly rose for a bicycle kick which didn’t quite work out for him while in the ensuing scramble in the box, Donnellan snatched his hat-trick to make it 7-1 just 11 mins after the restart. Harry Mitchell had a good effort from the edge of the 18’ box which was well held by the keeper. Ramblers were not quite finished though as they managed a decent fightback in the last 10mins with 3 late goals although the result was never really in doubt. Harry Mitchell had a chance to quench his goal drought before full time as Jason Rabbitte did well to win a corner which was whipped in by Tommy Mellody and the smallest lad in the box rose highest, but to his dismay, he headed straight at the keeper.
It was a game in which the movement of the ball from one play to the next from the boys in green was superb and it was obvious that everyone had a total understanding of their role in each pattern of play. This is very much a tribute to the way these lads are trained and the patterns of play tried out at training. Our defence of Eanna Burke, Luke Williams, Ciárán Keating, David Walsh and Dara Scarry were rarely troubled while Cilly Fahey, Killy Hughes, Tommy Mellody who claimed his hat-trick, Jayo Rabbitte, Cian Burke, Larry Murajovs, Johnny Keane, Nathan McGuire-Greaney & Jonathan Keane never ran out of ideas at midfield. Up front Harry Mitchell stayed trying to the bitter end while Jonah Donnellan also claimed his hat-trick.
Well done boys, unbeaten in the league to date, playing great passing football and thanks to the management duo of Jason Finn & Gary Lally who took the 8.30am U12 training session prior to managing this team to yet another convincing win.