U14’s succumb to defeat by Mervue

Our U14’s battled hard against Mervue in their latest league encounter played in cold conditions in Mervue this evening. It’s not that Mervue were too hot to handle, in fact Colemanstown were the dominant team for large spells and certainly for most of the 1st half. Michael Flattery had a good chance on 9mins but flashed his strike agonisingly across the face of goal. Mike Kelly was not far off target with an effort from 30yards when he got on the end of Conor Moran’s delivery. Jason Connolly made 2 massive saves in quick succession before Mervue’s striker found himself clean through on goal only to blast it over the bar. A clinically taken goal from Ryan Noone following an exquisite piece of skill just before half time was enough to see Colemanstown take a half time lead with Conor Moran & Sean Hansberry involved in the build-up.

The tide turned in Mervue’s favour early in the 2nd half and after a period of sustained pressure they levelled matters 8mins into the half when the ball ricocheted off the stanch of the post leaving Connolly with no chance. 2mins later Mervue were awarded a spot kick after a handball which they duly converted. It was pure misfortune that the player who gave away the peno has been one of the most outstanding players for the club this year and he was the victim of a huge slice of misfortune in the circumstances. Micháel Ryan had to track back on one occasion to clear his line as Mervue were well on top. That said, Colemanstown rallied the troops and had opportunities to level the scoreline late in the game through Sean Hansberry & Ryan Noone but time ran out in the end. Final score: Mervue 2; Colemanstown 1

These lads should be back to their live-wire best when they take on table toppers Ramblers in Leitrim on Saturday at 12.30pm

Jason Connolly, Conor Byron, Luke Lally, Dara Hansberry, Liam Gormally, Ryan Noone, Sean Hansberry, Michael Kelly, Micháel Ryan, Mark Donnellan, Michael Flattery, Conor Moran, Liam Molloy, Daragh Diskin, Josh McGuire-Greaney.