U15A Boys & Ladies weekend league games

Colemanstown U15A Boys 1 – 1 Kiltulla Pioneers
Colemanstown drew 1-1 with Kiltullagh on Saturday at home in Div1 of the Galway league. The home teams goal came in the first half after good link up play between Liam Abbott and Cathal Keane on the left, with Cathal flicking the ball over a Kiltullagh defender to send a perfect pass from near the left corner, that flew between the goalkeeper and last defender to Nathan Mannion who had timed his run perfectly to slot into the net.  The visitors got around the Colemanstown back line, who were solid all game, a few minutes later with a lovely strike, but were matched with an excellent save from Sean Cooke in goals. 

The second half saw chances for both teams, with Cillian Roche, Matthew Keane, Darren Moran and Joshua Buckley’s shots going wide.  A Kiltullagh free kick hit the underside of the crossbar but again Sean Cooke in goals kept the ball out of the net.  Kiltullagh scored shortly afterwards from another free kick. In the last few minutes Conor Walsh with superb defending laid the ball up through midfield to Joshua Buckley who found Tomas Rogerson, following a fine run from Rogie laid the ball to Matthew Keane who was through on goal but taken down from behind and a free kick on the edge of the box was awarded, despite the Colemanstown calls for a penalty.  Cillian Roche’s thundering free kick hit the crossbar and away to safety.   The game finished 1-1. Well done to both teams in cold conditions & to manager Orla McCaffrey who was at pitch side bright and early on Saturday morning re-lining the pitch after the incessant rain the day before. Match report by Orla McCaffrey.

Squad: Sean Cooke, Cathal Keane, Conor Walsh, Padraig Kelly, Tyler Collins, Liam Abbott, Joshua Buckley, Nathan Mannion, Matthew Keane, Darren Moran, Tomas Rogerson, Cillian Roche, Eibhear Colleran, Ronan Screene, Tommie Muldoon, Ryan Concannon, Joshua McDonnell 

Colemanstown Ladies 0 -2 Cam Celtic (RDFL League)
Our ladies were at home against Cam Celtic on Sunday in this clash of second top vs. second bottom. It was a very wet and windy Sunday but both teams went at it hammer and tongs. Cam arrived with just 10 players in the first half but brought the game to Colemanstown with lots of shots and half chances which were stopped by the brilliant goal keeping of Ashley Roberts – a good mix of fingertip saves and catching those awkward shots that bounced just in front of her. Colemanstown put in a good first half performance and managed to get themselves a couple of corners, nicely delivered into the area by Lucy Kenny but failed to get anyone on the end of them. Colemanstown also earned a few free kicks outside the Cam box but their keeper was in no- nonsense form and superb at plucking the high balls from the air. Half time arrived and stalemate.

The late arrival of an 11th Cam Celtic player spurred on the visitors to a much better second half as they chased Colemanstown for every ball. They increased the intensity of the game and it reaped dividends in the 70th minute. As Cam Celtic attacked through the middle, Colemanstown fouled to prevent the probing midfield runner from finding an opening and the resultant free kick was drilled straight into the roof of the net leaving Ashley Roberts stranded in goal. As the game progressed it was all Cam as they attacked ferociously while the battling Claire Keane picked up an injury which saw the introduction of Laura Keane up front as Sarah Molloy was redeployed to midfield where she made an immediate impact. Colemanstown broke up the left with good link up play involving Sarah Kearney and Serena Hansberry. Serena sprayed the ball across the box where Laura Keane almost found the net on her debut but just as she was about to pull the trigger the Cam defender stole in out of nowhere to rob the ball off her toe and the chance was gone. The ensuing passage of play saw a long distance shot from the Cam striker fly into the top corner as Colemanstown were caught on the break. It ended 2-0 but for the great goal keeping of Ashley Roberts it could have been far worse. Colemanstown had 3 debut ladies for this game: Eimear Costello who had an amazing game in the centre back position as she broke up loads of Cam Celtic chances; Sarah Molloy up front did splendidly well and also when moved to midfield where she dug in great. Laura Keane did really well when sprung from the bench and caused some serious problems to the Cam defence. Nice to see new debutants. Final score; Colemanstown 0 – 2 Cam Celtic. Match report by Philip Dee.

Squad: Ashley Roberts, Jessica Doherty, Eimear Costello, Katie Delaney, Rori Doherty, Lucy Kenny, Claire Keane, Serena Hansberry, Sarah Kearney, Sarah Molloy, Mary Walsh, Laura Keane.