U15’s: League Champs

Unlike Roberto Mancini’s prayerful pilgrimage to Medugorje in search of a miracle for the final Barclays Premier League game, our Sir Bobby didn’t require much intervention with his 16 man squad running out comfortable table toppers in the U15 Division 2 league with 1 game still to play. Indeed Bobby has to be the man with the midas touch, having won the U12 Div 1 league last year and the U11 Div 1 league the preceeding year and having gone through the heartache of losing the league by 1 point last year and 2 points the previous year with this same bunch of players. Certainly it is a testament to the manager and players alike that a full season has expired and only 1 game lost to date, that being the Divisional Cup Final to a much higher ranked Hibs side earlier this year in Eamon Deacy Park, Terryland. They have shown a consistency demanded over 12 league games to win a competition that requires a good combination of quality, team spirit, luck, discipline and good management to be successful. The victory in this competition was really achieved a few weeks back when Colemanstown showed nerves of steel in their 3-2 away win over Mervue in a crunch league clash between the ‘top 2’. Subsequently, Colemanstown remained focused on the job in hand. A 3-nil win over Cois Fharraige on Saturday last sealed the top spot. They started the game nervously as the first 10mins was a tense affair. A few early positional switches saw Colemanstown create some chances; the best of these falling to Paul Lally, Lee Murphy & Aidan Monaghan. Our first goal came minutes before half time when Lee Murphy swung the ball in from a corner kick and Keith Murphy rose highest to head home to uncontrollable excitement and somewhat relief from the home crowd. The back four of Dylan ‘King’ Kelly, Gerard Ward, Ronan Carr & Alan Cannon put in a brilliant performace and together with Sean Murray in goals mainatined yet another clean sheet. Colemanstown resumed the 2nd half, putting the Connemara side under intense pressure and they were duly rewarded when Paul Lally’s inch perfect cross from the left was met by Lee Murphy who made no mistake. As Colemanstown emptied the bench so that the full squad could enjoy the moment, defender turn striker, Dylan ‘King’ Kelly turned the screw when he tapped the ball in from 10yards after a perfect cross from Lee Murphy. To date this team have only conceeded 12 league goals and scored 42 which shows the strength and depth within the squad. Roll on Saturday when these youngsters will be crowned U15 Div 2 kingpins together with our U13 squad who won the Div 2 title a few weeks ago. The U15’s play their final league game against Mervue this Saturday in Colemanstown at 2pm KO. They have given us great commitment and joy all season so please come along to support them.