U15s league win over Cregmore

Our U15s fighting spirit didn’t need to be called into question at home on Saturday as Cregmore were knocked-out by three sucker-punches from Sean Hansberry, Ryan Noone & Conor Moran – all in the first half to land 4 league wins out of 4 thus far. Both teams shared possession equally enough until Colemanstown’s first real chance came on 15mins after good work in the corner from Ryan Noone; Mark Donnellan whipped in the cross for Niall McDonagh’s snap shot which was well saved by the visiting custodian. Great work from the towering Sean Hansberry won him a corner which was whipped in by Ryan Noone and Hansberry rose highest to nod home a trademark header to break the deadlock. On 22 mins more super work from Hansberry saw him win another corner, again taken by Ryan Noone who curled the ball into the top right corner to put Colemanstown well in charge with his 4th goal in as many games. Call it a fluke, or just bad positioning from the keeper or a combination of both but the truth is: Goals from corners are rare. There was just enough curl and dip on the ball to find the net.

At this stage, the boys in green were well in command, dominating possession and playing some lovely football to great effect. Sean Hansberry had another good chance as he was fed by Noone; another inch of a stretch of that long leg of his may have poked it home. Niall McDonagh then won a free kick taken by Hansberry which wasn’t too far off target. Cregmore’s first real chance came on 28mins but Jayo Connolly was quickest to react to go down well on the ball. Ryan Noone failed to keep his free under the crossbar after Micháel Ryan was fouled while the resultant kick out was won by a combined effort of Michael Kelly & Ryan Noone who found Conor Moran calling for the cross and whilst his first effort was parried by the keeper; he made no mistake on the 2nd attempt to put Colemanstown 3-0 up and rub salt into the wounds. Cregmore then had a chance but again Connolly was well up for it in goals. Niall Mac went close with an effort from a Ryan Noone corner as the visitors were beginning to serve up a tame offering. Half time: 3-0

Sean Hansberry had Colemanstown’s first effort of the 2nd half but the keeper stretched well to deny him while Mike Kelly was also unlucky. Connolly made two consecutive superb saves as the game petered out and manager David Gilligan emptied the bench as the visitors were on the ropes. He handed debuts to Fionn O’Connor & Declan O’Brien – who impressed while Josh McGuire-Greaney & Michael Concannon also got to knock the cobwebs off themselves. Colemanstown created by far the better chances and with an unbeaten run to date, things are looking good, although there’s a long road to home.

Squad: Jason Connolly, Micháel Ryan, Dara Hansberry, Luke Lally, Conor Byron, Mark Donnellan, Niall McDonagh, Mike Kelly, Conor Moran, Sean Hansberry, Ryan Noone, Josh McGuire-Greaney, Michael Concannon, Fionn O’Connor, Declan O’Brien.