Ryan Noone had Colemanstown off the mark against Loughrea within the first minute at home this morning as he got on the end of Sean Hansberry’s through ball, beat the offside trap, maintained his composure before he calmly slotted to the right of the keeper to open his account for the day. Conor Moran’s drive from the edge of the 18’ box was well held by the keeper while Niall McDonagh & Sean Hansberry linked up well culminating in Ryan Noone’s snapshot which was just marginally off the mark. Noone had another good effort on 13mins as he blocked Loughrea’s clearance in defence, skipped past his man but the keeper was equal to the task. He had a further effort but shot straight at the keeper after he latched on to Conor Moran’s delivery from the dugouts and although it looked like he was chasing a lost cause surrounded by 2 men, his hassling and harrying was enough for him to win the ball back and as he skipped forward his final effort was saved as he showed his frustration afterwards. A minute later though Noone was on the mark again as Sean Hansberry’s goal bound effort from a Moran free kick was parried by the keeper but Ryan was on hand to slot home the rebound. On 22mins Goal No. 3 came courtesy of Sean Hansberry who got on the end of Ryan Noone’s delivery from the stand side of the field and as he throttled through on goal, he made no mistake with a piledriver from a good distance out. Immediately afterwards Mark Donnellan’s delivery from the left wing found Ryan Noone but the keeper was well positioned to gather his snapshot. Ryan Noone had claimed his hat trick by 33mins as Michael Kelly sent a ball through the middle for Noone to run on to and after beating the offside trap he finished superbly to the right of the keeper to make it 4-0. Mark Donnellan’s left footed effort as he cut in from the left deflected off the post and out wide as the keeper was closing the angle for him to have a clean shot at goal. Donnellan turned provider for Colemanstown’s 5th as his delivery found Conor Moran who looked to have the ball smuggled off his toe by the keeper but somehow Moran dispossessed Loughrea’s custodian and tapped into an empty net. Ryan Noone had another effort which failed to yield a score just before the break following a good passage of play originated by Dara Hansberry in defence and involving Niall McDonagh and Mark Donnellan. Half time: 5-0
2mins after the restart Niall McDonagh scored a great individual goal as he showed plenty of heart with a mighty run from midfield. He skipped by 4 players before calmly finishing to the left of the keeper. Sean Hansberry then won a free kick which he took himself, deflected off the wall with the rebound falling to Michael Kelly who drilled his effort wide. Loughrea then had a good effort which deflected off the woodwork, back into play but was cleared by the combined vigilant defence of Micháel Ryan and Luke Lally. Conor Byron had to be well alert to whip the ball off the Colemanstown goal line with keeper Connolly beaten while immediately afterwards Connolly made a superb save as a Loughrea corner was whipped into the box. Micháel Ryan then had a good run down the right wing, crossed into the box where Dara Diskin & Michael Concannon were lining up but both miscued their chances as the ball ran miserably wide. Michael Kelly then spayed a lovely ball over the top for Josh McGuire-Greaney who showed a deft touch with his foot but the ball did not fall too kindly for him to get a shot at goal. In the dying few minutes Colemanstown had Loughrea under woeful pressure as Michael Concannon, Dara Diskin, Michael Flattery, Josh McGuire-Greaney and Micháel Ryan all lined up with efforts and in the end the ball was booted high over the ESB wires by Luke Lally whose grin lit up the place as he ran back to take up his position at centre back.
David Gillligan’s charges monopolised possession from start to finish giving their opponents little time on the ball as the spirit of the team was almost visible as they served up an almighty offering to win 6-0. Thanks also to Philip Dee & Sean Moran for assisting Gilly on the day.
Squad: Jason Connolly, Micháel Ryan, Luke Lally, Dara Diskin, Conor Byron, Michael Kelly, Niall McDonagh, Conor Moran, Mark Donnellan, Sean Hansberry, Ryan Noone, Josh McGuire-Greaney, Michael Flattery, Artur Nilkulins, Michael Concannon, Fionn O’Connor, Declan O’Brien.