Our U16s were the last team to play football prior to the announcement by almost every sporting code that sport right across the globe will be decimated for now due to the impact of coronavirus.
Gary Broderick and Declan Greaney’s young guns were humbled 7-0 by an impressive Moyne Villa in the quarter-final of the U16 Connacht Shield in Moyne Villa under lights midweek. The Colemanstown lads were stunned by a fired-up Headford outfit who raced to a 2-0 lead by half time and then added 5 more over 40 second half minutes.
Moyne Villa who are unbeaten to date in the Championship – a level above the Colemanstown lads adjusted more so to the wet conditions but the gulf in superiority was emphatic as the Colemanstown lads simply had no answer to the mobility and superior fitness of their opponents who cut through at will to seal an emphatic victory for them. Colemanstown started with 5 at the back – Mark Donnellan, Luke Lally, Declan O’Brien, Conor Byron & Fionn O’Connor who were tested in dealing with Moyne Villa’s strikeforce duo who were built with power and speed. Micháel Ryan in goals was kept busy pulling off numerous saves and had to deal with 5 corners in a row with Sean Hansberry getting his head to two of them. At one stage, such was the immense pressure, lone striker Jack Donoghue was in his own half, helping out to clear the ball. Colemanstown’s only real chance of the half came through the hard working Jack Donoghue who beat his man on the right and Didac was inches away from connecting to his delivery as the keeper was left stranded. 2-0 at half time.
In the second half, the management changed to a 4-4-2 formation and emptied the bench in a bid to create more attack. The game opened up more for the hosts who scored 5 more. Credit to Daithi Colleran with a great goal line clearance just before the full time whistle. Well done to the lads who kept plugging away although it was obvious from the off the opposition were more superior and dominant in every position on the field. Final score 7-0.
At a time when the club were driving to get games played, God only knows at this stage when games will resume. In the meantime, we can only say: Adhere to the warnings and advice given by our Public health professionals and let us all wear the jersey together as we make a concerted effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. We hope you all stay safe until we are back in action.