Colemanstown ‘B’ came into this away league game today determined to build on their momentum from their last outing while West United had gained all 3 points in their last few shows and were sitting 2nd in the table. The game was played in a high tempo and both teams put together some lovely passing moves as the excellent Keith Donnellan controlled central midfield for Colemanstown. It didn’t take long for Colemanstown to prove their worth as they went 1-0 up by half time as Niall Skehill ran on to a breaking ball from midfield and beat the defence to smash the ball to the right of a sorry keeper. There was little more to shout about for either side in the first half as Colemanstown started to mount some pressure after the restart. Niall Skehill again had a few one-on-one chances, two of which were saved while the other was blasted wide. Keith Donnellan also had an effort from the right but the keeper saved well. Niall Skehill was causing havoc with his running and Colemanstown were awarded a free kick after the aforementioned was taken down; Martin Walsh stepped up and duly converted with his left foot into the top corner. 2-0 up with 15mins of the 2nd half gone. Then came the turning point as Paul Moore saw red in what appeared to be a harsh decision by the referee as it seemed like both players got entangled in each other but unfortunately Moore who was particularly dominant in the centre back position at the time, was sent for an early shower. The resultant free kick came off the wall and it looked like Colemanstown might sustain the pressure. West however, with the advantage of an extra man came more into the game. Soon afterwards West got their first goal back when they scored an unmarked header from a set piece after Kerrill Lally was adjudged to have fouled his opponent and they dispatched a penalty with 15mins left after Tom Loftus fouled his man. Both teams had the chance to kill the game at the death but neither side was able to take the chances presented to them as West hit both the post and the crossbar in the final exchanges and Niall Skehill & Antonio’s last gasp efforts were saved by a vigilant West keeper. 2-2 it finished and one could say they were both ‘lucky’ and ‘unlucky’ not to come away with full points.
Meanwhile all first round ladies league games scheduled for tomorrow have been called off by the Galway FA so ladies action commences next Sunday instead. Our u13’s league game vs Moyne Villa today was conceded by the Headford side last minute. We wish Ethan Lally & Thady Moran the best as they both tog for the Galway representative side against Clare in Eamon Deacy Park tomorrow. Also our u7’s, u9’s & u11’s resumed training today after the Winter break; training continues on Saturdays at 10.30am. Horses on sale for our forthcoming race night on February 28th, contact any committee member for details.