Weekend Soccer Action

U12’s: Colemanstown 3; Athenry 0

Our under 12 team got back on winning ways with a thumping 3-0 away win over Athenry on Saturday morning. It was a blistering attacking display from Colemanstown but yet Darragh Roche in the Colemanstown goal was forced to make a number of decent saves to ensure a clean-sheet for Andy & Eddie Concannon’s side. Conor Moran was simply outstanding in the backs and well assisted by Anthony Feeney on the right and Liam Gormally on the left. Sean Hansberry blasted home a penalty as early as 3mins following a handball from a swiftly taken Ryan Noone corner. On 13mins Sean Hansberry went close, this time with a glancing header from another perfectly taken corner from Ryan Noone. Immediately as play resumed danger was averted by Athenry as the ball was taken from the toe of Ryan Noone just as he was about to shoot following great work initially from Michael Flattery. Goal 2 came not long before the break as Sean Hansberry played a decent ball through the middle for both Ryan Noone & Michael Flattery to run on to & Ryan Noone made no mistake with just the keeper to beat. Athenry came close minutes before the break with a driving ball from 15 yards which skimmed the crossbar. 2-0 half time. Colemanstown re-started the 2nd half brightly as Michael Flattery won the ball well on the sideline and played a peach of a pass through to the newly introduced Jamie Hession who beat 2 defenders but the ball was eventually swept out for a corner. The aforementioned Hession had another chance moments later after Sean Hansberry played a beauty into the danger area but the Athenry custodian saved well from Jamie. At this stage the hard working Ryan Noone was substituted for an injury and Dara Hansberry was re-introduced. Athenry keeper was then called upon to make a quick double save first from a Sean Hansberry drive and then the rebounded shot from Jamie Hession which he saved well with his feet. The ball was quickly played up the other end and only for the alertness of Liam Gormally could have easily found the Colemanstown net. Sean Hansberry had another half decent chance from 15yards but the ball spurned over the crossbar while Jamie Hession also had a chance which was well stopped by the Athenry custodian and the rebound fell nicely for Michael Flattery who was just wide of the mark. Super sub Josh McGuire-Greaney was right in the thick of it before the final whistle as he made it 3-0 when he blasted a rebounded effort to the net from close range after good work initially from Sean Hansberry & Jamie Hession. What a goal as his smile almost set Athenry alight! Eoin Concannon and Dara Hansberry were firing on all cylinders doing a lot of the donkey work at midfield while Mark Donnellan & Johny Bondarevski also played their part when required. These lads might have stuttered a bit on their first outing but they’re now certainly back on track. They play St. Bernards in a challenge on Saturday at 3pm in Abbeyknockmoy.

U14’s: Colemanstown 5; Athenry 3

This goal feast played at home on Saturday was only minutes only when Evan Waldron scored for Colemanstown from close range following a scramble in the box. 12 mins later Evan got on the scoresheet again with his second which he took well after Adam Wynne’s initial shot was parried by the keeper and in so doing he fumbled the ball but Waldron took his opportunity well. 5mins later debutant Alan Naughton started a great team move with a great through ball to Adam Wynne whose effort from outside the box was parried onto the post and back into the path of Shane Burke whose sweet left footed strike from close range found the net. 3-0 half time lead for Colemanstown, just what they deserved for their superior dominance. Athenry got 1 back shortly after the re-start originating from a throw ball played through to their striker who beat a couple of defenders and then tapped under the legs of the advancing keeper. The hard working Alan Naughton then capitalised on a poor Athenry kick out as he slammed home with his left foot from 10yards. 8mins later the visitors made it 4-2 but Colemanstown later turned the screw through Alan Naughton after good work from Shane Burke. Naughton’s beautiful chip as he sent the ball skywards from just inside the 18yard box to score a beauty and put Athenry on the back foot. Athenry got another back just before full time to put a more respectable finish on the score line. Newcomer Robert Cosgrove was the quieter of the 2 keepers, while David Gilligan tried out a new formation with 3 centre backs, Ethan Lally, Josh Brennan & Jason Keane who were predominately solid throughout particularly Ethan Lally who was as powerful as ever with his left foot. Shane Burke & Harry Greaney did well in the corners. Shane Loughrey, Adam Wynne, Stephen Laffey & Thady Moran showed moments of real quality in the midfield berth. Up front Alan Naughton & Evan Waldron were in sparkling form while Kyle McGuire-Greaney was also in purposeful mood. Athenry took both their chances they carved out as newcomers Shane Loughrey & Alan Naughton were a constant menance, producing darting runs and excellent crosses and posed big problems for the Athenry defence. U14’s have their next outing on 17th October when they play Salthill Devon in Drom at 12.30pm.

Our reserve team put a dent on our winning weekend streak on Saturday when they lost 6-2 at home to a stronger Corrib Rangers outfit. Daniel Masterson & Ray Moran were the Colemanstown scorers.