There were great celebrations all round last weekend between Burke’s Bar 125th anniversary celebrations coupled with our ‘A’ & ‘B’ team claiming all 3 points in their league contests at the weekend. Our ‘B’ team were first out on Saturday against Oughterard and claimed their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory. Newly signed Sean Walsh scored his first goal after a good run when he cut in from the left wing to score from the edge of the box. Sean turned provider for our second when another new signing Niall Skehill scored 5 mins later with a lovely piece of skill as he flicked the ball up for himself and volleyed to the net from the edge of the 18’ box. Oughterard scored from an uncontested header before the break as Colemanstown paid for some rare sloppy defending. In the second half, Colemanstown had plenty of goal chances. Conor O’Grady failed to test the keeper with some long distance efforts while the Oughterard custodian pulled off a great save from a close range Sean Walsh effort. Steven Broderick’s piledriving header was angled over the post and Joe Finnerty also had some half chances as Colemanstown showed great desire to hold onto their 3 points. They dominated most of the territory and held most of the possession for the entire game and certainly deserved this win. It was a good team performance as everyone played their part and the seeds of a new beginning may have been sown.
Meanwhile our ‘A’ team cruised to a 5-1 win over Tuam side Dynamo Blues with their 3rd win on the trot. Tom Flannery opened the scoring on 2mins when Damian Wynne picked him out and with some great running he cut in from the right and struck a fine finish with his left after rounding the keeper. On 5mins Kerrill Hardy was provider for Ray Moran who scored his first goal of the season on his second attempt after his first effort took a deflection. The visitors made it 2-1 before the break when the ref failed to blow the whistle for a dubious offside but their striker flicked the ball on and his volleyed finish found the net as Junior in the Colemanstown goals was a few yards off his line. Johnny Lally then hit the crossbar with a powerful header and so the score remained 2-1 at the break. The start of the 2nd half saw Colemanstown pile on the pressure as Ronnie Geraghty’s shot from the edge of the box took a deflection but Tom Flan was well positioned to coolly find the net. Ray Moran who impressed in a holding midfield role with a splendid range of passing scored our 4th in a goalmouth scramble as Alan Finn’s first effort hit the post but the rebound fell neatly for Ray Moran to slot home. Stephen Walsh in his first game this season did some powerful running and missed two clear-cut chances when it might have been easier to score. He made amends before the final whistle however, when Paddy Mullins squared the ball to him perfectly and he steered it past the hapless keeper for No.5. Ray Moran was man of the match, full of energy while Gary O’Grady at his ripe age ‘came even more of age’ with some classy moments of skill towards the end of the game. Johnny Lally was fearless and fantastic in defence at his young age. It was another great display from this team who are proudly sitting at the summit of Div1. Circuit training continues on Tuesdays weekly in Target Fitness at 8pm. Everyone is welcome, both male and female, over 16years, soccer or non-soccer players.