Girls U12A Colemanstown 3 – Loughrea 2.
An overall mild day weather wise on Sunday 13th June, although we were promised the hottest day of the year but hey, none of this mattered to the ferocious U12A Colemanstown girls as they were on fire!!! We were entertained from start to finish.
5 minutes into the game it was evident Colemanstown were challenged by the sheer skill and tough play of the Loughrea girls but this U12A girls team showed true resilience and professional teamwork throughout their 60 mins play and quite deservedly (IMO but obvs I’m biased) came out on top!
The dynamic duo that is striker Grace Mitchell and midfielder Chloe Flynn worked tirelessly together and achieved a force to be reckoned with. Grace Mitchell scored her 1st goal after 7mins. 12mins in Chloe was unluckily denied a goal after a pass from Grace but in the 2nd half there was no stopping her as she stuck it in the back of the net. Centre midfielder Eva Molloy dominated the pitch; my eyes were dizzy trying to keep up with her. She never missed a chance to clear the ball and defend.
Backs Aisling Ruane, Grace Roche & Anna Barrett held their forces on every occasion they could and the few times Loughrea snuck through the Glory girl that is the Almighty “Aoife Hynes” held strong with some unbelievable saves! Aoife quite deservedly won Player of the Match and I believe we’ve a lot more to come from Aoife so Let’s keep watching this space.
Aoibhín Thompson was subbed in for Grace Roche in the 1st half & Roisin Ruane for Aisling Ruane, both showing no fear in some very tasty tackles as defenders. Della Griffin was introduced in the 2nd half as centre back and within a few mins showed her dominance and strength against Loughrea. Rachel Kennedy – let’s not underestimate this girl; she can foresee things in a game the rest of us never would! She’s always ready to pounce and keep the game flowing.
Lillie Kirby midfielder was like a girl on jets covering every inch and showed no mercy to the Loughrea girls. The last 10mins of the game Striker Grace Mitchell secured the win with a glorious goal!
We were entertained and well satisfied that our girls did themselves justice and played like true professionals. We have a lot more to come from these girls yet so let’s congratulate them and be proud. Girl power I say! Girl Power!! Report by Sandra King.
Boys U14. Colemanstown 3 – Corofin B 1.
For both Corofin & Colemanstown U14 players and the few paltry supporters, Tuesday evening felt more like like mid-November than mid-June. Not only was it absolutely soaking wet, but it was freezing too! It was difficult to serve up a football fantasy in such conditions, buts hats off to both teams for the performance displayed.
Colemanstown’s first half chance came as Cathal Kennedy skipped past a number of players down the right flank, crossed into Dylan Murphy who didn’t quite get his head on it and the ball was easily picked up by the Corofin keeper. Dylan opened Colemanstown’s account on 12mins when he capitalised on a poor Corofin kick out and with the keeper left wonderstruck, he casually found the net. Playing with a strong breeze, Colemanstown were camped in the Corofin half for most of the 1st half. Corofin got a sniff at goal with a lovely delivery from a corner which was destined for goal but Josh Buckley was well positioned to whip the ball off the goal line as Corofin’s No. 17 was like a fox in the box.
At this stage, Cathal Kennedy, Cathal Hynes, Paddy Flynn & Kyle Madden were tormenting the Corofin defenders with their whole hearted runs. Colemanstown made it 2-0 on 24mins when Cathal Kennedy switched play across the field to the edge of the 18’ box where jonah Donnellan was lurking and he drilled his effort low and hard into the far corner.
Within minutes of the restart, Dylan Murphy had the ball in the net but was adjudged to be offside. Corofin were given a lifeline 15mins into the half when a free kick was floated in; our defenders were caught napping and a good strike from the edge of the box passed the diving body of custodian Fionn Flattery. Corofin assisted by the 2nd half breeze did their best to get into the game but David Walsh, Diarmuid Ryan, Sean Connolly, Ross Lally & Conor Walsh stood firm at the back as Jamie Nutley’s high work rate on the right side of the field saw him & Josh Buckley very comfortable on the ball when the team were under pressure in the 2nd half.
Jonah Donnellan bagged his brace with 10mins to go after great work by Cathal Kennedy and Donnellan got on the end of the loose ball and leashed an unstoppable effort from almost the centre circle. Corofin seemed to down tools after that as making up 2 goals in the conditions was a tall order. Well done to both teams in such conditions.
Squad: Fionn Flattery, Josh Buckley, Diarmuid Ryan, Ross Lally, David Walsh, Cathal Hynes, Jonah Donnellan, Cathal Kennedy, Paddy Flynn, Dylan Murphy, Kyle Madden, Jamie Nutley, Conor Walsh, Sean Connolly.