Football Returns to Collinstown With a Bang

It has been over 600 days since football graced the hallowed pitches of Collinstown Park. A global pandemic at fault for halting most extra curricular in schools the length and breadth of the country. But on Tuesday the U19 Boys team took on Heywood Community school of Laois, bringing life back to the pitch and excitement back to the players.

Onesime Tembe

In what was a windy day, conditions played a big factor throughout the game. Playing with the wind in the first half Collinstown just couldn’t finish any of the number of chances they created. A final ball too long or a shot just off target seemed to happen time and time again. Just before half time and totally against the run of play Heywood made hay from a corner kick which was poorly defended to nod past keeper Alex Dunne. This left CPCC trailing at the break 1-0.

Eoin Watson

The second half was a completely different affair, playing against the wind CPCC passed the ball and controlled possession. The enigmatic Onesime Tembe terrorised the Heywood defence time and time again down the wing, with Eoin Watson and Taidgh Curran controlling things in the middle. However, it was captain Cian Somers who finally got CPCC on the score sheet and what a goal it was. Falling to Somers 40 yards out, the Heywood ‘keeper was left scrambling as the ball nestled into the bottom corner of the net.

Ryan Doyle

Another goal from the captain followed soon after and the home side were leading. An equaliser by Heywood against the run of play did not dampen the teams spirits and soon after Ryan Doyle who was excellent in defence buried the ball in the top corner, Collinstown led 3-2. The football was flowing at this stage and when Tembe was taken down once again (this time in the box) Somers stepped up to seal his hat-trick and end the game as a contest.

Kane Casey

Jake O’Reilly added a fifth goal with ten minutes to go and Collinstown had booked their place in the next round of the Leinster Schools Cup.

Tembe gives three players the slip

Final score 5-2.

Jake O’Reilly

Alex Dunne made some great saves in goal, Martin Ikharo was a rock in defence and Kane Casey worked tirelessly on the wing but Tembe and Somers sealed the headlines with great performances by both.

It was great to have football back in Collinstown

Collinstown Team: Alex Dunne, Bradley Coleman, Martin Ikharo, Ryan Doyle, Nathan Brogan, Kane Casey, Eoin Watson, Cian Somers (C), Marvin Ikharo, Onesime Tembe, Taidgh Curran.

Alex Dunne, Bradley Coleman, Martin Ikharo, Ryan Doyle, Nathan Brogan, Kane Casey, Eoin Watson, Cian Somers (C), Marvin Ikharo, Onesime Tembe, Taidgh Curran.

Subs: Jake O’Reilly for Marvin Ikharo, Reece Gallagher for Coleman, Dylan Walker for Brogan, Lee Greene for O’Reilly, Sean Kavanagh for Watson.