U16 Boys

Mentors 2017
Andy Lynam
Paul Connellan
TJ Egan
U16s 2017

Boys U16 League Division 2
Athlone 7-9 Milltownpass 4-13
After the sides had exchanged early points, Stephen O'Connor struck Athlone's first goal with a superb solo effort, which was followed soon after by a lovely first time finish from Conor Rushe.  The visitors then settled and, with Athlone struggling to win their own kickouts, kicked five unanswered points to reduce the deficit to the bare minimum.  A pair of well-taken points from Bryan Hughes settled the home side again and another brace of goals, from O'Connor again and Dylan Rushe, stretched the lead again, although Milltownpass finished strongly with three late points to leave Athlone ahead by 4-3 to 0-9 at the break.

Andrew Beaumont got in for Athlone's fifth goal just after the break, but they were then grateful to keeper Kenny Davies for a couple of fine saves as Milltownpass went looking for goals to get back into the game.  Eamon Martin added another point, before Milltownpass did get their first three-pointer, but Athlone responded well with two points each from Hughes and Beaumont.  Milltownpass kept in touch with their second goal and a couple of points, but two goals in quick succession from Stephen O'Connor and another Beaumont point finally made the game safe for the hosts, although two further Milltownpass goals late on took some of the gloss of the scoreline.

Overall, this was a fine display from Athlone, with some lovely passages of attacking football, although a tendency to go for goals rather than tacking on points to keep the scoreboard ticking over when ahead, let Milltownpass back into the game on more than one occasion.

Athlone:  Kenny Davies, TJ Okodugha, Killian O'Sullivan, Sean Duffy, Reme Okodugha, Sam Fogarty, Ben Killian, 
Michael Byrne, Eamon Martin (0-1), Bryan Hughes (0-4), Stephen O'Connor (4-1), Shane Reid, 
Dylan Rushe (1-0), Andrew Beaumont (1-3), Shaun Fox  Subs Used:  Conor Rushe (1-0)
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U16 Boys Division 2 League:  
Athlone 2-11 Rosemount 2-09

Our U16s got their league campaign off to a good start last Monday night, with a 2 point win over Rosemount. Athlone started the game brightly and took an early lead thanks to a point from full back Eamon Martin. They dominated much of the first half, but poor shooting meant they were just 4 points ahead at half time. The second half was a much closer affair, with Rosemount enjoying much more possession. An early goal for the away side left the game in the balance, and a close and tense second half followed. The game was level with just 4 minutes remaining, but late points from Andy Beaumount and the very influential Conor Rushe seen the Athlone lads finish with 2 points to spare at the final whistle.

Team: Kenny Davis, Liam West, Eamon Martin, TJ Okodugha, Kolo Kiripati, Conor Rushe, Reme Okodugha, Shane Reid, Michael Byrne, Brian Hughes, Andy Beaumount, Dylan Rushe, Shaun Fox, Raphael Salaja, Chulain Dowd, Ben Killian, Javier Kieran.
Scorers: Eamon Martin 0-2, Andy Beaumount 0-3, Chulain Dowd 0-1, Brian Hughes 0-2, Michael Byrne 0-2, Raphael Salaja 1-0, Conor Rushe 0-1, Shane Reid 1-0

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First meeting takes place on Monday, 27th February, 2017 at 7pm in the Clubhouse, new players welcome.
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U16s 2016


​​​​Boys’ U16 Championship Division 1 Semi-Final:
Athlone 0-8 St Loman’s 3-6

Our Under 16 Boys’ championship campaign came to a disappointing end in Ballymore on Saturday afternoon when they were defeated by a physically strong and well-organised St Loman’s team in the division 1 championship semi-final.

In perfect conditions for football, it was the Mullingar boys who opened the scoring with a point after two minutes, but Athlone responded almost immediately when Eamon Martin and Mark Tallon combined to set up Enda Daly for the equaliser.  Both sides then missed good goal chances before Donagh Prendergast finished off another fine move to give the Sky Blues the lead for the first and only time.  Athlone had a chance to stretch their lead soon after but the opposing keeper pulled off a fine save to deny Josh Beaumont and instead it was St Loman’s who struck the first goal of the game after 17 minutes.  Another point put a goal between the sides, but Athlone finished the half strongly and three points from frees from Donagh Prendergast saw the sides go in level at the break.

Just as in the first half, it was St Loman’s who opened the scoring after two minutes, but some bad wides meant that they were unable to stretch their lead further before Kieran Colclough brought Athlone level with a long-range free.  It was then Athlone’s turn to miss some chances to retake the lead and they were made to pay for these misses when St Loman’s struck for their second goal after 40 minutes, while it took a good save from John Duddy to prevent the Dark Blues from doubling their lead soon after.  St Loman’s did add another point to put four between the sides, and despite Donagh Prendergast keeping Athlone in touch with an excellent solo point, the momentum was with the Mullingar boys and their third goal arrived with 10 mins remaining.  Athlone piled on the pressure in the closing minutes, but could only manage one more point, scored by Thomas Roper, as they struggled to create the goal chances necessary to claw back the deficit.  Two points in injury time finally put the game beyond the Athlone lads and St Loman’s ran out winners on a scoreline of 3-6 to 0-8.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Joseph Devins, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Eamon Martin, Shane Allen, Kevin Cleary, Kieran Colclough (0-1), Kevin Rowan, Anthony Johnson, Donagh Prendergast (0-5),  Andrew Beaumount, Josh Beaumount, Mark Tallon, Enda Daly (0-1) Subs Used:  Niall Doolan, Thomas Roper (0-1).

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Athlone 5-14 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-8

An extraordinary sequence of five unanswered goals early in the first half set Athlone on their way to a comfortable victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in their opening U16 championship fixture.  Points from Andrew Beaumont and Donagh Prendergast gave Athlone an early lead, but after Shane Allen scored Athlone's first goal, the floodgates really opened and further goals from Josh Beaumont (two), Faris Kajani and Enda Tynan Daly had Athlone gave an unassailable lead, which they stretched with further points to lead by 5-8 to 0-3 at half-time.

After three points in the opening two minutes of the first half had stretched Athlone's lead further, they dropped the intensity somewhat and let the visitors came much more into the game.  Fortunately the Athlone defence was not in generous mood and, despite Shamrocks having most of the possession and going for goals, they were only able to pull one goal back and Athlone ran out comfortable winners by 5-14 to 1-8

Athlone: John Duddy, Killian O'Sullivan, James Finlass, Joseph Devins, Kevin Cleary, Conor Rushe, Niall Doolan, Shane Allen (1-3), Mark Tallon, Anthony Johnson, Donagh Prendergast (0-4), Andrew Beaumont (0-3), Faris Kajani (1-0), Josh Beaumont (2-1), Enda Tynan Daly (1-3)  Subs:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Deba Okodugha, Shaun Fox
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U16 League Division 1:
Athlone 0-14 The Downs 1-07

Athlone's U16 Boys team overcame The Downs in a high quality league encounter played in Páirc Chiaráin on Sunday evening.  This was an excellent all-round performance against a typically strong Downs outfit, with some great scores from the Athlone attack complemented by some superb disciplined defending by the their colleagues in the backline and also a couple of crucial saves from both goalkeepers who were used on the night.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Paddy Ryan, James Finlass, Joe Devins, Niall Doolan, Conor Rushe, Deba Okodugha, Shane Allen, Kevin Rowan, Anthony Johnson, Donagh Prendergast, Enda Daly, Mark Tallon, Josh Beaumount, Andy Beaumount.  Subs Used:  Killian O'Sullivan for Deba Okodugha, Kevin Cleary for Andy Beaumont, Rytis Liaukevicius for John Duddy


19 April 2016
Div 1 League
Athlone 4-12 St. Lomans 2-10

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