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Club Notes - Monday 14th August

posted 15 Aug 2017, 14:44 by Athlone GAA
​​​​​SFC Group 1
Athlone 2-17 Mullingar Shamrocks 2-12
Our senior men deservedly earned their first win of this year’s championship when they accounted for Mullingar Shamrocks in a thrilling game played in Tubberclair on Sunday evening.  Two brilliant first half goals from Noel Mulligan and Alan Gaughan and some excellent points from John Connellan, John Egan, Jordan Marshment and Mickey Greene helped Athlone to a 2-10 to 2-5 half time lead, and despite Mullingar reducing the deficit to the minimum late on, late scores from Ryan Gaffey and John Connellan gave Athlone a five point win.  Athlone’s next game is against Tyrellspass on Wednesday the 23rd in Tang (7pm) and their final game is against St Loman’s in Rochfortbridge on Sunday, August 27th (7pm)

Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Eoin Maher, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan (1-1), Paul Bannon, Tom Egan, John Stapleton, Daniel Reid, Jordan Marshment (0-1), John Connellan (0-7), John Egan (0-2), Ryan Gaffey (0-4), Alan Gaughan (1-1), Mickey Greene (0-1)  Subs Used:  Fionn Dowd.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8
Our junior men’s team gained their first win of the championship campaign when they accounted for neighbours Garrycastle in the derby match played in Páirc Chiaráin on Thursday evening.  This victory brings Athlone back into contention for the playoff spot as all teams in Group 3 have now lost at least one game.

Athlone started well with an early Richie Greene free after Michael Doolan had been fouled following a strong run, but they suffered a blow when a mistake in defence led to a goal for the visitors.  However, Athlone responded to this setback in fine style, and a superb solo goal from Darren Costello was followed almost immediately by a second when Joe Fallon swept home the rebound after a Sean Dowd shot had been saved.  Further points from Greene, Costello, Luke Dully and Benny Martin were matched by four similar Garrycastle scores, as the sides went tit-for-tat for the majority of the half, but the home side got a major boost just before the interval when Benny Martin finished off a brilliant move for the third goal.  Andy Lynam and Joe Fallon then added late points to give Athlone a half time lead of 3-7 to 1-4.

The home side began the second half as they had ended the first, with a Joe Fallon point straight from the throw-in, after Diarmuid Martin and Colin O’Leary had combined well to set him up, and more points from Richie Greene, Joe Fallon, Sean Dowd, Darren Costello and Benny Martin followed as Athlone played some excellent football.  Diarmuid Martin then made the game safe when he fisted home his side’s fourth goal from close range after being intelligently set up by David Cleary, and although Garrycastle staged a mini-revival with a goal and two pointed frees, Athlone finished strongly with excellent long range points from Cathal Joyce (0-2), Diarmuid Martin and Benny Martin to leave the final score Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8.  Our remaining group games are against Caulry in Mount Temple on Thursday August 24th at 7pm in Mount Temple and against Rosemount on Tuesday, August 29th.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Benny Martin (1-3), Sean Dowd (0-1), Joe Fallon (1-3), Darren Costello (1-2), Richie Greene (0-3)  Subs Used:  Luke Dully (0-1), David Cleary, Robert Teape, Cathal Joyce (0-2).

U21 FC
Athlone 2-16 Tubberclair 1-7
see match report on left....
Despite the wet conditions in Tubberclair, Athlone came flying out of the blocks with excellent points from Daniel Reid and Ryan Gaffey in the opening minute, and further points from Gaffey and a Richie Greene free had them four ahead with four minutes played.  The home side then found their feet and dominated possession for the next 10 minutes, but good defending from the Athlone backs, with the full back line especially impressive, restricted them to just one pointed free in this period.  Athlone then re-established control with a long range Kieran Colclough free and a Ryan Gaffey 45, before a brilliant team move set up Richie Greene for the opening goal of the match.  Tubberclair responded well to this setback by scoring the next three points of the game, but a late Ryan Gaffey free gave Athlone a six point half time lead of 1-7 to 0-4.

Daniel Reid almost gave Athlone a dream start to the second half, but was just wide with a powerful goal effort straight from the throw-in, although Athlone were soon on the board for the second period with fine points from Tadhg Prendergast and Shane Allen.  Again, however, the home side responded well and a brace of points left them just two goals behind with 15 minutes to play.  Just as it looked like Athlone could be in for a difficult closing quarter, they regained the initiative and points from Kieran Colclough, Daniel Reid, Ryan Gaffey and Fionn Dowd put more daylight between the sides, before Richie Greene made the game safe with a superb second goal.  Two well-taken scores from Enda Daly and another Gaffey free stretched the lead further, and although Tubberclair had the last word with a late goal, Athlone had done enough to set up a home quarter-final tie against St Loman’s.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Fahey, James Finlass, Shane Galvin, Shane Allen (0-1), Fionn Dowd (0-1), Luke Kelly, Daniel Reid (0-2), Diarmuid Martin, Donagh Prendergast, Josh Beaumont, Kieran Colclough (0-2), Ryan Gaffey (0-6), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Richie Greene (2-1)  Subs:  Sam Omukoro, David Cleary, Enda Daly (0-2), Robert Teape, JJ Offorjama, Deba Okodugha, John Duddy.

Minor Boys Championship Group 2
Athlone 7-13 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-6
Our minor boys got their championship campaign back on track with a comprehensive win over Mullingar Shamrocks last Wednesday evening in Springfield. see match report on left...

Minor Girls' Championship
Athlone 3-7 Kilbeggan/St. Josephs 2-7
Athlone 3-4 Kinnegad 3-7 

U12 Boys:
The Athlone U12 boys hosted Multyfarnham on Tuesday night last in the latest round of the U12 League. We togged out 18 players for this match and each and every one of the lads made a telling contribution to the game. Despite just returning from a two-week Summer break, the lads hit the ground running and aided by a light wind in the first half produced a very dynamic performance showing great hunger for the game not to mention playing some excellent football. 

The Multy lads were very well drilled and gave nothing away easily. Every score and tackle was hard fought in a very sporting game. It was a feature of the game that the Athlone lads broke in waves once the excellent back line had repulsed any attacks. The support running was exemplary and even if the scoring boots were not as accurate as normal, the coaches were delighted with the options available to the man on the ball and the work rate of the entire team. At the final whistle, as a deluge fell, the Athlone lads had run out deserved winners and ran to the tunnel soaked but satisfied. 

Many thanks to Daithi and the Multy lads for a very sporting game and great credit to their lads as even in the final stages when the game was gone from them, they kept battling for every ball. Well done to all. 

The Athlone panel on the night was: Terry Chen, Brian Collins, Luke Farrell, Cathal Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Tiernan Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Daniel Omukoro, Mark Rockett, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Jason Ukatu, Shane Wheatley and Luke Whelan.

Underage football continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  Boys and girls all ages welcome.  Come along on Sunday or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €6,900 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 5-25-26-30.
There was one match three winner.
Eddie Kelly c/o Eddie Kelly.
Next weeks jackpot will be €7,050.
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Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Curley Family, Mayfield Grove.
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