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Club Notes - Monday 4th July

posted 14 Jul 2016, 14:49 by Athlone GAA
ACFL Div 4
Athlone 0-13 Castledaly 0-9

Our Junior men's team retained their Division 4 status with a hard fought victory over a battling Castledaly side in difficult conditions in Castledaly on Friday evening.  Despite being already relegated, the home side really put it up to their guests, and it was only in the closing minutes that Athlone were able to seal the win and the two points needed to guarantee Division 4 football next year.

In heavy underfoot conditions, the home side opened the scoring in the 5th minute, before Peter Mahon put Athlone on the board when he fisted over a short Joe Fallon free.  Mickey Greene and Joe Fallon then finished off two excellent moves to put the visitors in front, but another Castledaly score put one point between them at the midway point of the half.  Richie Greene doubled Athlone's advantage with a fine score, but Castledaly then enjoyed their best spell of the half with three consecutive points giving them the lead as half-time approached.  Fortunately Athlone were able to raise their game again just before the break and two Richie Greene points, one from play and one from a free after Tom Stuart-Trainor had been pulled back when clean through on goal, gave them an interval lead of 0-6 to 0-5.

Richie Greene started the second half as he had finished the first, with a free after his namesake Mickey had been fouled, but Athlone failed to build on their advantage and instead it was Castledaly who took control again with four unanswered points to leave them two to the good with 12 minutes left.  At this stage it looked like Athlone would be returning to Division 5 after only one season, but they refused to give up and an excellent Aidan St John effort from distance brought them right back into it.  A superb Joe Fallon free from an acute angle on the right touchline brought the sides level, before another of the veterans, centre-back Emmet Collins, struck two fine points from play to give Athlone the lead at a crucial stage.  The two point advantage meant that the home side were forced to go for a goal as the game entered its closing minutes, but the Athlone defence refused to allow any chances and instead it was Fallon again who stretched the lead with another excellent long range free.  The same player finally made the game safe in injury time with a close range free after corner-back Benjy Bannon had been fouled and the final scoreline of 0-13 to 0-9 meant that Athlone had retained their place in the more competitive Division 4 for 2017.

Athlone:  Amby Fogarty, Benjy Bannon, Conal Sheeran, Eoin Jordan, Eoin Fahey, Emmet Collins (0-2), Andy Lynam, Aidan St John (0-1), Danny Reid, Tom Stuart-Trainor, Joe Fallon (0-4), Richie Greene (0-4), Mickey Greene (0-1), Peter Mahon (0-1), Darren Costello.  Subs:  Dermot Piggott, Colin O'Leary

Feis Cup
Athlone 2-12 St Loman's Mullingar 2-14

Athlone exited the Feis Cup when they paid the price for a poor first half performance against St Loman's in Lakepoint Park.  Despite playing with a strong wind in the opening period, Athlone failed to get into their stride and trailed by seven points at the break.  A much improved second half display brought them right back into the game but they were unable to fully bridge the gap and when down by two points.

Athlone:  Darren Costello, Danny Lynam, Damo Kelly, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan (0-1), Paul Bannon (0-2), Tom Egan, Stephen Ward, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Andy Lynam (0-1), Danny Reid (0-2), John Egan (1-1), Joe Fallon (0-4), Conor Devaney, Sam Omukoro.  Subs Used:  Kieran Rigney (1-0), Aidan St John, Tadhg Prendergast

Girls' U12 Championship
Athlone 3-3 Milltown 1-2

Athlone U12 girls had their 2nd game of the championship away to Milltown. Playing with the breeze, Athlone got off to a good start with a point from Kate Mannion, followed shortly afterwards with a Goal from Keeva Reid.  Milltown replied with a point from a 45, but Athlone responded with two great points from Leah Nugent leaving the score 1-03 to 0-01 to Athlone at the break.
In the 2nd half Milltown, playing with a strong breeze, were first to score, getting a goal after 5 minutes, but Athlone responded with a well worked Goal from Keeva Reid. Milltown dominated for a short period afterwards but were only able to score a point as a result of some great defending, together with great goalkeeping by Lydia Mulvihill. Athlone added another fine goal from Grace Mcglynn, after some great play throughout the pitch, leaving a final score of 3-03 to 1-02 to Athlone.
Overall it was a well-deserved victory with a very good team performance.  Next Game is at home on Thursday July 7th Vs Kinnegad.

Team: Lydia Mulvhill, Kenzi Francis, Leah Nugent (0-02), Amy Quinn, Hannah Duffy, Eimear Galvin, Aine Di Tullio, Keeva Reid (2-0) ,Ava Martin, Kate Mannion (0-01) (Capt), Rebecca Cleary, Grace Mc Glynn(1-0), Lucy Brett, Sarah McNamara, Suzanna O'Connor, Aine mc Glynn, Aoife Mc Giverin, Molly Wilkins, Sonia Cleary, Wassini Henry.Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others
Athlone GAA Club hosted the Gaelic 4 Mothers & Others 2016 Leinster Blitz on Saturday July 2nd.  The event was a huge success with 28 clubs in action over the three Páirc Chiaráin pitches.  Thanks to all the clubs that attended and contributed to making it such a great day.  Sincere thanks also to Mark and his Bokwa team for setting the mood for the day with their energetic warm up before the games began, and to all the local businesses who very generously sponsored amazing prizes for our raffle.  Finally thanks to all our club members who helped in any and every way to ensure that the day was a huge success!

Lotto Results:
There was no winner of this weeks €3750 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 4-7-12-14.
There were 4 match 3 winners.
Paul Grehan c/o Bingo.
Margaret&Frances c/o Michael Collins.
Michelle Somers c/o Mags Daly.
Tony Heavin c/o Tony Heavin.
This week's jackpot will be €3900.

Cúl Camp 2016
Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games The Cúl Camp takes place in Pairc Chiarain in Athlone GAA from Monday, 25th July to Friday, 29th July, 2016 from 10am to 2.30pm.  Attendance is open to primary school children from 6 years to 13 years.  Cost is €55 for first child, €45 for second and €40 for third & fourth child.  Book online or contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519

Underage football for boys and girls age 4-12 continues every Sunday at 11.30am.  New players are always welcome and never hesitate to bring a friend. Any queries, contact David O'Connell at 087 2397519.  Club gear also available in the Clubhouse between 11-1pm every Sunday.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

Vote of Sympathy:
The Kildea Family,Bealnamulla.
Ar dheis Dé go raibd a n-anam.
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