U16 Girls

U16s 2017

Div 1 League

19/3/2017 - Pairc Chiarain

Athlone 3-12 The Downs 3-09

Well done girls on a great win in terrible conditions


Girls U16 County Trials

takes place on Sunday, 19th February at 10.30

on the old pitch in Rochfortbridge

All players born 2001/2002 invited to attend.....


Athlone let game slip in closing minutes


Under 16 Championship Girls

St. Loman’s 4–12 Athlone 5-6


A tough and competitive game in St. Loman’s on Tuesday evening (12th April) resulted in a win for St. Loman’s despite Athlone’s superb second half display.


The Athlone girls gave a magnificent performance despite absences of many players and they will regret that they didn’t play out the game to the final whistle to secure a win.


St. Loman’s took an early lead and scored some super points from play before Athlone got to grips with the game.  Alannah Reynolds Duignan and Nadia Molloy stood up to the test at midfield and the full back line of Amy Earls, Nicole Murray and Amy Joyce had to really step-up their game to handle the sustained attacks from St. Loman’s.  The superb Brionna Geoghegan steadied the play with a goal after 15 minutes: 1-4 St. Loman’s, 1-0 Athlone.


It was 20 minutes into the game before Athlone got into their stride with the hard working Kelly Brill and Anna Reynolds beginning to dominate at half back.  It was 1-11 to 2-2 at half time.


It was clear as the game moved into the second half that Athlone in spite of having less possession could breach the defence of St. Loman’s and a big effort from every girl on the pitch was needed.  Hard working second half performance from Ally Mahon, Amy Brill saw some great link play result in scores from Nadia Molloy and the now unstoppable Brionna Geoghegan.  Athlone continued to close on St. Loman’s and it was the excellent defending and link play from Amy Earls, Nicola Murray and Amy Joyce once again who closed out attacks, moved the ball out of defense with precision creating a platform for Kelly Brill, Alannah Reynolds and Ally Mahon to move the ball forward. Niamh McGann fielded some good ball and Eadaoin Fleming persistence meant that she found her forwards with some neat passing .



It was an outstanding performance from Anna Redmond who interrupted St. Loman’s attack and forced errors with the lively Kelly Brill that allowed Athlone close the gap to 2 points in the final minutes of the game. Ailbhe Moylan came on to support the effort and again Alannah Reynolds Duignan dug deep in an effort to get that next score as the game drew to a close.  A penalty for St. Loman’s was saved by the outstanding keeper, Aoife Temple who displayed wisdom and guile beyond her years in the kick outs and cleverness matched equally by Kelly Brill who covered a lot of the pitch and gave options to her.


It looked like Athlone would have one final chance to go up the field if time allowed when they won the kick out of their own 45 and worked the ball up the field, Eadaoin Fleming linking up with the forward play and it was Brionna Geoghegan again who showed the determination of a great captain when she finished her goal chance that she created with a run from midfield.  Athlone having come from behind found themselves a point ahead and with the game over it looked like the massive effort of Athlone would secure the win.  Athlone took possession from the St. Loman’s kick out and a loose ball meant it was turned over and Athlone got caught too far up field had to get back quickly.  St. Loman’s looked for the point but the high ball dropped in for goal. A quick point followed and well on past time the match ended.


It was hard to be disappointed with the result, the girls showed incredible determination and with a bit more training, improved fitness they will improve and be difficult to get past.  A lot of players can take confidence from this game going forward and they will learn a lot from the game. Athlone: Aoife Temple, Amy Earl, Nicole Murray, Amy Joyce, Anna Redmond, Ally Mahon, Kelly Brill, Nadia Molloy, Alannah Reynolds, Amy Brill, Brionna Geoghegan (Capt), Niamh McGann, Eadaoin Flemming, Ailbhe Moylan.

There will be U16 county trials on Saturday 16th January 2016 
in St.Lomans at 1pm - 2.30pm.

Any girl interested in representing their county in 2016
is asked to text the newly appointed manager
Carole Finch on 087 9212652.

 Providing the following information:
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Club
  • Preferred Position  
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Mentor: Seamus Mitchell 086 8266270
Training Sundays at 11.30
& Thursday at 7
U16 Girls
13th September 2015
Championship Semi Final
U16 Girls v Kinnegad in Pairc Chiarain @ 6pm

22nd June Pairc Chiarain
Congratulations to our U16 girls team who won their championship game tonight
against Coralstown/Kinnegad on a scoreline of 4-09 to 0-12

Kilbeggan/St Josephs 1-5 Athlone 5-6

The Athlone U16 girls travelled to Streamstown on Monday 27th April to face Kilbeggan/St Joseph's in the second round of the championship. After losing to Rochfordbridge in their first outing the girls were determined not to have two defeats in a row. Playing on a very poor pitch the girls lost the toss and had to play against the wind in the first half. Add in the very physical approach of the home team and the girls determination to win was to be tested to the limit. Kilbeggan were first to score with two early points. Chloe Moran scored a fine point against the wind but then Kilbeggan added 1-3 without reply to leave the score after 20 minutes at 1-5 to 0-1. It was then that the girls decided they were up for the battle and remarkably Kilbeggan were not to score for the rest of the game. A goal each from Niamh Byrne and Lauryn Mitchell was followed by 1-1 from Lauren O'Connor to give a half time score of Athlone 3-2 Kilbeggan 1-5.

The second half continued as the first had ended with Athlone in almost total control. When Kilbeggan did make it up the field they could not find a way around the Athlone defence with Alannah Reynolds-Duignan in particular giving one of the best defensive displays ever seen in the blue and white. Athlone scored points from Niamh Byrne (2), Nadia Molloy and Grace Halligan and when Brionna Geoghegan and Grace added goals the result was never in doubt and Athlone gave the seven girls who did not start a run out. The final score was Kilbeggan/St Josephs 1-5 Athlone 5-6.

Overall it was a great display and it was to the girls credit that they focused totally on playing football in testing conditions. Apart from Alannah there were great displays from Caoimhe Mannion and Shauna Moylan in defence. Chloe Moran and Kasey O'Neill dominated midfield and up front Kelly Brill and Lauryn Mitchell in the centre positions won a lot of ball and used it effectively to set up others for scores.

It was a great improvement from the last outing and the effort the girls are putting in at training is paying off.   Roll on Ballycomoyle in two weeks time.

Panel: Aoife Temple, Anna Redmond, Alannah Reynolds-Duignan, Amy Joyce, Amy Earl, Caoimhe Mannion, Shauna Moylan, Kasey O'Neill, Chloe Moran, Lauren O'Connor, Kelly Brill, Niamh Byrne, Brionna Geoghegan, Lauryn Mitchell, Grace Halligan, Amy Brill, Ally Mahon, Kaleigh Mannion, Niamh McGann, Nicole Murray, Kirsty Johnston, Nadia Molloy.

9/4/2015 Pairc Chiarain
U16 Girls
Athlone v Rochfortbridge
The Athlone u16 girls began their championship campaign with a defeat against Rochfortbridge in Pairc Chiarain on Thursday last on a score line of Rochfordbride 8-8 Athlone 2-9. However if ever a scoreline did not reflect the game itself this is a perfect example. Athlone started the game brightly and matched the Bridge score for score for the first 15 minutes with points from Chloe Moran, Niamh Byrne and Lauren O'Connor and a goal from Lauryn Mitchell left the scores level. We then took control of the ball for the remainder of the half and 2 more points from Niamh Byrne along with a point from Kelly Brill and finally a goal from Grace Halligan left the half time score at Athlone 2-6 Rochfordbride 1-3.

Unfortunately we also missed a number of great opportunities and these were to make a huge difference in the second half. We started brightly in the second half and continued to hold the lead with 15 minutes left recording points from Niamh (2) and Brionna. From then on Rochfortbridge took over and seemed to be able to score at will and scored five goals in the last few minutes to record a very comfortable victory. It would have been even worse but for a fine performance from Aoife Temple in goals. The positive aspect was that the girls played really well for 45 minutes. However the fact that we stopped playing after 45 minutes is a concern and will have to be addressed if the girls are to compete in this division. We still have seven games to play so I am confident that the players and mentors will put in the necessary work to get to the level required.
Panel: Aoife Temple, Nicole Murray, Caoimhe Mannion, Anna Redmond, Amy Earl, Alannah Reynolds, Shauna Moylan, Kasey O'Neill, Chloe Moran, Brionna Geoghegan, Kelly Brill, Lauren O'Connor, Grace Halligan, Lauryn Mitchell, Niamh Byrne, Amy Brill, Kirsty Johnston, Amy Joyce.

8th March
Westmeath v Meath
Congratulations to Alannah Reynolds Duignan and Aoife Temple who were on the Westmeath panel versus Meath in the U16 Leinster Championship today.  Unfortunately Westmeath were defeated 4-10 to 3-7. Hard luck ladies.