Seniors 2018

Main sponsors Colm Cuffe & Declan O Rourke from Tool & Plastic Industries 
with players Noel Mulligan & Ray Connellan

SFC Group 1
Athlone 0-12 The Downs 3-12
Our seniors' bid to reach the knockout stages of this year's senior championship suffered a setback when they were well beaten by The Downs in this Group 1 Round 4 clash played in Cusack Park on Saturday evening.

Athlone actually started brightly, but missed several chances to take the lead and instead it was The Downs who opened the scoring after five minutes.  Another Downs point was followed by their opening goal, before John Connellan opened Athlone's account, but three more Downs points gave them a seven-point lead midway through the half.  A pair of John Connellan frees, either side of a Shane Allen point, brought Athlone back into the game, but they were dealt a further blow when they conceded a second goal.  Diarmuid Martin and Alan Gaughan added a pair of well-taken scores late in the half, but Athlone still went in at the break trailing by seven points, 2-7 to 0-6.

The Downs stretched their lead with a point straight from the restart, but Athlone then enjoyed their best period of the game and fine points from the returning Ray Connellan (0-2), Daniel Reid and Shane Allen reduced the gap to four.  Unfortunately, however, Athlone missed chances to reduce the gap even further and The Downs regained the initiative and three consecutive points put daylight between the sides again.  Despite late scores from Daniel Reid and Alan Gaughan, Athlone never looked like getting the goal they needed to get themselves back into the game and instead it was The Downs who added a third deep into stoppage time to leave the final score 3-12 to 0-12 in their favour.

This result means that Athlone's final group match versus Killucan will be winner take all clash, with the victor taking the last available quarter-final spot from Group 1.  Throw-in for this crucial game will be at 6pm this Saturday, September 15th in Moate and all support will be greatly appreciated.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Matthew Darling, Damien Kelly, James Finlass, Jordan Marshment, Noel Mulligan, Shane Allen (0-2), Alan Gaughan (0-2), Darren Magee, Kieran Colclough, Ray Connellan (0-2), Stephen Ward, Ryan Gaffey, Jack Quinn, John Connellan (0-3) Subs Used:  Diarmuid Martin (0-1), Daniel Reid (0-2), Tom Egan, John Stapleton, Fergal Murray.

SFC Group 1
Athlone 4-5 Coralstown-Kinnegad 0-8
A blistering start, which saw them score two superb goals in the opening 99 seconds, set our seniors on their way to a deserved win over Coralstown-Kinnegad in their opening Shay Murtagh sponsored Senior Football Championship Group game played in Cusack Park on Saturday evening.

A superb move straight from the throw-in led to Darren Magee blasting to the net after just 15 seconds and things got even better just over a minute later when Danny Reid went through the defence unchallenged before calmly side footing the ball past the keeper.  After the initial shock, Kinnegad settled and got on the board with two points, before John Connellan raised Athlone's first white flag on 10 minutes with a long-range effort.  After good move down the right sideline, Shane Allen dropped a high ball in on top of the square which caused problems for the full-back and Jack Quinn took advantage to slot home his side's third goal.  Kinnegad did respond almost immediately with a point, but that was to be their last score of the half and further points from Connellan and Quinn gave Athlone a three-goal lead at the break, 3-3 to 0-3.

After being blitzed in the opening minutes of the first period, Kinnegad were determined not to let the same thing happen in the second, and they struck the first three points of the half as they applied pressure high up the pitch.  A John Connellan free gave Athlone some breathing space, but the Reds responded almost immediately with a free of their own, before a superb effort from play from about 50 yards out left just five points between the sides at the midway point of the half.  This was to be their final score however, as the Athlone defence and midfield re-established control, although they did struggle to add the scores to put the game beyond their opponents.  Another Connellan free after 48 minutes was to be the final score from either side until two minutes into injury time, when James Finlass found Daniel Reid in behind the Kinnegad defence, and he gave the goalkeeper no chance with a powerful finish to seal a nine-point victory for his side.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Stephen Ward, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Shane Allen, Noel Mulligan, James Finlass, Alan Gaughan, Darren Magee (1-0), Kieran Colclough, John Stapleton, Daniel Reid (2-0), Ryan Gaffey, Jack Quinn (1-1), John Connellan (0-4) Subs Used:  Matthew Darling, Diarmuid Martin, Paul Bannon, Tom Egan.

ACFL Division 1
Athlone 3-7 The Downs 3-11
The Downs, who surprisingly featured their county players, were the stronger team in the first half and lead by 2-6 to 0-5 at half-time, with Athlone's points coming from Alan Gaughan (0-3), Ryan Gaffey & Jack Quinn.  Early second half goals from Darren Magee and Daniel Reid brought Athlone back into the game and a third goal from Jack Quinn had the sides level as full time approached, but a late Luke Loughlin point and an injury time goal gave the home side a four point win.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Stephen Ward who sustained a head injury during the game.

Athlone v. The Downs:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Jordan Marshment, Stephen Ward, Shane Allen, John Stapleton, Alan Gaughan (0-3), Kieran Colclough, Jack Quinn (1-2), Daniel Reid (1-0), Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Paul Bannon, Richie Greene  Subs Used:  Darren Magee (1-0), Eoin Jordan, Dylan Lynch.

​​​​​ACFL Division 1 22/4/2018 Pairc Chiarain

Athlone 5-9 Castledaly 0-6

Our senior team recorded their first win of the Division 1 campaign when they eventually overcame the challenge of a determined, but understrength, Castledaly side in Páirc Chiaráin on Sunday morning.

The home side started sluggishly and trailed by 0-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, their point coming from John Connellan, while they also lost Tom Egan and Matty Darling from the full-back line in the opening stages, to a black card and injury respectively.  Athlone recovered from these setbacks and a Connellan free, followed by well-taken points from Jordan Marshment and Paul Bannon put them into the lead, before Danny Reid set up John Connellan to flick home the game’s opening goal.  The lively Connellan added another point, but it was the visitors who had the final say of the half when a long-range effort bounced over the bar to leave the half-time score 1-5 to 0-4 in Athlone’s favour.

A Castledaly free in the first minute reduced the gap further, and Athlone were dealt a further blow when John Connellan received a black card, but again they responded well and, with the aid of the strong wind, began to dominate possession in the middle third.  A long-range Shane Allen point restored their four-point advantage, but they squandered several good chances to stretch their lead after that, and it took until the midway point of the half for them to add to their total, when Jack Quinn finished a slick move to the net.  Veteran corner-back Fergal Murray followed this up with a rare score, before a devastating spell of three goals in as many minutes made the points safe, Ryan Gaffey, Danny Reid and John Stapleton with the goals.  An excellent Castledaly score from a 45 was answered by a Jack Quinn point to bring the scoring to a close, leaving Athlone the victors by 5-9 to 0-6.  Next up for Athlone in Division 1 is an away trip to play Mullingar Shamrocks in Springfield on Wednesday the 25th of April (throw-in 7.30pm), while the Division 4 side host Moate All-Whites in Páirc Chiaráin at 7.30 on Thursday April 26th.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Matthew Darling, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray (0-1), Jordan Marshment, Noel Mulligan, Dermot Bannon, John Stapleton (1-0), Darren Magee, Shane Allen (0-1), John Connellan (1-3), Danny Reid (1-0), Stephen Ward, Kieran Colclough (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (1-0) Subs Used:  Paul Bannon (0-1), James Finlass, Jack Quinn (1-1), Richie Greene, Danny Lynam, David Fagan.


​​​​​ACFL Division 1

Athlone 1-5 St Loman's 1-9

Our senior men welcomed St Loman's to Páirc Chiaráin for this division 1 game on Friday night, but paid the price for a disappointing first half performance when, despite a brave second half comeback, they were defeated by four points by the defending league and county champions.

Athlone started brightly and created several scoring chances in the opening five minutes, including a good goal chance that was blocked, but were unable to take any, and fell behind to a quick brace of scores from Shane Dempsey.  Two more points from Dempsey and one from Ken Casey put the visitors five points up, before Alan Gaughan opened Athlone's account with a fine score, however St Loman's responded with a goal from Dempsey and two further points to go nine ahead.  Darren Costello got Athlone's second point from a free, but the Mullingar men had the final word of the half when another Dempsey point left the half time score 1-8 to 0-2 in their favour.

Despite being understandably deflated coming off the pitch at the break, the Athlone lads regrouped and brought a new level of intensity to their performance in the second period and it looked for a long time that they were going to pull off a great comeback.  Darren Costello opened their second half account from a free, followed by two excellent scores from Alan Gaughan and Jordan Marshment, before Jack Quinn blasted to the net to leave just a goal between them with fifteen minutes still to play.  However, despite plenty of possession, the home side were unable to add to their total in the final quarter and instead it was St Loman's who completed the scoring with a late free making the final score 1-9 to 1-5 in favour of the visitors.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray, Eoin Jordan, Stephen Ward, Matthew Darling, John Stapleton, Alan Gaughan (0-2), Jordan Marshment (0-1), Darren Magee, Daniel Reid, Shane Allen, Jack Quinn (1-0), Darren Costello (0-2)  Subs Used:  Andy Lynam, Dermot Bannon.