Seniors 2017

​​​​​SFC Group 1

Athlone 0-12 St Loman's 4-14

Athlone 1-10 Tyrrellspass 1-7

Our seniors completed the group stage of their championship campaign with two games in five days and, despite a very disappointing result against St Loman's of Mullingar in their final game, qualified for the quarter-finals by virtue of a hard-fought victory over Tyrrellspass in Tang on Wednesday.


Against Tyrrellspass, a Mickey Greene goal and points from John Connellan, John Egan, Jordan Marshment, and Ryan Gaffey, allied with an excellent defensive performance, gave Athlone a 1-5 to 0-3 half-time lead.  Further points from Connellan, Daniel Reid and Alan Gaughan kept Athlone in front in the second period and, despite a late Tyrellspass goal, the win was sealed by a late John Connellan free after Noel Mulligan was pulled down when through on goal.


Buoyed by this win, Athlone then travelled to Rochfortbridge on Sunday to take on defending champions, St Loman's of Mullingar.  After an evenly matched opening quarter, a late flurry of St Loman's points gave them a 0-9 to 0-4 lead at the break, and they added to this lead with a goal early in the second half.  Athlone battled bravely to stay in the game, but a second goal, after a fortunate bounce had deceived the full-back line, put the game beyond them and two John Heslin goals in injury time put an undeserved gloss on the scoreline.


Despite this defeat, Athlone's wins over Mullingar Shamrocks and Tyrresllpass and their draw against Garrycastle, meant that they qualified for the quarter-final by finishing the group stage in fourth place (behind Killucan on head to head).  This means that they are due to play Group 2 winners The Downs in the quarter-final, which has been provisionally scheduled for Saturday, September 16th.


Athlone v. St Loman's:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Maher, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray, Damien Kelly, Paul Bannon (0-1), Jordan Marshment (0-1), John Stapleton, Daniel Reid (0-2), Noel Mulligan (0-1), John Connellan (0-6), John Egan, Ryan Gaffey , Alan Gaughan, Mickey Greene  Subs Used:  Jack Quinn (0-1), Matthew Darling, Danny Lynam, Dylan Lynch, David Fagan.

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13/8/2017 - ​​​​​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.

​​​​​SFC Group 1

Athlone 0-15 Killucan 1-14

A stirring comeback fell just short as our senior team were made pay for a poor first half performance when they were defeated by Killucan in their opening senior championship group 1 game, played in Moate on Sunday evening.

After Ryan Gaffey had given Athlone a good start with a point from his first touch in senior championship football, the North Westmeath men took over and kicked five unanswered points, before John Connellan finally got Athlone’s second score after 20 minutes.  The sides then exchanged points, Athlone’s score coming from Mickey Greene, before Killucan's Killian Doyle got what was to prove to be the game’s crucial score with a well-taken goal.  Two more Killucan points from play made the score 1-8 to 0-3 in their favour at half time and left Athlone with a mountain to climb in the second period.

Athlone started the second half brightly with points from a Ryan Gaffey free and Mickey Greene, but two points in a minute restored the Saffrons’ eight-point advantage with 10 minutes of the second half played.  Just as it looked like the game might be getting away from them, Athlone stepped up a gear and kicked six points (from Alan Gaughan, Mickey Greene, John Connellan, Ryan Gaffey) to one between the 40th and 50th minutes to reduce the gap to just a goal with 10 minutes still to play.  Just when it looked like Athlone had all the momentum, Killucan were able to lift the siege and added two points to put daylight between the sides again.  With time running out, Athlone dug deep again and excellent scores from Noel Mulligan, John Egan and John Connellan brought them back to within a point with two minutes to play.  Again, however, Killucan were able to break away and another point meant that Athlone needed a goal, but, unfortunately, they were unable to create the necessary opportunity, and Killucan held on to win on a scoreline of 1-14 to 0-15.

The next game for Athlone is against neighbours Garrycastle in Tang on Saturday evening at 7.30pm, in what will be a must-win game for both sides.

Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Eoin Maher, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan (0-2), Jordan Marshment, Stephen Ward, Alan Gaughan (0-2), Daniel Reid, Dylan Lynch, Paul Bannon, John Egan (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-3), Mickey Greene (0-3), John Connellan (0-4) Subs Used:  Danny Lynam, Fionn Dowd, David Fagan.

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16/04/2017

​​​​​ACFL Division 1

Athlone 3-14 Castledaly 2-13

Our senior team made the short trip to Castledaly on Easter Sunday morning and came away with two league points after what was a hard-fought and occasionally tempestuous encounter.

Athlone had a dream start when Tom Egan finished a good move to the net after 90 seconds, and they added a second three-pointer soon after when Paul Bannon goaled from close range after a Mickey Greene effort had come back off the post.  That was as good as it got in the opening stages as the home side settled and, aided by a goal from a quick free and points from the lively Lorcan Dolan, led by 1-7 to 2-1 after 25 minutes.  The visitors’ only point in this period came from a Noel Mulligan free, while they were grateful to a Damo Kelly goal-line clearance not to be even further behind.  However, they rallied to finish the half strongly and two more Mulligan frees, either side of a point from play from John Stapleton brought them level, before an excellent long-range point from Noel Mulligan in injury time gave them an unlikely half-time lead.

Mulligan started the second half as he finished the first, with a point after 10 seconds of play, and Danny Reid stretched the lead to a goal with a superb point.  Two rapid points in response kept the hosts in touch, but further scores from Paul Bannon and Mulligan kept the Blues’ noses in front, before Sam Omukoro tapped home their third goal to put some daylight between the sides.  Two more points from Mulligan and another from his midfield partner Stapleton looked to have sown up the points for Athlone, but Castledaly refused to yield and another goal after a short free brought them right back into the game.  The gap was down to two points as the game entered stoppage time, and with six minutes added following a lengthy fracas that saw a player from each team sent off, the Athlone defence was forced to dig deep to preserve that lead.  Fortunately, they were able to prevent their opponents from creating any further scoring opportunities and instead two more pointed frees from Mulligan, to bring his personal total to 0-10, saw them home on a scoreline of 3-14 to 2-13.

Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Eoin Maher, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Fionn Dowd, Jordan Marshment, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, John Stapleton (0-2), Noel Mulligan (0-10), John Egan, Daniel Reid (0-1), Tom Egan (1-0), Mickey Greene, Paul Bannon (1-1), Sam Omukoro (1-0)  

Subs Used:  Matthew Darling, Jack Quinn, Luke Kelly, Joe Fallon.

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3/3/2017 Lakepoint Park

ACFL Div 1

Athlone 2-10 St Loman’s 1-10

Our seniors travelled to Mullingar on a miserable wet Friday night and came away with an excellent win when they defeated reigning county champions St Loman’s in this Division 1 league game in Lakepoint Park.  Although the home team were missing some of their more well-known players due to county commitments, this was a superb win for an Athlone side that was also short of a half-dozen regulars through county, injury and other commitments and which dug deep to earn a deserved victory against strong opponents in difficult conditions.

Athlone had an ideal start when John Stapleton fisted a high pass to the net in the second minute, but the home team settled and two quick points reduced the gap to a minimum, before Stapleton raised Athlone’s first white flag with a long distance point.  St. Loman’s were very lively in attack in the opening stages, with county panellists Shane Dempsey and Ronan O’Toole especially sharp, and two more points, followed by a goal after an Athlone turnover, gave them a three point lead.  Scores from John Connellan and a Joe Fallon free kept Athlone in touch, but another brace of consecutive points restored the Mullingar men’s three-point advantage by the 25th minute.  Another Fallon free, followed by a fine effort from Noel Mulligan, brought Athlone back to within a point, but a further point from Dempsey looked set to guarantee a St Lomans’ lead at the break.  Athlone had other ideas, however, and  finished the half as they had started it, when a superb move involving Jordan Marshment, Tom Egan and John Connellan led to Fionn Dowd goaling from close range to give the visitors a surprise half-time lead of 2-5 to 1-7.

Boosted by the goal, Athlone started the second half brightly and a Joe Fallon point from play doubled their advantage.  The home side did settle and brought themselves back level, but John Connellan restored Athlone’s advantage, before raiding corner-back Tom Egan put two between them again.  A free in the 43rd minute was to prove to be St Loman’s last score as positional changes in the Athlone defence led to Eoin Maher and Jordan Marshment nullifying the threat the St Loman’s dangermen.  Athlone were also struggling for scores though and had to wait until the 55th minute for a quickfire double from Noel Mulligan and Sam Omukoro to stretch their lead to a goal.  The visitors then missed a glorious chance of an insurance score when they went for a goal when a simple point was on, and that meant that the Athlone supporters had to endure a nervous three minutes of injury time as the home side went in search of the equalising goal.  Fortunately, they were unable to fashion a clear-cut opportunity and when a late free was blocked and cleared, Athlone had done enough to win to hold on for the win.  Final score:  2-10 to 1-10.

Athone:  Conal Sheeran, Tom Egan (0-1), Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Eoin Maher, Paul Bannon, Fionn Dowd (1-0), Noel Mulligan (0-2), John Stapleton (1-1), Danny Lynam, John Connellan (0-2), Daniel Reid, Joe Fallon (0-3), Jordan Marshment, Mickey Greene  Subs Used:  Sam Omukoro (0-1), Luke Kelly, Richie Greene, Eoin Jordan

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Seniors:

There were no league fixtures this past weekend so our seniors played Tulsk of Roscommon in a challenge in Páirc Chiaráin and came out on top on a scoreline of 1-17 to 0-18 after a competitive workout.  League action resumes this weekend and both of our teams are away.  In Division 1, the seniors travel to Mullingar on Friday night to take on St Loman's, throw-in at 8pm, while our juniors make the shorter trip to Mount Temple on Sunday morning to play Caulry in Division 4, throw-in at 11.30am.


Fixtures:

ACFL Division 1: Athlone v. St Loman's, Lakepoint Park (St Loman's), 8pm Friday March 3rd

ACFL Division 4: Athlone v. Caulry, Mount Temple, 11.30am Sunday March 5th

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Friday 10/02/2017

ACFL Div 1

Athlone 0-11 Rosemount 1-8

Our seniors returned to competitive action when they hosted Rosemount in the opening round of Division 1 of the ACFL in what was the first match under our newest set of floodlights on the David Allen Memorial pitch.

After a slow start from both teams, Athlone settled first and Danny Reid opened the scoring after five minutes when was set up by a good pass from Joe Fallon.  Mickey Greene then added two points in quick succession, the first a solo effort after a determined run, the second when he finished off a superb move that had been started deep in the Athlone half by Matty Darling, who had been released by the Westmeath U21s to play.  Another returning county player, Noel Mulligan, stretched Athlone’s lead further with another fine point from play, before a Joe Fallon free put Athlone five points to the good at the midway stage of the half.  Rosemount then got on the board with two frees, while a long range free from Mulligan was matched by another free from the visitors to leave just three points between as half-time approached.  Athlone then spurned a great goal chance that would have doubled their lead and they were made pay for this miss when a flowing Rosemount attack led to the equalising goal just before the break.

Despite a superb Jordan Marshment point from out near the sideline to give Athlone an ideal start to the second period, the visitors dominated possession in the opening 10 minutes of the half.  Fortunately, for Athlone, their finishing did not match their approach play and instead the next score came from Mickey Greene for Athlone, after another fine team move.  Rosemount did eventually find their shooting boots and three quickfire points gave them the lead for the first time.  The home side responded well to falling behind and raiding corner back Fergal Murray brought them level again, before a free from sub Richie Greene put them back in front.  Conal Sheeran then pulled off an excellent save from a close range effort to prevent Rosemount adding a second goal, but two superb points from play gave them a one point advantage as the game entered stoppage time.  It looked at this stage like Athlone were going to start the campaign with a defeat, but they managed to launch one final attack, which led to Danny Reid slotting over the equaliser in the 62nd minute to leave the final score Athlone 0-11 Rosemount 1-8.

Athone:  Conal Sheeran, Matthew Darling, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray (0-1), Eoin Maher, Stephen Ward, Tom Egan, John Stapleton, Paul Bannon, David Fagan, Joe Fallon (0-1), Noel Mulligan (0-2), Danny Reid (0-2), Jordan Marshment (0-1), Mickey Greene (0-3)  Subs Used:  Fionn Dowd, Danny Lynam, Richie Greene (0-1).



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