Match Reports

SFC Group 1

posted 26 Jul 2018, 08:16 by Athlone GAA

SFC Group 1 19/07/2018 Cusack Park  

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.

JFC Group 3

posted 26 Jul 2018, 08:14 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 1-13 Tubberclair 0-13

Our junior team travelled out to Tubberclair for their second game of this year's championship and came away with the two points when they overcame the challenge of a determined home side after hard-fought Group 3 second round match.

Tubberclair were the better side in the early stages and led by 0-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, Athlone's score coming from a Ryan Gaffey free, before Athlone got into their stride and hit four points in as many minutes, all from Richie Greene.  Just as quickly, however, they surrendered the initiative and Tubberclair brought themselves level with a point from play and two frees.  Darren Costello restored Athlone's lead, but home side's dominance continued and they added another three points from placed balls in the final five minutes of the half to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

The second half started as the first had ended, with the home side on top, and they stretched their lead with another pointed free.  However, just when it looked like the match might get away from Athlone. they again struck four points in as many minutes to bring themselves right back into it.  A point from Ryan Gaffey, followed by a Richie Greene free, reduced the gap to the minimum and half-time substitute Patrick McGettigan brought his side level with an excellent effort from distance, before veteran Emmet Collins put Athlone ahead.  The visitors had their tails up now and got in for the game's crucial score when a slick move led to Richie Greene blasting to the net.  The same player finished off another excellent move with a point and when Emmet Collins added a superb solo score, Athlone led by six points with 10 minutes to play.  Another free kept the hosts in touch, but Diarmuid Martin made the game safe with a well-taken point.  Tubberclair did apply lots of pressure in the closing minutes, but strong defence from the Athlone backs meant they were unable to create the goal chance that they needed, although they did add three further pointed frees to reduce the gap to just a goal at the final whistle.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Danny Lynam, Tom Egan, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Matthew Darling, Colin O'Leary, Diarmuid Martin (0-1), David Fagan, Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Darren Costello (0-1), Donagh Prendergast, Emmet Collins (0-2), Benny Martin, Richie Greene (1-6) Subs Used:  Patrick McGettigan (0-1), Joe Fallon, Shane Kilroy-Glynn.

ACFL Divion 4 Final

posted 4 Jul 2018, 15:06 by Athlone GAA

DIV 4 FINAL  - Cusack Park, Mullingar, 30 June 2018

Athlone 4-9 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-9  

A blistering first half performance, which saw them score four excellent goals, set our Division 4 team on their way to a surprisingly comfortable win against Mullingar Shamrocks in the league final, played in the now commonplace perfect sunny conditions in Cusack Park, Mullingar, on Saturday evening.

Athlone signalled their intent straight from the throw-in, when Kieran Colclough powered through the centre of the Shamrocks defence before setting up Benny Martin, who blasted home an excellent goal to give his side a dream start.  Richie Greene then added two fine points from play, before getting in behind the full-back and rounding the goalkeeper for the second goal, to give his side a scarcely believable eight-point lead after barely five minutes play.  Despite being shell-shocked from this opening blitz, Shamrocks began to settle and, after they had opened their account from a free, they got the chance to bring themselves right back into the game, when they were awarded a penalty when Matthew Darling was adjudged to have illegally stopped an attack in the area.  Fortunately for Athlone, Conor Devaney pulled off a superb save high to his left to keep out the spot kick and preserve his side's lead.  The Mullingar men did continue have most of the possession in the middle period of the half, but were unable to create any clear opportunities against a tigerish Athlone defence, and instead the next scores came from the Shannonsiders, through a superb Kieran Colclough point from out on the wing, followed by solo score from Emmet Collins direct from the subsequent kickout.  Shamrocks responded with a pointed 45, after Devaney had pulled off another excellent save, but Athlone had rediscovered their groove and added a third goal with five minutes remaining in the half.  David Fagan was unlucky to see his long-range effort for a point come back off the post, but Benny Martin snaffled the rebound and released Shane Allen, who set up Richie Greene to palm home at the far post.  This scoring sequence was repeated just before half-time when Mullingar's third score from a placed ball was answered by Greene's hat-trick goal, when he finished coolly to the net to complete another flowing move and give his side 13-point lead at the break, 4-4 to 0-3.

After such an impressive first half, it was understandable that the performance level dropped slightly in the early stages of the second period, although Athlone did have early chances to stretch their lead before Mullingar opened the scoring from a free.  This was followed by three rapid points from play as they finally found their range, but Ryan Gaffey settled Athlone's nerves with a fine outside of the boot effort in the 40th minutes.  The same player then added a free and his third point on the trot soon after restored his side's four goal advantage as the Mullingar comeback wilted in the heat, and, after Richie Greene had opened his second half account from a free, Shane Allen closed the scoring for Athlone in injury time, although Shamrocks did have the final word with a well-struck 45 to leave the final score 4-9 to 0-9 in Athlone's favour.

In what was a nice gesture by the County Board, Athlone captain Jack Quinn was presented with the cup by club stalwart Liam Finnegan, while the Board also deserve credit for creating a sense of occasion about the league finals through their recent initiative of hosting them as double-headers in Cusack Park.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Tom Egan, Danny Lynam, Andy Lynam, Matthew Darling, David Fagan, Jack Quinn, Diarmuid Martin, Emmet Collins (0-1), Kieran Colclough (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-3), Shane Allen (0-1), Benny Martin (1-0), Richie Greene (3-3) Subs Used:  Darren Magee, Donagh Prendergast, Colin O'Leary, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Eoin Fahey, Shane Galvin.

ACFL Division 1

posted 4 Jul 2018, 15:04 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-7 Tyrrellspass 1-10

Our Senior men finished their Division 1 campaign with a deserved draw against Tyrrellspass in their final league game, played in glorious weather conditions on a perfect Páirc Chiaráin pitch on Sunday evening last.

Despite opening the scoring through a John Connellan point, Athlone were second best early on and trailed by 1-3 to 0-1 after five minutes, as they struggled to cope with the pace and power of the Tyrrellspass attacks.  Gradually, however, Athlone settled and points from centre-back Stephen Ward and a Connellan free brought them back into the game.  A pair of frees from county star Ger Egan restored the visitors' five-point advantage as half-time approached, but a superb point from Shane Allen point was followed by a Jack Quinn goal, when he slotted home the rebound after a John Connellan shot had been saved, to leave just the minimum between the sides at the break, 1-5 to 1-4 in favour of Tyrrellspass.

It took the home side only seconds of the second period to erase the deficit, when Stephen Ward finished off a good move straight from the throw-in, although another free from the visitors soon after restored their advantage.  Darren Magee brought Athlone level again and they then took the lead when Kieran Colclough found the net with a powerful finish after a Noel Mulligan 45 had come back off the crossbar.  The hosts now had the initiative but were unable to add to their total, and Tyrrellspass reduced the deficit to just one with another brace of points.  John Connellan kept Athlone's noses in front with this third score, but this was to be their last score as the struggled to turn possession into opportunities in the closing stages.  Instead Tyrrellspass brought themselves back to within a point as the game entered injury time, before Egan converted a close range free after 62 minutes to bring his side level.  This was to prove the final act of an entertaining tussle, with the 2-7 to 1-10 draw ensuring Athlone's place in the top league for next season.

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

ACFL Division 4 Athlone v St. Pauls

posted 11 Jun 2018, 16:26 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 4  

Athlone 2-11 St Paul’s 1-8

Two second half goals from Richie Greene sealed the win for our Division 4 team against visitors St Paul’s of Clonmellon in this league game that was played in the AIT grounds due to our hosting of several Feile Camogie finals on Sunday morning..  The victory almost certainly guarantees promotion to Division 3 for our juniors and a likely league final against Mullingar Shamrocks in the upcoming weeks.
Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Jordan, James Finlass, Eoin Fahey, David Fagan, Emmet Collins, Andy Lynam, Kieran Colclough (0-2), Diarmuid Martin, Shane Allen (0-2), Benny Martin (0-2), Shane Kilroy-Glynn (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Dylan Lynch, Richie Greene (2-2) Subs Used:  Shane Galvin

ACFL Division 6B
Athlone 7-12 Maryland 1-11
A first half goal-scoring blitz, in which they hit the net five times, paved the way for Athlone to overcome the challenge of neighbours Maryland in their Division 6B game played in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night.  This was Athlone’s first on-field win in this league, after being awarded a walkover against Kinnegad the previous weekend, and it was achieved through an excellent all-round performance, exemplified by the fact that seven different goalscorers got on the scoresheet.

Athlone:  Cathal Joyce, Shane Galvin, Gary Quinn, Eoin Fahey, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Eoin Jordan, Benjy Bannon (1-0), David Fagan (1-1), Sam Omukoro (1-0), Deba Okudagha (0-1), Dylan Lynch (1-0), David Cleary (1-0), Richie Greene (0-6), Benny Martin (1-1) Aidan Byrne (1-3) Subs Used:  Emmet Collins


posted 21 May 2018, 12:07 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 6B  
Athlone 2-14 Garrycastle 4-8  

Our men’s team began their ACFL Division 6B campaign with an exciting draw against neighbours Garrycastle in their opening game, played in Páirc Chiaráin on Saturday evening.

The home side started brightly and let by 0-5 to 0-1 after 15 minutes, through points from Charlie McMickan (0-2), Aidy Byrne, Diarmuid Martin and Joe Fallon.  Garrycastle then struck for their first goal to bring themselves back into the game but Athlone responded well with a superb Aidy Byrne goal and further points from Martin, Fallon and raiding full-back Eoin Fahey gave them a 1-8 to 1-2 half-time lead, although they did have the benefit of a strong wind in the opening period.

Both sides added two points each in the first five minutes of the second half, Athlone’s scores coming from Cathal Joyce and Dylan Lynch, before the visitors got their second goal with a close-range finish after the ball had come back off the post.  They almost got in for an equalising goal almost immediately, but young keeper Rytis Liaukevicius pulled off a fine save.  Garrycastle were on top at this stage and two further points followed by their third goal gave the lead for the first time.  To their credit, Athlone responded really well to falling behind and points from Diarmuid Martin, Joe Fallon and Dylan restored their lead.  Cathal Joyce put four points between the sides when he flicked home from close range to finish off a fine move, but any hopes that this would lead to the end of the Garrycastle challenge were dashed when they hit a quickfire 1-1 to level things up with two minutes to play.  The impressive Diarmuid Martin put Athlone back in front as the game entered injury time but there was still time for one further Garrycastle attack and a long-range point with the last kick of the game left the sides level at the final whistle, on a scoreline of Athlone 2-14 Garrycastle 4-8.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Eoin Fahey (0-1), Robert Teape, Eoin Jordan, David Fagan, Colin O’Leary, Aidan St John, Diarmuid Martin (0-4), Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Dylan Lynch (0-2), Donagh Prendergast, Joe Fallon (0-3), Charlie McMickan (0-2), Aidan Byrne (1-1) Subs Used:  Cathal Joyce (1-1), David O’Neill.

ACFL Div 4

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:27 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 4

Athlone 3-12 Moate All Whites 1-8

 Our junior men’s team made it two wins from two games in Division 4 when they defeated Moate All Whites in an entertaining game played in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night.  While the final score may make it look like a comfortable victory for Athlone, it was anything but, and it took a late scoring burst to seal victory for the home side.

 A first minute Kieran Colclough point, followed by a well-taken Richie Greene goal, gave Athlone an ideal start, but Moate responded well with a goal of their own, before Sean Dowd made it three goals in as many minutes with when he fisted home from close range after a good passing movement.  The sides then exchanged points for the remainder of the half with four Moate scores answered by excellent efforts from Kieran Colclough, two from Jack Quinn and Ryan Gaffey to leave Athlone 2-5 to 1-4 ahead at the break.

 In contrast to the frenetic opening to the first half, the early stages of the second period were a much quieter affair, with a pointed Moate free the only score of the first 10 minutes.  Ryan Gaffey eventually opened Athlone’s second half account from a free, and after the visitors had replied with an excellent individual score, Athlone enjoyed a good spell with an Andy Lynam point and two Kieran Colclough frees putting some some daylight between the sides.  Again Moate came back into the game and two points, the second of which could easily have been a goal, left just four points between the sides with five minutes still to play.  Fortunately for the hosts, they were able to take advantage of a strong subs’ bench as their opponents tired and points from midfielders Kieran Colclough and Diarmuid Martin, followed by a superb solo score from corner-back Danny Lynam finally made the game safe.  Veteran substitute Joe Fallon put the icing on the cake when he slotted home the third goal in injury team to seal a flattering 10 point win his side, final score 3-12 to 1-8.

 Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Danny Lynam (0-1), James Finlass, Shane Galvin, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Colin O’Leary, Kieran Colclough (0-5), Diarmuid Martin (0-1), Andy Lynam (0-1), Sean Dowd (1-0), Dylan Lynch, Richie Greene (1-0), Jack Quinn (0-2), Ryan Gaffey (0-2) Subs Used:  Aidan St John, Joe Fallon (1-0), Donagh Prendergast, Shane Allen, Shane Kilroy-Glynn.

ACFL Div 1

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:25 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 1  

Athlone 0-5 Mullingar Shamrocks 2-12  

 After earning their first league win against Castledaly on Sunday, our seniors travelled to Springfield for their midweek game against Mullingar Shamrocks in confident mood, but never got going as they slumped to a disappointing defeat against an impressive home side.

 Athlone got off to a bad start when they conceded a point straight from the throw-in, and things got worse a minute later when the Mullingar got in for their opening goal.  John Connellan opened the visitors’ account from a free, but Shamrocks replied almost immediately to lead by 1-2 to 0-1 after five minutes.  After this bright opening spell, the game went scoreless for the next 20 minutes, as both sides struggled in the wet and windy conditions.  Paul Bannon did eventually add Athlone’s second score after 25 minutes, and Athlone would’ve been happy to go in at half-time trailing by only three points after playing poorly, but they were dealt a blow when they conceded a soft second goal just before the break, while a Shamrocks point on the stroke of half time left seven points between the sides, 2-3 to 0-2.

 John Stapleton gave Athlone hope when he finished off a fine move in the opening seconds of the second period, but they were unable to close the gap any further and a Mullingar point restored their seven-point advantage.  A Jack Quinn point kept Athlone in touch, but that was as good as it got for them and five unanswered points from the hosts between the 10th and 20th minutes put the game beyond them.  John Connellan added the visitors’ fifth and final point from a free, but a further three points in the closing minutes sealed a very comfortable win for the home side on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-5.

 This was a chastening defeat for Athlone after played so well against Castledaly three days previously, and they know that they will need a vastly improved performance in their next game away to Milltownpass this coming weekend (time & date TBC).

 Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray, Jordan Marshment, Noel Mulligan, Dermot Bannon, John Stapleton (0-1), Darren Magee, Shane Allen, John Connellan (0-2), Danny Reid (1-0), Stephen Ward, Paul Bannon (0-1), Ryan Gaffey Subs Used:  Jack Quinn (0-1), Kieran Colclough, Eoin Jordan, Danny Lynam.

ACFL Div 1

posted 23 Apr 2018, 14:01 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 1  
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.

U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg Div 2 Champions 2018:

posted 23 Apr 2018, 14:00 by Athlone GAA

Athlone v Tyrellspass
21/4/2018 The Downs

Our U14 Boys brought home the first piece of silverware to Páirc Chiaráin in 2018 when they claimed the Division 2 Féile Peile na nÓg after a tough battle against a very game Tyrrellspass side. In the process they have ensured that they will be one of Westmeath's representatives in the National Féile Peile na nÓg finals. Played in the impressive surrounds of the The Downs GAA club, the two teams took the pitch in unseasonably warm conditions with sunglasses and T-shirts the order of the day for the spectators.  Coupled with the warm conditions was a strong breeze that blew diagonally across the pitch making accurate shooting and passing very tricky on the day.

Athlone won the toss and elected to play with the wind in the first half and this seemed to pay dividends when they goaled early in the game before adding a further point from the dead ball. However, that was to be the last score for the Shannonsiders in the first moiety. Instead, a combination of some sloppy play and some tenacious Tyrrellspass battling led to the Tidy Town team raising a green flag. Just as in the previous league game (away to Killucan), the Athlone lads had started slowly and failed to take advantage of a strong breeze. In the dressing room at half time, the lads knew that a titanic effort would be required if they were maintain that narrow lead to the final whistle. However, just as in Killucan the previous week, the Athlone boys rolled up their sleeves and put on a fantastic display of grit and determination, coupled with some excellent football to outscore their opponents by 3-2 to 0-02 in the second half. At the long whistle, they had triumphed on a score line of 4-3 to 1-2. However, the final score does not tell the full story of the game as the lads had to put in a massive rear guard action in the latter stages as the Tyrrellspass players came at them in waves. As the second half wore on, the Athlone lads were determined that their goal would not be breached again. The defending from 1 to 15 was exceptional and great credit to the forward line who tacked on the scores needed to supplement the excellent defending. This really was a team effort and it was most pleasing to see each player get on to the field for the match (some not as much as the mentors would have liked but with the time constraints of the twenty-minute halves it wasn’t possible, but there are many league games coming up to make sure everyone gets plenty of playing time).

And so it was a delighted bunch of Athlone players, led by captain for the day, Pierse Edmundson, that climbed the steps of the stand to receive the trophy from Westmeath Minor Board Chairman, Niall O’Brien. Well done to all involved and a journey that began on a wet Saturday morning in Garrycastle is now destined to continue in Burren GAA, Co. Down at the National Féile Peile na nÓg finals from the 29th June to the 1st July. Well done to the Mentors Seamus Mitchell, David O'Connell and Morgan Farrell and hearty congratulations to the players involved. Some new Athlone stars are emerging.  

The U14 panel on the day was: Alban Cepi, Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Jason Ukatu, Luke Whelan and Brandon White. 

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