Match Reports

Under 20 Championship

posted 30 Oct 2018, 12:18 by Athlone GAA


Athlone 2-17 Coralstown-Kinnegad 3-8

Our Under 20s qualified for the quarter-final of this year’s championship with a deserved win over a game Coralstown-Kinnegad side 

Athlone got off to an ideal start when Benny Martin popped over a point after Shane Allen had created the chance with a powerful run straight from the throw-in.  Martin added a second soon after and when the subsequent kickout was intercepted by Josh Beaumont, Stephen O’Connor finished coolly to the net for the game’s opening goal.  Benny Martin from a free and Luke Kelly stretched the lead further, before the visitors got on the board with a point after 10 minutes.  Another superb Athlone move led to captain Daniel Reid blasting home the second goal and a long-range Paddy McGettigan point put the home side 10 points to the good midway through the half.  However, Athlone seemed to become a little complacent at this stage and Kinnegad gradually brought themselves back into the match with three unanswered points, and they got a huge boost on the stroke of half-time with a well-worked goal leaving just four points between sides, 2-6 to 1-5 in Athlone’s favour.

After letting their opponents back into the match, Athlone needed a good start to the second half and they got that through early points from Shane Allen and Diarmuid Martin.  Further points from Kieran Colclough and Benny Martin stretched the lead further, but again Kinnegad fought back and a second goal, after Athlone had turned the ball over in attack, reduced the home side’s lead to three.  Benny Martin settled Athlone nerves with a couple of close range frees, which were followed by a Sean Dowd score from play and a Kieran Colclough 45 to put daylight between the sides again.  Further points from young sub Eamon Martin with his first touch, Luke Kelly and a Josh Beaumont free made the game safe for Athlone, although the visitors had the final say with their third goal late in the game leaving the final score 2-17 to 3-8 in Athlone’s favour.

Next up for Athlone is a home quarter-final against Shandonagh next weekend, with the exact time and date to be confirmed.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Joe Devins, James Finlass, Niall Doolan, Donagh Prendergast, Diarmuid Martin (0-1), Paddy McGettigan (0-1), Shane Allen (0-1), Daniel Reid (1-0), Kieran Colclough (0-3), Luke Kelly (0-2), Sean Dowd (0-1), Josh Beaumont (0-1), Stephen O’Connor (1-0), Benny Martin (0-6) Subs Used:  JJ Offorjama, Conor Rushe, Paddy Ryan, Eamon Martin (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Enda Daly.

SFC Quater Final

posted 5 Oct 2018, 15:26 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 0-7 Garrycastle 0-14

A very disappointing performance saw our seniors exit the Championship at the hands of near neighbours Garrycastle in their quarter-final played in Tubberclair on Sunday afternoon.
Garrycastle raced out of the blocks and were four points to the good within four minutes, as the Athlone defence struggled to get to grips with their lively full-forward line.  A long-range John Connellan point got Athlone on the scoreboard after 12 minutes, but Garrycastle were dominant all over the park and added the next three scores to lead by 0-7 to 0-1 at the 20-minute mark.  Noel Mulligan got Athlone’s second from a free, but the deficit was soon back to six when a defensive turnover led to another Garrycastle point.  An excellent injury time effort from Shane Allen brought the first half scoring to a close, as Athlone went in at the break with it all to do, trailing by 0-8 to 0-3.
Athlone needed a good start to the second half, but, despite holding possession in the Garrycastle half for the opening minutes, they were unable to create a clearcut opportunity and instead it was their opponents who stretched their lead on the break.  Both sides were also reduced to 14 men in this period when Mickey Greene and Matthew Guiheen were both issued red cards for an off the ball incident.  Athlone did then enjoy their best spell of the game and a Ryan Gaffey point, followed by two Ray Connellan frees either side of a similar Garrycastle score, left four points between them with 20 minutes remaining.  However, Athlone were unable to build on this momentum and three Garrycastle points between the 45th and 50th minutes put the game beyond them.  A Noel Mulligan point did reduce the gap to six but Athlone were unable to fashion the goal chance they needed in a scrappy final 10 minutes and instead it was Garrycastle who closed the scoring with a point from sub Ger Heneghan.  Despite it not being a dirty game, there was still time for another sending off for each team, as Athlone’s Darren Costello and Garrycastle’s James Dolan each received second yellows, while Athlone finished with 12 men when Jordan Marshment was black carded after six substitutions had been made.
Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, James Finlass, Matthew Darling, Damien Kelly, Shane Allen (0-1), Noel Mulligan (0-2), Jordan Marshment, Ray Connellan (0-2), Alan Gaughan, Kieran Colclough, John Connellan (0-1), Daniel Reid, Ryan Gaffey (0-1), Jack Quinn, Mickey Greene Subs Used: Darren Magee, John Stapleton, Fergal Murray, Darren Costello, Diarmuid Martin, Tom Egan.

SFC Group 1

posted 10 Sep 2018, 13:02 by Athlone GAA

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

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.

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