Match Reports

JFC Group 3

posted 27 Aug 2019, 11:12 by Athlone GAA

JFC Group 3:  
Athlone 4-14 Coralstown-Kinnegad 1-9  

A flurry of early goals from the full-forward line of Sam Omukoro (2), Richie Greene and Dylan Lynch set our juniors on the road to a comfortable win over a game Coralstown-Kinnegad side in their Junior Championship Group 3 Round 3 clash played in Kinnegad on Friday night.  These early goals, along with points from the Deba Okodugha and Emmet Collins, helped Athlone to a 4-5 to 1-5 half time lead, and further points from Joe Fallon, Eoin Jordan, Michael Byrne Tadhg Prendergast and David Fagan kept daylight between the sides, although they were grateful to young keeper Rytis Liaukecivius who pulled off a string of fine saves throughout the second half to prevent the home side from getting back into the match.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Rory Donnellan, Eoin Jordan (0-1), Emmet Collins (0-1), Niall Doolan, David Fagan (0-1), Michael Byrne (0-1), Conor Rushe, Joe Fallon (0-2), Deba Okodugha (0-1), Dylan Lynch (1-1), Sam Omukoro (2-1), Richie Greene (1-4)  Subs Used: Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Aidan St John.

Athlone 6-13 Tubberclair 1-14
Our junior men made it two wins from two over the weekend when they accounted for Tubberclair in Tubberclair on Sunday evening, although the final result was flattering for the visitors, who were second-best for long periods of the opening half.  Just as against Kinnegad two days previously, early goals from Sam Omukoro and Richie Greene their side an ideal start, but the home side dominated most of the half as they punished Athlone defensive indiscipline with a succession of pointed frees.  Indeed, it took several good saves from sub goalkeeper Conor Devaney, who replaced the injured Rytis Liaukecivius early on, and a third major from midfielder Patrick Munnelly to give Athlone a fortuitous four-point lead at the break, 3-4 to 0-9.

The visitors began the second half with much more purpose and teamwork and points from Richie Greene (0-3), Enda Daly (0-2) and Joe Fallon stretched the lead to 10 before Tubberclair opened their account.  A coolly taken fourth goal from Niall Doolan made the game safe, while two more excellent strikes from Richie Greene to complete his hat-trick late-on put a gloss on the scoreline as Athlone eventually ran out 14 point winners on a scoreline of 6-13 to 1-14.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Rory Donnellan, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Niall Doolan (1-0), Patrick Munnelly (1-0), Michael Byrne, Enda Daly (0-2), Joe Fallon (0-3), Deba Okodugha, Dylan Lynch, Sam Omukoro (1-1), Richie Greene (3-6)  Subs Used: Conor Devaney, Shay Byrne, Cathal Joyce (0-1).

The above results mean that Athlone finish runners-up in Group 3 and so will play the winners of Group 4, St Loman’s, in the first round of the playoffs.  This match is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday evening in Tubberclair so please come out and support the lads in this crucial game.

ACFL Div 1 Athlone v Shandonagh

posted 13 Jun 2019, 14:21 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 1:

 Athlone 4-8 Shandonagh 1-17    

 Our senior team will play in Division 2 of next year’s All County Football League, after being relegated following a draw with Shandonagh in their final league game, played in Shandonagh on Sunday morning.  Athlone needed to beat their hosts to stay up on the head to head rule, but in the end a 63rd minute equaliser condemned them to the second tier of the league in 2020.

 Athlone got off to an ideal start with a free from Kieran Colclough from their first attack, but scores were hard to come by in the edgy opening minutes and it took until the eighth minute before Ryan Gaffey doubled his side’s lead, before Colclough gave his side a huge boost with a fine solo goal.  Gaffey added his second to put his side six points up after 15 minutes and things were looking good for the visitors, but they then surrendered the initiative as Shandonagh struck four quick-fire points followed by a well-taken goal to take the lead with five minutes remaining in the half.  Athlone struggled to respond to this setback and three further points before the break gave Shandonagh a half-time lead of 1-7 to 1-3.

 After being under the cosh for the second quarter, Athlone took advantage of the break to regroup and they were level within two minutes of the restart, through a pointed free and superb goal, both from Colclough.  They then went agonisingly close to grabbing a third goal, but Gaffey’s close range effort went just wide of the post.  Shandonagh took advantage of this reprieve to regain the lead, but Gaffey made up for his miss with two excellent scores to put his ahead by a point.  Josh Beaumont did get his side’s third goal when he beat the keeper to a speculative ball from John Stapleton, but Athlone were unable to build on this and three consecutive Shandonagh points reduced the lead to the minimum again.  Wing-back James Finlass lifted the siege with a rare score and when Gaffey fisted to the net to finish off a slick move, Athlone led by five with 10 minutes remaining and looked set to grab the win needed to ensure their top-flight participation in 2019.  However, a determined Shandonagh side refused to accept this and they hit four points in four minutes to bring themselves back to within a point with time almost up.  A free which would’ve brought them level appeared to be drifting wide, but they kept the ball in play and won another free in front of goal, which was tapped over to bring the sides level, which meant Athlone had to find a winner to stay up.  It looked like they had done that 90 seconds into injury-time when John Stapleton swung over a super point after a patient move, but Athlone failed to close the down the resultant kickout and the home side worked the ball into the scoring zone, before striking the crucial equaliser that sealed the draw they required in stay in Division One, whilst sending Athlone down in the process.

 Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Daniel Lynam, Tom Egan, Matthew Darling, Eoin Maher, Diarmuid Martin, James Finlass (0-1), Jordan Marshment, John Stapleton (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (1-3), Shane Allen, Donagh Prendergast, Josh Beaumont (1-0), Benny Martin, Kieran Colclough (2-3) Subs Used:  Sean Dowd, Paul Bannon, Damien Kelly.


ACFL Div 3

posted 20 May 2019, 14:55 by Athlone GAA

 Athlone 2-14 Killucan 3-10  

 Our Division 3 team made it two weekend wins for our men’s teams when they pipped Killucan in an exciting contest played in Páirc Chiaráin on Saturday evening.  Despite missing some regulars due to hurling commitments, this was Killucan’s senior team so it was an excellent win for a young Athlone, many of whom had featured against The Downs 24 hours earlier.

 Conor Rushe marked his adult debut for the club by opening the scoring with a neatly-taken point, but Killucan responded with a goal and quickly added three frees to open up an early five-point lead.  At this stage, it looked like it would be a long night for the Athlone lads, but Rushe brought them back into the game with a nice solo score, before three superb points from Benny Martin, in his first appearance of the year, reduced the gap to the minimum.  A Richie Greene free brought Athlone level, and a long-distance Shane Allen effort looked like giving the home side a surprise half-time lead, but they conceded another soft goal straight from the subsequent kick-out to trail by 2-3 to 0-7 at the break.

 Two more long-range Shane Allen scores, either side of a Killucan free, brought Athlone back to within a point, and they regained the lead when Mark Egan fisted to the net from close range to finish off a brilliant team move.  This lead didn’t last long, however, as the visitors replied with a pointed free, followed by their third goal, to restore their two-point advantage.  Fortunately, as in the Division 1 game on Friday night, Athlone were able to bring in quality replacements from the bench, which helped as Killucan tired.  A brace of Richie Greene frees levelled things up again, and despite briefly falling behind to another Killucan point, further scores from Martin, Greene and Andy Lynam put Athlone two points ahead, 1-14 to 3-6, as the game entered its closing stages.  Killucan fought back with to level things up with a few minutes to play, but when Athlone struck for their second goal, a powerful finish from Darren Costello after another great move, it looked like they had done enough to earn their first win of the campaign.  The visitors had other ideas though and fought back with two very late points, before earning the chance to snatch a draw when they won a free from the 45 with was to be the last kick of the game.  Luckily for the hosts, this free dropped short meaning Athlone hung to win their first game of the campaign by the narrowest of margins, 2-14 to 3-10.

 Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, James Finlass, Daniel Lynam, Andy Lynam (0-1), Fergal Murray, Niall Doolan, David Fagan, Patrick Munnelly, Mark Egan (1-0), Shane Allen (0-3), Conor Rushe (0-2), Richie Greene (0-4), Benny Martin (0-4), Donagh Prendergast Subs Used:  Declan Byrne, Eoin Maher, Kieran Colclough, Darren Costello (1-0).


ACFL Div 1

posted 20 May 2019, 14:54 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 3-7  The Downs 1-8

Our seniors kept their hopes of avoiding relegation from Division 1 of the All-County league when they defeated The Downs in a damp Páirc Chiaráin on Friday evening.  The win leaves Athlone two points behind Shandonagh in the table with one round of fixtures to play, with Athlone due to travel to Shandonagh for their last game, which is scheduled for the weekend of June 9th.

 A bright start had Athlone leading by 0-3 to 0-1 through points from Ryan Gaffey, Shane Allen and a Richie Greene free, and things got better when Jordan Marshment was fouled as he burst through on goal for a penalty that was converted by Kieran Colclough.  The Downs responded well to this setback, however, and outscored the home side by four points to one in the second quarter, with Athlone’s only score in this period coming from wing-back Eoin Maher, to leave just two points between the sides at the break, 1-4 to 0-5 in Athlone’s favour.

 The visitors started the second half as they had ended the first and brought themselves level with two scores from play, although Richie Greene put Athlone back in front almost immediately with a super score.  It looked good for the hosts when Ryan Gaffey followed this up with this side’s second goal, when he slotted home the rebound after a Shane Allen shot had been saved, but The Downs replied with a goal of their own to leave just the minimum between the sides again.  Fortunately, Athlone were able to utilise a strong subs’ bench in the second half and it was one of these, Sean Dowd, who doubled their lead with an excellent point from distance, before he combined with another sub, Jack Quinn, to bundle home the third goal from close range and give his side some breathing space.  A fisted point from Quinn, after he had worked hard to create the opportunity for himself, put Athlone two goals to the good with 10 minutes remaining.  The Downs applied plenty of pressure in the closing stages as they tried to salvage something from the game, but a resolute Athlone defence restricted them to only one further point, as Athlone held for their second win of the campaign on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-8.

 Athlone:  Paul Bannon, Daniel Lynam, Matthew Darling, James Finlass, Eoin Maher (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Fergal Murray, Jordan Marshment, Danny Reid, Ryan Gaffey (1-1), Shane Allen (0-1), Mark Egan, Richie Greene (0-2), Kieran Colclough (1-0), Donagh Prendergast Subs Used:  Damien Kelly, Josh Beaumont, Sean Dowd (1-1), John Stapleton, Jack Quinn (0-1).


ACFL Div 1 Athlone 1-18 Tyrellspass 1-13

posted 30 Apr 2019, 13:20 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 1:  

Athlone 1-18 Tyrrellspass 1-13  

Our seniors gained their first points of the 2019 league campaign when an impressive performance away to Tyrrellspass gave them their first win of the season after an entertaining game played in chilly conditions in Tyrrellspass on Saturday evening.

The sides were level 0-3 apiece after an evenly-matched opening 10 minutes, with Athlone’s scores coming from Eoin Maher, Ryan Gaffey and Josh Beaumont, before three points in five minutes from a Kieran Colclough free, Jordan Marshment and Gaffey again gave Athlone a lead that they would not relinquish.  With the visiting defence very disciplined in marshalling the threat of the Tyrrellspass attack, three further points from the impressive Gaffey and another Colclough free, followed by a Jack Quinn goal from close range gave Athlone a 1-10 to 0-6 half-time lead.

After the hosts had opened the second half scoring in the first minute, Jack Quinn was unlucky not to add a second goal when his effort from a tight angle came back off the crossbar, but two more Gaffey points stretched Athlone’s lead.  However, just as it looked like they were set for a comfortable victory, a fumble in the small square after a 45 had dropped short let Tyrrellspass in for a goal which brought them right back into the match.  Danny Reid responded for Athlone with an excellent point, but two further Tyrellspass points reduced the gap to just four with 15 minutes still to play.  A fisted effort from Jack Quinn gave Athlone some breathing space but the home side had the bit between their teeth and scores from influential forwards Ger Egan and Denis Glennon brought them back to within three with five minutes remaining.  A fine score from Richie Greene after a quick counter-attack looked to have made the game safe for Athlone, but another Tyrrellspass free had just one score between them as the game entered injury time.  As they went looking for the equalising goal, they forced a 45 that dropped dangerously into the Athlone goalmouth, but the Athlone defence held firm and launched another counter-attack that ended with a Josh Beaumont point that finally guaranteed the win.  After Athlone turned over the subsequent quick kickout, Ryan Gaffey fittingly had the last word with his ninth point of the game to give his side a deserved five point win on a final score of 1-18 to 1-13.

Next up for Athlone is a crucial game against reigning County Champions Mullingar Shamrocks in Pairc Chiarain on Friday evening, with the throw-in provisionally scheduled for 7.30pm.  Our Division 3 team then travel to Mullingar to take on Shamrocks on Saturday, again at 7.30pm, while our Division 6 team are due to play neighbours Garrycastle in Garrycastle on Sunday morning with an 11.30am start.

Athlone:  Paul Bannon, Danny Lynam, Matthew Darling, James Finlass, Eoin Maher (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Fergal Murray, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Danny Reid (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-9), Jack Quinn (1-1), Noel Mulligan, Josh Beaumont (0-2), Kieran Colcough (0-2), Donagh Prendergast Subs Used:  Andy Lynam, Damien Kelly, Richie Greene (0-1), Sean Dowd.

ACFFL Division 1

posted 5 Mar 2019, 15:03 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 1:  
Athlone 0-6 Rosemount 2-7  

Our senior team began their 2019 league campaign with a disappointing defeat at home to Rosemount on Friday evening.  The visitors started brightly and had two pointed frees on the board before Kieran Colclough opened his side's account, also from a placed ball.  Athlone were then dealt a blow when Rosemount hit their opening goal from a rebound after Paul Bannon had saved the initial effort, but they responded well and excellent points from Jordan Marshment, Shane Allen, John Connellan and another Colclough free left just a point between the sides at the interval, 1-3 to 0-5 in Rosemount's favour.

After Rosemount had doubled their advantage with a point in the opening minute of the half, the game then entered a long scoreless period which was ended in the 43rd minute when they added their second goal from a fisted effort.  Two further points put seven between the sides and made the game safe for the visitors as Athlone struggled for fitness in the heavy conditions.  Kieran Colclough got Athlone's only score of the second period with his third pointed free with five minutes remaining, but it was Rosemount had the final say with a late point sealing a 2-7 to 0-6 victory.
Next up for Athlone is a visit to neighbours Garrycastle for a derby clash next Sunday morning (March 10th), throw-in at 11.30am.
Athlone:  Paul Bannon, Eoin Maher, James Finlass, Fergal Murray, Dermot Bannon, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Danny Lynam, Diarmuid Martin, Daniel Reid, Seamus Byrne, Kieran Colclough (0-3), Shane Allen (0-1), Josh Beaumont, John Connellan (0-1), Donagh Prendergast  Subs Used:  Darren Costello, Patrick Ryan, Mark Egan, David Fagan, Richie Greene, Shane Galvin.

ACFL Division 3:
Athlone 0-7 Multyfarnham 2-6
After winning last year's Division 4 in impressive fashion, our second team began their Division 3 campaign when the travelled to Multyfarnham to take on the home side on Saturday afternoon.  After a shaky start, this was an excellent performance from a young Athlone team against a strong intermediate team and with a bit more belief and luck, they could have come away with the win that their efforts deserved.

Athlone looked overawed by their opponents in the opening stages and when they trailed by 1-2 to 0-0 after 10 minutes, it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon.  However, Athlone then grew into the game, as the defence got to grips with the home side's attack and the midfield began to take control in the centre of the park.  It took until the 18th minute for Athlone to get on the scoreboard, through Richie Greene, but this was quickly followed by two more Greene points and a Darren Costello score to leave just a point between the sides.  It could have been even better for Athlone had the referee not stopped playing advantage when Josh Beaumont was clean through on goal, instead bringing play back to give Athlone a free on the 45.  The home side took advantage of this reprieve to regain control and two late frees gave them a three-point advantage at the interval.

Another free in the opening minute of the second stretched Multy's lead, before they were given an opportunity to put real daylight between the sides when they were awarded their first penalty.  Fortunately for Athlone, the spot-kick was driven wide to the left of the posts and they responded with points from Shane Allen, Richie Greene and Colin O'Leary to leave just the minimum between the sides again with 10 minutes remaining.  However, just as it looked like Athlone were going to snatch an unexpected victory against the 2018 All-Ireland junior champions, a loose pass coming out of defence caused a turnover which led to the home side making the game safe with their second goal.  They were then presented with another chance from the spot when a seemingly perfect James Finlass shoulder charge was deemed to have been illegal, but sub keeper Cathal Joyce pulled off a superb double save from the initial penalty and the rebound, although Multy tapped the second rebound over the bar to close the scoring and seal a very fortunate 2-6 to 0-7 victory.

Next up for Athlone is another difficult away fixture against St Malachy's in Castletown-Geoghegan next Saturday afternoon, March 9th, at 4pm.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Andy Lynam, Eoin Maher, Eoin Jordan, Diarmuid Martin, Colin O'Leary (0-1), Darren Costello (0-1), Shane Allen (0-1), Shane Galvin, Donagh Prendergast, Richie Greene (0-4), Josh Beaumont  Subs Used:  Enda Daly, Cathal Joyce, Kieran Rigney, Tadhg Prendergast, Joe Fallon.

ACFL Division 6B:
Athlone 0-14 Milltown 1-13
Our Division 6B team completed a busy opening weekend of league action when they took on Milltown in Milltown on Sunday morning, in another game played in awful weather conditions.

Athlone played some great attacking football in the first half and points from Tadhg Prendergast, Richie Greene, Shay Byrne, Darren Costello and Kieran Rigney gave them a 0-12 to 0-4 lead at half-time.  However the strain of playing three games in three days, all in energy-sapping heavy wet conditions, took its toll in the second half as the lads ran completely out of steam, while also losing a few key players to injury, which allowed the home side to mount a strong comeback and grab the win, with a late fisted goal proving crucial.  Athlone's second match in this division is at home to Loughnavalley in Páirc Chiaráin at 7.30pm on Friday evening (March 8th) and they will be hoping for a little more luck in that.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Cathal Joyce, Andy Lynam, Shane Galvin, Kieran Rigney (0-1), Declan Byrne, Danny Lynam, Aidan St John, David Fagan, Seamus Byrne (0-2), Darren Costello (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast (0-4), Richie Greene (0-6), Donagh Prendergast  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins, Pat Mulligan.

Upcoming Men's Fixtures:

ACFL Division 1:   Athlone v. Garrycastle, 11.30am Sunday March 10th, Garrycastle.
ACFL Division 3:  Athlone v. St Malachy's, 4pm Sunday March 9th, Castletown-Geoghegan.
ACFL Division 6B:  Athlone v. Loughnavalley, 7.30pm Friday March 8th, Páirc Chiaráin.

U20 Football Championship Final

posted 3 Dec 2018, 07:06 by Athlone GAA

Athlone v Rosemount Castledaly

Congratulations to our U20 team who showed huge character and determination to capture the inaugural Westmeath Under 20 County Championship by defeating Rosemount-Castledaly on a scoreline of 0-15 to 1-11 in what was a fantastic and nail-biting game of football that was in the balance until the very last minute. Full match report to follow, see for photos of what was a great day and night.  Thanks to Padraig Devaney Photographer for the pictures.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Joseph Devins, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Donagh Prendergast, Diarmuid Martin, Patrick McGettigan, Shane Allen, Daniel Reid, Eamon Martin (0-3), Kieran Colclough (0-1), Sean Dowd (0-2), Josh Beaumont (0-2), Stephen O'Connor, Benny Martin (0-5)  Subs Used:  Luke Kelly (0-1), Niall Doolan, JJ Offorjama (0-1), Mark Egan, Shane Reid.

U20 Championship Semi Final

posted 18 Nov 2018, 14:26 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-9 The Downs 1-10

Our U20s qualified for the first Westmeath Under 20 Final when they travelled to The Downs on Saturdy afternoon to take on a very strong home side in the semi-final and came away with a deserved win after a thrilling encounter played in perfect conditions.

Starting with the aid of the wind, Athlone controlled possession in the early stages, and led by 0-2 to 0-0 after ten minutes, through points from Stephen O'Connor and a Benny Martin free, although the lead should've been greater with the Athlone attack guilty of some bad wides.  After The Downs had gotten themselves on the board from a free, Diarmuid Martin restored Athlone's two-point advantage, but another Downs score left only a point between the sides as half-time approached, with Athlone missing several opportunities to add to their total with some poor shot selection and wayward finishing.  They did find their shooting boots just before the break with three points in rapid succession from Eamon Martin, Josh Beaumont and Daniel Reid putting some daylight between the teams, although The Downs did have the final word of the half through another pointed free.  In fact, Athlone were fortunate that the teams didn't go in level at the break as it took a crucial interception from James Finlass deep into stoppage time to deny the home side a seemingly certain goal and to leave the half-time score 0-6 to 0-3 in Athlone's favour.

Now playing with the aid of the elements, the hosts came flying out of the blocks in the second half and it took them only a minute to draw themselves level with a goal from a rebound after John Duddy had made an excellent save.  It looked like Athlone would rue those first half misses when they fell behind for the first time soon after to a point from play, but to their credit, they dug deep and regained their lead when Kieran Colclough side-footed a loose ball to the net for their opening goal.  Again, however the home side fought back with two points made it a draw game and it looked like they were about to go back ahead, until Athlone's youngest player, Eamon Martin, made a crucial interception to launch a counterattack that he himself finished with a well-taken point.  This inspirational score gave the visitors a huge boost and another member of the Martin clan, Benny, put them two points ahead, before Kieran Colclough added his second goal with another cool finish.  However, any hopes that this would mean the end of The Downs challenge were dashed when they fought back with three quickfire points of their own to reduce the gap back to just two with 10 minutes still to play.  Athlone were now on the backfoot but superb defensive work prevented the home side from reducing the deficit even further and Josh Beaumont lifted the siege with an important point on the break.   The Downs increased the pressure as they went looking for the equalising goal but, despite some nervous moments, the Athlone defence held firm, except for conceding a point from a free with two minutes left.  This meant that a goal would've knocked Athlone out, but superb disciplined defending from the entire team meant that The Downs were unable to fashion the necessary chance, and when the final whistle sounded after a nerve wracking four minutes of injury time, Athlone had held on to win a thriller on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-10.

Athlone now advance to the inaugural Under 20 Final against Rosemount-Castledaly which is to be played in Cusack Park next Sunday, November 25th in Cusack Park at 2pm and we ask that all supporters of the club come out and support the lads in this hugely important fixture.

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

U20 Championship Qtr Final

posted 18 Nov 2018, 13:58 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 18 Nov 2018, 14:28 ]

​​​​​Under 20 Championship Quarter-Final  

Athlone 3-12 Shandonagh 1-8

A clinically taken hat-trick of goals from Stephen O'Connor, allied to a superb defensive performance, gave our U20 team a surprisingly comfortable win against a fancied Shandonagh side in this quarter-final played in Páirc Chiaráin on Saturday afternoon.

Beginning the game with the aid of a strong breeze, Athlone got off to a dream start with a goal straight from the throw-in, when Diarmuid Martin and Shane Allen combined to set up Stephen O'Connor, who finished emphatically.  A long-range Luke Kelly free, followed by a Benny Martin point continued the good start, before O'Connor reacted quickest to a loose ball in the large square for his second goal.  Shandonagh got on the board with a close range free but two well-struck 45's from Luke Kelly and a JJ Offorjama score give Athlone a 10-point lead after 20 minutes.  However, they suffered a setback when Kelly was dismissed for dissent following a second Shandonagh pointed free, and although Daniel Reid replied from distance, the visitors then enjoyed their best spell of the half and added two more frees to reduce the gap as half-time approached.  To their credit though, the Athlone lads rallied and late points from Benny Martin and Shane Allen restored their 10-point advantage at the break, 2-8 to 0-4.

Playing into wind, and a man down, Athlone needed to keep things tight in the opening minutes of the second half, but instead their lead was halved in the first five minutes when some sloppy turnovers led to two pointed frees and a goal from a penalty.  All the momentum now appeared to be with the visitors, but an inspirational score from Shane Allen, followed by Stephen O'Connor's hat-trick goal with another cool finish after a brilliant team move, took the sting out of their comeback.  Josh Beaumont added a point from a free, while it took Shandonagh until the 53rd minute to get their only score from play, a measure of how well the Athlone defence played against their highly-rated opponents.  Further points from JJ Offorjama and Benny Martin put the seal on an impressive all-round performance, as Athlone qualified for an away semi-final against the winner of the quarter-final between The Downs and Caulry, at a time and date to be confirmed.

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

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.

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