Match Reports

13/9/217 Junior Championship Quarter Final

posted 18 Sep 2017, 15:06 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 1-21 Delvin 2-10 (AET)

Our junior men's team qualified for the club's first junior championship semi-final in a long time, with a hard-fought extra time victory over a brave Delvin side in Kinnegad on Wednesday evening.

Athlone started very brightly and, on the back of some superb fielding by Diarmuid Martin in midfield, raced into a five point lead with fine scores from Benny Martin, Darren Costello, Sean Dowd, Richie Greene and Joe Fallon.  The sides then exchanged frees and Luke Kelly pulled off a couple of fine saves, before Delvin got back into the game with a goal from a penalty.  Further points from Joe Fallon and Michael Doolan restored Athlone's lead, but several other chances to stretch the lead were squandered, and they were dealt a major blow on the stroke of half time when a high ball into the square was flicked to the net for Delvin's second goal to leave the sides level at the break, 0-8 to 2-2.

Rocked by this late goal, Athlone started the second half nervously and trailed to a Devlin '45 before Dermot Bannon finally opened their account after 10 minutes play.  Points from Sean Dowd and Richie Greene were answered by similar Delvin scores, as the sides went tit-for-tat until the 50th minute, when a quick brace from Greene, followed by another point by Darren Costello, seemed to put Athlone into a winning position.  Unfortunately, with the finish line in site, the nerves returned and another Delvin point left just two between them as the game entered injury time.  It still looked like Delvin would need a goal to salvage something from the game, but with the Athlone defence falling very deep to try to prevent this, they were able to pick off two excellent long range points, the second with the final kick of the game, to force extra time.  The score at the end of normal time was 0-14 to 2-8.

It would have been understandable if Athlone were deflated after having victory snatched from their grasp, but they began extra time with great purpose and Darren Costello put them back in front with a free in the opening minute.  Athlone then got what was to prove to be the game's crucial score when Costello cut in along the end line and sent the ball across for Declan Byrne to fist home from close range.  A Delvin free kept them in touch, but a superb solo effort from Richie Greene gave Athlone a four point advantage at the mini-break (1-16 to 2-9).  The same player added two more fine scores at the start of the second extra time period, and despite another Delvin free, Athlone's fitness and strong bench told as Delvin tired and further points from David Cleary, Richie Greene and Declan Byrne gave them a slightly flattering 1-21 to 2-10 win to set up a TEG Cusack Park semi-final against Multyfarnham.

Athlone:  Luke Kelly, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Colin O'Leary, Sean Dowd (0-2), Dermot Bannon (0-1), Darren Costello (0-3), Joe Fallon (0-2), Benny Martin (0-1), Richie Greene (0-9) Subs Used:  Rory Donnellan, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Luke Dully, Declan Byrne (1-1), David Cleary (0-1), Aidan St John.

U21 Championship Quarter Final

posted 18 Sep 2017, 15:04 by Athlone GAA


Athlone 4-6 St Loman's 1-11

Four excellent first half goals, including two in a minute in injury time, paved the way for our under 21s to defeat St Loman's of Mullingar under the Páirc Chiaráin floodlights on Friday, as they emulated our junior and minor teams by qualifying for the championship semi-final, where they will face Rosemount-Castledaly. Athlone opened the scoring in the second minute with a Jack Quinn point, before Josh Beaumont doubled the lead with a deflected effort after a Richie Greene shot had come back off the crossbar.  St Loman's brought themselves level with two points of their own, but Jack Quinn put Athlone back in front with the first goal of the evening, when he finished off a good move with neat finish.  The visitors replied again with a brace of scores to reduce the gap to the minimum, and although Josh Beaumont replied with his second point, the Mullingar men took the lead for the first time with a well-taken goal of their own.  The home side responded to this setback in the best possible fashion, however, when Kieran Colclough finished off another fine move with a powerful shot for his side's second goal.  Another Quinn point, sandwiched between two further Lomans' points, meant that Athlone led by a point as the game entered first half injury time, but they got a huge boost with two goals in the final minute.  First Beaumont fisted home from close range after being set up by Quinn and then Daniel Reid blasted to the net to give the Shannonsiders a scarcely deserved seven point half-tim3 lead, 4-4 to 1-6.

Boosted by their strong finish to the first half, Athlone began the second period well, but were guilty of going for more goals, when points to keep the scoreboard ticking over might have been the more sensible option and instead it was St Loman's who opened the scoring with a couple of points.  Richie Greene did finally open Athlone's second half account with a clever close range finish, but the forwards were not finding the space that they had in the first half.  Fortunately, the home defence was also denying St Loman's any clear scoring opportunities, and both sides added only more point each, Athlone's from a Richie Greene free, in the following 20 minutes.  St Loman's did add two points very late on to reduce the gap to four points, but they were unable to create the goal chance they needed and Athlone held on for the win.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Matthew Darling, Shane Galvin, Michael Doolan, Stephen Ward, Shane Allen, Daniel Reid (1-0), Fionn Dowd, Donagh Prendergast, Jack Quinn (1-2), Kieran Colclough (1-0), Josh Beaumont (1-2), Diarmuid Martin, Richie Greene (0-2)  Subs:  Mark Egan, Benny Martin, Sean Dowd, Tadhg Prendergast, Patrick McGettigan.

Junior Championship Playoff

posted 12 Sep 2017, 09:09 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​10/9/2017 - Cusack Park, Mullingar

Athlone 1-7 Shandonagh 0-8

Athlone’s junior men’s team qualified for the knockout stages proper of the junior championship when they held off a stern Shandonagh challenge in a thrilling playoff game, played in appalling weather conditions in TEG Cusack Park on Sunday.  Despite the low scoring, this was a very exciting encounter, played out by two fiercely committed teams, in conditions that made good football very difficult

Starting with the aid of a very strong wind, Athlone created plenty of opportunities in the opening minutes, but were guilty of some wasteful shooting and trailed by a point before finally getting on the scoreboard after 12 minutes with a brilliantly worked goal.  A long pass from Benny Martin found Richie Greene and he set up Diarmuid Martin, who finished coolly to the net.  Shandonagh replied with their second point, but Athlone’s accuracy improved after their shaky start and well-taken points from Sean Dowd and Richie Greene put them a goal to the good after 20 minutes.  Shandonagh again narrowed the gap with a point, and although Athlone finished the half strongly with points from Richie Greene and Joe Fallon, it did not look like the four-point interval lead would be enough in the conditions.

The second half began in a similar manner to the first, with the team playing with wind advantage dominating, but being unable to convert their possession into scores, although it was mainly superb defending from the Athlone backs, rather than poor shooting that kept Shandonagh scoreless for the first 10 minutes.  However, after they did finally get off the mark, they quickly added two more points to reduce Athlone’s lead to the minimum with a quarter of the game still to play.  To their credit, Athlone didn’t panic and they finally opened their second half account an excellent Richie Greene point after a really patient passing move.  Shandonagh struck the next point to leave just one between them again, but again Greene kept Athlone’s noses in front with a close range point after a good turnover by Luke Dully.  A 57th minute Shandonagh point made it a one-point game and it looked like an equaliser was inevitable, but the Athlone defence did brilliantly to prevent this and Greene struck another fine point after a minute of injury to seemingly make the game safe for Athlone.  However, there was still time for a very late scare when a final Shandonagh attack saw a high ball lofted in to the square, but rookie keeper Luke Kelly did superbly to keep it out of the net under pressure from the big opposition full-forward.

In Athlone’s previous games, it was the forwards who received the plaudits as they ran up big scores, but this game was won on the back of a superb defensive performance.  Despite the wet and windy conditions, the handling and distribution of young keeper Luke Kelly was very assured, while in front of him, the now settled full-back line of Eoin Fahey, Andy Lynam and Shane Galvin kept tabs on the lively Shandonagh inside forwards.  Half-backs Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan and Rory Donnellan (when introduced), were impressive defensively and in launching attacks, while up front, Richie Greene kicked some fine opportunist scores when Athlone most needed them.  Athlone now face Delvin the quarter-final in Kinnegad on Wednesday, September 13th at 6.45pm.

Athlone:  Luke Kelly, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-0), David Cleary, Joe Fallon (0-1), Sean Dowd (0-1), Darren Costello, Benny Martin, Richie Greene (0-5) Subs Used:  Rory Donnellan, Luke Dully, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Dermot Bannon, Sam Omukoro, Cathal Joyce.

Minor Boys Division 1 Quarter Final

posted 12 Sep 2017, 09:07 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-12 Rosemount 0-12  

Our minor boys qualified for the Division 1 semi final after a hard fought win over Rosemount on Wednesday evening. Played in pristine conditions, Rosemount started better and were two points up after two minutes, although Athlone soon drew level through frees from Kieran Colclough and Benny Martin. Athlone went ahead then with two quick points from Josh Beaumont and a brilliant outside of the boot point from Martin, but the home side regained the initiative with four points in a row to put themselves 0-6 to 0-4 up, before a Shane Allen free then left just a point between the sides at half time.

Athlone came out fired up in the second half and rattled off five points in the first five minutes - two points from Benny Martin, and one each from Colclough ('45), Sean Dowd and Mark Egan, to just one in response from their hosts.  JJ Offorjama then finished off a brilliant team move to rattle the net to give the visitors a six point lead, but Rosemount battled back with two frees and three points from play, either side of a Josh Beaumont point for Athlone, to cut the deficit to two with five minutes left. Benny Martin put daylight between the sides after being set up by a lung bursting run from impressive full back James Finlass, and Athlone finally made the game safe when Josh Beaumont fisted the ball to the net after being set up by David Cleary.  In what was a superb team performance, every player gave their all for the cause, which was evident in a number of players coming off with cramp at the end.  The lads and management now look forward to a semi final place in the Division 1 championship.

Team and panel: John Duddy, Joe Devins, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Donagh Prendergast, Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Shane Allen (Capt.) 0-1 (f), Kieran Colclough (0-2, 1f, 1 '45); JJ Offorjama (1-0), Mark Egan (0-1), Antony Johnson; Josh Beaumont (1-2), Benny Martin (0-5, 1f), Enda Daly. Subs:  Sean Dowd for Daly, Stephen O'Connor for Johnson, Luke Kelly for Egan, David Cleary for Allen. Rytis Liaukivicius, Niall Doolan, Conor Rushe, Aaron Forde, Eamon Martin, Deba Okodugha, Kevin Rowan, Mark Tallon.

SFC Group 1

posted 31 Aug 2017, 14:44 by Athlone GAA

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.

JFC Group 3

posted 31 Aug 2017, 14:43 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-14 Caulry 1-6   

A brace of well-taken goals midway through the first half from David Cleary set our junior men on the way to a comfortable win over neighbours Caulry in this junior championship match played in Mount Temple on Thursday evening.  Despite dominating possession in the early stages, Athlone struggled to get on the scoresheet and it took for 12 minutes for them to open their account, when a well-worked move found Cleary on his own behind the defence and he beat the keeper with an emphatic finish.  This settled the Athlone lads and points from Sean Dowd and Cleary followed, before David rounded off a superb personal spell with his second goal.  Further points from Joe Fallon, Diarmuid Martin and Darren Costello gave the visitors a 2-5 to 0-3 lead at the break.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with Athlone controlling much of the possession and playing some excellent football, although they squander several scoring chances through over-elaboration and some poor shot selection.  That said, they did add some fine points, with Tadhg Prendergast, Colin O'Leary, Andy Lynam and Emmet Collins adding their names to the scoresheet, while a youthful Caulry side fought bravely to the end and scored a deserved late goal.  Overall, this was a very good team performance from an Athlone side that has improved considerably from their opening game and that has shown the benefits of well-attended training sessions and a settled squad.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O'Leary (0-1), Diarmuid Martin (0-2), , David Cleary (2-2), Joe Fallon (0-3), Sean Dowd (0-2), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Richie Greene, Darren Costello (0-1)  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins (0-1), Cathal Joyce, Sam Omukoro, Aidan St John.

Minor Boys Championship Group 1 & 2

posted 31 Aug 2017, 14:41 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 3-19 Killucan 1-6

The minor boys qualified for the Minor Championship Group 1 quarter-final when they finished the group stage with a comprehensive 3-19 to 1-6 win over Killucan, in what was their third away game out of three in the group.  Enda Daly opened the scoring, followed by a well-struck 45 from Kieran Colclough.  Killucan replied with a free of their own before Josh Beaumont netted his first goal with an easy tap in. A flurry of points from Daly, Beaumont, Colclough (free), and Stephen O'Connor followed, before David Cleary got Athlone's second goal with superb strike into the top corner from 25 yards.  Killucan replied with a point of their own from play, while O'Connor and Benny Martin replied for Athlone on the stroke of half time.

After Kevin Rowan had gotten Athlone off the mark for the second half, Killucan struck for a goal of their own. However, Athlone responded well and Kieran Colclough reeled off three points from play, either side of another Athlone major, the second of the game for Josh Beaumont. Killucan battled gamely and scored 3 points back to back, but Athlone finished strongly with seven points in a row from captain Shane Allen, two frees from Benny Martin, another two from Colclough (1 '45) and one each from David Cleary and Enda Daly.

The win ensured the lads have qualified for the Division 1 quarter-final, which is provisionally fixed for Wednesday 6th of September. Having finished second in the group, they will go in as underdogs against one of the big guns from the other groups, but a similar level of performance from the lads will give them every chance.

Athlone:  John Duddy; Joe Devins, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan; David Cleary (1-1), Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Shane Allen (0-1), Kevin Rowan (0-1); Stephen O'Connor (0-2), Kieran Colclough (0-7, 2 '45, 1f), Sean Dowd; Josh Beaumont (2-1), Benny Nartin (0-3, 2f), Enda Daly (0-3). Subs: JJ Offorjama, Mark Tallon, Donagh Prendergast, Luke Kelly, Rytis Liaukivicius, Eamon Martin, Anthony Johnson, Aaron Forde, Niall Doolan.

SFC Group 1

posted 15 Aug 2017, 14:49 by Athlone GAA

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.

JFC Group 3

posted 15 Aug 2017, 14:47 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8

Our junior men’s team gained their first win of the championship campaign when they accounted for neighbours Garrycastle in the derby match played in Páirc Chiaráin on Thursday evening.  This victory brings Athlone back into contention for the playoff spot as all teams in Group 3 have now lost at least one game.

Athlone started well with an early Richie Greene free after Michael Doolan had been fouled following a strong run, but they suffered a blow when a mistake in defence led to a goal for the visitors.  However, Athlone responded to this setback in fine style, and a superb solo goal from Darren Costello was followed almost immediately by a second when Joe Fallon swept home the rebound after a Sean Dowd shot had been saved.  Further points from Greene, Costello, Luke Dully and Benny Martin were matched by four similar Garrycastle scores, as the sides went tit-for-tat for the majority of the half, but the home side got a major boost just before the interval when Benny Martin finished off a brilliant move for the third goal.  Andy Lynam and Joe Fallon then added late points to give Athlone a half time lead of 3-7 to 1-4.

The home side began the second half as they had ended the first, with a Joe Fallon point straight from the throw-in, after Diarmuid Martin and Colin O’Leary had combined well to set him up, and more points from Richie Greene, Joe Fallon, Sean Dowd, Darren Costello and Benny Martin followed as Athlone played some excellent football.  Diarmuid Martin then made the game safe when he fisted home his side’s fourth goal from close range after being intelligently set up by David Cleary, and although Garrycastle staged a mini-revival with a goal and two pointed frees, Athlone finished strongly with excellent long range points from Cathal Joyce (0-2), Diarmuid Martin and Benny Martin to leave the final score Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8.  Our remaining group games are against Caulry in Mount Temple on Thursday August 24th at 7pm in Mount Temple and against Rosemount on Tuesday, August 29th.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Benny Martin (1-3), Sean Dowd (0-1), Joe Fallon (1-3), Darren Costello (1-2), Richie Greene (0-3)  Subs Used:  Luke Dully (0-1), David Cleary, Robert Teape, Cathal Joyce (0-2).

U21 FC

posted 15 Aug 2017, 14:46 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-16 Tubberclair 1-7

Despite the wet conditions in Tubberclair, Athlone came flying out of the blocks with excellent points from Daniel Reid and Ryan Gaffey in the opening minute, and further points from Gaffey and a Richie Greene free had them four ahead with four minutes played.  The home side then found their feet and dominated possession for the next 10 minutes, but good defending from the Athlone backs, with the full back line especially impressive, restricted them to just one pointed free in this period.  Athlone then re-established control with a long range Kieran Colclough free and a Ryan Gaffey 45, before a brilliant team move set up Richie Greene for the opening goal of the match.  Tubberclair responded well to this setback by scoring the next three points of the game, but a late Ryan Gaffey free gave Athlone a six point half time lead of 1-7 to 0-4.

Daniel Reid almost gave Athlone a dream start to the second half, but was just wide with a powerful goal effort straight from the throw-in, although Athlone were soon on the board for the second period with fine points from Tadhg Prendergast and Shane Allen.  Again, however, the home side responded well and a brace of points left them just two goals behind with 15 minutes to play.  Just as it looked like Athlone could be in for a difficult closing quarter, they regained the initiative and points from Kieran Colclough, Daniel Reid, Ryan Gaffey and Fionn Dowd put more daylight between the sides, before Richie Greene made the game safe with a superb second goal.  Two well-taken scores from Enda Daly and another Gaffey free stretched the lead further, and although Tubberclair had the last word with a late goal, Athlone had done enough to set up a home quarter-final tie against St Loman’s.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Fahey, James Finlass, Shane Galvin, Shane Allen (0-1), Fionn Dowd (0-1), Luke Kelly, Daniel Reid (0-2), Diarmuid Martin, Donagh Prendergast, Josh Beaumont, Kieran Colclough (0-2), Ryan Gaffey (0-6), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Richie Greene (2-1)  Subs:  Sam Omukoro, David Cleary, Enda Daly (0-2), Robert Teape, JJ Offorjama, Deba Okodugha, John Duddy.

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