Match Reports

ACFL Division 1

posted 13 Mar 2018, 12:07 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-8 Rosemount 3-7

Our senior men returned to competitive action when they hosted Rosemount in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night, but, despite getting off to a great start, they were second best for most of the game and eventually went down to a two point defeat.

Despite getting off to a dream start when Jordan Marshment set up Danny Reid for a goal straight from the throw-in, Athlone struggled in the opening stages and conceded two goals to trail by 2-3 to 1-3 after 20 minutes, with their points coming from a Richie Greene free and two well-taken scores from Ryan Gaffey.  The home side improved as half time approached with another Greene free and points either side of break from Jack Quinn and John Stapleton bringing them level.  Again, however, Athlone failed to push on and Rosemount regained the initiative with two quick points followed by their third goal.  A Darren Magee point kept Athlone in touch, but after Jack Quinn had hit the crossbar with a powerful effort, two further points gave the visitors a two-goal cushion with time almost up.  A Richie Greene free and a goal from Tom Egan with the last kick of the game put some gloss on the scoreline, but the visitors had done enough and were deserving winners on a scoreline of 3-7 to 2-8.

Next up for Athlone in Division 1 are reigning county champions St Loman’s in Páirc Chiaráin at 8pm on Friday the 16th and they will know that they will need a much improved performance if they are to repeat last year’s league win against the Mullingar men.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Jordan, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Andrew Lynam, Matthew Darling, Tom Egan (1-0), John Stapleton (0-1), Jordan Marshment, Dermot Bannon, Daniel Reid (1-0), Paul Bannon, Richie Greene (0-3), Jack Quinn (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-2)  Subs Used:  Darren Magee (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Mickey Greene, Shane Galvin, Benny Martin.

Leinster Minor Club Championship Final

posted 16 Dec 2017, 09:39 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 1-14 Clane 3-13

Hard luck to our minor boys who lost out to Kildare champions Clane in the Leinster minor club final at the Eire Óg GAA Club grounds in Carlow on Saturday.  A superb first half performance made it look like the Athlone lads would add Leinster success to their county final win, but Clane showed why they had been tournament favourites throughout with a powerful comeback to deny them and claim the title for themselves.

Points from Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and a Kieran Colclough free got the Athlone side off to a perfect start before Clane opened their account, and a Beaumont free and Colclough '45 put Athlone 0-5 to 0-1 ahead. Further scores from Kelly, Mark Egan, Beaumont and two Colclough frees (the second from about 55 metres!) put Athlone further ahead, and although the Kildare champions kept in with three pointed  frees, Athlone finished strongest with a point from Benny Martin and a Beaumont goal, when he tapped home from close range after some good build up play from Colclough, Sean Dowd and Benny Martin. Athlone led  by 1-11 to 0-5 at half time and looked in a strong position to win the game, having played some excellent football. However, the warning signs were there as three brilliant saves from John Duddy meant the scoreline suggested Athlone were more comfortable than they actually were.

If the cliché 'a game of two halves' was invented for any game, it was this one. Clane managed to score more than Athlone during their dominant patch and this ended up being the difference in a thoroughly enjoyable game of football. The sides swapped frees early on, Athlone’s being scored by Kieran Colclough, before Clane got their first goal. A second Colclough free kept Athlone comfortably ahead but Clane then notched 1-5 without reply to go a point up. A third Colclough free of the half brought Athlone level, but Clane regained their lead again with two points, and with Athlone pushing forward to try to draw level, a third goal put the game beyond them and sealed a stunning comeback win for the Kildare lads. Athlone had chances to draw level before the final goal went in, and were left bitterly disappointed at the final whistle. However, the lads can be very proud of a brilliant year where they bridged a 24 year gap to bring the Westmeath minor title back to Pairc Chiarain and the Leinster campaign, where they beat the Louth and Carlow champions respectively and went toe to toe with the very strong Kildare champions, will stand as huge experience to these lads.  Many thanks to John Kearns and Eire Óg GAA, Carlow for organising this fantastic tournament.

Athlone: John Duddy; Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan; JJ Offorjama, Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Kieran Colclough (0-7, 6f, 1 '45), Shane Allen; Stephen O'Connor, Luke Kelly (0-2), Mark Egan (0-1); Josh Beaumont (1-3, 1f), Sean Dowd, Benny Martin (0-1). Subs: Conor Rushe, Donagh Prendergast, Mark Tallon, Enda Daly, Anthony Johnson, Aaron Forde, Rytis Liaukevicius.

Leinster Minor Club Championship Semi Final

posted 8 Dec 2017, 02:03 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 4-07 Fenagh (Carlow) 0-18 (AET)  

Well done to our minor boys who have qualified for the Leinster minor club final with a dramatic one-point extra time win over Carlow champions Fenagh in Carlow on Sunday.  The lads showed great heart to come from three points down in extra time to steal it at the death with a Sean Dowd goal.

Fenagh were first off the mark with two frees, as Athlone struggled to find their rhythm in the early stages, but well-taken Shane Allen goal after an incisive team move got Athlone on the scoresheet.  Benny Martin then raised their first white flag, before the same player got Athlone’s second goal with a neat finish after another flowing move. The Carlow champions recovered from those setbacks with another brace of points, but another Benny Martin point, followed by a third excellent goal, this time finished off by Josh Beaumont, put Athlone seven points clear.  This scoreline flattered Athlone as Fenagh were having plenty of possession and they found their shooting boots to kick four unanswered points to reduce the gap to a goal, although Athlone had the final say of the half when Mark Egan fisted over to leave his side ahead on a half-time score of 3-3 to 0-8.

Fenagh started the second half as they had the first, with two points halving the deficit, but Kieran Colclough’s customary '45’ and a Beaumont point from a powerful shot that struck the crossbar kept daylight between the sides. However, the strong Carlow side continued to battle and kicked four points in a row to bring themselves level, with Athlone receiving a further blow in this period when substitute Eamon Martin was harshly sent off. Just when it looked like Athlone were in deep trouble, Shane Allen lifted the siege with an inspirational score, but the 14 men were unable to hold out and Fenagh forced extra time with point from a close range free with the final kick in normal time.

Athlone were understandably deflated at being caught at the death and, with extra time being only five minutes per half, Fenagh looked the more likely winners as they started the additional time with three quick fire points, although a Sean Dowd point from a free with the last kick of the half kept Athlone in touch. The momentum switched again in the after the mini-break as Athlone dominated possession, but three poor wides meant that they still trailed by two as the game entered its final minute. To their credit, however, they never gave up and one final attack saw Sean Dowd get on the end of a beautifully floated ball from Enda Daly to flick the ball to the net to send the players and supporters in blue and white wild with delight. There was still time for more drama as team captain Shane Allen received a black card for a ‘professional’ foul, but the free was overturned when the fouled Fenagh player got a straight red card for retaliation and Athlone held on to win by the narrowest of margins, 4-7 to 0-18.

While Athlone will feel they did not play as well as they can do, they showed great character to keep going against a skilful and physically strong Fenagh side.  On the day, James Finlass, Paddy Ryan, and goalkeeper John Duddy were excellent for Athlone, while the full-forward line of Benny Martin, Stephen O'Connor and Josh Beaumont looked dangerous every time they got on the ball.  Athlone now face Kildare side Clane in the Leinster minor final next Saturday, December 9th at 3pm in Eire Óg GAA Club in Carlow town so hopefully a large crowd will make the journey and support the lads in this important game.
Athlone: John Duddy; Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Anthony Johnson, Diarmuid Martin, Paddy McGettigan; Kieran Colclough (0-1), Shane Allen (1-1); JJ Offorjama, Luke Kelly, Mark Egan (0-1); Josh Beaumont (1-1), Stephen O’ Connor, Benny Martin (1-2)  Subs: Eamon Martin, Sean Dowd (1-1), David Cleary, Enda Daly, Rytis Liaukivicius, Aaron Forde, Mark Tallon. 

Leinster Club Quarter Final

posted 22 Nov 2017, 08:48 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-10 St Mary's, Ardee (Louth) 1-11.

Congratulations to our minor boys who qualified for the semi-final of the Eire Óg Leinster minor club tournament with a hard fought two point win over Louth champions St. Mary's of Ardee in Carlow on Sunday morning.  Athlone were first off the mark through Kieran Colclough and the same player then slotted his customary '45 soon after before St. Mary's got off the mark with their opening score.  Athlone went further ahead through Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and another Colclough '45 but a barren spell followed as St. Mary's found their feet to draw level, however another Beaumont point sent Athlone in with a one-point lead at half time, 0-06 to 0-05.

St. Mary's opened the second half scoring to draw level, before Athlone struck for their first goal when  a brilliant team move involving a series of one-twos between Diarmuid Martin, JJ Offorjama and Josh Beaumont set up Kieran Colclough for a tap-in after two minutes. St Mary's then had a man sent off for striking off the ball. A point from JJ Offorjama and another brilliant team goal, finished by Josh Beaumont looked to have athlone home and dry with 10 minutes to play. St. Mary's to their credit didn't throw the towel in and battled back scoring 1-4. Crucially however, Athlone scored three points of their own in this period, through Shane Allen, Colclough and Beaumont to hold on for a two-point win on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11. Best on the day were Paddy Ryan, Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and Kieran Colclough. Thanks to Eire Óg, Carlow for organising the tournament and having their pitch in such fine condition at this time of the year.

Next up for Athlone is a semi-final against Fenagh from Carlow at 1pm next Sunday, November 26th, again at the Eire Óg club grounds in Carlow, and hopefully plenty of supporters will be able to make the journey to support the lads.

Team and scorers: John Duddy, Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan; Anthony Johnson, Diarmuid Martin, Patrick Mcgettigan; Kieran Colclough (1-4 (2 '45's), Shane Allen (0-1); JJ Offorjama (0-1), Luke Kelly (0-1), Mark Egan; Josh Beaumont (1-3), Stephen O'Connor, Benny Martin  Subs: Sean Dowd, David Cleary, Eamon Martin, Enda Daly, Mark Tallon, Rytis Liaukevicius.

Lip Sync Battles is here......
This year's fundraiser Lip Sync Battles is on this Saturday 25th November at 8pm in the Sheraton Hotel.  There will be no tickets available on the night so don't be disappointed, please contact Cora at 086 8132090 or Teresa at 087 6799472 asap.

Lotto Results:
There was 3 winners of this weeks €9,000 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 5-12-19-26
Ber Kenny c/o M Flynn
Leah c/o Andy O Sullivan
Kathleen Daly c/o Martin Flynn
There were 7 match three winners.
Frank Sheerin c/o Online
Fiachra McLoughlin c/o T Small
Pat Lynagh c/o L Byrne
Noel and Joan Mannion c/o T Small
Clann Mul c/o Brian Mulvhill
Benny Murtagh c/o Bingo
Robert Gilhooly c/o P Devaney
Next weeks jackpot will be €1,500.

Athlone GAA Bingo:
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm.  Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.

U21 Championship Semi Final

posted 14 Oct 2017, 13:27 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 1-10 Rosemount-Castledaly 3-12

Our Under 21 team exited the Championship when they were defeated by a strong Rosemount-Castledaly combination in the semi-final played in Rosemount on Sunday morning.

After Richie Greene had opened the scoring with an excellent early point, the home side took control, but poor shooting meant that they still had not got off the mark when Greene added Athlone’s second from a free in the 10th minute.  Rosemount-Castledaly did finally open their account after 14 minutes, and although Josh Beaumont responded with a close-range point, Athlone then fell behind when the hosts scored their first goal.  The sides then exchanged points, with three Rosemount scores being answered by fine points from Danny Reid and Richie Greene, before Kieran Colclough brought the visitors level with two superb strikes from a ’45 and a long-range free.  However Athlone suffered a blow on the stroke of half-time when they conceded a goal on the last play, which meant that, instead of going in to the break on level terms, they trailed by 2-4 to 0-7.

Boosted by their late goal, Rosemount-Castledaly began the second half with a point straight from the throw-in, and they followed this almost immediately with their third goal, after they had turned over the subsequent kickout.  Athlone were shell-shocked by going from being level to trailing by seven points in the space of one minute’s playing time and, despite trying hard, they weren’t able to get back into the match.  Richie Greene did open their second half account from a free, but six Rosemount-Castledaly points, to just one in response from Josh Beaumont, meant that they trailed by 12 as the game entered its final minutes.  To their credit, the Athlone lads kept trying, and added a Beaumont goal and a point from Benny Martin to leave the final score 3-12 to 1-10 in favour of Rosemount-Castledaly. 

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Matthew Darling, Eoin Fahey, Michael Doolan, Fionn Dowd, Shane Allen, Daniel Reid (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Kieran Colclough (0-2),  Jack Quinn, Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont (1-2), Ryan Gaffey, Richie Greene (0-4)  Subs Used:  Mark Egan, Donagh Prendergast, Benny Martin (0-1), Patrick McGettigan, Patrick  Ryan, Sam Omukoro.

Senior Championship Quarter Final Replay

posted 5 Oct 2017, 12:18 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 0-12 The Downs 1-10  

Our senior men bowed out of this year’s championship when a late Downs goal condemned them to an agonising one-point defeat in their quarter-final replay in TEG Cusack Park on Saturday afternoon.

Athlone got off to a great start when a direct move straight from the throw-in led to a John Stapleton point after 12 seconds, however, as in the drawn game, they failed to build on their good start and were thankful to some wasteful Downs finishing to trail by only 0-3 to 0-1 after the opening quarter hour.  A Noel Mulligan ‘45’ and a John Connellan free brought Athlone level and they were then very unlucky not to score a goal when a close-range Danny Reid shot was pushed onto the post, before his follow up effort was scrambled off the line.  Ray Connellan, in his first appearance since returning from Australia, did put Athlone ahead with a fine point, and the lead was doubled almost immediately by a score from his brother John, but The Downs finished the half strongly and a late brace of points sent the sides in level at the break, 0-5 apiece.

Athlone started the second half strongly with a pair of points from John Connellan, but The Downs responded with two of their own to even things up again.  A John Connellan free restored Athlone’s lead, but again The Downs responded with a couple of points to regain the lead.  Ray Connellan equalised for Athlone and was unlucky not to add a goal when his powerful shot was saved by the keeper, although Noel Mulligan tapped the rebound over the bar to put Athlone 0-10 to 0-9 up with 10 minutes remaining.  A further John Connellan free was answered by a similar Downs score, before Athlone missed a golden chance to stretch their lead when, despite having a numerical advantage, they were unable to finish a fast break to the net and had to settle for a John Egan point from close range.  Athlone were made pay for this miss straight away when a slick move from the kickout led to a Downs goal which gave them a one point lead with five minutes left.  This set up a frantic finale, during which The Downs missed some chances to stretch their lead, while Athlone were unable to create the clearcut scoring opportunity they needed to force an equaliser, and after five minutes injury time, The Downs had held on to win by the narrowest of margins, 1-10 to 0-12.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Maher, Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan (0-2), Paul Bannon, Tom Egan, Jordan Marshment, John Stapleton(0-1), Daniel Reid, John Connellan (0-6), John Egan (0-1), Ray Connellan (0-2), Alan Gaughan, Stephen Ward Subs Used:  Matthew Darling, Mickey Greene, Darren Magee.

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.

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