Match Reports

ACFL Division 4 Athlone v St. Pauls

posted 11 Jun 2018, 16:26 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 4  

Athlone 2-11 St Paul’s 1-8

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

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

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


posted 21 May 2018, 12:07 by Athlone GAA

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

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

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

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

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

ACFL Div 4

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:27 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 4

Athlone 3-12 Moate All Whites 1-8

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

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

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

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

ACFL Div 1

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:25 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 1  

Athlone 0-5 Mullingar Shamrocks 2-12  

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

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

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

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

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

ACFL Div 1

posted 23 Apr 2018, 14:01 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 1  
Athlone 5-9 Castledaly 0-6  

Our senior team recorded their first win of the Division 1 campaign when they eventually overcame the challenge of a determined, but understrength, Castledaly side in Páirc Chiaráin on Sunday morning.

The home side started sluggishly and trailed by 0-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, their point coming from John Connellan, while they also lost Tom Egan and Matty Darling from the full-back line in the opening stages, to a black card and injury respectively.  Athlone recovered from these setbacks and a Connellan free, followed by well-taken points from Jordan Marshment and Paul Bannon put them into the lead, before Danny Reid set up John Connellan to flick home the game’s opening goal.  The lively Connellan added another point, but it was the visitors who had the final say of the half when a long-range effort bounced over the bar to leave the half-time score 1-5 to 0-4 in Athlone’s favour.

A Castledaly free in the first minute reduced the gap further, and Athlone were dealt a further blow when John Connellan received a black card, but again they responded well and, with the aid of the strong wind, began to dominate possession in the middle third.  A long-range Shane Allen point restored their four-point advantage, but they squandered several good chances to stretch their lead after that, and it took until the midway point of the half for them to add to their total, when Jack Quinn finished a slick move to the net.  Veteran corner-back Fergal Murray followed this up with a rare score, before a devastating spell of three goals in as many minutes made the points safe, Ryan Gaffey, Danny Reid and John Stapleton with the goals.  An excellent Castledaly score from a 45 was answered by a Jack Quinn point to bring the scoring to a close, leaving Athlone the victors by 5-9 to 0-6.  Next up for Athlone in Division 1 is an away trip to play Mullingar Shamrocks in Springfield on Wednesday the 25th of April (throw-in 7.30pm), while the Division 4 side host Moate All-Whites in Páirc Chiaráin at 7.30 on Thursday April 26th.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Matthew Darling, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray (0-1), Jordan Marshment, Noel Mulligan, Dermot Bannon, John Stapleton (1-0), Darren Magee, Shane Allen (0-1), John Connellan (1-3), Danny Reid (1-0), Stephen Ward, Kieran Colclough (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (1-0) Subs Used:  Paul Bannon (0-1), James Finlass, Jack Quinn (1-1), Richie Greene, Danny Lynam, David Fagan.

U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg Div 2 Champions 2018:

posted 23 Apr 2018, 14:00 by Athlone GAA

Athlone v Tyrellspass
21/4/2018 The Downs

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

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

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

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

U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg 2018:

posted 16 Apr 2018, 15:11 by Athlone GAA

U14 Boys Féile Peile na nÓg 2018:

Our U14 Boys have qualified for the Westmeath Division 2 Féile Peile na nÓg final to be played next Saturday in Mullingar. The draw for the group stages meant the lads were based away in Garrycastle where they were pitted against the hosts and St. Mary’s Rochfortbridge. The first game was against St Mary’s Rochfortbridge, who had lost to Garrycastle in the first game. From the first whistle to the last, the Athlone boys were excellent and ran at the opposition in waves.  A combination of tiredness and the defeat in the first game left the Rochfortbridge boys at a distinct disadvantage but we cannot take anything away from the boys in blue as they deservedly took the honours and set up a winner takes all match against their near neighbours. Despite having to play straight after the win over Rochfortbridge, the lads won the throw in and never looked back showing excellent levels of skill and application. Some wayward shooting up front left only three points between the sides at the short whistle but the lads really upped the ante in the second half and tacked on some lovely scores to take the spoils and set up a trip to Moate that evening for the quarter final. Unfortunately, a nightmare start had the boys facing an uphill task as they trailed by eight points at half time. However, they threw off the shackles in the second half and really stretched their opponents and but for some bad luck in front of goal could have really worried the All Whites but the hosts ran out very worthy winners, as they had in our earlier League match and so they headed for the Division 1 semi-final while Athlone headed to the Division 2 version v Caulry. Unfortunately, the torrential rain on Sunday left the pitches unplayable and so pushed the semi final out to Monday evening. While the pitch was very soft underfoot, the Athlone made light of the conditions and gave, by far, their best display of the year and from 1 to 23 put in a superb display to qualify for the Division 2 Final against Tyrrellspass. 

U14 League:
The busiest team in Athlone GAA is definitely the U14 Boys. To date, they have played three rounds of the League as well as four Féile matches (not to mention four games in the Leinster U13 Cross County competition). 
The first league match saw us drawn away against a formidable Moate All Whites outfit. On a night of torrential rain, the Moate lads hit the ground running and overpowered the Athlone boys and had a very healthy lead at half time. A much-improved performance in the second half limited the damage but there was no doubt about the outcome of the game from a long way out. A chastening night for our lads on their first night out but there is no disgrace in being beaten by a better side and the Moate side are a fine side. 

The second round of the League saw us play a fancied Coralstown/Kinnegad side in Pairc Chiarain. On a chilly Spring evening, the Athlone boys threw everything they had at the visitors and put in an excellent shift in the first half and managed to get to half time leading by three. However, the well drilled visitors upped the ante in the second half and while the Athlone lads never dropped their heads, the physicality of the bigger Coralstown/Kinnegad team, coupled with excellent support running saw them pull away in the late stages. Once again, despite the defeat, the Athlone mentors were more than happy with their charges as they left nothing in the pitch.

The third round of the League saw us drawn away to Killucan on Sunday morning last. Unfortunately, due to holidays and injury, only 17 players made the trip. Despite playing with a very strong wind in the first half, the Athlone lads were very slow to get going and found themselves five points down after ten minutes. Slowly but surely, they edged their way in to the game and managed to sneak in front at half time. Facing in to the wind for the second half, the lads put their heads down and produced a much-improved display showing excellent battling qualities and a determined rear-guard action to repel the hosts and moved the ball forward very cleverly to create goal chances which were the difference between the teams at the long whistle. So, one win and two losses are the statistics but there is a growing sense of confidence in this hard-working bunch that augurs well for the future.

The U14 panel for 2018 is: Alban Cepi, Brian Collins, Conor Devins, Pierce Edmundson, Luke Farrell, Cian Geary, Eoin Hardiman, Toby Heavey, Josh Kenny, Johnny Martin, Donagh McCormack, Dano McMonagle, Owen McNamara, Kian Mitchell, Luke O’Connell, Oisin O’Sullivan, Daniel Omukoro, Piaras Rohan, Jason Rushe, Tom Sheridan, Alan Sweeney, Niall Tallon, Jason Ukatu, Luke Whelan and Brandon White.

ACFL Division 4

posted 10 Apr 2018, 12:46 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 0-10 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-8

Our Division 4 team got their league campaign off to good start with a hard-fought win over Mullingar Shamrocks in their opening game played in miserable conditions in Páirc Chiaráin on Easter Monday.

Athlone started brightly with points from Dermot Bannon and a Richie Greene free in the opening minutes, but Shamrocks then grabbed the initiative and dominated the rest of the half.  They kicked five consecutive points, but squandered several more good scoring opportunities, while the hosts were also grateful to goalkeeper Conor Devaney and corner-back Danny Lynam for a couple of good saves and a last gasp goal-line clearance that prevented Mullingar from adding a deserved goal.  Instead it was Athlone who had the final word of the first period when Richie Greene raised a white flag to leave just two points between the sides at half-time.

After some stern words and a couple of changes from the management team during the break, Athlone again got off to a good start and a pair of well-taken points from Ryan Gaffey and Andy Lynam brought them level.  Shamrocks responded well and restored their two-point advantage, but the Blues were playing with much greater intensity than in the first period and three quick points from Ryan Gaffey nudged them in front with 10 minutes to play, although they were then dealt a blow when Danny Lynam was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.  A patient passing move led to Sean Dowd doubling the lead, but Shamrocks came back almost immediately to reduce the gap to the minimum again.  Some disciplined defending and controlled possession meant that they weren’t able to create the opening for the equaliser and young substitute Shane Allen closed the scoring with a superb long-distance point to finish off a patient passing move.  It did look like Ryan Gaffey had added an insurance point as the game entered stoppage time, but the referee overruled his umpires to wave his free wide.  This led to a nervous injury-time period for the home supporters as Shamrocks went looking for the winning goal, but good work from the home side’s backs kept them away from the danger area until the final whistle, with Athlone holding on to win on score line of 0-10 to 0-8.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Tom Egan, Danny Lynam, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, David Fagan, Matthew Darling, Dermot Bannon (0-1), Andy Lynam (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-4), Colin O’Leary, Richie Greene (0-2), Darren Costello, Sean Dowd (0-1) Subs Used:  Shane Allen (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Dylan Lynch, Shane Galvin.

ACFL Div 1

posted 6 Apr 2018, 08:04 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Division 1  

Athlone 0-10  Coralstown-Kinnegad 1-7  

Our senior team earned their first point of their Division 1 campaign when they recovered from being eight points down early in the second half to grab a deserved draw in Kinnegad on Good Friday.
After the home side had opened the scoring with from a free in the first minute, the game then went scoreless for 15 minutes as Athlone struggled to break down Kinnegad's massed defence.  Instead it was Kinnegad who doubled their lead with a well worked point and they followed this up with a goal after Athlone had lost possession in the middle of the field.  Another pointed free put them six points ahead as half-time approached, before John Connellan finally got the Blues on the scoreboard in the 30th minute.  There was still time for the hosts to add another score in injury time to give themselves a healthy 1-4 to 0-1 lead at the break.

Kinnegad started the second half as they had finished the first and two quick points extended their advantage to eight.  Athlone were now staring down the barrel of their third consecutive league defeat, but to their credit, they upped the ante and three pointed frees from John Connellan brought them back into the game.  The home side kept daylight between the sides with a 45th minute point, but this was to be their final score as Athlone dominated the final quarter.  A Jack Quinn point, which could easily have been a goal, followed by another Connellan free, followed in turn by a Stephen Ward point after a goal-line clearance had prevented a seemingly certain goal, left only three in it with five to play.  Jordan Marshment reduced the gap further when he volleyed over before Ryan Gaffey struck two excellent points in the last minute to level things up, with the equaliser coming with the last kick of the game.
Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Matthew Darling, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray, John Egan, Stephen Ward (0-1), Noel Mulligan, John Stapleton, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Alan Gaughan, Darren Magee, Shane Allen, Richie Greene, John Connellan (0-5), Jack Quinn (0-1)  Subs Used:  Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Daniel Reid, Dermot Bannon.

U16 Boys League Div 2

posted 6 Apr 2018, 08:03 by Athlone GAA

U16 Boys 

Athlone 4-08  St Mary's Rochfortbridge 1-10

Athlone's U-16 boys got their league campaign off to the best possible start with a seven-point win over St Mary's Rochfortbridge in Páirc Chiaráin on Tuesday evening.  The home side started brightly and an Andrew Beaumont goal helped them to into five point lead at the 20 minute mark.  St Mary's brought themselves level with two points either side of a goal from a quickly taken free-kick, but Athlone had the final score of the half from a free to lead by 1-4 to 1-3 at the break

The visitors dominated in the opening minutes of the second half and three quick points put them ahead.  However, Aidan Ryan's charges upped their game in response and a well-taken goal from Shaun Fox put them back in front.  Further goals from Andrew Beaumont, who worked hard to create the chance for himself, and young sub Johnny Martin, with a powerful finish at the end of a fine passing move, put the boys in blue back in the driving seat. Some excellent points from Shane Reid and Eamon Martin kept the scoreboard ticking over for Athlone and, in the end, the seven-point winning margin was a fair reflection of the game.

Athlone:  Kenny Davies, Sam Fogarty, Kolo Kiripati, TJ Okodugha, Chulainn Dowd, Eamon Martin, Ben Killian, Raphael Salaja, Shane Reid, Ronan Di Tullio, Andrew Beaumount, Emmet Edmundson, Shaun Fox, Bryan Hughes, Robert Cuffe  Subs Used: Pierce Edmundson, Evan Farrell, Johnny Martin, Reme Okodugha, Donagh Claffey.

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