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posted 6 Mar 2017, 11:48 by Athlone GAA
5/3/2017 Pairc Chiarain  

Athlone 1-9 Caulry 1-9  

A superb Ryan Gaffey goal from a 20-metre free deep into injury time salvaged a fortunate and somewhat controversial draw for our junior team against neighbours Caulry in this second round division 4 game, played in Páirc Chiaráin on Sunday morning.

The recent inclement weather caused the match to be switched from Mount Temple to the David Allen pitch in Páirc Chiaráin and Athlone’s familiarity with the new pitch showed in the early stages.  They raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes, with their scores coming from Richie Greene (0-3), two Joe Fallon frees and a fine left-footed effort from Eoin Jordan.  A well-worked goal brought the visitors right back into the game however and they dominated the closing stages of the half, kicking three unanswered points to lead by 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

Just as in the first half, Athlone were stronger in the early stages of the second period and frees from Greene and Fallon, followed by a score from play from substitute Emmet Collins restored their lead.  After Caulry had drawn level from a free, the home side were unlucky to not to grab a three-pointer when corner-back Shane Galvin hit the post from close range after a good move.  Boosted by this reprieve, the visitors regained control and three points in a row gave them a goal lead as the game entered injury time.  With a defeat looking inevitable, one final desperate Athlone attack led to Richie Greene being fouled on the edge of the square and up stepped Gaffey to somehow blast the subsequent free to the net, despite virtually the entire Caulry team being massed on the line.  There was some controversy about how close to the goal he was when he took the shot, but the goal stood, giving Athlone an unlikely share of the spoils on a scoreline of 1-9 apiece, even though many observers felt that Caulry had scored an extra point in the second half and thus were still leading when the final whistle went.

Athone:  Conal Sheeran, Shane Galvin, Tom Egan, Danny Lynam, Eoin Jordan (0-1), Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Andy Lynam, Sean O’Brien, Conor Devaney, Dylan Lynch, Joe Fallon (0-3), Richie Greene (0-4), Fionn Dowd, Ryan Gaffey (1-0)  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast, David Cleary