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Athlone Minors survive Caulry comeback to claim top-spot.

posted 7 Sep 2015, 04:35 by Athlone GAA

Minor Championship Results
26th August
Athlone 3-11 Killucan 3-10

31st August
Athlone 3-17 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-08

5th September
Athlone 2-14 Caulry 1-16

Athlone Minor footballers made it three wins from three in their final group game against neighbours Caulry on Saturday evening last. The win ensures that they top the group and can now prepare for the knockout stages.
With home advantage Athlone enjoyed the better of the exchanges in the opening half and held a five point half time lead. A nasty shoulder injury forced Sean Dowd off midway through the opening half and his absence was felt.
The lead was extended to eight with a goal shortly after the restart. However Caulry were never going to lie down and displaying some impressive point taking they chipped away at the Athlone lead. In the end Athlone dug deep and points from Shane Allen and Kieran Rigney as well as some tenacious defending helped to keep Athlone’ noses in front. Best for Athlone on the day were Conor Devaney in goal, Tadhg Prendergast, Daniel Reid, Josh Dolan, Benny Martin and Shane Allen.

Earlier in the campaign Athlone put in a tremendous second half performance to turn a five point half time deficit into a one point win away to Killucan. Having had a strong wind in the opening half and trailing by five at the break it showed great character and self-belief to battle back. Conor Devaney was magnificent in goal with a number of top class saves. Jack Ruane was as tenacious as ever at full back and dealt admirably with a bombardment of high balls. Eoin Fahy continues to improve with every outing and worked his socks off at corner back while Robert Teape was commanding in the other corner. Sam Omokoro was inspirational at midfield particularly in the second half when leadership was needed most. Kieran Rigney, despite an illness, played a captains part at full-forward while Richie Green made no mistake from the penalty spot.
This was followed by a nine point win at home to Mullingar Shamrocks. A terrific opening half performance paved the way for this win with Ryan Gaffey giving a master-class in point-taking.  

Athlone team: Conor Devaney, Eoin Fahy, Jack Ruane, Robert Teape, Tadhg Prendergast, Fionn Dowd, Fabian Cooke, Don Reid, Sam Omokoro, Josh Dolan, Richie Greene, Sean Dowd, Conal Edmundson, Kieran Rigney, Benny Martin.  Subs used Conor Melinn, Shane Allen, JJ Deba Dugha.