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Athlone Minors v Tang/Maryland - Monday, 29th August

posted 2 Sep 2011, 02:59 by Unknown user   [ updated 2 Sep 2011, 11:03 ]

Athlone minors continued on winning ways this Monday with a comprehensive win over Tang/Maryland.  However, the scoreline does not do justice to a tie which ebbed and flowed right up until the final quarter, when a well worked Athlone attack was finished to the back of the net by the impressive Michael Duddy.  The wing forward finished with a tally of  1 – 3 to his name from wing forward. 

 

Athlone got off to a slow start, with some poor shooting allowing Tang/Maryland to surge into a two point to no sore lead early doors.  However, Athlone soon found their feet through reassuring points from Seamie Byrne and a free from Brian Gill.  Ray Connellan then added to the Blues tally with a superb point off his less favoured right foot from distance.  Tang/Maryland then ran into a purple patch in the last quarter of the first half, scoring two unanswered points, and in truth, should have gone into the half time break further ahead given their dominance.

 

The Shannonsiders, however, emerged a revitalized outfit in the second half.  Athlone won the second half by a scoreline of 2 – 5 to 3 points, which reflected the difference in energy, intensity and tempo Athlone brought to their second half display.  Execllent points from Niall Boland, Gavin Downey and Seamie Byrne pushed Athlone into a two point lead.  In typical fashion, Tang/Maryland fought back with 3 points on the trot, and it looked as if they were gaining some momentum at this point.  The introduction of Robert Henshaw shored up the Athlone rearguard to some extent, and a Jordan Marshment goal settled the Athlone nerves.

 

With the game in the balance, and the Athlone defence looking more solid, the Shnnonsiders picked off two more points from Michael Duddy and Ray Connellan.  A late Michael Duddy goal sealed the win.

 

Athlone now play Caulry in an attempt to seal top place in the group on Monday, 5th of September at 7 pm in Pairc Chiarain.

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