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Boys' U16 Championship Division 1 Quarter-Final:

posted 12 Sep 2016, 05:56 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 3-17 Coralstown-Kinnegard 3-7

Athlone's Under 16 Boys team qualified for the Division 1 Championship semi-final when they overcame a determined challenge from Coralstown-Kinnegad in their quarter-final played in Páirc Chiaráin.  Athlone will now play St. Loman's in the semi-final with the date and venue still be confirmed.

The home side started strongly and had four points on the board from Kevin Rowan (0-2), Josh Beaumount and Shane Allen, before Enda Daly struck their first goal with a cool finish after a Josh Beaumont effort had come back off the crossbar.  Further points from Kevin Rowan and Shane Allen stretched the lead, but the visitors got back into the game with a goal of their own after goalkeeper John Duddy was dispossessed.  The Athlone keeper made up for this with a fine save soon after to prevent Kinnegad reducing the gap even further, while more points from Josh Beaumont, Anthony Johnson and two more from Kevin Rowan gave Athlone a seven point lead at the break, 1-10 to 1-3, although it would've been more if it weren't for a brilliant double save from the visiting keeper just before half-time.

Kinnegad opened the second half scoring with a disputed point, but Athlone were quickly back into their stride and points from Allen, Andrew Beaumont and Rowan stretched their lead.  Shane Allen then got the home side's second goal when he finished off an excellent move with a powerful finish and when Donagh Prendergast fisted to the net soon after, Athlone led by 13 points and looked set for a comfortable victory.  Their guests had other ideas however, and two quick goals, followed by a point from a free, left just two goals between them with 10 minutes still to play.  Athlone were rocking at this stage, but two superb long range points from Tom Roper settled their nerves and late points from a Shane Allen 45 (after an extraordinary save from the Kinnegad keeper) and corner-back Eamon Martin gave them a 10 point victory, 3-17 to 3-7.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Joseph Devins, James Finlass, Eamon Martin (0-1), Kevin Cleary, Patrick Ryan, Niall Doolan, Shane Allen (1-4), Kevin Rowan (0-6), Andrew Beaumount (0-1), Donagh Prendergast (1-0),  Anthony Johnson (0-1), Mark Tallon, Josh Beaumount (0-2), Enda Tynan Daly (1-0) Subs:  Michael Byrne, Faris Kajani, Thomas Roper (0-2), Conor Rushe, Kieran Colclough, Shaun Fox.