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Boys U16 Championship Group 1

posted 24 Aug 2016, 10:35 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 5-14 Mullingar Shamrocks 1-8

An extraordinary sequence of five unanswered goals early in the first half set Athlone on their way to a comfortable victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in their opening U16 championship fixture.  Points from Andrew Beaumont and Donagh Prendergast gave Athlone an early lead, but after Shane Allen scored Athlone's first goal, the floodgates really opened and further goals from Josh Beaumont (two), Faris Kajani and Enda Tynan Daly had Athlone gave an unassailable lead, which they stretched with further points to lead by 5-8 to 0-3 at half-time.

After three points in the opening two minutes of the first half had stretched Athlone's lead further, they dropped the intensity somewhat and let the visitors came much more into the game.  Fortunately the Athlone defence was not in generous mood and, despite Shamrocks having most of the possession and going for goals, they were only able to pull one goal back and Athlone ran out comfortable winners by 5-14 to 1-8

Athlone: John Duddy, Killian O'Sullivan, James Finlass, Joseph Devins, Kevin Cleary, Conor Rushe, Niall Doolan, Shane Allen (1-3), Mark Tallon, Anthony Johnson, Donagh Prendergast (0-4), Andrew Beaumont (0-3), Faris Kajani (1-0), Josh Beaumont (2-1), Enda Tynan Daly (1-3)  Subs:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Deba Okodugha, Shaun Fox