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JFC Group 3

posted 31 Aug 2017, 14:43 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 2-14 Caulry 1-6   

A brace of well-taken goals midway through the first half from David Cleary set our junior men on the way to a comfortable win over neighbours Caulry in this junior championship match played in Mount Temple on Thursday evening.  Despite dominating possession in the early stages, Athlone struggled to get on the scoresheet and it took for 12 minutes for them to open their account, when a well-worked move found Cleary on his own behind the defence and he beat the keeper with an emphatic finish.  This settled the Athlone lads and points from Sean Dowd and Cleary followed, before David rounded off a superb personal spell with his second goal.  Further points from Joe Fallon, Diarmuid Martin and Darren Costello gave the visitors a 2-5 to 0-3 lead at the break.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with Athlone controlling much of the possession and playing some excellent football, although they squander several scoring chances through over-elaboration and some poor shot selection.  That said, they did add some fine points, with Tadhg Prendergast, Colin O'Leary, Andy Lynam and Emmet Collins adding their names to the scoresheet, while a youthful Caulry side fought bravely to the end and scored a deserved late goal.  Overall, this was a very good team performance from an Athlone side that has improved considerably from their opening game and that has shown the benefits of well-attended training sessions and a settled squad.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O'Leary (0-1), Diarmuid Martin (0-2), , David Cleary (2-2), Joe Fallon (0-3), Sean Dowd (0-2), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Richie Greene, Darren Costello (0-1)  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins (0-1), Cathal Joyce, Sam Omukoro, Aidan St John.