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MINOR LEAGUE DIVISION 1: 5 LEAGUE WINS

posted 16 May 2017, 15:06 by Athlone GAA
Minor League Division 1

Athlone 3-13 St. Mary's Rochfortbridge 1-10

It's 5 league wins (and 2 in the space of five days) on the spin for the minor boys as they saw off a battling St. Mary's Rochfortbridge on Sunday evening. The home side got off to a good start and early points from Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont (2), and Sean Dowd saw them lead by 4. Rochfortbridge pulled the game back level with 4 points of their own. A point each from Shane Allen and Enda Daly put Athlone ahead again before a bullet of a goal from Josh Beaumont after a clever through ball from Mark Egan.  Rochfortbridge responded with a point before a fortuitous OG gave Athlone breathing space at half time with the score 2-7 to 0-5.

Rochfortbridge were first off the mark in the first minute of the second half before a well worked point by Josh Beaumont was followed by a brilliantly taken goal from Mark Tallon after good work from Diarmuid Martin. This was followed by points from Mark Egan and a Luke Kelly free. The away side responded again with 2 points of their own, followed by a well taken penalty goal (almost saved by Rytis Liaukevicius in the Athlone nets). Athlone closed out the game with 2 points from Luke Kelly and another from Josh Beaumont to leave the final score 3-13 to 1-10.

Best for Athlone were Luke Kelly, Josh Beaumont and Donagh Prendergast. The lads play their last league game of the season at home to Rosemount on Thursday (18th May), with a lot of lads carrying injuries, the strength of the squad will be fully tested. However, 3 U16's, Eamon Martin, Andrew Beaumont, and Michael Byrne, stepped up to the plate in this game and would not look out of place in the level above their age.

Athlone Team: Rytis Liaukevicius; Joseph Devins, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan; Donagh Prendergast, Paddy McGettigan, Anthony Johnson; Diarmuid Martin, Luke Kelly (0-5); Enda Daly (0-1), Josh Beaumont (1-4), Sean Dowd (0-1); Mark Egan (0-1), Mark Tallon (1-0), Shane Allen (0-1). Subs: Eamon Martin, Andrew Beaumont, John Duddy, Aaron Forde, Michael Byrne.

Athlone 2-20 Coralstown-Kinnegad 2-9
Our minor boys got their fourth league win in a row when they defeated Coralstown-Kinnegad in a game played in perfect conditions in Kinnegad on Wednesday evening last.  The home side who started the stronger with three early scores (while Athlone squandered four goal opportunities!), but Athlone eventually found their scoring boots and points from Donagh Prendergast, David Cleary and Luke Kelly had them level after 15 minutes. A very fortunate goal from a long range free from Kieran Colclough, followed by a ruthless finish by Josh Beaumont, settled the away side and four points, one each from Cleary and Mark Egan and two frees from Colclough, to three in response from the hosts left the half-time score 2-7 to 0-6.

Kinnegad scored a fortunate goal of their own within 30 seconds of the restart to pull themselves back to within four points, but Athlone replied with six points in five minutes to make the game safe. These included some brilliant scores from Enda Daly, two from Diarmuid Martin (one after making a fantastic catch), another from Colclough, and two brilliant points from Josh Beaumont after winning his own turnovers. A brace of points each from Mark Egan and Shane Allen stretched the lead even further, and despite a late Kinnegad flurry that yielded a quickfire 1-2, Athlone finished strongly with another point from Beaumont, a great effort off his left by Donagh Prendergast, and a third from wing-back by David Cleary to put the seal on a good evening's work.

The game finished 2-20 to 2-9, with 1-18 of Athlone's total coming from play.  However, Athlone will be disappointed with 13 wides and some sloppy passages of play, so there is plenty that needs to be worked on in training.  When the game was in the melting pot, there were some fine displays from Colclough in midfield (who gave an exhibition of high fielding), David Cleary, Joe Devins, and the ever-dangerous Josh Beaumont, while it was also good to see Sean Dowd back in blue after a long lay-off from injury. However man of the match goes to Patrick Ryan who made three courageous blocks and kept Kinnegad's danger man on the inside line quiet all game.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Joseph Devins, Diarmuid Martin (0-2), Patrick Ryan, Paddy McGettigan, Shane Allen (0-2), David Cleary (0-3), Kieran Colclough (1-3), Luke Kelly (0-1), Niall Doolan, Mark Egan (0-3), Donagh Prendergast (0-2); Josh Beaumont (1-3), Enda Daly (0-1), Eamon Martin  Subs used:  James Finlass, Mark Tallon, Rytis Liaukevicius, Sean Dowd.

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