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Minors v Caulry - 5th September

posted 9 Sep 2011, 12:33 by Unknown user   [ updated 9 Sep 2011, 12:45 ]

Athlone 2-8 Caultry 1-10

Athlone made it three wins out of three to top their group in the Minor Club Championship on Monday last, with a hard fought win over near neighbours Caulry.  In a repeat of the 2010 U – 16 County final, both sets of players should be commended for serving up what was a compelling contest from start to finish, given the atrocious conditions the game was played in.

Athlone got off to the best of starts with two early goals from the in form Niall Boland.  However, the remainder of the first half was dominated by Caulry.  Aided by the gale force wind, Caulry went on to win the first half on a score line of 2 – 1 to 1 – 6, with the only Athlone point coming from a Brian Gill point

With the conditions worsening, there was little in the way of free flowing football in the second half.  However, this ever improving Athlone side should be heartened by the manner they held onto their lead at the end of the contest.  Two points from Ray Connellan were pegged back by a Caulry side who looked dangerous on the break.  Further scores from Glenn Costello, Niall Boland and Robert Henshaw edged Athlone into a one point lead.  Again Caulry answered back with interest, to regain the lead by the narrowest of margins. 

In the final stages Athlone tacked on two more points, the equalizer from Seamus Byrne and a well taken winner from out on the left from Michael Duddy.  Athlone had some very strong defensive performances throughout, in particular Eoin O’Reilly who was outstanding in his marshalling of the full back line.  Up front, it was the industry of Niall Boland and Glenn Costello that stood out.

Although far from pretty, Athlone should be extremely happy with the progress of this Minor team, who look to be coming strong at the right time.  However, much improvement will be required for the knockout stages if this team is to finish with silverware at the end of a long campaign.