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SFC Group 1

posted 31 Aug 2017, 14:44 by Athlone GAA
Athlone 0-12 St Loman's 4-14   
Athlone 1-10 Tyrrellspass 1-7   

Our seniors completed the group stage of their championship campaign with two games in five days and, despite a very disappointing result against St Loman's of Mullingar in their final game, qualified for the quarter-finals by virtue of a hard-fought victory over Tyrrellspass in Tang on Wednesday.

Against Tyrrellspass, a Mickey Greene goal and points from John Connellan, John Egan, Jordan Marshment, and Ryan Gaffey, allied with an excellent defensive performance, gave Athlone a 1-5 to 0-3 half-time lead.  Further points from Connellan, Daniel Reid and Alan Gaughan kept Athlone in front in the second period and, despite a late Tyrellspass goal, the win was sealed by a late John Connellan free after Noel Mulligan was pulled down when through on goal.

Buoyed by this win, Athlone then travelled to Rochfortbridge on Sunday to take on defending champions, St Loman's of Mullingar.  After an evenly matched opening quarter, a late flurry of St Loman's points gave them a 0-9 to 0-4 lead at the break, and they added to this lead with a goal early in the second half.  Athlone battled bravely to stay in the game, but a second goal, after a fortunate bounce had deceived the full-back line, put the game beyond them and two John Heslin goals in injury time put an undeserved gloss on the scoreline.

Despite this defeat, Athlone's wins over Mullingar Shamrocks and Tyrresllpass and their draw against Garrycastle, meant that they qualified for the quarter-final by finishing the group stage in fourth place (behind Killucan on head to head).  This means that they are due to play Group 2 winners The Downs in the quarter-final, which has been provisionally scheduled for Saturday, September 16th.

Athlone v. St Loman's:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Maher, Tom Egan, Fergal Murray, Damien Kelly, Paul Bannon (0-1), Jordan Marshment (0-1), John Stapleton, Daniel Reid (0-2), Noel Mulligan (0-1), John Connellan (0-6), John Egan, Ryan Gaffey , Alan Gaughan, Mickey Greene  Subs Used:  Jack Quinn (0-1), Matthew Darling, Danny Lynam, Dylan Lynch, David Fagan.