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U16 League: Athlone v St. Lomans

posted 26 Apr 2015, 11:13 by Athlone GAA

Athlone 5-11 St. Lomans 3-12

Our U16s continued their strong start to the league campaign on wednesday evening with a commanding 5-11 to 3-12 victory over a strong St Lomans side. Athlone started slowly but St lomans wasted their early advantage with two bad wides before Luke Kelly punished them with an excellently taken goal. From that point on, the Athlone lads dominated the game and never looked in danger of losing it. Athlone had seven different scorers in the first half alone, with Mark Egan and Anthony Johnson also finding the back of the St Lomans net. The lads took a well deserved 3-6 to 1-5 lead into the break. The second half was a more even affair, with Lomans finding little spells of dominance, and kicking some fine scores in the process. However two second half goals from Kevin Rowan and Donagh Prendergast helped Athlone to a comfortable victory. There were fine performances all over the pitch from the lads, with some great team play on the ball, being matched by excellent hard work while not in possession. At the back Ben Troy and Niall Doolan gave great displays down the middle, while wing back, Kevin Cleary, caused St Lomans problems for the full hour with his tireless running from defence into attack. Sean Dowd and Kevin Rowan dominated the middle of the field, while Benny Martin overturned Lomans defenders on numerous occasions from his centre forward berth, and also kicked two good scores. The boys can be very happy with such a convincing win and good team performance, particularly in the absence of five players who will be hoping to make a strong case for a starting place in the coming weeks, as well as a number of players just returning to action who came off the bench Wednesday night. 


Team and scorers:  Aaron Forde, James Martin, Ben Troy, Diarmuid Martin, Kevin Cleary, Niall Doolan, David Cleary, Kevin Rowan (1-1), Sean Dowd (0-3), Joseph Offorojama (0-2), Benny Martin (0-2), Luke Kelly(1-1), Donagh Prendergast (1-1),  Mark Egan (1-0), Anthony Johnson (1-1).  Subs used: Thomas Roper, Brian Malone, Dylan Keogh, John Duddy, Deba Okodugha.