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ACFL Div 1: Athlone v Garrycastle

posted 20 Apr 2014, 14:52 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 20 Apr 2014, 15:27 ]

ACFL Div 1
Athlone 2-15 Garrycastle 0-13

Athlone continued their bright start to the 2014 ACFL with a hard fought, but thoroughly deserved, victory over near neighbours Garrycastle on Easter Sunday last in Pairc Chiarain on a final score line of 2-15 to 0-13. While a league game in April is no great indicator of what is to come in the Championship, it was nonetheless very encouraging for supporters in the blue half of Athlone to see the team go toe to toe with the former Leinster champions and come out the other side.

Playing with the aid of a decent breeze in the first half the Athlone lads seemd to settle quicker and found scores easier to come by. At the break, Athlone led 1-08 to 0-07 with the goal coming from the evergreen Mickey Greene mid way through the half. Athlone continued their impressive form into the second half and a fantastic goal from the tireless John Stapleton saw the game swing irretrievably the way of the Athlone team. Trailing by 2-15 to 0-09 with five minutes to go the Garrycastle lads showed their battling qualities to tack on four unanswered points to leave the score line of 2-15 to 0-13 at the final whistle. Three wins on the bounce should create some momentum but the lads will know that the Championship is a different animal entirely. Well done to the lads and keep up the good work.

Team: Jason Merrigan, Eoin Maher, Conal Sheeran, Fergal Murray, Damo Kelly, Stephen Ward, Noel Mulligan, John Stapleton, Paul Bannon, Ray Connellan, Jordan Marshment, John Egan, Seamus Byrne, Aidan St. John, Mickey Greene.

Subs: Brian Fogarty, Brendan Bannon, Charlie McMickan, Andrew Lynam, Joe Fallon.

Scorers: Mickey Greene (1-4), John Stapleton (1-1), John Egan (0-4), Seamus Byrne (0-2), Paul Bannon (0-1), Ray Connellan (0-1), Jordan Marshment (0-1), Charlie McMickan (0-1)

see match photos on left under Match Photos, thanks to Padraig Devaney, Photographer