JFC Group 3:
Athlone 4-14 Coralstown-Kinnegad 1-9
A flurry of early goals from the full-forward line of Sam Omukoro (2), Richie Greene and Dylan Lynch set our juniors on the road to a comfortable win over a game Coralstown-Kinnegad side in their Junior Championship Group 3 Round 3 clash played in Kinnegad on Friday night.  These early goals, along with points from the Deba Okodugha and Emmet Collins, helped Athlone to a 4-5 to 1-5 half time lead, and further points from Joe Fallon, Eoin Jordan, Michael Byrne Tadhg Prendergast and David Fagan kept daylight between the sides, although they were grateful to young keeper Rytis Liaukecivius who pulled off a string of fine saves throughout the second half to prevent the home side from getting back into the match.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Rory Donnellan, Eoin Jordan (0-1), Emmet Collins (0-1), Niall Doolan, David Fagan (0-1), Michael Byrne (0-1), Conor Rushe, Joe Fallon (0-2), Deba Okodugha (0-1), Dylan Lynch (1-1), Sam Omukoro (2-1), Richie Greene (1-4)  Subs Used: Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Aidan St John.

Athlone 6-13 Tubberclair 1-14
Our junior men made it two wins from two over the weekend when they accounted for Tubberclair in Tubberclair on Sunday evening, although the final result was flattering for the visitors, who were second-best for long periods of the opening half.  Just as against Kinnegad two days previously, early goals from Sam Omukoro and Richie Greene their side an ideal start, but the home side dominated most of the half as they punished Athlone defensive indiscipline with a succession of pointed frees.  Indeed, it took several good saves from sub goalkeeper Conor Devaney, who replaced the injured Rytis Liaukecivius early on, and a third major from midfielder Patrick Munnelly to give Athlone a fortuitous four-point lead at the break, 3-4 to 0-9.

The visitors began the second half with much more purpose and teamwork and points from Richie Greene (0-3), Enda Daly (0-2) and Joe Fallon stretched the lead to 10 before Tubberclair opened their account.  A coolly taken fourth goal from Niall Doolan made the game safe, while two more excellent strikes from Richie Greene to complete his hat-trick late-on put a gloss on the scoreline as Athlone eventually ran out 14 point winners on a scoreline of 6-13 to 1-14.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Rory Donnellan, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Niall Doolan (1-0), Patrick Munnelly (1-0), Michael Byrne, Enda Daly (0-2), Joe Fallon (0-3), Deba Okodugha, Dylan Lynch, Sam Omukoro (1-1), Richie Greene (3-6)  Subs Used: Conor Devaney, Shay Byrne, Cathal Joyce (0-1).

The above results mean that Athlone finish runners-up in Group 3 and so will play the winners of Group 4, St Loman’s, in the first round of the playoffs.  This match is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday evening in Tubberclair so please come out and support the lads in this crucial game.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 1-13 Tubberclair 0-13
Our junior team travelled out to Tubberclair for their second game of this year's championship and came away with the two points when they overcame the challenge of a determined home side after hard-fought Group 3 second round match.

Tubberclair were the better side in the early stages and led by 0-2 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, Athlone's score coming from a Ryan Gaffey free, before Athlone got into their stride and hit four points in as many minutes, all from Richie Greene.  Just as quickly, however, they surrendered the initiative and Tubberclair brought themselves level with a point from play and two frees.  Darren Costello restored Athlone's lead, but home side's dominance continued and they added another three points from placed balls in the final five minutes of the half to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 at the break.

The second half started as the first had ended, with the home side on top, and they stretched their lead with another pointed free.  However, just when it looked like the match might get away from Athlone. they again struck four points in as many minutes to bring themselves right back into it.  A point from Ryan Gaffey, followed by a Richie Greene free, reduced the gap to the minimum and half-time substitute Patrick McGettigan brought his side level with an excellent effort from distance, before veteran Emmet Collins put Athlone ahead.  The visitors had their tails up now and got in for the game's crucial score when a slick move led to Richie Greene blasting to the net.  The same player finished off another excellent move with a point and when Emmet Collins added a superb solo score, Athlone led by six points with 10 minutes to play.  Another free kept the hosts in touch, but Diarmuid Martin made the game safe with a well-taken point.  Tubberclair did apply lots of pressure in the closing minutes, but strong defence from the Athlone backs meant they were unable to create the goal chance that they needed, although they did add three further pointed frees to reduce the gap to just a goal at the final whistle.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Danny Lynam, Tom Egan, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Matthew Darling, Colin O'Leary, Diarmuid Martin (0-1), David Fagan, Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Darren Costello (0-1), Donagh Prendergast, Emmet Collins (0-2), Benny Martin, Richie Greene (1-6) Subs Used:  Patrick McGettigan (0-1), Joe Fallon, Shane Kilroy-Glynn.

ACFL Div 4, Div 6B

​​​​​ACFL Division 4
Athlone 2-11 St Paul’s 1-8
Two second half goals from Richie Greene sealed the win for our Division 4 team against visitors St Paul’s of Clonmellon in this league game that was played in the AIT grounds due to our hosting of several Feile Camogie finals on Sunday morning..  The victory almost certainly guarantees promotion to Division 3 for our juniors and a likely league final against Mullingar Shamrocks in the upcoming weeks.
Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Jordan, James Finlass, Eoin Fahey, David Fagan, Emmet Collins, Andy Lynam, Kieran Colclough (0-2), Diarmuid Martin, Shane Allen (0-2), Benny Martin (0-2), Shane Kilroy-Glynn (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-2), Dylan Lynch, Richie Greene (2-2) Subs Used:  Shane Galvin

ACFL Division 6B
Athlone 7-12 Maryland 1-11
A first half goal-scoring blitz, in which they hit the net five times, paved the way for Athlone to overcome the challenge of neighbours Maryland in their Division 6B game played in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night.  This was Athlone’s first on-field win in this league, after being awarded a walkover against Kinnegad the previous weekend, and it was achieved through an excellent all-round performance, exemplified by the fact that seven different goalscorers got on the scoresheet.

Athlone:  Cathal Joyce, Shane Galvin, Gary Quinn, Eoin Fahey, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Eoin Jordan, Benjy Bannon (1-0), David Fagan (1-1), Sam Omukoro (1-0), Deba Okudagha (0-1), Dylan Lynch (1-0), David Cleary (1-0), Richie Greene (0-6), Benny Martin (1-1) Aidan Byrne (1-3) Subs Used:  Emmet Collins

ACFL Division 6B
Athlone 2-14 Garrycastle 4-8
Our men’s team began their ACFL Division 6B campaign with an exciting draw against neighbours Garrycastle in their opening game, played in Páirc Chiaráin on Saturday evening.

The home side started brightly and let by 0-5 to 0-1 after 15 minutes, through points from Charlie McMickan (0-2), Aidy Byrne, Diarmuid Martin and Joe Fallon.  Garrycastle then struck for their first goal to bring themselves back into the game but Athlone responded well with a superb Aidy Byrne goal and further points from Martin, Fallon and raiding full-back Eoin Fahey gave them a 1-8 to 1-2 half-time lead, although they did have the benefit of a strong wind in the opening period.

Both sides added two points each in the first five minutes of the second half, Athlone’s scores coming from Cathal Joyce and Dylan Lynch, before the visitors got their second goal with a close-range finish after the ball had come back off the post.  They almost got in for an equalising goal almost immediately, but young keeper Rytis Liaukevicius pulled off a fine save.  Garrycastle were on top at this stage and two further points followed by their third goal gave the lead for the first time.  To their credit, Athlone responded really well to falling behind and points from Diarmuid Martin, Joe Fallon and Dylan restored their lead.  Cathal Joyce put four points between the sides when he flicked home from close range to finish off a fine move, but any hopes that this would lead to the end of the Garrycastle challenge were dashed when they hit a quickfire 1-1 to level things up with two minutes to play.  The impressive Diarmuid Martin put Athlone back in front as the game entered injury time but there was still time for one further Garrycastle attack and a long-range point with the last kick of the game left the sides level at the final whistle, on a scoreline of Athlone 2-14 Garrycastle 4-8.

Athlone:  Rytis Liaukevicius, Shane Galvin, Eoin Fahey (0-1), Robert Teape, Eoin Jordan, David Fagan, Colin O’Leary, Aidan St John, Diarmuid Martin (0-4), Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Dylan Lynch (0-2), Donagh Prendergast, Joe Fallon (0-3), Charlie McMickan (0-2), Aidan Byrne (1-1) Subs Used:  Cathal Joyce (1-1), David O’Neill.

​​​​​ACFL Division 4
Athlone 0-10 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-8

Our Division 4 team got their league campaign off to good start with a hard-fought win over Mullingar Shamrocks in their opening game played in miserable conditions in Páirc Chiaráin on Easter Monday.

Athlone started brightly with points from Dermot Bannon and a Richie Greene free in the opening minutes, but Shamrocks then grabbed the initiative and dominated the rest of the half.  They kicked five consecutive points, but squandered several more good scoring opportunities, while the hosts were also grateful to goalkeeper Conor Devaney and corner-back Danny Lynam for a couple of good saves and a last gasp goal-line clearance that prevented Mullingar from adding a deserved goal.  Instead it was Athlone who had the final word of the first period when Richie Greene raised a white flag to leave just two points between the sides at half-time.

After some stern words and a couple of changes from the management team during the break, Athlone again got off to a good start and a pair of well-taken points from Ryan Gaffey and Andy Lynam brought them level.  Shamrocks responded well and restored their two-point advantage, but the Blues were playing with much greater intensity than in the first period and three quick points from Ryan Gaffey nudged them in front with 10 minutes to play, although they were then dealt a blow when Danny Lynam was dismissed for a second yellow card offence.  A patient passing move led to Sean Dowd doubling the lead, but Shamrocks came back almost immediately to reduce the gap to the minimum again.  Some disciplined defending and controlled possession meant that they weren’t able to create the opening for the equaliser and young substitute Shane Allen closed the scoring with a superb long-distance point to finish off a patient passing move.  It did look like Ryan Gaffey had added an insurance point as the game entered stoppage time, but the referee overruled his umpires to wave his free wide.  This led to a nervous injury-time period for the home supporters as Shamrocks went looking for the winning goal, but good work from the home side’s backs kept them away from the danger area until the final whistle, with Athlone holding on to win on score line of 0-10 to 0-8.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, James Finlass, Tom Egan, Danny Lynam, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, David Fagan, Matthew Darling, Dermot Bannon (0-1), Andy Lynam (0-1), Ryan Gaffey (0-4), Colin O’Leary, Richie Greene (0-2), Darren Costello, Sean Dowd (0-1) Subs Used:  Shane Allen (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Dylan Lynch, Shane Galvin.