13/9/2017 - ​​​​​Junior Championship Quarter-Final
Athlone 1-21 Delvin 2-10 (AET)

Our junior men's team qualified for the club's first junior championship semi-final in a long time, with a hard-fought extra time victory over a brave Delvin side in Kinnegad on Wednesday evening.
Athlone started very brightly and, on the back of some superb fielding by Diarmuid Martin in midfield, raced into a five point lead with fine scores from Benny Martin, Darren Costello, Sean Dowd, Richie Greene and Joe Fallon.  The sides then exchanged frees and Luke Kelly pulled off a couple of fine saves, before Delvin got back into the game with a goal from a penalty.  Further points from Joe Fallon and Michael Doolan restored Athlone's lead, but several other chances to stretch the lead were squandered, and they were dealt a major blow on the stroke of half time when a high ball into the square was flicked to the net for Delvin's second goal to leave the sides level at the break, 0-8 to 2-2.

Rocked by this late goal, Athlone started the second half nervously and trailed to a Devlin '45 before Dermot Bannon finally opened their account after 10 minutes play.  Points from Sean Dowd and Richie Greene were answered by similar Delvin scores, as the sides went tit-for-tat until the 50th minute, when a quick brace from Greene, followed by another point by Darren Costello, seemed to put Athlone into a winning position.  Unfortunately, with the finish line in site, the nerves returned and another Delvin point left just two between them as the game entered injury time.  It still looked like Delvin would need a goal to salvage something from the game, but with the Athlone defence falling very deep to try to prevent this, they were able to pick off two excellent long range points, the second with the final kick of the game, to force extra time.  The score at the end of normal time was 0-14 to 2-8.

It would have been understandable if Athlone were deflated after having victory snatched from their grasp, but they began extra time with great purpose and Darren Costello put them back in front with a free in the opening minute.  Athlone then got what was to prove to be the game's crucial score when Costello cut in along the end line and sent the ball across for Declan Byrne to fist home from close range.  A Delvin free kept them in touch, but a superb solo effort from Richie Greene gave Athlone a four point advantage at the mini-break (1-16 to 2-9).  The same player added two more fine scores at the start of the second extra time period, and despite another Delvin free, Athlone's fitness and strong bench told as Delvin tired and further points from David Cleary, Richie Greene and Declan Byrne gave them a slightly flattering 1-21 to 2-10 win to set up a TEG Cusack Park semi-final against Multyfarnham.

Athlone:  Luke Kelly, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan (0-1), Diarmuid Martin, Colin O'Leary, Sean Dowd (0-2), Dermot Bannon (0-1), Darren Costello (0-3), Joe Fallon (0-2), Benny Martin (0-1), Richie Greene (0-9) Subs Used:  Rory Donnellan, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Luke Dully, Declan Byrne (1-1), David Cleary (0-1), Aidan St John.

10/9/2017 - Cusack Park, Mullingar
Junior Championship Playoff

Athlone 1-7 Shandonagh 0-8

Athlone’s junior men’s team qualified for the knockout stages proper of the junior championship when they held off a stern Shandonagh challenge in a thrilling playoff game, played in appalling weather conditions in TEG Cusack Park on Sunday.  Despite the low scoring, this was a very exciting encounter, played out by two fiercely committed teams, in conditions that made good football very difficult

Starting with the aid of a very strong wind, Athlone created plenty of opportunities in the opening minutes, but were guilty of some wasteful shooting and trailed by a point before finally getting on the scoreboard after 12 minutes with a brilliantly worked goal.  A long pass from Benny Martin found Richie Greene and he set up Diarmuid Martin, who finished coolly to the net.  Shandonagh replied with their second point, but Athlone’s accuracy improved after their shaky start and well-taken points from Sean Dowd and Richie Greene put them a goal to the good after 20 minutes.  Shandonagh again narrowed the gap with a point, and although Athlone finished the half strongly with points from Richie Greene and Joe Fallon, it did not look like the four-point interval lead would be enough in the conditions.

The second half began in a similar manner to the first, with the team playing with wind advantage dominating, but being unable to convert their possession into scores, although it was mainly superb defending from the Athlone backs, rather than poor shooting that kept Shandonagh scoreless for the first 10 minutes.  However, after they did finally get off the mark, they quickly added two more points to reduce Athlone’s lead to the minimum with a quarter of the game still to play.  To their credit, Athlone didn’t panic and they finally opened their second half account an excellent Richie Greene point after a really patient passing move.  Shandonagh struck the next point to leave just one between them again, but again Greene kept Athlone’s noses in front with a close range point after a good turnover by Luke Dully.  A 57th minute Shandonagh point made it a one-point game and it looked like an equaliser was inevitable, but the Athlone defence did brilliantly to prevent this and Greene struck another fine point after a minute of injury to seemingly make the game safe for Athlone.  However, there was still time for a very late scare when a final Shandonagh attack saw a high ball lofted in to the square, but rookie keeper Luke Kelly did superbly to keep it out of the net under pressure from the big opposition full-forward.

In Athlone’s previous games, it was the forwards who received the plaudits as they ran up big scores, but this game was won on the back of a superb defensive performance.  Despite the wet and windy conditions, the handling and distribution of young keeper Luke Kelly was very assured, while in front of him, the now settled full-back line of Eoin Fahey, Andy Lynam and Shane Galvin kept tabs on the lively Shandonagh inside forwards.  Half-backs Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan and Rory Donnellan (when introduced), were impressive defensively and in launching attacks, while up front, Richie Greene kicked some fine opportunist scores when Athlone most needed them.  Athlone now face Delvin the quarter-final in Kinnegad on Wednesday, September 13th at 6.45pm.

Athlone:  Luke Kelly, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam, Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-0), David Cleary, Joe Fallon (0-1), Sean Dowd (0-1), Darren Costello, Benny Martin, Richie Greene (0-5) Subs Used:  Rory Donnellan, Luke Dully, Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Dermot Bannon, Sam Omukoro, Cathal Joyce.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 2-14 Caulry 1-6
A brace of well-taken goals midway through the first half from David Cleary set our junior men on the way to a comfortable win over neighbours Caulry in this junior championship match played in Mount Temple on Thursday evening.  Despite dominating possession in the early stages, Athlone struggled to get on the scoresheet and it took for 12 minutes for them to open their account, when a well-worked move found Cleary on his own behind the defence and he beat the keeper with an emphatic finish.  This settled the Athlone lads and points from Sean Dowd and Cleary followed, before David rounded off a superb personal spell with his second goal.  Further points from Joe Fallon, Diarmuid Martin and Darren Costello gave the visitors a 2-5 to 0-3 lead at the break.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, with Athlone controlling much of the possession and playing some excellent football, although they squander several scoring chances through over-elaboration and some poor shot selection.  That said, they did add some fine points, with Tadhg Prendergast, Colin O'Leary, Andy Lynam and Emmet Collins adding their names to the scoresheet, while a youthful Caulry side fought bravely to the end and scored a deserved late goal.  Overall, this was a very good team performance from an Athlone side that has improved considerably from their opening game and that has shown the benefits of well-attended training sessions and a settled squad.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O'Leary (0-1), Diarmuid Martin (0-2), , David Cleary (2-2), Joe Fallon (0-3), Sean Dowd (0-2), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Richie Greene, Darren Costello (0-1)  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins (0-1), Cathal Joyce, Sam Omukoro, Aidan St John.

JFC Group 3
Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8
Our junior men’s team gained their first win of the championship campaign when they accounted for neighbours Garrycastle in the derby match played in Páirc Chiaráin on Thursday evening.  This victory brings Athlone back into contention for the playoff spot as all teams in Group 3 have now lost at least one game.

Athlone started well with an early Richie Greene free after Michael Doolan had been fouled following a strong run, but they suffered a blow when a mistake in defence led to a goal for the visitors.  However, Athlone responded to this setback in fine style, and a superb solo goal from Darren Costello was followed almost immediately by a second when Joe Fallon swept home the rebound after a Sean Dowd shot had been saved.  Further points from Greene, Costello, Luke Dully and Benny Martin were matched by four similar Garrycastle scores, as the sides went tit-for-tat for the majority of the half, but the home side got a major boost just before the interval when Benny Martin finished off a brilliant move for the third goal.  Andy Lynam and Joe Fallon then added late points to give Athlone a half time lead of 3-7 to 1-4.

The home side began the second half as they had ended the first, with a Joe Fallon point straight from the throw-in, after Diarmuid Martin and Colin O’Leary had combined well to set him up, and more points from Richie Greene, Joe Fallon, Sean Dowd, Darren Costello and Benny Martin followed as Athlone played some excellent football.  Diarmuid Martin then made the game safe when he fisted home his side’s fourth goal from close range after being intelligently set up by David Cleary, and although Garrycastle staged a mini-revival with a goal and two pointed frees, Athlone finished strongly with excellent long range points from Cathal Joyce (0-2), Diarmuid Martin and Benny Martin to leave the final score Athlone 4-17 Garrycastle 2-8.  Our remaining group games are against Caulry in Mount Temple on Thursday August 24th at 7pm in Mount Temple and against Rosemount on Tuesday, August 29th.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Shane Galvin, Andy Lynam (0-1), Eoin Fahey, Eoin Jordan, Rory Donnellan, Michael Doolan, Colin O’Leary, Diarmuid Martin (1-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Benny Martin (1-3), Sean Dowd (0-1), Joe Fallon (1-3), Darren Costello (1-2), Richie Greene (0-3)  Subs Used:  Luke Dully (0-1), David Cleary, Robert Teape, Cathal Joyce (0-2).


ACFL Div 4
Athlone 1-11 St. Malachy's 0-10
Athlone recorded a fully deserved first win of the division 4 campaign when they accounted for St. Malachy's after a hard-fought battle in Castletown-Geoghegan.  The visitors had a dream start with a Richie Greene goal in the second minute, when he finished off a superb move that started with Athlone goalkeeper Conal Sheeran, and the same player followed that up with a point after Athlone had turned over the subsequent kickout.  The hosts then got on the board with two points over their own, but Greene added his second point, before Joe Fallon stroked over a 45 after the home goalkeeper had saved from Emmet Collins.  Benny Martin then got on the scoresheet with a point after another excellent Athlone attack, but St. Malachy's were also looking dangerous up front and it took some good saves from Sheeran to restrict them to just a couple of points in this period.  Athlone finished the half strongly and another Fallon 45, followed by a free from the same player and an audacious effort from near the sideline from Richie Greene gave them a 1-7 to 0-5 half-time lead.

St. Malachy's started the second half with an first minute point but excellent disciplined defending from the Athlone backs, with Danny Lynam particularly impressive, meant that they were unable to reduce the gap any further before Luke Dully and Joe Fallon added fine points from play for Athlone.  The home side did then enjoy their best period of the game with three consecutive points reducing the lead to a goal, but Athlone didn't panic and a patient move of 30+ passes eventually led to Richie Greene being fouled, with Fallon converting the free.  St Malachy's did reduce the gap again to a goal with a point from a free, but more fine defending meant that they were unable to fashion the goal chance they needed to salvage a draw, and it was Athlone who had the final word when another patient passing move led to corner-back Michael Doolan splitting the posts for the insurance point.

Athone:  Conal Sheeran, Michael Doolan (0-1) Danny Lynam, Shane Galvin, Eoin Jordan, Fionn Dowd, Andy Lynam, Aidan St John, Luke Dully (0-1), Benny Martin (0-1), Emmet Collins, Dylan Lynch, Richie Greene (1-3), Joe Fallon (0-5), Tadhg Prendergast.

(8/3/2017 Pairc Chiarain)
ACFL Div 4
Athlone 1-9 Caulry 1-9
A superb Ryan Gaffey goal from a 20-metre free deep into injury time salvaged a fortunate and somewhat controversial draw for our junior team against neighbours Caulry in this second round division 4 game, played in Páirc Chiaráin on Sunday morning.

The recent inclement weather caused the match to be switched from Mount Temple to the David Allen pitch in Páirc Chiaráin and Athlone’s familiarity with the new pitch showed in the early stages.  They raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes, with their scores coming from Richie Greene (0-3), two Joe Fallon frees and a fine left-footed effort from Eoin Jordan.  A well-worked goal brought the visitors right back into the game however and they dominated the closing stages of the half, kicking three unanswered points to lead by 1-5 to 0-6 at the break.

Just as in the first half, Athlone were stronger in the early stages of the second period and frees from Greene and Fallon, followed by a score from play from substitute Emmet Collins restored their lead.  After Caulry had drawn level from a free, the home side were unlucky to not to grab a three-pointer when corner-back Shane Galvin hit the post from close range after a good move.  Boosted by this reprieve, the visitors regained control and three points in a row gave them a goal lead as the game entered injury time.  With a defeat looking inevitable, one final desperate Athlone attack led to Richie Greene being fouled on the edge of the square and up stepped Gaffey to somehow blast the subsequent free to the net, despite virtually the entire Caulry team being massed on the line.  There was some controversy about how close to the goal he was when he took the shot, but the goal stood, giving Athlone an unlikely share of the spoils on a scoreline of 1-9 apiece, even though many observers felt that Caulry had scored an extra point in the second half and thus were still leading when the final whistle went.

Athone:  Conal Sheeran, Shane Galvin, Tom Egan, Danny Lynam, Eoin Jordan (0-1), Shane Kilroy-Glynn, Andy Lynam, Sean O’Brien, Conor Devaney, Dylan Lynch, Joe Fallon (0-3), Richie Greene (0-4), Fionn Dowd, Ryan Gaffey (1-0)  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast, David Cleary

ACFL Div 4

Athlone 1-9 St Paul’s 2-10

Athlone’s junior men made the long journey to Clonmellon on Saturday afternoon for their first game in this year’s ACFL Division 4 and were unlucky to come away with a four point defeat against a strong home side, who are among the favourites for this year’s junior championship. 

Athlone got off to a disastrous start when a quickly taken close range free caught the defence off guard and led to a first minute goal for the home side, which they quickly followed up with a point from play.  A swirling crossfield wind made life difficult for both teams and there were no further scores until the 17th minute, when debutant Mark Egan intercepted a poor clearance from the St Paul’s keeper and finished coolly to the net to bring Athlone back into the game.  St Paul’s responded with their second point, but Athlone had found their rhythm and four points in five minutes from Fergal Murray (another junior debutant?), the evergreen Joe Fallon (0-2) and David Fagan after a great move gave them a two point lead, although a fine solo point from St Paul’s reduced the gap to the minimum at the break.

The opening exchanges of the second half were evenly fought and two opening St Paul’s points were answered by two Joe Fallon frees, before another pair of scores from the home side were matched by an excellent point from Mark Egan to leave the sides level 1-7 apiece after 50 minutes.  Athlone were very much in the game at this stage but another brace of points from the Clonmellon men was quickly followed by their second goal and suddenly the visitors faced a five point deficit as the game entered its final five minutes.  Fallon kept them in touch with another free but they were unable to close the gap any further and another St Paul’s point from a free on 60 minutes made the game safe.  Athlone had the final say when the returning Brendan Fagan pointed from close range but St Paul's had done enough to win on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-9.

Athone:  Conal Sheeran, Shane Galvin, Tom Egan, Andy Lynam, Fionn Dowd, Fergal Murray (0-1), Eoin Jordan, Aidan St John, David Fagan (0-1), Luke Kelly, Dylan Lynch, Michael Doolan, Joe Fallon (0-5), Luke Dully, Mark Egan (1-1)  Subs Used:  Brendan Fagan (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Diarmaid Martin.


Juniors 2016

JFC Section B

Athlone 1-12 Garrycastle 2-9

Despite opening the scoring through a Joe Fallon free, Athlone were second best in the early stages and, after conceding a quickfire 1-2, needed a fine save from veteran keeper Amby Fogarty not to go seven points down.  Boosted by this reprieve, Athlone raised their game and got a chance to get back into the game from a penalty when Richie Greene was fouled in the square, however the home keeper pulled off a fine save to push his spot-kick over the bar.  Undeterred, Greene reduced the gap further from a free, before Athlone did finally get their three-pointer when David Fagan punched to the net to finish off a good move.   A second Joe Fallon free put Athlone two points ahead, but Garrycastle’s first point in 20 minutes left the minimum between the sides at the break, with Athlone leading by 1-4 to 1-3.

Garrycastle opened the second half strongly and regained the lead with two points from frees, but Athlone responded well again and some excellent attacking play yielded five consecutive points from Richie Greene (0-2), Eoin Jordan, Joe Fallon and Ryan Gaffey.  Any hopes the four point lead would be enough were quickly dispelled as the see-saw nature of the game continued and two points from frees and a goal following a flowing move put the home side back in the lead, which they doubled soon after with a point from play.  A point from wing-back Kieran Rigney kept Athlone in touch, but the hosts quickly restored their two point advantage as the game entered its closing minutes.  To their credit, Athlone refused to admit defeat and two superb points in a minute, the first from Colin O’Leary and the second from Mickey Greene brought them level.  Athlone did get a chance to win it in injury time but Rory Donnellan’s effort from a tight angle drifted agonisingly across the goal to leave the final score Athlone 1-12 Garrycastle 2-9.

Athlone:  Amby Fogarty, Shane Galvin, Benjy Bannon, Rory Donnellan, Eoin Jordan (0-1), Andy Lynam, Kieran Rigney (0-1), Aidan St John, David Fagan (1-0), Brian Fogarty, Joe Fallon (0-3), Ryan Gaffey (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Mickey Greene (0-1), Richie Greene (0-4)  Subs Used:  Shay Byrne, Colin O’Leary (0-1), Eoin Fahey.

Athlone 1-7 Mullingar Shamrocks 0-10

Our Junior side concluded their championship campaign with another battling away draw, this time against Mullingar Shamrocks.  After a poor first half performance, Athlone dominated the second half but, despite having several chances, were unable to find the necessary winning score that would’ve kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages alive.

Athlone:  Amby Fogarty, Shane Galvin, Rory Donnellan, Davie Connellan, Eoin Jordan, Emmet Collins (0-1), Andy Lynam, Aidan St John, Colin O’Leary, Tadhg Prendergast, Joe Fallon, Richie Greene (1-6), Mickey Greene, Conal Sheeran, Michael Galvin Subs Used:  Benjy Bannon, Paddy Bannon.


Junior Championship Section B

Athlone 3-6 St Loman's 1-12

A stirring second half comeback gave Athlone a share of the spoils in their top of the table Junior Championship clash with St Loman's Mullingar in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday, 24th June.  Athlone started brightly and two Joe Fallon frees gave them an early lead, but they struggled to turn possession into scores and the visitors took control as the half went on and opened up a 1-6 to 0-2 point lead at the break.  An early Joe Fallon point followed by a well-taken Mickey Greene goal gave Athlone hope, but three points from the Mullingar men kept daylight between the sides.  Richie Greene kept Athlone in touch with a free but another Loman's point gave them a six point lead with 10 minutes to play.  Substitute Emmet Collins then brought the home team right back into with a goal from a close range effort, and when Conal Sheeran added a similar score a minute later, the sides were somehow level.  A great save prevented Mickey Greene from adding another goal, but Joe Fallon put Athlone ahead with a point after a well-worked move from the subsequent 45.  St Loman's drew level again with a point of their own, before another fine save from the their keeper denied Richie Greene what surely would've been the winning goal.  Instead it was the visitors who looked to have won it when they added another point as the game entered its final stages, but they failed to close out the game and one final Athlone attack yielded a free, which the ever reliable Joe Fallon converted to earn his side a deserved draw on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-12.  Thanks to the club stalwarts who made themselves available for this game at short notice, while it was also great to see Rory Donnellan return to action after illness.

Athlone:  Amby Fogarty, Eoin Jordan, Benjy Bannon, Kieran Rigney, Eoin Fahey, Andy Lynam, Rory Donnellan, Aidan St John, Peter Mahon, Tadhg Prendergast, Joe Fallon (0-5), Patrick Flynn, Mickey Greene (1-0), Conal Sheeran (1-0), Richie Greene (0-1)  Subs Used: Emmet Collins (1-0), Martin Geary.

Athlone 0-14 Caulry 1-9
Our Junior men’s team notched their second victory of this year’s Championship with a hard-fought victory over neighbours Caulry in Páirc Chiaráin on Saturday night.  Athlone led by 0-8 to 0-7 after a high quality first half, and stretched their lead early in the second period with an excellent Tadhg Prendergast point, but fell behind when a botched short kick out led to a Caulry goal.  The home team responded well to this setback however and four fine points from play from veterans Emmet Collins, Mickey Greene (0-2) and Joe Fallon saw them lead by three points as the game entered its final five minutes.  Two points in quick succession from the visitors cut the lead back to the minimum, but the Athlone defence did well prevent an equaliser and a late Emmet Collins point left Athlone the victors on a final score of 0-14 to 1-9.

Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Shane Galvin, David Fagan, Dermot Pigott, Eoin Jordan, Andy Lynam, Kieran Rigney, Aidan St John, Fionn Dowd (0-1), Benny Martin, Joe Fallon (0-3), Dylan Lynch (0-2), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Mickey Greene (0-2), Richie Greene (0-3) Subs Used:  Emmet Collins (0-2), Davie Connellan.
Friday 13th May at 8pm in Pairc Chiarain

Athlone 4-9 Tubberclair 0-11

A blistering first half performance, during which the Greene ‘brothers’ scored four goals between them, set up our Junior team for a comfortable win against neighbours Tubberclair in perfect conditions in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday evening.


After an evenly matched opening 10 minutes, in which Tubberclair twice took the lead only to be pulled back by frees from Richie Greene and Joe Fallon, Athlone stepped up a gear and went ahead  for the first time when Richie Greene finished off a superb move for the first goal of the evening.  Tadhg Prendergast & Emmet Collins then added fine points, before Mickey Greene scored a five minute hat-trick of goals with three emphatic finishes as the visiting defence struggled to cope with the power and pace of the Athlone attacks.  A lovely outside of the boot effort from Dylan Lynch brought the home side’s first-half scoring to a close, and despite a couple of late Tubberclair frees, Athlone led comfortably at the break, by 4-5 to 0-6.


In contrast to the opening period, the second half was a much more sedate affair as the Tubberclair defence tightened up considerably, while the Athlone defence were able to deal with most the visitors’ attacks.  A Tubberclair point was the only score of the opening 10 minutes, but two frees from Joe Fallon and one from Richie Greene kept daylight between the sides.  Tubberclair enjoyed their best spell as the game entered its final quarter and, after two points from play, had a chance to narrow the gap even further when they were awarded a penalty.  However Conal Sheeran pulled off a great save to guarantee a comfortable closing 10 minutes for the home side, even though Tubberclair did add another point from the resultant 45.  Richie Greene got Athlone’s final score when his goal-bound shot was touched over the bar by the keeper and a Tubberclair point on the stroke of full-time left the final score Athlone 4-9 Tubberclair 0-11.


Athlone:  Conal Sheeran, Eoin Jordan, David Fagan, Kieran Rigney, Fionn Dowd, Andy Lynam, Emmet Collins (0-1), Aidan St John, Luke Dully, Shay Byrne, Joe Fallon (0-3), Dylan Lynch (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast (0-1), Mickey Greene (3-0), Richie Greene (1-3) Subs Used:  Tom Stuart-Trainor


5th May 2016
Athlone v Caulry in ACFL Division 4 at 7 o’clock is NOW POSTPHONED
and has been refixed for the 17th June


ACFL Division 4:  4th March 2016

Athlone 1-13 St Malachys 2-10

Our Junior Men’s team marked their promotion to Division 4 of the ACFL with a battling draw against fellow newly promoted side St Malachy’s under the Páirc Chiaráin lights on Friday night, 4th March.
Just as in the Division 1 opener the week previous, Athlone had a dream start with an early goal, when Dylan Lynch finished off a fine move that had started with a great block by Jack Ruane in the full-back line.  Joe Fallon added a point soon after, before the visitors got on the board with two pointed frees.  St Malachy’s then took the lead for the first time with a goal of their own, but a Richie Greene free brought the sides level again.  Full-forward Mickey Greene put the home side back in front with two excellent points, but his opposite number restored themen in red and black’s advantage with a quickfire 1-1.  Shane Kilroy-Glynn completed the first half scoring with a point on the stroke of half-time to leave Athlone trailing by 2-3 to 1-5 at the break.
The home side drew level in the first minute of the second half when a save by half-time substitute Conor Devaney started an excellent move that was finished by Richie Greene.  A couple of great blocks by Danny Lynam and Joey Jordan stopped St Malachy’s retaking the lead and instead the second of those led to Joe Fallon putting Athlone back in front from a free.  St Malachy’s opened their second half account with a point that could’ve as easily been a goal, but Conal Sheeran restored Athlone’s advantage with the score of the match, a booming point from beyond the 40.  Richie Greene doubled the lead with another free but any hopes that the St Malachy’s challenge might fade were dispelled when they regained the lead with the next three points.  The third of these would’ve been goal but for a fine save by Devaney, who did well to push a powerful goalbound shot over the bar.  The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued when Richie Greene equalised from a free after a strong run from Kieran Rigney had been halted illegally.  Both sides exchanged frees as the match entered its final 10 minutes, Athlone’s coming from Joe Fallon, but the Castletown-Geoghegan men seized the initiative with two points to lead by two with minutes remaining.

To their credit, Athlone refused to throw in the towel and Fallon reduced the gap to a minimum with another free as the game entered injury time.  Because of an earlier injury to corner-back Shane Galvin, there were a few minutes of added time to be played and in the 62nd minute, Richie Greene finished coolly to bring Athlone level again.  Indeed, the home team looked like they would go on and win it when Richie Greene received the ball in acres of space near the visitors’ goal, but the ref called back play for a hop ball after an off the ball incident in the middle of the field.  That was last action of what was, despite the heavy underfoot conditions, a very entertaining contest, leaving the sides deadlocked on the final score of Athlone 1-13 St Malachy’s 2-10.

Team & scorers:  Darren Costello, Jack Ruane, Danny Lynam, Shane Galvin, Eoin Jordan, Tom Egan, Conal Sheeran (0-1), Colm O’Leary, Danny Reid, Dylan Lynch (1-0), Shane Kilroy-Glynn (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast, Joe Fallon (0-4), Mickey Greene (0-2), Richie Greene (0-5).  Subs used: Conor Devaney, Conor Melinn, Kieran Rigney, Dermot Pigott, Aidan St John, Fionn Dowd.