SCOREFEST IN MOANBAUN - wed 15th june 2022
SFAI Girls U14 Regional - Semi final
Athenry FC 6, Dunmore FC 3,
x2 jenni mcnamara, x3 mollie noone, kara o'neill
Athenry hosted Dunmore in the semi final of the u14 Connacht Regional Cup and what a day for the girls to produce their best performance of the season. Athenry started well creating two early chances and were well on top when they took the lead on the 8th minute. Some mesmerising footwork by Amira Bouhlel on the wing brought audible gasps from the home supporters and her cross was volleyed into the net by Jenni McNamara. Things got better five minutes later when Mollie Noone broke through on the left and pulled the ball back to the inrushing Jenni McNamara for her second goal.
Athenry were dominating in all areas now and didn’t let up. Mollie Noone shaved the post with a free kick on 20 minutes and when she got another opportunity two minutes later she found the roof of the net. Just before the half time break the sublime Anna Jordan released Mollie Noone with an inch perfect pass and one on one with the keeper she put Athenry 4 up.
Dunmore started the second half like a different team. They started to boss the midfield area and it was no surprise when they scored on 38 minutes. It was game on now as Dunmore threw everything they had at Athenry who were just about holding on. A fine individual goal by Mollie Noone seemed to lift the siege but Dunmore refused to lie down. Two late goals from Dunmore made it an uncomfortable last few minutes for Athenry before Kara O’Neill got the 6th in the last minute to finish off a superb performance.
Katie Murphy had a great night between the posts, safe and secure with her hands and brilliant distribution with her feet. Marissa Higgins was her usual brilliant self at right back. Does she ever have a poor game. Ailbhe Mannion was commanding at centre back not long off the ferry from France. In midfield Katie Noone and Kate Kennedy worked tirelessly and were the foundation for the brilliant first half display. Anna Jordan was on top form again this evening, consistently creating chances for the front three of Bouhlel, M. Noone and McNamara who all looked dangerous throughout.
Thanks to referee Kevin Murphy who answered a very late call and was top class throughout. Nice to have a Connaught final to look forward to to finish the season.
Well done girls!
NINA IS QUEEN OF TERRYLAND!!!
U19 Premier Cup Champions - Athenry 2-0 Knocknacarra
A brilliant display from the Athenry girls in Eamonn Deacy Park ensured that they lift the premier cup for the first time in the clubs history. Athenry made a perfect start when Nina Bodamer got on the end of Amy Coffey's ball and dispatched it beautifully past the Knocknacarra keeper right from the kick off.
Athenry dominated the first half with great performances from Alannah Sweeney and Amy Coffey on the wings. The Mullen sister's, Caitlin and Ruby were superb in midfield supplying both the wingers and strikers with quality balls. There were further chances for Nina and Blaithin Gallagher but Knocknacarra held out until the half time break.
The second half saw a much better performance from Knocknacarra, they really put Athenry under pressure at times but Athenry's defence was really solid. Shauna Donoghue and Nicole Madden cleared everything that came their way while Sadbh Irwin and Aoibhe Murray cut out everything on the wing's. Knocknacarra had a few good opportunities from corners and free kicks but Ciara Cunney was very good between the sticks and organised her defence brilliantly.
Athenry's bench made a huge contribution when needed most. Ciara Cousins, Vicky Lundström and Ciara Coffey came on and did a great job when the girls were out on their feet. Athenry changed formation to counteract Knocknacarra's pressure and really settled and got back into it. The game was sealed with a lovely second goal from Nina Bodamer. Caitlin Mullen won the ball in midfield and fed Nina who turned the defence and finished it brilliantly, however she got injured in the process.
This really settled the Athenry ladies and they ran out the rest of the game comfortably.
It was a really tough call for player of the match but Shauna Donoghue gets the nod for a fantastic defensive performance.
Goals: Nina Bodamer x 2 - Assists: Amy Coffey & Caitlin Mullen.
Huge congrats to all the girls and their coaches Noel Coffey, Emerald House and Joe Mullen whose years of dedication have reaped this reward today. Next up is a league playoff against Colga FC, as the girls aim to secure the League and Cup double. Date TBC.
OUTSTANDING McDONALD IS MAN OF THE MATCH
GFA Boys U16 Championship Cup Final - Sun 15th May, in Eamonn Deacy Park
Colemanstown United F.C. 1, Athenry FC 2,
Scorers: Daniel Tear & Adam Lavelle Assists: Matthew Collins & Hugh McDonald
Eamonn Deacy Park hosted the local derby affair between Athenry and Colemanstown in the U16 Championship Cup final. It was a good game of football between two strong teams. In the opening 15mins Colemanstown put us under pressure. After the water break, we pushed up and started to play our own game. Like all cup finals it was a very tense affair. We played some good technical football and always tried to play it out from the back and work the ball down the field through the different zones. On the 54th minute the deadlock was broken when our team captain, Daniel Tear scored a header from a superbly struck free kick taken by Matthew Collins. 20 minutes later Hugh Mc Donald, who was awarded Man of the match for his excellent performance today played a perfect pass to Adam Lavelle who went on to get our second goal.
On the 80th minute Colemanstown got their only goal. 6 minutes of injury time were played. It was a wonderful sports occasion made sweeter by the victory. Our goalkeeper Cormac McFadden had an excellent game between the posts and made some great saves. Our back four of Jason Coffey, Daniel Tear, Senan Treacy and David Kilbane were excellent and played superbly throughout the game. Our midfield of James Diviney, Hugh McDonald and Matthew Collins worked tirelessly for the 86 minutes to try and cut off any threats and work the ball through the zones. Our front three of Norbert Gaiderovas, Igor Cygan and Adam Lavelle all played very well.
In the second half Sam Nyhan came on and had his goal disallowed for been marginally offside. Our team members on the day are Cormac McFadden, Jason Coffey, David Kilbane, Daniel Tear (Captain), Senan Treacy, James Diviney, Norbert Gaiderovas, Hugh McDonald, Igor Cygan, Matthew Collins, Adam Lavelle, Sam Nyhan, Aska Little, Aaron Daly, Matthew Olney, Bruno De Sousa and Stephen Kinsella. Fantastic to see Cian McNelius at the game yesterday and we look forward to welcoming Cian back to training after his long-term injury.
Thanks to Galway FA for making, it happen that we played in Eamonn Deacy Park, our wonderful parents for getting the lads to training all year, our medic on the day and club Chairman Sean Barrett, our photographer and super club man who is always willing to help, Colin Bane, our match officials, our kit sponsor "Cold Move Logistics Solutions Ltd.", "The Fields of Athenry gift shop" for kindly sponsoring the food after the game. Our club Committee and officers for all their support behind the scenes. Thanks to our coaches and trainers Owen Diviney and Anatolij Gaiderovas. Thanks also to the people involved with this team down through the years. Successes like this take years of hard work.
54 Minutes: Matthew Collins Free Kick, Daniel Tear scores with a header.
74 Minutes: Hugh McDonald plays a ball through to Adam Lavelle and finishes.
Man of the Match: Hugh McDonald.
Finally, thank you to all the supporters that made it to the game, much appreciated.
HUMPHREYS INSPIRES COMEBACK
U14 Boys Division 3
Tuam Celtic B 2 - 4 Athenry C - Brett, Montgomery, Petrus, Morrisey
Athenry had the better of the early exchanges and were very unlucky not to go ahead with Eanna Brett shooting narrowly wide. Tuam replied with an excellent counter attack and a neat finish from the edge of the box put them 1-0 up. Athenry never dropped their heads and continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded with Eanna Brett finishing nicely to even up the scores.
The Game ebbed and flowed for the remainder of the half, only for Tuam to go into the break with a 2-1 lead due to an unfortunate deflection right on the stroke of half time. Richard Humphreys & Danny Petrus took immediate control of the game in the second half driving Athenry forward at every opportunity. The pressure soon paid off when Alex Montgomery poked home the equalizer. Tuam pressed forward really well and some excellent link up play nearly had the home side back in front. Richard Humphreys continued to drive his side forward and an excellent assist by Darragh Lally saw Danny Petrus give Athenry the lead.
Athenry never sat back and continued to look for another, and didn’t have to wait too long when another assist from Darragh Lally found the head of Max Morrissey to put Athenry 4-2 up. A really solid defensive display ensured Athenry retained their lead until the end.
Huge Credit to both sides. The game was played in great spirit with both teams playing the game the way it should – keeping the ball on the ground
MOTM : Richard Humphreys
MASTERCLASS FROM FAHY IN FINISHING
Premier League Result
West Utd FC 1-2 Athenry FC
Niall Martyn - Cathal Fahy x2
A brilliant game in The Swamp that West were very unlucky to come away from empty handed. Down a host of regulars, but that did not matter as all the replacements stood up and delivered a great performance. Athenry needed 3 points to wrestle top spot back from Salthill.
West started the brighter and were full value for their lead on 10 minutes when Oisin Takaza was upended in the area. Up stepped Niall Martyn to fire home, West had a shout for a 2nd peno when Matthew Barrett went down in the box but to the wingers amazement he was booked for diving. Athenry made 2 subs on the half hour mark and showed the strength off their bench with the introduction of Cathal Fahy and Gary Shanahan. Fahy came close just before half time when he hit the side netting but that was all the Champions summoned in the 1st half.
West were full value for their ht lead but it was short lived when 5 minutes into the 2nd half Cathal Fahy showed why he's still one of the very best with an absolutely sublime goal to tie things up at 1-1. The West heads didn't drop and both teams went hell for leather for the winner. West were reduced to 10 men on 65 when Shane Maughan got his marching orders for a 2nd yellow but even with 10 West still threatened, but Athenry summoned a match winner on 80 minutes with Cathal Fahy getting his 2nd goal.
West never gave up and went 3 at the back with 10 men and asked serious questions of Athenry. Only a brilliant goal line clearance denied Rob Moloney in the 90th minute and in the 93rd minute Matthew Barrett was very unlucky not to equalise with an overhead kick but Athenry held on for a valuable 3 points.
Huge Credit to West for that performance today. To a man they were brilliant but special mention to Chris O'Dowd who was excellent on his return from injury. Big Thank You to Athenry who cleaned the whole changing rooms up after the match.Touch of class. Much Appreciated. Something so simple but not something any of us think about doing too often Best of Luck to Seamie and the lads for the rest of the season.
(match report courtesy of West United)
SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE CAPPED OFF BY COLLINS HAT TRICK
U16 CHAMPIONSHIP - ATHENRY 4. BEARNA 2. - 27th February 2022
Athenry hosted Bearna in a very windy, but dry Raheen this afternoon. It was an evenly balanced game for most of the first half. Bearna got the opening goal after 10 minutes. Athenry responded two minutes later with a tidy goal themselves from James Diviney. Ten minutes later Bearna got their second but minutes later Matthew Collins took an excellent free kick, 25 yards out from the goal, which found the top corner of the Bearna net. Both teams were level at half time. In total Athenry created double figure chances in the first half and were unlucky not to be leading at the break. 2-2 at half time.
In the second half Athenry settled into playing their own game and took control of the match, by playing very good team football and linked up play all over the field. Fifteeen minutes into the half Athenry put some excellent passes together and Matthew Collins scored from an excellent finish. Ten minutes later Jason Coffey was taken down in the box and Matthew stepped up and converted the penalty and secured his hat trick on the day. Overall it was great to get the result and keep our unbeaten run, so far this season, intact.
On the day we only had 12 players available, 5 players missing due to illness. Cormac McFadden was accomplished in goal. Our two centre backs Daniel Tear and Senan Treacy played very well and mopped any Bearna threats. Jason Coffey had a solid game at right back with Aaron Daly playing left back today and also playing well, particularly in the 2nd half. Our midfield players of James Diviney, Matthew Collins and Hugh McDonald excelled and as a result of their link up play, we got on top in the 2nd half. Norbert Gaiderovas, just back from injury had a good game and Adam Lavelle created some nice chances in the 2nd half, which on another day would have found the net. Igor Cygan played very well at centre forward with Bruno De Sousa coming in for Jason Coffey and also played well, indeed he even had an opportunity for a goal himself. Best wishes to all the boys that missed todays game - David Kilbane, Stephen Kinsella, Sam Nyhan, Aska Little and Matthew Olney.
ELLA GETS US ON OUR WAY TO FINAL
U16 Premier Galway Cup Semi Final - Sun 27th February 2022
Oughterard 0 Athenry 5
Athenry travelled to one of the most scenic grounds in the west of Ireland on a sunny breezy day. Oughterard dominated much of the opening exchanges. It took a while for Athenry to get in to gear. The first goal came eventually from a cross from Sophie Costello which Ella Farrelly got ahead of the opposing keeper to finish to the corner. The second was setup by Ruby Mullen and finished by Kerri O'Driscoll. Athenry went in 3-0 at half time when Kerri O'Driscoll latched on to a ball from Ciara Cunney and finished expertly. In the second half Ella Farrelly ran on to a Kerri O'Driscoll ball travelling 30 yards with the ball and finishing to the corner. Ruby Mullen was provider again for the fifth, beating her player on the wing and rolling the ball across the line for Sophie Hogan to tap in. The score did not reflect how good Oughterard were, very tough opposition. If they had scored early on during their dominance it might have been different. Good performance by all, backs and midfielders repelling numerous Oughterard attacks in the first half. A final in Eamonn Deacy Park in the coming months to look forward to.
LUC WHO SCORED IN TEAM WIN
Connacht Cup U14 - Calry Bohs Sligo 0-5 Athenry FC
Athenry warmly welcomed Calry Bohs to Moanbaun today. While it is brilliant to have a pristine pitch, like a dance floor, and great credit due to the older fraternity (!) in our club who manage it ….football is all about the players! Today it was too ! Last game in Athenry colours for six players moving to Galway United, five of them having a cameo in this match, with centre back Luc Graillais who has never scored a competitive goal in all his years with his club, finally notching one today before he departs ….which has cost implications in some quarters!!!
Darren Flynn’s Calry men contributed to a competitive game, with some very accomplished players themselves and they had a busy goalkeeper who caught the eye all day!
In a case of “out with the old in with the new” for Athenry with many players in new positions, Shay O' Driscoll, Daniel Tuohy very steady at the back, with Cian Hannon and Luke Nokes looking a powerful partnership up front. Opportunity now for younger players with Colm McCarthy starting today, performing excellently and one of many younger and exciting players at this level with the potential of stepping up! Alan Duffy, Cillian Smyth, Oran Greaney, Rian Donoghue and Jonah Walker will all get their chances to show their wares and accelerate their development in SFAI and Connacht Cups in the coming weeks.
Thanks to the boys that are departing, they have been excellent representatives for our club and provided immense entertainment over the years. Eoin, Shane, Niall, Shay, Darragh and Luc …and their teammates who have a busy schedule in the next few week …..Onwards and Upwards!
INVINCIBLES ARE VANQUISHED BY ATHENRY
TP BRENNAN CFA Junior Cup 21/22 - Round 4 - Sun 23rd January 2022
Ballyheane FC 1, Athenry FC 3,
Scorers: Gary Shanahan, Colm O'Donovan & Ray Moran
As Connacht Cup draws go this was as tough as this could have been for Athenry. Away to Ballyheane, the Mayo champions who went through their league campaign undefeated. On a perfect day for football a big crowd descended on Quigley Park for what would turn out to be a cracking contest. Athenry started well and took the lead on 10 minutes. A blistering Dan Cunningham Free kick was saved by the keeper but Gary Shanahan pounced on the rebound to put the away side ahead. Ballyheane aren’t champions of Mayo for nothing and they showed why.
They began to get on top and only a brilliant one handed reflex save from Athenry’s skipper TJ Forde kept them out. It was developing into a rip roaring contest like two heavy weights going for everything. Full blooded tackles from both sides were the norm and all expertly refereed by Damian McGrath. On the half hour mark Ballyheane equalised from a well rehearsed corner kick. Level at the break.
Athenry started the second half the better and a fantastic individual goal by the illusive Colm O’Donovan gave Athenry a precious lead. Again Ballyheane threw everything they had at Athenry but with a back four on top form they couldn’t find a break through. With 20 minutes remaining Ray Moran got on the end of an Adam Duffy flick to volley to the net and send Athenry into the last 16.
ELLA OF SHOW FROM ATHENRY
Corrib Celtic 0 Athenry 3 - U15 Premier Girls
Athenry travelled to Annaghdown against a very good Corrib Celtic team having drawn with them in the previous fixture. Athenry dominated much of the first half and went in at half time 2-0 up with two poachers finishes from the excellent Ella Farrelly. Annaghdown came back into the game and it was a much more even contest until Mollie Noone put Athenry in a more comfortable position with a strike from the edge of the box with 20 minutes to go.
A clean sheet was kept by Kara O'Neill protected by the excellent defence of Hazel Burke, Cora Sweeney, Aine Mooney and Katie Noone. The midfield of Tarron Kilkenny, Sophie Costello, Alison McGreevy and Kate Kennedy worked tirelessly and fed balls to a pacy and skilful forward line of Ella, Mollie, Kerri O'Driscoll and Sophie Hogan. A pleasing team performance.
BRADY SCORES A BRACE AS MEEHAN STRIKE CRUCIAL
U14 Boys Premier 18/12/21 - Moyne Villa 2 Athenry 3
Scorers-Brady x2, Meehan x1
“If it ain’t broken , don’t fix it !”…….. probably summed up Athenry’s performance today, trundling along without ever building up a head of steam. Cold conditions and a bumpy Headford surface didn’t help matters either, but a Shay Brady opener after 15 minutes gave the visitors the lead, most definitely against the run of play. The goal settled Athenry and Shay Brady had a second opportunist goal a few minutes later. 0-2.
Moyne Villa thundered back into the game with a neat lob to the top right hand corner of the net in reply. 1-2. Athenry’s third goal was well worked and was turned into the roof of the net just before half time by Cian Meehan. 1-3. The second half saw Athenry with a number of unconverted chances, but Villa were more efficient and workmanlike and got their reward with a second goal ten minutes from the end. 2-3.
Athenry rode their luck to the end with Villa hitting the crossbar from a free kick just before the death. A competitive game in a difficult pitch, with the Athenry boys just about deserving the spoils. Always a warm welcome for us in Villa, both managers going away today from this one with pointers for the new year ! Onwards and Upwards!
TEAM EFFORT BLUNTS ST JOHNS IN CUP
U18 Boys Connacht Cup - Rd 3
Athenry FC 2-0 St. John's FC
Scorers: Matthew Bane & Ronan Barrett
Assists: Ronan Barrett & Luke Morgan
Our u18's had a fabulous win at home today in the Connaught Cup against a strong St. John's team from Sligo. The lads came in as underdogs but that did not deter them. A fast-paced start with lots of graft from the lads eventually paid off, when Ronan Barrett played a direct long ball over the St. John's defence for Matthew Bane to run on and score.
Soon after, Ronan was on the score sheet after his towering header left the keeper no chance from a perfect Luke Morgan cross from a corner. The lads were deservedly 2 up at half time. With the wind against them, it took a massive team effort in the second half to dig in and grind out a hard-earned victory against a good side. Well done to all involved and congrats to the lads!
GRILISH ELIM-INATES COROFIN !
Irish National Cup U12
Athenry 0-0 Corofin aet
Athenry win 4-2 on penalties
Athenry U12's welcomed Corofin to Moanbaun this morning in very wet and windy weather. Despite the weather there was some high quality football but chances were limited. Corofin did break through the Athenry defence but could not find a way past Elim Grilish, who was in fine form today. Game ended goaless and onto extra time. Athenry came more into the game but again chances were limited and onto penalties. Shane Thomas took Athenry's first and calmly slotted home. Corofin hit the post on their second penalty and Luke Murtagh slotted his home to give Athenry the advantage. Corofin scored their third and Charlie O'Driscoll finished his to keep Athenry ahead. A fine diving save from Elim denied Corofin on the fourth penalty, which left Jason Davey to seal the win, as he calmly found the top corner. Onto the next round! Well done all.
DETERMINED ATHENRY DISPLAY REAPS REWARD
Match Report. SFAI Cup U16:
Yeats Utd 2-5 Athenry FC (noonex2, lundstrum, kennedy, farrelly)
Athenry u16 girls came away with a fine win in wet and windy Sligo against Yeats Utd.
Athenry playing against the strong wind in the first half settled quickest. After creating a number of half chances, including hitting the post, Mollie Noone broke the deadlock midway through the half. Athenry held on to this lead until half time. The squad was rotated at half time and Athenry started the second half again on the front foot. After a period of concerted pressure, Vicky Lundstrum scored Athenrys second goal early in the second half. This seemed to spur Yeats onto new heights and they hit for two quick goals to level the match, somewhat against the run of play. In fairness to the Athenry girls, they didn't panic, they regrouped and found an extra gear. Kate Kennedy scored Athenrys third shortly after Yeats equaliser. Ella Farrelly and Mollie Noone rounded off the scoring as Yeats wilted in the final minutes.
A great squad display on a day where a chunk of experienced first teamers were unavailable.
Captain Ciara Cunney was solid in goal and could not be faulted for either of Yeats goals.
Rhiannon Gorton, Hazel Burke, Sarah Egan, Molly Geary, Ashling Stewart and Katie Noone were composed in defence and were the platform for this win. The midfield of Lily Warde, Sophie Costello, Sophie Hogan, Alison McGreevy, Kate Kennedy, Ella Farrelly and Vicky Lundstrum were clinical. Strong running, excellent passing and three goals was a great return of their efforts. Aoife Kelly and Mollie Noone upfront never gave their markers a minutes rest with Mollie scoring 2 goals.
Thanks to Caroline and Clare for travelling with us. Thanks to the parents who came to support. Thanks to Brian and Ian for organising the logistics. Thanks to Yeats Utd for a sporting game.
O'DRISCOLL HAT TRICK SENDS ATHENRY THROUGH 10th Oct 2021
Claremorris 2 - 4 Athenry (aet) U15 Connaught Cup
The girls travelled to Claremorris for a tough encounter against tough opposition on a soggy pitch. A goal a piece from Mollie Noone who scrambled the ball over the line and another from Kerri O'Driscoll put us 2-1 up at halftime. Claremorris were much more on top in the second half and got an equaliser well into the second half. Both sides chased the winner but saves from both keepers brought the game to extra time.
No goals in the first half of extra time with again some great defence and saves. The second half was much the same and penalties looked very much on the cards until the prolific Kerri O'Driscoll struck two superb finishes a few minutes apart putting the game to bed. The scoreline did not reflect how close the game was.
Great performances in midfield from Sophie Costello, Tarron Kilkenny(C), Alison McGreevy, Katie Noone, Kate Kennedy, and dogged defending from Aine Mooney, Cora Sweeney, Hazel Burke & Molly Geary. Our attackers of Kerri, Molly, Ella Farrelly & Sophie Hogan were a constant threat. Special mention to both keepers that were excellent including our own Kara O'Neil and Pierce the referee who let the game flow.
Claremorris AFC were unfortunate not to get to penalties we wish them the best in the shield, they will be very tough to beat. They spoiled us with a great feast afterwards which we were very grateful for.
FLANNERY & GOMES SUPREME
Under 12 Premier 9th Oct 2021
Athenry 1-1 Cregmore/Claregalway
A first home outing of the season for the U12 Premier team saw them play out a 1-1 draw. Athenry started brightly and had the majority of the ball, but it was Cregmore/Claregalway that struck first, catching Athenry on the counter attack with a fine finish from their striker. The game was a tough battle in the middle of the pitch and remained this way until 3 minutes from the end, when Shane Tomas was fouled outside the box. He then took the free which was parried by the keeper and fell to Pedro Gomes to calmly finish. Athenry pushed for the winner but it never came. Well done to all the squad for the battling draw and to Nathan Flannery who came off the bench to make 2 fine saves.
U16'S PROGRESS AS COLLINS & CYGAN ON FIRE
Connacht Cup R1 U16.
Athenry A 4-1 Corofin 1
Well done to our U16A team today. Boys played some very good football. Great teamwork throughout. Our first goal came from great play out from the back. David Kilbane to Sam Nyhan and a great finish from Matthew Collins. We were very unlucky not to score one or two more in the 1st half. Our back 4 of Jason Coffey, Daniel Tear, Senan Treacy and David Kilbane, all played very well and along with James Diviney were all involved in moving and passing the ball effectively throughout the game. Excellent work rate and positive attitude was displayed by all our players. Our goal keeper Cormac McFadden had an excellent save in the 1st half to maintain our lead going into half time. Our second goal came from an excellently struck penalty by Igor Cygan after Matthew Collins was taken down in the box. Our third goal came from a well taken corner from Matthew Collins and a fabulous header from Norbert Gaiderovas. All our forwarders; Hugh McDonald, Matthew Collins, Sam Nyhan, Norbert Gaiderovas and Igor Cygan worked very hard throughout the game. Aska Little and Stephen Kinsella came on early in the 2nd half and both had a very positive contribution to the game, with both involved in some excellent passes and well timed runs. Aaron Daly, just back from injury, and Matthew Olney also came on in the 2nd half and made a positive impact. Matthew Olney scored a super goal from a pass from Igor Cygan.
Onwards to round 2.
LATE GOALS UNDO ATHENRY
U16 Div 2 Boys - Match Report
High scoring game against Maree/Oranmore B team, final score 4-8 to Oranmore. Athenry came back to 5-4 after being 5-2 down, but went down to ten men due to a last man tackle. Jack Molloy saved penalty but the extra man proved to be too much and Athenry conceded 3 late goals. Scorers for Athenry were Caelin Harrington with 2, Bartek Woleniuk and James Sido. We had 3 lads making their Athenry debuts, Cian Kelly, Sean Doggett and Jack Freeney who all performed well. We also welcomed Jack Molloy and Jack Duffy back to the team. Overall an encouraging performance against strong opposition.
ELLA EXEMPLIFIES TEAM SPIRIT!
U15 Premier - Athenry 2-2 Bearna Na Forbache
Yet another entertaining girls premier game delivered in Moanbaun this afternoon. A tough encounter with little between the teams. Athenry were unlucky to go in at half time a goal down after conceding a penalty after missing some good chances themselves. End to end stuff in the second half but it was Barna that scored again from a long range effort. Fifteen minutes left in the game Athenry showed great character to get a result. Molly Noone broke down the left and cut a great ball across the goal that Kerri O'Driscoll finished to the back off the net. With 1 minute left Ella Farrely chased down a lost cause to earn a free. Molly and Kerri combined again on the free kick before Kerri curled a shot into the corner. No more than Athenry deserved after a battling performance. Super performances across the entire team. Special mention to some of the older girls (Ciara, Vicki, Rhiannon) in the picture who came down to cheer on the younger girls and had done similar in the U13 match that was on earlier. Great to see this spirit in the club.
GREALISH PENALTY SAVE TOPS A GREAT WIN IN COUNTY FINAL
Athenry U12 Boys Community Games Team won the County Final this evening. Winning 4-2 over Kinvara. Athenry produced a superb performance in really tough conditions to secure a win in the county final of the community games against a strong Kinvara side. The lads showed real spirit and attitude to fight back after going one nil down in the first half. 3 rapid free kicks in succession from Daniel O'Halloran meant Athenry went in leading 3-1 at half time. Athenry added a fourth early in the second half thanks to a neat finish from the ever present Oran Greaney. Kinvara were awarded a penalty in the second half but Athenry's keeper, Elim Grealish, was up to the task and pulled off a great save! There were some superb performances across the Athenry team and they played really controlled football in the final ten minutes to earn a well deserved win! Next stop Roscommon where the lads will represent Galway in the Connaught finals on 18 sept.
BELFAST CUP - A GREAT TOURNAMENT
The inaugural Belfast Youth Cup took place at Ulster University Jordanstown in Association with the Sports Services Department at the University. This years tournament gave our youngsters the opportunity to play against the very best teams across the country.
The tournament format included sections for Boys born in 2008s, 2009s, 2010's, 2011's, 2012's & 2013's and was by invitation only, featuring top level youth teams from across Ireland. Due to Covid 19 European & UK entries were not able to attend unfortunately.
Our u12's and u13's participated in the prestigious invitational from the 12-14th August 2021. Ireland’s best football nurseries and academies Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps, St Kevin’s Boys, Cherry Orchard, Glentoran, Linfield , Crusaders FC all fancied their chances of lifting the trophy. This tournament gave Athenry FC underage players opportunities to develop their skills, and measure themselves against the best in their age cohort at a nationwide level. This is a brilliantly organised tournament under the motto “Playing For The Future “, which encourages cross border cooperation in communities.
ATHENRY U13'S THIRD PLACE FINISH IN BELFAST YOUTH CUP!
Qualified top of their group yesterday, it was into the Cup semi final against Glentoran Academy today. A gritty performance by our boys against a physically much stronger side, which was decided by a single goal in the Northern Ireland’s sides favour. No fault to our boys, a hit post, a few unconverted chances, but most importantly no lack of effort or endeavour. Those endeavours might not have seen Athenry reach the final, but a 4-0 win against Cliftonville secured a third place finish in a highly prestigious national tournament. A super week, a big thank you to the players, coaches, parents, our sponsors and the club for allowing it to happen. And a special thank you to Sharon, Aine and Marie!
U12'S WIN PLATE TROPHY
Well done to Athenry U12's 2009's, winning 3rd place in the plate competition today at the Belfast Youth Cup, beating Larne 5-4 on penalties, having scored an equaliser with the last kick of the game. Congrats to all the players and coaches on a great 2 days for the club.
ATHENRY U13'S ARE INTO SEMI FINAL
A marvellous series of football matches today saw a young Athenry side excel against District League, Academy and League of Ireland opposition. The day opened with a 4-1 win against a Cavan Monaghan side, followed by an excellent 2-0 win against Shamrock Rovers. The boys were brought back down to earth quickly with a 2-0 defeat to Loughgall FC. The lads settled with a win against Westport United and a draw against Maiden City, to top their group. So tomorrow at 1.00 pm sees our young charges take on one of Northern Ireland’s top sides and academies Glentoran FC. The other semi final sees Linfield FC and Crusaders FC meet. Onwards and Upwards . The best of good luck tomorrow.
Athenry U12s had a great day today at the Belfast Youth Cup with 2 draws and a fantastic win in their last match, with goals from Shane Tomas and Alan Duffy.
A massive shout out to the mammy's Sharon Cooley, Marie Touhy and Aine Graillais for the support and everything you have done for the boys in Belfast !!
U11 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE UPDATE
With over 600 players experiencing the thrill and excitement of coming through the tunnel onto DEACY PARK over the August bank holiday weekend by playing the quarter-finals of the Galway FA U11's it was a pleasure to facilitate our future stars of the game we love. Athenry U11's had a highly enjoyable day in Eamon Deacy Park for the latest round of the development league. Congratulations to all the teams that took part and to the Galway FA who ran an amazing tournament. Athenry were well represented with 4 teams and played lovely football. Well done to all the players and parents for time and support over the season. Scorers: Evan Hoarty, Conor O’Brien, Shane Thomas.
ARCHIVES 2020/21 part 1
CORONAVIRUS CURTAILS THE SEASON
In a season that became interrupted by a world pandemic it was very much sport that suffered as social distancing, mask wearing and vaccinations became, sadly, a way of life. With the first team poised to mount another challenge for the title, the league was voided then we had a resumption. So hopefully all bodes well now for our club and others as we face the challenges to come. Hopefully these are just on the field of play. Keep Safe All.
FOOTBALL TO RESUME
The Galway Football Association are delighted to announce that after numerous meetings with the Football Association of Ireland the recent decision to cancel the season has been overturned and our extension has been granted. Season restarts on the 7th June. To launch the Restart two U13 games will be played In Eamonn Deacy Park on the 7th June. Massive thank you to all our Clubs and everyone who showed their support throughout this process. Fixtures to be posted soon.
FAI SENIOR CUP CLUB INVITATION
Following on from our First Team reaching the semi-final of the FAI Junior Cup 2019/20, the Club has accepted the invite to participate in the qualifying round of the FAI Senior Cup 2021.
The qualifying round of fixtures will take place on the weekend ending 11th July 2021.
Updated FAI Covid Safer Return to Playing protocols will apply to all fixtures and all clubs will receive the updated protocols in advance of their fixture. The date & time of the online draw for the qualifying round will be advised in due course.
Athenry Football Club November 2020
Work started today on the construction of a path from the car park to the ring road. Athenry Football Club is delighted that this work is underway. We would like to thank Cllr Gabe Cronnelly who has been pitching for this over the years on behalf of the club and to local council engineer Peter Gavin for applying for the grant to enable this at short notice. We would also like to thank our neighbours for facilitating this and we hope there is not too much convenience to them during the construction. This work when complete will result in a safer route to the clubhouse and onwards to our community walkway. Whilst we are going through difficult times this development and the completion of the walkway are positives to the respective clubs and the community as a whole.
COVID PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES OCTOBER 2020
The following are some key points in helping stop the spread of COVID 19. We continue to follow the appropriate up to date guidelines.
No person (child, parent/guardian, coach, player) should attend an event if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including awaiting test/ results or a confirmed case.
Social (Physical) distancing, hand hygiene, and good respiratory etiquette should be observed by all (children, parents, coaches and adult players).
Households should bring their own household members to the event and not share transport to or from the venue.
If the parent/guardian is staying at the event, they should not congregate at the venue, please maintain the correct social distancing and wear a face mask.
We encourage parents to have children wait in the car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, instead of congregating with other children prior to the start.
Notification of attendance to the COVID-19 compliance officer or event organiser ensures adequate facilities and staff for safer training and contact tracing. This is done prior to the start of training.
Children should arrive, train and leave in their gear.
Everyone should be encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in a waste paper bin.
Avoid sharing of water-bottles. Each child should bring their own water-bottle clearly labeled with their name.
Where physical distancing is not possible or followed, face coverings should be worn by coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and any other spectators present. Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask.
Thank you for your continued support and adherence to government regulation.
Corofin 0 - 7 Athenry FC U13C
3rd Oct 2020
On the beautiful morning Athenry FC were out of the traps right from the whistle
and had the opposition under large periods of sustained pressure, allowing Danny Pertus to pop up from midfield to open the scoring. This was followed by 2 quick goals from Ben Gacquin, and a thunderbolt from Richard Humphreys. Darragh Lally completed the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot. A series of half time changes did nothing to disrupt the Athenry flow and great wing play from Luke Geary and Liam Murphy allowed Fionn Branaghan to add 2 quick goals to the score line before the ever industrious Jeff Ogunbayo played in Fionn to complete the scoring and a well deserved Hat-Trick. Superb displays all round and a very well deserved victory.
Athenry 8-3 MacDara
3 October 2020
Galway FA U13 Division 1 league game Athenry FC v Mac Dara (Carraroe)
A bright sunny and early start at Moanbaun saw the u13B team take on Mac Dara. A fine team performance with a solid defence, winning the midfield battle and pacey wingers feeding the strikers. This team are finding great form and are exciting to watch - super performances from everyone. Final score 8-3 to Athenry.
IMPERIOUS NOONE TOO MUCH FOR COLGA
U15 GFA Division 1 Girls Athenry 3-1 Colga (13/09/20)
The first time the club has had a second team in league at U15 girls. It resulted in a win against a very strong Colga team played in a competitive but fair nature. The first goal came from very good footwork from Molly Noone that resulted in a penalty she converted to the roof of the net. The second goal came from a super first time volley from Isabella Lyons to the roof of the net, her first goal for the club. The third goal again from nifty footwork by Molly Noone to cross the ball across the goal line for the captain Sinead O'Mahony to tap in.
The defense of Rhiannon, Lauren, Ellen and Sarah were rock solid and had to be to keep out late pressure. Cara and Sophie were unlucky not to get goals but worked very hard for the team. Amber made a super save to keep the game at 3-1 whilst her sisters Marissa and Aisling worked tirelessly. Tegan came on and was a handful against tiring legs. Well done girls.
2021/22 SEASON MATCH REPORTS
MANAGER CROWE END OF SEASON INTERVIEW - (thu july 22nd 2021 edition)
Crowe praises Athenry's players
The full interview with Seamie Crowe is available on Galway Advertiser here
Eight wins and one draw from nine fixtures ensured Athenry were crowned worthy Western Hygiene Supplies premier division champions. For manager Seamie Crowe it was a hugely successful return to local action as Athenry’s cocktail of emerging and established players delivered.
“It is as good a blend as I've seen in a long time,” Crowe says. “We got a couple of lads in which every team has to be doing. You have got to be recruiting another couple of lads every year, adding to the squad, keeping it fresh. “Over the last couple of years we have been building, Davy Crimmins did an unreal job last year getting the lads to the semi-final of the FAI Junior Cup. “He had built a really good squad which I inherited. There is a lovely blend of experience and youth. You have young lads coming through from underage now, who are starting to come into their own which is brilliant to see.”
Crowe praised the determination of the Athenry squad. “It was a funny year for everyone with everything that has been going on for the last number of years,” he adds. “Everyone, including myself, was just delighted to get back playing, to get back out on the pitch. In fairness to our lads, they really embraced it, they came back in super shape. It stood to them then obviously getting the league title.
“When we got them back we had two or three hard sessions. Straightaway Mark Moran and I realised that they didn't need to be ran anymore, we got the footballs out, every session we did before the start of the season was with a ball. It was all just games, games, games.
“They were tough, we had big pitches with not a lot of lads on them so there was lots of running in it. You could see when it came to the games we were winning games, the games that were tight, we were winning them because we were fitter. Plus on top of that our lads are well able to play ball too.”
Crowe is adamant that the strength of the junior game in Galway is increasing once again. “I think when I started playing first it was very strong,” Crowe replies. “When I came back I remember playing Hibs up in Bohermore, there must have been 1,000 people watching the match. It was crazy, it was really popular. Then it dipped off for a few years when the A Leagues came in, a lot of good lads from Salthill and Mervue went into that. It dipped a little bit for a while, but it definitely seems to be coming back again.
“I watched a couple of games this year with Salthill, in particular, it was quality games - as good junior games I've seen in a long time with a lot of very good players on the pitch. You have to keep moving on, trying to get better. “I have to give all the credit to our players, they have been absolutely fantastic since we came back with their attitude and the way they have applied themselves during the lockdown.”
SUPERB FIRST HALF DISPLAY CAPTURES TROPHY
Match report 15/07/2021
Western Hygiene Supplies Division 3 League Champions Play-off
Athenry B 3-0 East United - Eamonn Deacy Park
A brilliant first half display from Athenry B was more than enough to see them crowned League Champions in the play-off game versus East United. Both of these teams finished, what was a short intense league season, on 29 points. This guaranteed both club teams promotion, despite who won today. This fixture was a tough one to call as the previous match up between these sides ended in a tightly contested and controversial 0-0 draw. There was a good crowd at Eamonn Deacy Park, with supporters of both teams in attendance, to witness what turned out to be a great game and wonderful occasion for Athenry B senior men's team.
Athenry B got off to a flying start with Daniel Bane forcing the East Utd goalkeeper into a sprawling save inside the first few minutes. Athenry B didn't have to wait much longer to open the scoring however, when Brian O’Curnain was hacked down just outside East Utd's box. The resulting free kick was beautifully whipped in by Sean Byrne into a dangerous area and a leaping header by Joey Burke was too powerful for the opposition Goalkeeper. 1-0 to Athenry B.
The nerves began to show in the East Utd players after going down so early, as they lost the ball from simple mistakes and couldn't progress the ball up the pitch. Athenry were full of confidence and energy however, they closed down every East Utd player in possession and worked hard as a team, with Darragh Nolan controlling the game in centre midfield. The hard work in pressing would pay off 20 minutes into the first half as Athenry B won a corner. Oliver Rabbitt stepped up to take the corner and miraculously it went over everybody and curled into the back of the net. 2 nil to Athenry B after that piece of magic.
Athenry B didn't let their 2 goal cushion curb their adventurous tactics constantly playing direct attacking football every time they won the ball back. Their left wing experienced a lot of joy as left back Sean Bynre and left winger Brian O’Curnain constantly caused a threat to East Utd's defence. And it was no surprise as Sean delivered a lofted cross that resulted in pure chaos in Utd's box. The defence could not clear the ball and Chris Burke headed home. Athenry extended their lead, 3 nil. East Utd struggled to create any attacking moments. Even when they got in behind Athenry B Captain Darragh Murphy was more than happy to play sweeper keeper and help out his centre backs Kieran McCallion & Chris Burke, clear danger.
East Utd knew they had a mountain to climb in the second half and proceeded to step up their defensive line much higher up the pitch in an attempt to get their attack going. Unfortunately for the trailing team Athenry B were happy to let their opponents have the ball as Athenry B's back 4 remained solid and soaked up all the pressure. Although it was East Utd who needed to find a way back into the game, it was Athenry who continued to create goal scoring chances as the second half went on. Sean Bynre came close with a venomous free kick that came off the crossbar. Joey Burke also came close after getting in behind but had his effort saved. Even when Athenry subbed off their tiring attackers, the replacements kept up the quick pace of the starters and constantly got in behind East Utd's defence but failed to find the net.
The referee eventually blew up for full time and Athenry B cheered as deserving winners of the fixture and as League Champions. Players, Coaching staff and Club staff can all be proud of the part they played in the very successful campaign for Athenry B senior men's team. Player/Manager Colin Bane and Assistants Sean Barrett & Tony Allen, who got everything right on the day, celebrated with their players who collected their medals after a great victors speech from Darragh Murphy. The league trophy was presented to the jubilant squad who can now look forward to an exciting new campaign in division two.
UNDERAGE ROUND UP
FIVE GOAL BLITZ HANDS CAPTAIN GORTON THE TROPHY
Barna 1-5 Athenry
Winners of the "Frank Sweeney and Co Auctioneers", GFA U15 Girls Division 1 Title.
It was winner takes all today in the top of the table clash where two unbeaten sides met in the league decider. Two early goals from Katie Noone settled the nerves of the Athenry girls and when Sophie Hogan made it three just before half time Athenry were holding all the aces. Second half goals from Sinead O'Mahoney and Mollie Noone secured the title for Athenry. Athenry were superbly led by captain Rhiannon Gorton and also good performances from Amber Higgins who always looked calm and assured in goals and Lauren Barrett in defence. Great scenes after the full time whistle when Rhiannon Gorton lifted the league trophy.
IN FORM MULLENS BRACE SECURES THE WIN
Our U15 Girls premier team had their last game of the season also and finished with a 2-0 win against Colga away. Two goals from the prolific Ruby Mullen won the match. Special thanks to Colga FC for their tremendous hospitality in providing drinks and treats after a hard fought game, very much appreciated. A season that had some brilliant team performances from this talented Athenry team. The future is bright.
McDERMOTT & CRAWFORD DEFENSIVE DISPLAY CAPS OFF DONOGHUES GOAL
AFC boys 12A played their final premier league game of the season against Salthill Devon this morning. The game ended in a one all draw in what was a super game of football. The game was played at a great pace from the first whistle and Athenry matched Salthill in every department. There were some fantastic performances across the pitch, notably in defence with captain Keelan McDermott and Devon Crawford breaking down every Salthill attack. Athenry scored a wonderful goal in the first half with a sublime pass from Fionn Brannagan finished off on the volley by Rian Donoghue. Well done to all the lads!
CAPTAIN LALLY AND HIS INVINCIBLES SEAL RUNNERS UP SPOT
Our U13 C team finished 2nd in the division going unbeaten for the season. We played out the final game against the champions Oughterard on Wednesday evening in perfect conditions. Wanting to keep their unbeaten record and finish as high as possible in the division the boys played their hearts out in Oughterard and the final result was a 3-3 draw. With fantastic performances all over the pitch these boys showed the results of a hard season of training and perseverance. Many thanks to all the players, parents, coaches and Covid officers that travelled the road together. Captain Daragh Lally, Scorers Danny Petrus, Luke Geary, Fionn Branagan.
O'DRISCOLL SCRAMBLER CANT STOP AGONY OF PENALTIES
FAIRVIEW RANGERS 2-2 aet ATHENRY (connolly, o'driscoll)
venue Fairgreen, Limerick
penalties 4-2 Fairview progress to 1st round of FAI Cup
Athenry may be sick of losing another penalty shoot out to Fairview Rangers but they will be aware that there are many more challengers to keep them occupied for the rest of the season. In many ways this game took on a similar vein to last seasons FAI Junior Cup semi final, with Athenry equalising in the last few moments of the game and once again losing a shoot out that really was in the lap of the Gods. With Athenry flying high in their domestic league competition they were well up for it as especially the second half performance showed. With both teams getting invitations to this qualifying round for the senior cup through making the last four of the FAI Junior Cup competition in 2020 this game promised to be a tense but entertaining game. It wasn't one for those of a nervous disposition!
Athenry got of to the worst possible start as they conceded after only 5 minutes but showed incredible tenacity to gain a foot hold back into the game. Once again in form goal getter Cole Connolly hit the mark on 28 minutes. This was very much against the run of play but his simple finish was reward enough for the excellent work from his team mates. With both sides thoughts perhaps drifting to what changes at half time could be made, it was Rangers who once again nipped into the lead just before the ref had time to blow his whistle to end the half and went in 2-1 up. With the pressure being ratcheted up as Athenry went in search of an equaliser it was the experience of the Athenry bench that grabbed a well deserved leveller and it was Athenry's sub Jamie O'Driscoll who scored a scrambled and much disputed goal from a last minute Athenry corner to send the game into extra time.
With both sides cancelling each other in extra time it may have been a different outcome but for an excellent save from the Fairview keeper with minutes to spare, and so we went to the dreaded penalties...... which Fairview won 4-2 with their keeper once again having an excellent game. Well Done to both sides on an enjoyable match and good luck to Fairview in their next match in this competition.
Athenry AFC Senior A -
Goal Keeper - TJ Forde
Defence - Gary O'Connell, Morgan Leggett, Declan Cullen, Adam Duffy.
Midfield - Colm O'Donovan, Garvin Broughall, Ryan Shaughnessy, Ray Moran, Gavin Gilmore.
Forward - Cole Connolly.
Subs used: Elliott Langan, Cathal Fahy, Jason Gorham, Jamie O'Driscoll, Dan Cunningham.
FINE FIONN BRACE TAKES THE POINTS FOR HOME SIDE
Athenry u13c 2-0 Colemanstown
moanbaun - saturday 3rd July 2021
Athenry U13 C team welcomed Colemanstown to Moanbaun today. We had the benefit of the dry weather for the morning which made for a very even contest. With sides level at the break Athenry came out looking for the first score and got it from direct play from the back with an excellent finish by Fionn Brannagan. But Colemanstown weren't deterred and pressed for the equaliser. With solid defending at the back by Dara Yaxley, Keelan McDermott, Cian McEneaney, Michael Flannery and keeper Padraic Sullivan Athenry kept the clean sheet and in the closing minutes of the game after some more direct play and great individual work by Fionn he bagged his second and Athenry secured the win.
Capt: Danny Petrus, MOTM; Fionn Brannagan.
NOONE DOUBLE SETS ATHENRY ON THE WAY sunday 27th june 2021
U15 Girls Division 1
Knocknacarra 0 - 4 Athenry AFC
Goals in either half by Mollie Noone with assists from Aoife Kelly and Kate Kennedy were the difference between the sides in a sun drenched Cappagh Park today. With Rhiannon Gorton and Sarah Egan outstanding at the back and Aoife Kelly pulling the strings in midfield Athenry were on top but could not break down the well organised Knocknacarra defence. The breakthrough came just before half time when Mollie Noone got on the end of a fantastic pass from Kate Kennedy to put the away side ahead. A good individual goal by Noone early in the second half put some daylight between the sides. Knocknacarra didn't let their heads drop and only for the safe hands of Amber Higgins in goal the result could have been different. Athenry struck for 2 late goals to seal the 3 points and put them back on top of the league table.
ROONEYS STOCK IS RISING
A & T Printing, Athenry. GFA U17 League
Athenry 2 - 1 St Bernards raheen, athenry - thursday 24th june 2021
x1 rooney, x1 molloy.
Our under 17 boys have had a fantastic few days. Firstly, a comprehensive 4-1 win against Moyne Villa last Thursday, with goals from Matthew Bane, Cian Newton, an own goal caused by Ben Rooney's great play and Jack Foley all in the first half settled the game and the lads got a well-deserved win against a side with some strong players (last seasons Connacht Shield winners). However, this Thursday was a different test. In wet conditions, on a muddy pitch in Raheen the lads faced St. Bernard's, they brought physicality to the game. The lads had many chances but could not convert before half time. Nevertheless, within a minute of the second half a wonderful team move resulted in a Ben Rooney goal. Bernard's responded within 10 minutes with a good finish from outside the box. It looked like it was to be one of those days, as the lads dominated possession and chances but could not find the net. Then came the breakthrough, five minutes from time, a bullet header by Adam Molloy from a Ben Rooney corner gave great relief and confidence to the lads as they recorded a hard-earned but deserved 2-1 win. The lads are on great form with two wins on the bounce and their next game is at home to Galway Hibernians in Raheen on Sunday at 6.30pm.
ICE COOL COLE WINS THE POINTS
WESTERN HYGIENE PREMIER DIVISION
Athenry 1- 0 Salthill Devon Moanbaun, wednesday 23rd june 2021
Well what a fantastic game of football, as both sides served up an enjoyable sporting encounter that we will certainly remember for this season. The shortened league format makes all points gained extra valuable and winning all 3 against one of Athenry's main rivals will go down well for the home side in what was often a committed and entertaining affair.
Cole Connolly grabbed the all important break through early in the first half through an opportunistic and cool finish when he lobbed the unfortunate Devon keeper. On the balance of play the single goal score line could and perhaps should have been more. Athenry's confidence is soaring at the moment and this win will add to their growing belief in their ability to seriously challenge once again for this seasons title.
Declan Cullen playing in defence showed what a versatile player he really is and the overall understanding between this side hasn't really diminished despite the enforced stop and start nature of the season. In actual fact it seems to be maturing into a well oiled machine under Athenry's management.
Athenry's keeper Forde was excellent between the posts showing a commanding presence with his communication with his defence in both halves and was imperious when called upon when Devon threatened. Indeed one of the Athenry stars of the FAI semi final versus Fairview last year almost came back to haunt his former team mates as Jackson De Silva went very close, only being denied by some fantastic goalkeeping agility by Forde once again.
Athenry's second half performance cemented this win as a combination of organisation, experience and youth countered anything that Devon could muster and Shaughnessy's clever wing play with Cunningham and Co launching possession based attacks made it a much more comfortable win than the score line would suggest.
BRADY DOUBLE KEEPS MOMENTUM GOING
U13 Premier League 19/06/21
Mervue United 0 - 5 Athenry FC
Brady x2, Zimmerer, Hannon, Quirke.
A smashing morning for football, where two accomplished sides made excellent efforts to play the beautiful game in the right way...... ‘on the ground'! Entertaining all through, the score line flattered the home team Athenry somewhat, …. but the victors today had a resolute defence, hardworking midfield and forwards with goals in them….Shay Brady (2) , Dara Zimmerer (1), Cian Hannon (1) and Shane Quirke (1) on the mark. All in all, a satisfactory home squad performance against gallant opposition in sunny conditions which highlighted all the finer qualities of juvenile football. Onwards and Upwards !
HONOURS EVEN AS CUNNEY SHINES
Result U15 Premier Girls - 13/06/2021 - Moanbaun, Athenry
Athenry 3 - 3 Bearna Na Forbacha
Scorers: Ruby Mullen, Tarron Kilkenny, Kerri O'Driscoll
Cracking game played in the heat at Moanbaun with some super goals from both teams. Athenry went ahead through a super cool finish from Ruby Mullen. Tarron Kilkenny doubled the lead leaving us 2-0 up at half time. Bearna came back into the game with two quick goals in the second half followed by a third later in the half. The Athenry team showed great spirit to get ahead again when Kerri O'Driscoll scored from a Ruby Mullen through ball. Athenry had a chance to snatch it at the end but a draw was probably fair at the end of the game. The back 4 of Hazel Burke, Cora Sweeney, Aine Mooney and Molly Geary were immense backed up by some outstanding saves by Ciara Cunney. The midfield of Eaodain Brannelly (C), Tarron, Alison McGreevy, Sophie Costello, Victoria Lundstrum & Sheena Powell worked tirelessly all day whilst Kerri, Ruby and Lily Warde got two goals between them and were a constant threat up front. Well done girls.
ATHENRY 3 - 1 CORRIB RANGERS
Western Hygiene Premier - moanbaun - 12th June 2021
Athenry FC 3, Corrib Rangers 1,
Scorers: Adam Duffy x2, Garvan Broughall
Assists: Adam Duffy & Dan Cunningham
Despite conceding an early goal Athenry showed their discipline as they levelled shortly afterwards through an Adam Duffy penalty. It looked like Duffy was enjoying being back on the pitch as he helped himself to another to make it 2-1 before the half time break. with Rangers looking to equalise Athenry had to dig in at times but weathered anything that Rangers threw at them and it was the home side who scored the third through Garvan Broughall to take all three points on the day to move comfortably into mid table with maximum point from their two games played.
GR8 ATHENRY COME BACK
Under 13 Boys Division 4 12/06/21
Maree/Oranmore B 2 - 8 Athenry FC
Lovely evening in Oranmore for the resumption of the U13 Division 4 season. Oranmore were out of the blocks right from the start of this encounter and aided with a fresh breeze found themselves 2 nil up within the first 10 minutes. A superb free kick by Darragh Lally got Athenry back into the game and the midfield duo of Richard Humphries & Danny Petrius then took command of the game. Two quick goals from the lighting fast Luke Geary assisted by Liam Murphy brought Athenry into the break 3-2 ahead. Another Darragh Lally goal early in the second half followed by a Jeff Ogunbayo header really put the game to bed as a contest. Despite late Oranmore pressure, the Athenry back four of Cian, Dara, Keelan, Ethan and goalkeeper Robert refused to let them pass. A late Fionn Branagan hat trick really put the icing on the cake. Great to have the lads back playing and enjoying themselves again, especially after the last number of months.
DONOGHUE & TOMAS COMBINE FOR TERRIFIC AWAY DAY WIN
Under 12A PREMIER DIVISION 12/06/21
AFC boys 12A played Premier leaders Mervue Utd yesterday morning and came away with a well deserved 1 nil win! Shane Tomas got the winner with a well worked effort combining with Rian Donoghue to stick it in the net! There were some superb performances across the entire team, notably in midfield with Cillian Smyth and Alan Duffy dictating play. The defence of Keelan McDermott, Finn O’Shea, Devon Crawford, Andrew Gill and Cian Greaney stifled Mervue's attack and let very little past them. Tireless work rate from Fionn Brannagan, Conor Hickey and Oran Greaney also. Both Athenry keepers pulled off super saves in both halves to give Athenry a great win away from home! Well done lads!
In a very disjointed season that was stopped in its tracks by a world pandemic Covid 19 (coronavirus) it was testament to the club and its players and supporters (who couldn't attend live games) to carry on regardless!
Below are the match reports from the year and anyone reading these in years to come may not be fully aware of the impact that this virus caused around the globe. But Athenry AFC battled through to an FAI Junior Cup semi final and had their season curtailed as they were poised to make a serious challenge for the title once again.
Underage soccer was also affected massively with whole seasons and cup competitions just cancelled. So with this in mind we keep these reports as a lasting history and chronicle of what the club has done over the years especially on the pitch. So read for posterity and a bit of nostalgia and let us think about the 2019/2020 and realise that yes football is important, but life is also and remember we got through it and will come out of the tunnel stronger as a result.
O'DONOVAN'S INJURY TIME ELATION NOT ENOUGH
FAI NEW BALANCE JUNIOR CUP
semi final 22nd aug 2020
Fairview Rangers 1-1 Athenry AFC
x1 Clyde O'Connell x1 Colm O'Donovan
(Fairview win 5-3 on pens aet)
Athenry exited the FAI Junior Cup at the semi final stage as they succumbed to the lottery that is penalties at The Fairgreen, Limerick. Due to Coronavirus restrictions attendance was not allowed for supporters, although the full match and build up was available on both clubs social media pages courtesy of Full Time Productions and the FAI. With Fairview Rangers having home advantage it was no surprise as they adjusted much more quickly and came out of the blocks speedily. Their visitors Athenry took a while longer to become accustomed to the pitch and conditions as the match progressed.
With the impetus very much with Fairview in the early stages Athenry were once again grateful to their hero of the quarter final Jackson De Silva as his sheer strength and skilful tackling saw off a challenge for Athenry in the first few minutes. With Healy's nerves tested by Fairviews Clyde O'Connell's shot, there was no let up from the home side as they probed Athenry's defensive capabilities. James Healy once again was called into action to block another chance as Athenry started to grow into the game as the first half progressed. Strong tackling was the order of the day with no quarter asked from each side as the game continued. Athenry kept working away and they were almost rewarded when O’Donovan went close with his effort just inches over.
This game was becoming a battle as another vital De Silva interception broke up play once again, this time out muscling Fairview's Ross Mann after a promising attack from the home side. Then a moment of concern as a clash of heads between Athenry's Nathan Ward and Aaron Leggett leaving Leggett needing treatment. Then another move by Fairviews Mullane once again thwarted by De Silva's timely block and pass away from danger. The nature of this scrappy game was confirmed when Duffy went down under a crunching and late tackle from Fairview's O'Connell who could be forgiven as it was a full blooded challenge by both players. The referee preferred to talk to the player and not show a card for the moment.
The first half was turning into a messy affair with most of Athenry's half chances being built from their defensive foundations and at times being put under pressure from the Limerick team which they weathered well. Athenry's midfield worked tirelessly to make openings and use all of the pitch to fashion an opener.
Another well placed pass from Athenry on the half hour from O'Donovan to Fahy promised much more but it ran to safety. Athenry were still defensively sound though and this was confirmed as Healy's excellent diving save on 35 minutes kept the ball out of the net for the visitors as the half time whistle would give Athenry's manager Dave Crimmins plenty to think about. With chances limited for Athenry's attack the industry from Shaugnessy on the wing as well as Fahy and Moran trying to break down Fairviews defence would hopefully reap rewards in the second half.
Second half and no changes but this was an improved Athenry performance as the half began with Fahy working hard in tandem with O'Donovan to find a break through. 60 minutes in and a great chance as a Healy long punt found Duffy whose strong strike was acrobatically saved one handed by Aaron Savage, the Fairview keeper who kept the score at 0-0 and this was followed up as a Garvan Broughall strike was safely gathered up by Savage once again into his midriff. This was a much better second half from the Galway side as a Duffy free kick made Savage work once more.
Fairview were still very much a danger as they worked the wings putting pressure on Gary O'Connell whose work rate was admirable and very much on display. Athenry coped well as the pressure increasingly rose as the seconds ticked by. No break in the deadlock from either side as it looked like extra time beckoned. Then a disputed moment as Duffy went sliding into a challenge on Fairview Rangers Number 9 Ross Mann which the referee deemed was inside the box. He pointed to the spot which Clyde O'Connell duly dispatched with aplomb, sending Healy the wrong way to give Fairview what looked like their passage into the FAI Junior Cup final on 89 minutes.
With time almost out Athenry sent the ball forward once again to the left. Not for the first time Duffy found himself in possession, laying the ball off to Leggett from the wing. Leggetts fleetness of foot saw his accurate cross find De Silva in an advanced role in the penalty area and his chested lay off saw O'Donovan unleash a superb shot which rolled down his shin before connecting with his foot for a sublime finish. Cue Athenry relief and jubilation from the bench and on the pitch.
A lifeline for Athenry with this goal as the final whistle sounded and extra time got underway. This time it was Athenry on the front foot as O'Donovan after just two minutes was through on goal with just the keeper ahead only to be stopped for an offside flag that caused consternation on the maroon bench as play was called back. With so much at stake it was no surprise that the game reverted back to a cagey affair and with ten minutes a half being played in extra time it was skirmish after skirmish all over the pitch and with the two sides unable to be separated by any more goals it was onto the lottery of penalties.
Penalties are a test of skill and a game of chance all at the same time and Fairview Rangers have had their fair share of penalty dramas recently as 3 of their last 4 matches have been decided by them. With this recent experience they came out on top 5-3 on the day with over 1800 people watching the shoot out online. We are grateful to the FAI and Full Time Productions for their work here which showed the match in its entirety.
This campaign will be remembered fondly for this run in the FAI Cup competition by Athenry as much as for what may have been in other competitions. We really do wish Fairview Rangers, with their proud history in the competition, all the best and will be watching the final with one eye on the excellent teams that will be involved and perhaps with one eye on the trophy.
A cliche we know but 'Onwards and Upwards' and roll on next season which is just around the corner. To ALL football teams across the county and country we salute you for the enjoyment you have given to us this season and for the fortitude shown by ALL players, & supporters. It is certain, for sure, that we will remember this very strange and convoluted 2019/20 campaign for a long, long time.
Athenry- James Healy, Gary O'Connell, Aaron Leggett, Jackson De Silva, Nathan Ward, Ray Moran, Ryan Shaughnessy, Garvan Broughall, Colm Fahy, Colm O'Donovan, Adam Duffy.
Subs: Cole Connolly, Declan Cullen, Paddy Quinn, Jamie O'Driscoll, Lucas De Paula,
Fairview Rangers- Aaron Savage, Shane Costello, Jamie Enright, Mark Slattery, Clyde O'Connell, John Mullane, Steven Bradley, Jeffery Judge, Conor Keane, Adam Frahill, Ross Mann. Subs: Robbie Kelleher, James Fitzgerald, Liam Byrnes, Eddie Byrnes
ITS A RUSH TO THE SEMI FINALS FOR ATHENRY
ATHENRY 3-2 RUSH ATHLETIC
FAI JUNIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL, moanbaun, athenry.
x1 O'Donovan, x1 Adam Duffy, x1 Nathan Ward
Athenry advanced to a mouth watering semi final in this blue riband of events that is the FAI Junior Cup. They will be up against 8 times winners Fairview Rangers of Limerick. Despite the swirling wind and rain that threatened this FAI Junior Cup Quarter final at Moanbaun, it was a testament to the club and its hard working members that the pitch was in excellent condition as the game kicked off and what a start it was. With the wind affecting both sides, precision passing in the initial stages was at a premium, but with the referee playing advantage and letting play run smoothly it was a long range Colm O'Donovan shot that flew into the net leaving the Rush goalkeeper leaping after thin air after only 7 minutes. This gave the home side the confidence to start opening up the game and shortly afterwards a penalty was superbly slotted home by Adam Duffy to put further daylight between the two sides. With Rush gaining ground as the half progressed, it was Da Silva who stood firm in the Athenry back line to show what a growing reputation the Brazilian has, as he gave a no holds barred lesson in how to defend. With the visitors profligate with their set pieces in the first half the ascendancy became Athenry's as a Nathan Ward opportunistic header was directed home, after some head tennis in the Rush box gave the men from Galway County a third. If Athenry were in any doubt about the resilience of their County Dublin visitors then this was put to the test as they grabbed a penalty to put themselves back into the game just before half time. With an expected onslaught to come at the turnaround, it was a real show of character from both sides, as the game created chances for the watching crowd and the many more viewing online. With Rush Athletic tightening up on their set pieces, this time another penalty scored put the game back in the balance, but with more resolute defending and excellent workrate from Ray Moran and Garvan Broughall in Athenrys midfield the home side cruised into the semi finals.
ATHENRY MADE TO WORK HARD FOR AWAY WIN
SFAI Sketchers National Cup U16 - Last 32
In Carrowbunnaun, Co. Sligo
Strand Celtic 0, Athenry FC 3,
Scorers: Finnian Coughlin, Conor Wilson & Liam Mulveen
Athenry made the trip to Sligo for a tough encounter with Strand Celtic in the U16 SFAI National Cup last 32. The game started lively enough with Athenry playing up the hill and against the wind, the Athenry boys started well with Finnian Coughlan causing trouble down the left wing and only a good save by the keeper kept him out. On 15 minutes a super move saw Liam Mulveen release Conor Wilson down the right, Conor powered past the the full back and delivered a great ball for the inrushing Dara McCartin who was pulled to the ground and Athenry were awarded a penalty. Finnian buried the resulting penalty to the roof of the net for a great start for the away side. Athenry had to withstand some serious pressure for the remainder of the half, the back four led by Cian Flannery withstood everything the home side could throw at them.
Strand started the second half brightly and had a glorious chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty only to see it come back off the post, which the ever alert Eoghan Burke cleared out of danger. Dara Fahy and Thomas Fleet began to take control in the centre of the park with Athenry starting to turn the screw and with 20 minutes remaining the impressive Conor Wilson got the vital second goal, having followed up his own shot off the crossbar to put the ball past the keeper. Five minutes later the game was put beyond doubt when Liam Mulveen headed home a Coughlan corner.
A great result and a great effort from all the lads for Athenry who now face Cherry Orchard from Dublin in the last 16.
VICTORY BUILT ON ROCK SOLID DISPLAY BY ASAFA & THE BOYS
26/01/20 Athenry B 2-1 Oranmore B (Youth)
Athenry Team: Goalkeeper-Alan Kelly, Defenders-James Melia, David Asafa, Jack Burke, Nathan Jarvis, Colm Moran, Midfielders-Conor Trehy, Matthew Moloney, Eoin Lydon, Paddy Loughrane, Tomas Murphy, Conor Forde, Forwards-Richard Stoker, Callum Carroll.
The first 20 minutes of this match saw Athenry getting used to playing together again after a 2 month break and their new winter break signings settling into the team, and the signs were good with all players putting in a lot of effort on a soft pitch. Chances were at a premium but Athenry definitely edged the half with a number of half chances being created but not taken and an incredible 30 yard strike from Conor Trehy cannoning off the bar. Richard, Callum and Matthew were starting to put moves together and opening up the Oranmore defence but most credit in the first half went to the Athenry defensive unit which saw Eoin, Jack, Colm and Paddy tying up the flanks and Conor Trehy, David and Nathan proving impassable down the middle, and when Oranmore attempted to go long to make something happen Athenry's 'stand in' keeper proved to be not just a safe pair of hands but also brave and fast off his line as and when required. Half time came with a predictable 0–0 scoreline but with an acknowledgement that it was the best defensive performance of the season.
The second half saw Oranmore pick up the intensity but Athenry were still able to handle everything that was thrown at them. Which was not to say that Athenry weren’t also causing the Oranmore defence problems as well. Callum was being pushed and pulled as Oranmore struggled to contain him and Richard was, as usual, constantly looking for the right ball which was exactly what happened about 20 minutes in when he outpaced the defender to hit a sweet half-volley from just outside the box into the roof of the net.
And they say that you are at your most vulnerable just after you have scored and so it proved as the next 10-15 minutes saw Oranmore have their most dominant period of the match. Alan , David, Nathan, Jack, Colm and Conor continued to battle against a rising tide of free kicks, corners and stronger and stronger tackling from both teams and at last, they cracked and the Oranmore right wing found himself free and able to fire a cross shot into the corner of the net.
The fear was that Oranmore would push on but the introduction of the fresh legs of Tomas and Conor Forde into midfield and James into the backline saw Athenry regain a foothold in the game. Athenry saw a great effort deflected away from the Oranmore keeper and looking goalbound but the keeper stretched out an arm and kept the ball out. This was looking to be the last best chance of the match and despite both sides pushing for the winner, it was looking like a draw but in the final minute, the continuous probing through balls from Conor at last paid off with Callum latching onto a pass just as the Oranmore keeper came out, he was able to put the keeper under enough pressure to see the ball bobble out to Richard and Richard was able to out muscle 2 Oranmore defenders to get the ball over the line for a victory that Athenry marginally deserved.
Athenry have much to work on after this but the effort and improving teamwork shown in this match gives great hope for the rest of the season. Goals win games but defenders get the most plaudits for this one and while special credit must be given to Alan for stepping in as keeper at short notice and giving a strong performance, it was David who proved to be Man of the Match as he was the rock against which the Oranmore attacking tide crashed time and time again.
NINE GOAL THRILLER SEES ATHENRY PROGRESS
FAI New Balance Junior Cup - Last 32
Sunday 12th Jan, 2020 in Carramore, Castlebar
Manulla FC 4, Athenry FC 5, after extra time
Scorers: Adam Duffy, Colm O'Donovan, Nathan Ward & Cathal Fahy x2
Assists: Adam Duffy x2 & Ray Moran x2
Report: If the creator of 'Roy of the Rovers' came up with the story of the FAI Irish Junior Cup match at Manulla on Sunday, his editor would probably have turned it down as being too far-fetched! 9 goals with the winner coming in the last minute of extra-time. In a 11-minute nightmare between the 14th and 25th minute, Athenry were hit with two brilliant long-range goals from Gerry Canavan and Mattie Nolan and sandwiched between them was a tap-in by Chris Maughan following a simple goalkeeping error. Added to the disappointment was the fact that the linesman flagged the third goal as offside but changed his mind having spoken to the referee. Towards the end of the first half, a neat chip from Aaron Leggett seemed to have crossed the Manulla goal-line but it hadn't and was cleared to safety.
A lesser group of footballers might have given up at this point but the opposite was the case. Athenry came out for the second half full of belief in themselves and were on top throughout the half. Five minutes in, left-back Aaron Leggett was upended as he was through on goal and Adam Duffy stepped up to take the penalty. His effort hit the Manulla net but Mayo referee Dermot McGrath had seen an infringement and ordered the kick to be re-taken. Same kicker, same result - Manulla: 3, Athenry: 1. Still on top throughout the field, Colm O'Donovan ran on to a through-ball from Ray Moran and slotted home Athenry's second in the 65th minute. Still a goal behind, who but Captain Fantastic, Cathal Fahy, rounded the keeper eight minutes later to hit the equaliser. The large travelling support went wild but the drama was far from over.
With seven minutes of normal time remaining, former Galway United player Jesse Devers struck from the edge of the box. At first, it seemed that the ball had gone wide but in fact it had gone through a hole in the net. Manulla: 4, Athenry: 3. Then, when Athenry midfielder Ryan Shaughnessy broke through but with only the goalkeeper to beat, sliced his shot wide of the post, it seemed that Athenry's chance had gone but no - within a minute, Athenry were awarded their second penalty! Could this be the equaliser? No, an incredible double-save by Matty Flanagan, first from the penalty, then from the rebound and it looked as if Manulla had braved the onslaught.
Wrong! In the last minute of added time, centre-half Nathan Ward got his toe to the ball in a crowded goalmouth and Athenry were back on level terms. Extra-time. Athenry had introduced substitutes Jamie O'Driscoll, Jason Gorham, Lucas de Paulo and Nathan Healy. Goalkeeper James Healy had a shoulder injury but decided to play on. No score in the first half of extra-time and everyone was resigned to a penalty shoot-out when up pops Cathal Fahy and with a deft close-in header from Adam Duffy's corner, sent Athenry into the last 16 of the Irish Junior Cup. Following this display, Athenry FC should fear no opposition when the 5th round draw is made on Wednesday.
FOURMIDABLE HANNON SUPREME IN CONNACHT CUP
Connacht FA Cup U12 In Moanbaun
Athenry FC 7-3 Carrick Town (Leitrim)
Scorers: Cian Hannon x4, Eoin Doyle, Eoghan Cooley & Senan McDonnell
Everyone was back today after the Festivities on a damp day in Moanbaun! Carrick Town having travelled a long distance met a team this afternoon not in the mood for mediocrity. Fast paced, quick passing and a fair degree of determination saw Athenry in a commanding 4-1 lead at half time. To their credit Carrick Town showed renewed vigor after half time, came into the game, and scored a deserved second goal. Tick for tack for the rest of the game with Athenry coming out 7-3 winners. Scorers today Eoghan Cooley, Cian Hannon, Senan Mc Donnell and Eoin Doyle. Thanks to all who provided refreshments afterwards for Carrick Town much appreciated by home and away supporters, and a special word of thanks to our groundsmen Pete and Tommy, not easy manage pitches this time of year . Onwards and upwards !
TOP SPOT FOR MAROON GIRLS
GFA Girls U13 Premier Sunday 15th December.
Salthill Devon 3-7 Athenry FC
Scorers: Kerri O'Driscoll x5 & Molly Noone x2
This was a superb game of good football, goals and a determination from both sides to entertain. The weather was so cold for those watching that the excitement on the pitch would surely have warmed the viewing spectators on the sidelines.
With Athenry in the ascendancy from the off it was Kerri O'Driscoll and Molly Noone who found their feet quickly and their finishing was superb as the home side couldn't live with their pace, fortitude and finishing, indeed Athenry's team display was pleasing for the management as they strongly defended and as Devon just couldn't break through they were able to spray the ball around at will as possession was dominated by the visitors.
Four nil up at half time Athenry seemed to relax at the turn around allowing their hosts to storm back to a nail biting 4-3 scoreline. With team captain Aine Mooney rallying the troops on the pitch for an extra push and extra effort Athenry still had enough in the tank to redouble their efforts as they pushed on, with the team gelling once again they scored another three goals to put some distance between the teams as they romped home......eventually. They stormed to the top of the table for the Christmas break in emphatic style.
Well Done to this young side and especially to all the parents/guardians who turned out in very poor conditions to support by sides, thank you to Salthill Devon for their hospitality on the day.
LATE RALLY SCUPPERS ATHENRY
Galway FA U15 Division 1 Raheen, Athenry
Athenry B 2-3 Cregmore Claregalway FC B
Scorer: Liam Shaw x2 Ref: Ger Cahill
Match Report :
It was another disappointing Saturday for Athenry U15B at home to Cregmore. The boys threw away a 2-1 lead with 5 minutes to play and ended up losing 2-3.
Athenry started the game well in the first half dominating the ball without really creating much. They had a few shots on target but failed to follow up on goalkeeper errors or getting into the box in good positions to finish. Late on in the first half Cregmore chipped over the Athenry defense and they brilliantly finished to make it 0-1. Moments later they had another great chance to score inside the box but it was ruled offside.
At the break Athenry felt hard done by to be one goal behind after some good passages of play in the first half from the home side. They made some changes before the restart, pushing Liam and Finn into the front positions and Sam coming into the back four. Straight away Athenry looked a real threat up front with Liam crashing over the bar. They didn’t have long to wait for their reward and it came from neat work between Ben and Finn before the ball landed at the feet of Liam who passed it by the keeper to make it 1-1 with a sublime finish.
Athenry dominated the next 20 minutes and came close once again with a fantastic effort from Finn and they took the lead with a superb counter attack. Finn was set loose on the right, he cut it across the box to an unmarked Liam who smashed it home to make it a very much deserved 2-1 scoreline. Athenry went to see the match out but with 5 minutes to play lost control of the game with some bad decision making and got punished twice with their center backs out of position and Cregmore took full advantage with two good finishes to finish the game 2-3 winners.
A somewhat disappointing result for the Athenry lads who must continue playing for the full 70 minutes in terms of concentration and endeavour. With another double from in form Shaw and other notable displays Man of the Match for the Athenry boys on the day went to Killian Smyth for his performance on the day.
TOWERING MEEHAN HEADER ENOUGH TO EDGE IT
SFAI Sketchers Cup U12 - Regional semi final. Sat 14th Dec, in Oranmore
Maree Oranmore 0-0 Athenry FC Scorer: Cian Meehan
Ho ! Ho ! Ho ! A festive tone, but it was anything but festive, 'baltic' it was in Oranmore this morning! However our 12's did what was required with a perfect soccer score....
1-0, all players sticking to their job.
A number of casualties through the flu and injury today, but that did not curb the boys enthusiasm for the mission. A brilliant Eoghan Cooley run down the right wing, with an accomplished cross to the back post which was headed powerfully to the net by our own 'Peter Crouch' aka Cian Meehan! A competitive game in cold conditions, with little between the sides, saw Athenry take the spoils on this occasion. Onwards and upwards. Ref: Jennifer Fri
Maree Oranmore and Athenry FC meet again in the last 32 of the National Cup on the weekend of Jan 25th/26th.
MEHDI SHINES AS HOGAN SCORES
Galway FA U13 Championship In Moanbaun, Athenry
Athenry FC 1-1 Craughwell United Scorer: Ronan Hogan
Report: Great team performance by the whole squad, Athenry had most of the possession in the first half in windy conditions, restricting the league leaders Craughwell to only one chance in the first half, the lads put in some serious effort in the second half, this time against the wind and they got their reward going one nil up. Craughwell scored ten minutes from time, through a somewhat controversial offside decision, it was unlucky but we will go again. MotM: Mehdi Moulaoui
Ref: Ger Cahill
SHAW DOUBLE NOT ENOUGH TO STEM THE FLOW
Galway FA U15 Division 1 In Moanbaun
Athenry B 4, Knocknacarra B 9,
Scorers: Cillian Lally, Colm Leahy & Liam Shaw x2
Ref: Vincent Carew
It was another very frustrating Saturday for the Athenry U15B side against league leaders Knocknacarra. Once again this team produced two very different displays first and second half in an encounter that had plenty of entertainment and goals.
The boys started off very well and were on game from the first whistle creating three excellent chances in the first 15 minutes. Liam Shaw, Cillian Lahy, Ben Shiels all having chances to open the scoring but failed to work the keeper. Against the run of play Knocknacarra took the lead from the wide left position, getting in behind the defence and slotting by Gavin Lane in goals. It wouldn’t be the first ball he was to take out of the net on a busy day in the sticks.
It wasn’t long before Athenry leveled with good work from Lally and Shiels and then eventually it was slid across to Colm Leahy to tap in for a well deserved equalizer. Knocknacarra came forward again in the wide left position and made it 2-1 with almost half an hour played. Once again the lead lasted minutes as a brilliant solo effort from Liam Shaw placed him one on one with the keeper and he passed it in to make the score 2-2 at the break. Over the run of play Athenry will feel as if they should have been ahead on the number of chances created.
The second half started very scrappily by Athenry and they lost the battle in the middle which that they had won in the first half. Knocknacarra were dangerous on both flanks all game and switched attacks down the right. This resulted in two quick goals to make it 4-2. A 5th and 6th followed fairly quickly afterwards as Athenrys full backs came up against quality pacers by attackers on the opposition side. Athenry pulled one back through a well taken finish by a busy Cillian Lally to make it 6-3 with 20 minutes to play. That hope for Athenry soon faded as a couple of more well taken pacey attacks opened up the Athenry back four a number of times to make the score 8-3.
Liam Shaw came back into the game for Athenry to show more hunger and grabbed his second and Athenry's fourth with a rebound shot off the cross bar falling back to him to tuck home. With the score at 8-4 the boys continued to work hard but had endured a very tough second half and eventually conceded a 9th with a soft penalty. The final score ended 4-9 in favour of a good Knocknacarra side but on the first half display from Athenry this should have been a much closer game. Liam Shaw had a good game, along with Ben Shiels and Athenry's man of the match performance went to Cillian Lally .
EIGHT CARAT GOLD PERFORMANCE
GFA U18 Championship In Moanbaun, Athenry Sunday 17th Nov
Athenry FC 8, Knocknacarra FC 0,
Scorers: Liam Kelly x2, John Gray x2, Sean Forde & Gavin Gilmore x3
Ref: Martin Conneely
A cold and at times breezy sunny Sunday afternoon served up a feast of goals for the home side in Moanbaun. To use the old phrase it was a game of two halves. John Gray put Athenry ahead with a wonderful curling shot from 25 yards that found the top right hand side of the goal on 3 minutes. That should have settled down the team in maroon, but Knocknacarra had other ideas and were stubborn, yet at times creative with the ball and could have had an equaliser with a number of opportunities.
Conditions underfoot were challenging and it didn't make for pretty football. The visitors didn't convert their chances. Athenry doubled their lead when Liam Kelly added another goal with a well taken penalty on 32 minutes after he was fouled by the out stretched hands of the visitors goalie. Both sides had chances before the break, and though Eoin Gavin played some incisive passing football, Athenry couldn't add to their two goal tally.
The football was better from Athenry in the second half and Knocknacarra found the pressure unrelenting, this culminated in another goal from Johnny Gray from an acute angle close to the end line to bring the scoreline to 3-0 after 50 minutes. With Gavin Gilmore having switched from right back to left midfield at half time he grew in stature and was a handful for their defenders. He soon netted the ball. The home team were cruising, when Sean Forde seized his opportunity on the hour mark. Special mention to Cathal Yaxley who stood in for the injured Cormac Feeney between the posts and his quick reflexes kept the visitors at arms length. Liam added another goal for his brace with 20 minutes to go.
Athenry were now very composed at the back, and dealt easily with any threats from Knocknacarra. Gavin Gilmore completed his hat-trick with well taken goals in the 82nd and 88th minute, he could have had a few more, along with chances from his team mates, with the post and crossbar being hit from several long range strikes. Cian Carmen was welcomed back as captain, and proved again his strengths and tenacity in central defence alongside the resolute Jack Dillane. Josh Brennan went about his business in his usual composed manner at left back adding to the back four and Cathal keeping a clean sheet. 8-0 it finished. Three wins from three in the Championship.
DANIELS HEROICS CANT STOP DEVON ON THE PLASTIC PITCH
17/11/19 Salthill B 4-2 Athenry B
Athenry Team: Goalkeeper Daniel Glynn, Defenders James Melia, David Asafa, Jack Burke, Alan Kelly, Keith Giblin, Colm Moran, Midfielders Conor Trehy, Nathan Jarvis, Mika Harun, Eoin Lydon, Paddy Loughnane, Tomas Murphy, Darragh Fahy, Forwards Richard Stoker
Salthill hit Athenry like a train on their new long, wide 4g Astroturf pitch and it took Athenry most of the first half to get used to a game that stretched the back four constantly. Athenry defenders didn't drop their heads though and James, Jack, David and Alan were always prepared to make last ditch saving tackles which were needed to keep Athenry in the game. Assisted by a battling midfield where Conor, Nathan ,Mika and Paddy were providing resilient support.
Nevertheless Daniel was regularly called upon and he kept Salthill out with a string of fine saves which have become his trademark.There was nothing he could do about Salthill’s sole goal on the half hour mark which was a header from 6 yards out which he still managed to make a block bravely but that wasn’t enough to prevent the ball spiralling into the roof of the net.
Athenry started getting into the game as the half came to an end and Eoin, Conor, Mika and Nathan were starting to find and support Richard while Paddy minded the fort. Richard had a couple of opportunities and it looked like Athenry were going to get to the break 1-0 down and with the improving team having the advantage of a decent carrying wind in the second half but just before half time, Salthill had a corner and in the melee in the box, the Salthill centre forward managed to spin and fire the ball into the roof of the net.
Athenry hit the second half determined to get a goal back and Richard was working hard to find space and test the keeper. It seemed to be only a matter of time before Athenry halved the deficit but Salthill hit them on the break and the third goal looked decisive. Athenry could have been forgiven for dropping their heads but instead they got even stronger , helped by the introduction of Keith, Tomas and Darragh. A through ball from Nathan sent Richard through one on one with the Keeper and with the form Richard is in these days, there was only one result.
This galvanised Athenry to greater efforts and in an about turn to the first half, it was the Salthill defence that found themselves stretched to prevent further goals with Richard and Tomas in particular seeing good chances being blocked. As is often the case, Athenry’s best chance to make it 3-2 was kept out and Salthill, almost immediately, went to the other end of the pitch to make it 4-2 against a defence caught up the pitch.
Still Athenry pressed and in an almost carbon-copy of their first goal, Nathan sent a through ball for Conor to sprint past the Salthill defence and show that Richard wasn’t the only Athenry player who could finish confidently. Athenry continued to create good half chances but time was against them and Salthill saw the game out .
Pluses and minuses in the Athenry performance, at times they played like a team that was still learning to play together and as this was only their second proper game, that was understandable but the game also highlighted the ability of the players and their will to fight for a result so the future looks promising.
AWSOME TEAM DISPLAY CAPPED OFF BY CONOR HAT TRICK
Galway FA U15 Championship In Mervue
Mervue Utd B 4-5 Athenry FC
Scorers: Conor Lawless x3, Alex Howard & Ciaran Brown
Ref: Mikey Walsh
Team: jack (gk), calum,cathal,dion,william (back line) alex,mark,adam,matt (center) ciaran and nathan (front)
Athenry came up against Mervue B in their second league game of the season as the boys went out this morning in a very frosty morning. Athenry got tip off and were underway at Mervues ground. The lads started off very strongly and it was just a matter of time until they scored. About 5 minutes into the game the ball fell kindly to Ciaran after a very strong but what was deemed a fair challenge by Adam Casey and Ciaran with a one v one slotted the ball into the top left hand corner to much celebration. So now with a confident Athenry having the lead at 1-0 it was only upwards from now with great play down the left hand side between Nathan and Alex with Alex grabbing his opportunity to unleash a rocket of a strike to make it 2-0. At this point we must mention Ciaran's good play on spreading the play to get it out to Nathan in the first place to set up the move that led to the goal. With strong defending from the back line keeping Mervue at bay Athenry showed signs of pulling back a bit during the end of the first half and they got punished with a simple finish into the near corner as Mervue took advantage and suddenly all of Athenry's hard work now let the home side back into the game... HT
Athenry, despite conceding were still confident of going into the break with a one goal lead away from their home pitch. So the second half started and Conor came on alongside Adam Lavelle. With a superb intelligent pass by Mark to Conor he was left one on one v the keeper once again and the composed Athenry player rounded the keeper with ease and slotted the ball into an empty net to make it 3-1 Athenry. Mervue quickly closed the gap by making it 3-2 shortly afterwards as concentration lapsed once more. But Athenry responded very well by yet another smart passage of play as a one two combination between Conor and Callum saw Conor get into a great position in the box and headed it into the net past the helpless keeper. Then when you thought it couldn't get much better super play by Callum and an excellent delivery into the box saw it 4-2 to Athenry.
Unfortunately Athenry made it difficult for themselves and did not keep that 2 goal cushion for very long as Mervue scored another one to make it 4-3 and make it a very exciting game! Athenry's response was absolutely top class with something you don't see very often which is a hat trick for Conor! An absolutely outstanding finish by him. Smashing it into the top corner on a hard angle to give an unassailable 5-3 lead, or so the visitors thought as Mervue got a free kick about 30 yards out and with probably the best strike of the game it was buried into the far top corner. 5-4. With nerves jangling a resolute Athenry defended well for the last final plays of the game and won it. Amazing performance by everyone involved with both teams. Honourable mentions must go to the whole team who played an amazing game of soccer. Well done lads you not only did yourselves and the Club proud but also us as coaches. Fantastic away win.
ATHENRY DESERVE MORE AS MULLINS IMPRESSES
Galway FA U15 Division 1 In Maree
Maree/Oranmore B 3-1 Athenry B Scorer: Cillian Lally
Ref: Lukasz Szkwarek
This was the fourth game of the season for the U15 Athenry B team in perfect conditions at a cold Maree. The squad continue to be hampered by long term injuries but were boosted with the return of Mark Cummins to the defence. The game started well for the Athenry boys and they had a lot of possession especially down the left wing by the hard working David Mullins and Cillian Lally. Ornamore always looked dangerous from deep positions through their number 11 and took the lead against the run of play with a long ball over the top which caused confusion in the Athenry back line. The attacking midfielder used his power to get on the end of it and beat an unfortunate Gavin Lane in goal. Athenry settled back into the game and Killian Smyth and Ben Shields started to dominate the middle of the park as the game wore on. The maroon boys hard work was eventually rewarded on the half hour mark from an excellent kick out from Lane and intelligent work by Lally to win the punt who latched onto his own header before passing the ball by the opposing flailing keeper. At the break the boys felt they should of been leading but at 1-1 this represented a decent score line.
In the second half it took ten minutes for the game to settle down with Oranmore applying plenty of pressure. Athenry made the changes with Daniel Tear and Bailey Goodfellow coming on to get their chance to impress. Within minutes Tear had played Ben Shields through with a well worked move and the attacking midfielder shot across the keeper with power, that should of been the second but just off target. Minutes later Lally went through again and hit his shot straight down the middle forcing a good save, with Athenry now on top with 25 minutes to play. But it wasn’t long before the tide turned against the run of play. With Oranmore winning a dubious corner, it ended up with a scramble on the goal line and it snuck in to give them a very fortunate 2-1 lead. Athenry continued to push on and made further changes from the side to freshen it up. They just couldn’t find the equalizer and with less than 8 minutes to play Oranmore grabbed a third after a great save initially by Lane fell back to the feet of the Oranmore striker who made it 3-1 . The Athenry boys to their credit kept going to the end and the game finished up Oranmore 3-1 Athenry. This is a match Athenry felt over the 70 minutes they should of won with a reverse scoreline. Football can be cruel at times and today was one of them games. Great performance from all the boys with a man of the match performance from David Mullins.
HEROIC STOKERS HAT TRICK CAN'T STOP LOSS
Galway FA U18 Div 2 In Raheen
Athenry B 3 - 6 Bearna Na Forbacha Aontaithe B
Scorer: Richard Stoker x3 Ref: Martin Conneely
A depleted Youth B squad faced top of the table Bearna B in very cold conditions today. The team fielded the bare eleven, with help from U16 Callum Stewart and U15 Marc Byrne. Bearna created more of the opening chances, and Athenry could only respond to the visitors positive play and did well to keep it scoreless after 20 mins. However Bearna used their possession advantage to net the ball in the 21st and 34th minutes and went in at the break two goals up. Some reorganisation at half time gave Athenry a foothold in the game with some good football being played in the centre of midfield by Mika Harum, along with solid defending by the two centre backs Conor Trehy and David Ajsafe. Against this more determined effort, Bearna put two more goals past the agile replacement goalie Alan Kelly, who pulled off some great saves during the game. That did not deter Athenry, who got a goal back via the boot of Richard Stoker. 1-4 on 62 minutes. There were another four goals scored in the remaining 11mins; two more for Richard for his hat-trick and two for the visitors. The game finished 3-6. But that did not reflect the overall closeness of the match. Athenry deserved to get something from the game, and on another day with a full strength team, the result may well have been in favour of the home side. #athenry_afc
ATHENRY'S ORAN KEEPS NERVE IN PENALTY SHOOT OUT
SFAI Skechers Cup U12 - In Taughmaconnell, Roscommon
Skyvalley Rovers 1, Athenry Football Club 1 (Shay Brady)
Athenry won 3-1 on penalties Scorers Niall McCarthy, Shay Brady & Josh Kearns
Athenry advance to last 32 of the SFAI u12 National Cup. A game with plenty of twists and turns. Athenry just about deserved their victory at Taughmaconnell today. Athenry controlled matters early on, but a clever break away and a cool lobbed finish by Skyvalley opened their account. Athenry attacked and attacked and eventually saw their reward with a headed goal from Shay Brady. Controversy then struck as Skyvalley denying a certain Athenry goal with a defender handling the ball on the line and seeing a red card! Athenry missed the penalty!
It was still 1-1, game on. Skyvalley had no option but to defend and that’s what they did bravely and valiantly until full time and extra time despite numerous Athenry assaults. Up stepped man of the moment goalkeeper Oran O'Shaughnessy stopping three penalties! Scorers for Athenry in the shootout Niall McCarthy, Shay Brady and Josh Kearns. Overall, a highly competitive game, with little between the teams. We meet this team again! Thanks to Skyvalley for their hospitality. A great boost for our u12 group. Onwards and Upwards
Hopefully the National draw will be good to us with a home fixture.!!
BAD DAY BUT GREAT RESULT AS ATHENRY HIT FIVE
ATHENRY 5-1 CORRIB CELTIC U15 FAI Sketchers Cup.
Team :- Dillion Quirke (GK), Callum, Senan, Conor, William (defence line) Adam L, Cahal (x1), Adam, Jack (x1) (center), Ciaran and Nathan (up front)
Subs- Alex (x3), Dion, Mark and Matt.
Today's match saw the boys play against a strong Corrib Celtic side in horrific weather conditions. Athenry were slow to get started and it took a while for them to get into the game and it was the visitors Corrib Celtic who pounced first with a strong attack and got their reward for it after only 5 minutes into the game when a cross was lifted into the Athenry box and Corrib got a somewhat lucky goal with a few deflections from the home team. Our lads were on the back foot after this but showed great endeavour to get back into the game and never gave up.
With strong passing from the midfield Athenry started to put pressure on the away team, and once they found their range and rhythm Athenry proceeded to get better through the first half as it progressed. Putting pressure on Corrib's two center backs they finally got their own reward with a good lay off from Adam Lavelle who set it up for a smashing strike by Cathal Lally, which took a slight deflection but none the less a fabulous bit of play between them both 1-1.
Going into halftime Athenry looked strong and the home side made a few changes with substitutes as Dion, Alex, Matt and Mark all came on. Athenry came out with fire in them and stronger with a confident glow as they had the slight advantage with the hill on their side. With this renewed vigour, despite the weather Athenry took full advantage with one twos by Nathan, Adam Casey and Matt who opened up a great amount of space for Ciaran to run into. Ciaran received the ball and crossed it into Alex who put the ball into the back of the net with great pleasure and ease to make it 2-1. Once again Athenry built up more momentum and got another opportunity with Matt whipping in a good cross for Alex to force a great header and pick out the far corner of the net to make it 3-1 to Athenry.
Some more lively interchanging with the ball as William, Cahal and Alex all kept Corrib on their toes as Athenry kept the pressure on once again to carve out another chance and this they did as a 4th opportunity beckoned to get a goal and it was taken with aplomb as Nathan got a ball over the top into the corner and found Alex, whose first touch unfortunately wasn't the best but he got a lucky deflection and from about 20 yards out whipped the ball into the bottom left hand corner to make it 4-1. An excellent finish for him and the team.
But the game nor Athenry were finished yet as they were totally in the ascendency now and with 5 minutes to go Nathan put high pressure on Celtics back four forcing a mistake and put Jack through on goal, which we all know he slotted away with ease to make it 5-1. With some great defending by Callum and Dion keeping Corrib at bay as they tried to push on they met with little success as the defensive line held firm. A fantastic result for the boys in not so great weather conditions, every player made a serious contribution to a great game.
Onwards and upwards.
ATHENRY'S HIGH INTENSITY WINS THROUGH
SFAI Cup U15 - In Moanbaun, Sat 14th, 2019
Athenry FC 7-0 Renmore
Scorers: Nathan Fox x3, Matthew Fitzgerald, Ciaran Brown, Connor lawless & an own goal.
Team - Dillion Quirke, Callum Redmond, Senan Treacy, Dion Belton, Alex Howard, Matthew Fitzgerald, Adam Casey, Conor Lawless, Adam Lavelle, Ciaran Brown, Nathan Fox.
Subs:Ryan Rabbit, Jack Kelleher, William Higgin.
Athenry under 15's went out this afternoon against Renmore, with great passion and excellent game play from kick off. They brought the game to the away team straight away, giving them no space. It was great to watch swift one two passing between Conor and Adam in midfield with support from Matt on the right wing. They kept Renmore pinned down and produced some great through balls to strikers Nathan and Ciaran. Whilst on the left wing Lavelle kept the game strong with great runs and crosses to Nathan just falling short as the Renmore defence kept Nathan under wraps.
Our back line became impenetrable with Alex on the left Dion & Senan in the centre giving Renmore no time to relax on the ball and Callum on the right putting some lovely balls through from Matthew. Dillion in goal, with great kick outs on and off the ground caused Renmore all sorts of problems. Midway through the half, Lavelle sent a super ball into the box with great accuracy and pace after excellent work down the right, leaving the Renmore defence helpless and putting the ball into their own net. This was a deserving lead going into half time.
It was a good score going into the second half as Athenry had a strong wind against them. The team had built up momentum going in, looking for a few more goals and using the wind to their advantage. Five minutes after the break Athenry got a free kick well into their own half, Dillon sent a great ball over the top that played Nathan through one on one with the keeper, Fox slotting it away nicely into the bottom left corner to make it 2-0. Athenry had Renmore pushed right back into their own half, a third goal was looming. Ciaran went through on goal and once again he produced a brilliant finish into the bottom left corner 3-0. Athenry did not hold back and were hungry for more. Nathan controlled the ball nicely from a flick on from Casey and then played a one two with Conor putting him through on goal and he slotted it into the bottom left corner with ease to make it four. Athenry continued to put pressure on the Renmore defence, a superb ball releasing Conor down the right wing once again as he crossed a teasing ball into the box, Nathan rose highest to put the ball past the helpless goalkeeper five nil, the interplay between Redmond and Kelleher was very pleasing on the eye. The intensity did not let up, overall it was outstanding and a great effort put in, Lavelle and Co. kept Renmore in their own half. Good play by Conor, Jack and Adam gave Alex an opportunity to get a shot away, with good goalkeeping by the opponents shot stopper keeping the shot away but great running off the ball gave Fitzgerald an easy finish into the empty net, he got the reward he deserved after a great work rate throughout the game. Near the end of the second half Athenry got a penalty, but the Renmore keeper denied the chance with a good save. Full time. A well deserved win by the under 15's, it was a great effort by all the players.
A bright future for the lads.
A DOUBLE FOR LAVELLE AS SUPERB KEEPING WINS THE DAY
Galway FA U15 CHAMPIONSHIP - Sat 31st Aug @ Raheen
Athenry FC 3-2 Kinvara Utd
Scorers: Adam Lavelle x2 & x1 Nathan Fox - Man of the Match: Jack Kelleher
Athenry U15 A's came out on top 3-2 against a strong Kinvara side in Raheen this afternoon The weather made things slippery underfoot as players from both sides struggled early on to get to grips with the heavy going. In the early stages of the game Athenry looked promising on the attack as a good break away was pulled back when they were clear through on goal, the referee harshly blowing for offside.
Shortly after this, Kinvara struck themselves, as a sweeping move saw the visitors left 3 on 2 against Athenry as they moved forward and this resulted in a goal, but Athenry stuck to their task and a beautiful ball to Adam Lavelle saw him side foot past the keeper to restore parity. Two minutes later Athenry hit the front as a near carbon copy ball found Adam once again, with the same result further enhancing the young strikers growing reputation. 2-1 Athenry and game on, in what was turning out to be an entertaining game of football.
Kinvara to their credit came back once again and on the stroke of half time a 'wicked' ball into the Athenry box from a free found the back of the net via deflection of a defenders head. 2-2 as the referee signaled the end of the half.
The second half began with both sides trying to kick on and control the game. Athenry had to deal with some running repairs as a number of players went down with knocks. Some excellent interplay between Jack Kelleher, Matt Fitzgerald and Callum Redmond on a break from the back led to a ball being fed into Nathan Fox who scored with aplomb via a fortunate slight bobble in front of the goalie. 3-2 to Athenry.
The rest of the game featured some heroic defending and tackling from Athenry with Kinvara pushing for an equaliser. With just five minutes left on the clock the referee showed Athenry goal keeper Dillan Quirke a straight red and this put Athenry very much on the backfoot. Jack Kelleher stepped into the goal and proceeded to make two massive saves from free kicks to effectively win Athenry the game.
Three points and a great start to the season despite the conditions. Well done to a tenacious U15A side who never gave up today.