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posted 10 Mar 2020, 14:31 by Athlone GAA

Fixtures

Senior Division 2: Athlone v Maryland away at 3pm Saturday March 14th

Senior Division 4: Athlone v The Downs away at 11am on Sunday, March 15th.

Athlone U10 girls will be playing in St. Loman’s on Saturday 14th March in a blitz starting at 1:30pm


ACFL Division 4

Athlone 2-11 Caulry 4-10

Our juniors began their league campaign when they hosted Caulry in a re-arranged Division 4 fixture in Páirc Chiaráin on Friday night last.  Athlone played very well in patches, but also showed plenty of ring-rustiness and squandered several good goal chances, as well as conceding some soft goals through slack defending, when going down to a frustrating five-point defeat.

Despite opening the scoring in the first minute through a Sean Dowd point, Athlone were second- best early on and trailed by 0-3 to 0-1 after five minutes.  However, they then settled and a Josh Beaumont free, followed by a Fionn Dowd point, brought them level, before three Beaumont scores in quick succession put them 0-6 to 0-3 ahead midway through the half.  Unfortunately, Athlone also missed some good goal chances in this period and they were made to rue these misses when a sloppy turnover in defence led to a pointed Caulry free, which was quickly followed by the game’s opening goal from the subsequent kickout.  A Paul Bannon free brought his side level again, but the visitors then struck for their second goal just before half time, after Athlone had turned the ball over in a good attacking position, to lead by 2-4 to 0-7 at the break.

Early second half points from Josh Beaumont and Sean Dowd reduced the gap to the minimum, but again their opponents hit three to put some daylight between the sides.  Conor Rushe kept Athlone in touch with a well-taken score, before a flowing move led to Josh Beaumont finishing to the net from close range to bring the sides level.  Sean Dowd the put his side in front, and despite Caulry eqaulising soon after, things looked for the home side when Conor Rushe added a second goal after another good move.  This left the scoreline 2-11 to 2-8 in Athlone’s favour with 15 minutes to play, but they were unable to push on in the final quarter, and after conceding a pointed free, they were rocked when Caulry regained the lead with their third goal, after the Athlone defence had been caught napping when another free came back off the post.  A fourth goal soon followed, after more uncertainty in the hosts’ defence and, despite creating several good goal chances of their own in the final minutes, Athlone were unable to add their total and the final score of the game came from a well-struck Caulry 45 in injury time to leave the final score 4-10 to 2-11 in their favour.

Athlone’s next game in Division 4 is away to The Downs at 11am next Sunday morning, while the next outing for the senior squad is against Maryland in Division 2.  This game was originally scheduled for Drumraney at 3pm on Saturday 24th, but may be moved to Páirc Chiaráin on Friday evening so keep an eye on social media for confirmation of this change.

Athlone: John Duddy, Eoin Jordan, Andy Lynam, Niall Doolan, David Fagan, Fergal Murray, Emmet Collins, Patrick Munnelly, Fionn Dowd (0-1), Donagh Prendergast, Sean Dowd (0-3), Conor Rushe (1-1), Josh Beaumont (1-5), Paul Bannon (0-1), Stephen O’Connor  Subs Used: Colin O’Leary, Dermot Bannon, Rory Donnellan, Patrick McGettigan, Richie Greene.

Gaelic4girls

Athlone GAA club will commence Gaelic4girls on Sunday the 15th March at 12.30pm. This initiative is run in the club by the LGFA Peil na mBan and is open to girls from 8-12 years of age who have played gaelic football before and would like to give it a go. Come along to Athlone on Sunday.   If you have any queries please contact Benny on 087 2842957.

Return of Sunday Morning Training:

Our Sunday morning training returned on Sunday last to great numbers. We had a special guest appearance from the Sam Maguire Cup which provided some great photo opportunities. It was great to see so many new faces in the club and we hope to see everyone again next week. A big thanks to all the mentors and parents who helped out on the day. Don’t forget our colouring competition runs till next week and a winner will be decided then.

2020 Registration:

Registration remains open for new and old members. All players/members must now register online.  We cater to boys and girls age four and upwards, and new members are always welcome. The first year is free in our nursery and u8 programme. Any queries please contact Joe Fallon at (086) 8846731

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Lotto Results

There was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €3,600. The numbers drawn were 8, 11, 19 and 25. There was 5 match 3 winners: Alan Varszegi c/o Mag’s Clan, Paul O’Connell c/o L. Roper, Jimmy and Mary Keegan c/o L. Roper, Mary Begley c/o Amby, Karen Healy c/o Mag’s Clan

Next week’s jackpot will be €3,750

Club Gear

Our club gear including training tops, tracksuits, jerseys, shorts and socks is now available online at www.athlone.gaa.ie  A new range of items have been added to the brochure so check it out.

Bingo

Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm Loads of cash prizes.  Everyone welcome.

Vote of Sympathy

The Greene Family – Sarsfield Square

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

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