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ACFFL Division 1

posted 5 Mar 2019, 15:03 by Athlone GAA

​​​​​ACFL Division 1:  
Athlone 0-6 Rosemount 2-7  

Our senior team began their 2019 league campaign with a disappointing defeat at home to Rosemount on Friday evening.  The visitors started brightly and had two pointed frees on the board before Kieran Colclough opened his side's account, also from a placed ball.  Athlone were then dealt a blow when Rosemount hit their opening goal from a rebound after Paul Bannon had saved the initial effort, but they responded well and excellent points from Jordan Marshment, Shane Allen, John Connellan and another Colclough free left just a point between the sides at the interval, 1-3 to 0-5 in Rosemount's favour.

After Rosemount had doubled their advantage with a point in the opening minute of the half, the game then entered a long scoreless period which was ended in the 43rd minute when they added their second goal from a fisted effort.  Two further points put seven between the sides and made the game safe for the visitors as Athlone struggled for fitness in the heavy conditions.  Kieran Colclough got Athlone's only score of the second period with his third pointed free with five minutes remaining, but it was Rosemount had the final say with a late point sealing a 2-7 to 0-6 victory.
Next up for Athlone is a visit to neighbours Garrycastle for a derby clash next Sunday morning (March 10th), throw-in at 11.30am.
Athlone:  Paul Bannon, Eoin Maher, James Finlass, Fergal Murray, Dermot Bannon, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Danny Lynam, Diarmuid Martin, Daniel Reid, Seamus Byrne, Kieran Colclough (0-3), Shane Allen (0-1), Josh Beaumont, John Connellan (0-1), Donagh Prendergast  Subs Used:  Darren Costello, Patrick Ryan, Mark Egan, David Fagan, Richie Greene, Shane Galvin.

ACFL Division 3:
Athlone 0-7 Multyfarnham 2-6
After winning last year's Division 4 in impressive fashion, our second team began their Division 3 campaign when the travelled to Multyfarnham to take on the home side on Saturday afternoon.  After a shaky start, this was an excellent performance from a young Athlone team against a strong intermediate team and with a bit more belief and luck, they could have come away with the win that their efforts deserved.

Athlone looked overawed by their opponents in the opening stages and when they trailed by 1-2 to 0-0 after 10 minutes, it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon.  However, Athlone then grew into the game, as the defence got to grips with the home side's attack and the midfield began to take control in the centre of the park.  It took until the 18th minute for Athlone to get on the scoreboard, through Richie Greene, but this was quickly followed by two more Greene points and a Darren Costello score to leave just a point between the sides.  It could have been even better for Athlone had the referee not stopped playing advantage when Josh Beaumont was clean through on goal, instead bringing play back to give Athlone a free on the 45.  The home side took advantage of this reprieve to regain control and two late frees gave them a three-point advantage at the interval.

Another free in the opening minute of the second stretched Multy's lead, before they were given an opportunity to put real daylight between the sides when they were awarded their first penalty.  Fortunately for Athlone, the spot-kick was driven wide to the left of the posts and they responded with points from Shane Allen, Richie Greene and Colin O'Leary to leave just the minimum between the sides again with 10 minutes remaining.  However, just as it looked like Athlone were going to snatch an unexpected victory against the 2018 All-Ireland junior champions, a loose pass coming out of defence caused a turnover which led to the home side making the game safe with their second goal.  They were then presented with another chance from the spot when a seemingly perfect James Finlass shoulder charge was deemed to have been illegal, but sub keeper Cathal Joyce pulled off a superb double save from the initial penalty and the rebound, although Multy tapped the second rebound over the bar to close the scoring and seal a very fortunate 2-6 to 0-7 victory.

Next up for Athlone is another difficult away fixture against St Malachy's in Castletown-Geoghegan next Saturday afternoon, March 9th, at 4pm.

Athlone:  John Duddy, Niall Doolan, James Finlass, Patrick Ryan, Andy Lynam, Eoin Maher, Eoin Jordan, Diarmuid Martin, Colin O'Leary (0-1), Darren Costello (0-1), Shane Allen (0-1), Shane Galvin, Donagh Prendergast, Richie Greene (0-4), Josh Beaumont  Subs Used:  Enda Daly, Cathal Joyce, Kieran Rigney, Tadhg Prendergast, Joe Fallon.

ACFL Division 6B:
Athlone 0-14 Milltown 1-13
Our Division 6B team completed a busy opening weekend of league action when they took on Milltown in Milltown on Sunday morning, in another game played in awful weather conditions.

Athlone played some great attacking football in the first half and points from Tadhg Prendergast, Richie Greene, Shay Byrne, Darren Costello and Kieran Rigney gave them a 0-12 to 0-4 lead at half-time.  However the strain of playing three games in three days, all in energy-sapping heavy wet conditions, took its toll in the second half as the lads ran completely out of steam, while also losing a few key players to injury, which allowed the home side to mount a strong comeback and grab the win, with a late fisted goal proving crucial.  Athlone's second match in this division is at home to Loughnavalley in Páirc Chiaráin at 7.30pm on Friday evening (March 8th) and they will be hoping for a little more luck in that.

Athlone:  Conor Devaney, Cathal Joyce, Andy Lynam, Shane Galvin, Kieran Rigney (0-1), Declan Byrne, Danny Lynam, Aidan St John, David Fagan, Seamus Byrne (0-2), Darren Costello (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast (0-4), Richie Greene (0-6), Donagh Prendergast  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins, Pat Mulligan.

Upcoming Men's Fixtures:

ACFL Division 1:   Athlone v. Garrycastle, 11.30am Sunday March 10th, Garrycastle.
ACFL Division 3:  Athlone v. St Malachy's, 4pm Sunday March 9th, Castletown-Geoghegan.
ACFL Division 6B:  Athlone v. Loughnavalley, 7.30pm Friday March 8th, Páirc Chiaráin.