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ACFL Div 1: Athlone v Caulry

posted 27 Apr 2014, 12:40 by Athlone GAA   [ updated 27 Apr 2014, 13:32 ]

ACFL Div 1

Athlone v Caulry

Athlone’s senior team surrendered their unbeaten record in Division One of the ACFL when they were defeated by a skilful and determined Caulry side in Mount Temple on Friday night.

Caulry raced out of the blocks from the throw-in and had two points on the board after three minutes, while their strong tackling meant that Athlone were not able to settle into any sort of a rhythm.  Despite not playing with any great fluidity, Athlone recovered and with 20 minutes gone the sides were level 0-4 apiece, with Athlone’s scores coming from Charlie McMickan, Mickey Greene and two from John Stapleton.  However a disastrous five minute spell saw Caulry score 2-3 without reply, as they punished some defensive lapses with two well taken goals.  John Stapleton pulled a point back for Athlone but two further Caulry points pushed their advantage out to 10 points as the game approached half time.  Athlone needed a boost before the break and Mickey Greene supplied that with a goal from the last kick of the half to leave Athlone trailing by 2-9 to 1-5 at the break.

 Encouraged by that goal, Athlone started the second half in a more purposeful mood and, with Caulry content to play on the break against the wind, they started to win a lot more possession around midfield.  However a combination of poor decision making and disciplined Caulry defending meant that only two more points had been added, by Paul Bannon and Charlie McMickan, before Caulry opened their account for the second half.  Still trailing by six points as the game entered its final quarter, Athlone looked to have got the breakthrough they needed when Mickey Greene was brought down for a penalty, which he crashed to the net to reduce to the gap to a goal, 2-10 to 2-7.  Any hope of an Athlone comeback was quashed almost immediately however, when Caulry broke away to win a penalty of their own, which Andy O’Sullivan coolly converted.

 To their credit, Athlone continued to press and had a Paul Bannon snapshot found the net instead of the crossbar, they could’ve made the last 10 minutes a lot more uncomfortable for the home side.  As it was, despite being camped in their opponents half, Athlone were only able to add three further points from Brian Fogarty, Charlie McMickan and Jordan Marshment, while Caulry added two of their own on the break to leave the final score Caulry 3-12 Athlone 2-10.

 Scorers: M. Greene 2-1, John Stapleton 0-3, Charlie McMickan 0-3, Paul Bannon 0-1, Brian Fogarty 0-1, J. Marshment 0-1

 Team: Jason Merrigan, Andy Lynam, Conal Sheeran, Fergal Murray, Noel Mulligan, Stephen Ward, Brendan Bannon, Aidan St. John, Paul Bannon, Shane Kilroy Glynn, Jordan Marshment, Damo Kelly, Charlie McMickan, John Stapleton, Mickey Greene. Subs: Glenn Costello, Brian Fogarty, Declan Byrne, Luke Dully, Mick O'Daly, Conor Melinn, Conor Devaney.