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ACFL Div 4: Athlone v St. Pauls

posted 1 Jun 2016, 14:43 by Athlone GAA

ACFL Div 4:
Athlone 0-14 St Paul's 2-10

A controversial late penalty proved to be the crucial score as Athlone's Junior Men's team were defeated by St Paul's of Clonmellon in this Division 4 encounter played in Páirc Chiaráin.  Athlone started brightly and some fine scores by Mickey Greene, Joe Fallon, Dylan Lynch and Benny Martin saw them open up a 0-6 to 0-2 lead, before St Paul's brought themselves back into the game with a goal from a flowing move. A free from Mickey Greene kept some daylight between the sides, but, after Athlone squandered a goal chance, the visitors struck two late points to send the sides in level at the break.

Boosted by their strong finish to the first period, the Clonmellon men took the initiative in the early stages of the second period and opened up a two point advantage, but a superb solo point from the lively Mickey Greene and a well taken score from Tadhg Prendergast had the home side level again. In a tit-for-tat battle, St Paul's went back into the lead with two quick points, but further points from Greene and Prendergast made it all square again. St Paul's inched back into the lead with a point from a free, and then got a big boost when they were awarded a penalty with five minutes to go when Darren Costello was adjudged to have illegally impeded a St Paul's forward.  The goal from the well-struck spot-kick put Athlone four points down but they refused to give up and points from Joe Fallon and Benny Martin reduced the gap to two.  A St Paul's free on the 60th minute looked to be the insurance score but Athlone almost got an opportunity to level it when, despite his jersey being held, Mickey Greene burst through to be one-on-one with the keeper, however the referee declined to use the advantage rule and instead awarded a free to Athlone, which Joe Fallon knocked over.  Despite there being another few minutes of injury time played, Athlone were unable to create another scoring chance and so went down on a scoreline of 0-14  to St Paul's 2-10.

Athlone:  Darren  Costello, Eoin Jordan, Tom Egan, Shane Galvin, Colin O'Leary, Andy Lynam, Kieran Rigney, Aidan St John, Alan Gaughan, Benny Martin (0-2), Joe Fallon (0-3), Dylan Lynch (0-1), Tadhg Prendergast (0-2), Conor Devaney, Mickey Greene (0-6).  Subs Used:  Emmet Collins