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ACFL Div 4: Athlone v Tyrellspass

posted 20 Mar 2016, 14:40 by Athlone GAA
ACFL Division 4:  
Athlone 2-9 Tyrrellspass 1-12  

Our junior men's team made it two draws from their opening two games in Division 4 of the ACFL when they snatched a tie with a last gasp equaliser against a strong Tyrellspass side under the Páirc Chiaráin lights.  Just as in their opening game against St Malachy's, Athlone showed great character to come from behind to snatch a draw in injury time, although they might feel that they could've taken both points with a bit more composure in front of goal, especially in the closing stages.

The home side started well with two points inside the opening two minutes, a Joe Fallon free and well taken score from Tadhg Prendergast, but Tyrrellspass struck a quickfire 1-1 to open up a two point lead of their own after five minutes.  Richie Greene restored Athlone's advantage with a goal after he had been set up by Prendergast and Fallon, but the visitors responded well to this setback and struck the next five points to lead by 1-6 to 1-2 at the half-way point of the first half.  A Richie Greene point from a free steadied the ship for Athlone, and the same player brought them right back into it when he goaled from a penalty that he himself had earned.  He then put Athlone back in front with another free, but Tyrrellspass struck the final point of the half to leave the sides level on a scoreline of Athlone 2-4 Tyrrellspass 1-7.

Both sides wasted good chances to open the scoring in the early stages of the second half so we had to wait until the 35th minute for the first score, a fine solo point from the lively Greene after he had been released by a long pass by the returning Luke Dully.  Goalkeeper Conor Devaney then stopped the visitors from regaining the lead with a superb stop from a close range effort, but the men from the Village did draw level shortly after from a free.  The sides then went tit for tat for the next 15 minutes, as three times pointed frees from Greene put the home side in front, only for Tyrrellspass to pull them back each time.  This sequence was then broken when the visitors went ahead with three minutes remaining, but Athlone were unable to reply as their guests had been doing and instead squandered chances to draw level.  They did get one more lifeline when the visitors were reduced to 14 men as the game entered injury time, but looked to have blown their chance when they lost possession without getting a shot away, allowing Tyrrellspass to bring the ball deep into Athlone territory as the seconds ticked away.  Fortunately for Athlone, a combination of Danny Lynam and Joey Jordan were able to wrest back possession and launch one final attack, which eventually found Mickey Greene 40 yards out from goal.  He appeared to be crowded out by the defence but somehow managed to get a shot away under severe pressure.  It wasn't the most stylish effort of the veteran's career, but it was straight and true and comfortably cleared the crossbar, much to the delight of the home support.  The final whistle blew as soon as the kick out was taken to leave the final score, after a high quality encounter, Athlone 2-9 Tyrrellspass 1-12.

Team & Scorers:  Conor Devaney, Eoin Jordan, Danny Lynam, Shane Galvin, Kieran Rigney, Tom Egan, Andy Lynam, Colin O'Leary, Luke Dully, Conal Sheeran, Joe Fallon (0-1), Dylan Lynch, Tadhg Prendergast(0-1), Mickey Greene (0-1), Richie Greene (2-6).  Subs:  Emmet Collins, Davie Connellan.