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Intermediate Championship: Athlone v Ballymore

posted 17 Aug 2015, 05:30 by Athlone GAA
16th August, 2015 
Athlone 1-16 Ballymore 0-07 

Athlone earned their second victory in six days in the 2015 Intermediate Football Championship following a well merited win over Ballymore in Hogan Park, Moate on Sunday evening, 16th August. For the second match in a row, the lads were slow out of the traps and conceded the first point from a free. However a fine point from play from John Egan sandwiched between scores from placed balls from Noel Mulligan and Ray Connellan settled the lads down and a further 45 from Noel left the scores at 0-04 to 0-03 mid-way through the first half. Athlone started to move the ball more quickly at this point and scored two fine points from play through Jordan Marshment and John Stapleton before the icing was put on the cake as John Egan finished a fine move to the net with a little help from the post.

At half time the score stood at 1-06 to 0-04 and the Athlone supporters breathed a little easier. As with the previous round the lads pushed on after restart and tacked on three scores from play through Charlie McMickan (2) and John Egan. However, the defence coughed up two frees that were duly dispatched between the posts. Despite these scores the boys kicked on and finished the game by outscoring their opponents seven to one in the final quarter. This period of the game showed the high levels of fitness in the side as both corner backs Eoin Maher and Fergal Murray bombed forward to score (both off their left foot) but the pick of the scoring came from substitute John Connellan as he took two lovely scores off his weaker side to mark a fine return from injury. The lads were rightly happy with their lot at the long whistle and with 1-13 scored from play and eleven names on the score sheet there were plenty of positives. But they know they have to take each game as it comes and know that tougher challenges await in the coming weeks.

The Athlone team on the night was: Darren Costello, Eoin Maher (0-01), Damien Kelly, Fergal Murray (0-01), Daniel Lynam, Noel Mulligan (0-2, 1f, ’45), Matthew Darling, John Stapleton (0-1), Jack Quinn (0-1), Dylan Lynch, Jordan Marshment (0-1), Stephen Ward (0-1), John Egan (1-3), Ray Connellan (0-1 f) and Charlie McMickan (0-2). Subs used: Paul Bannon and John Connellan (0-2).