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U21s through to County Final

posted 25 Nov 2012, 05:06 by Unknown user   [ updated 25 Nov 2012, 14:09 ]
Championship Semi Final
24/11/2012 - Kinnegad
Athlone 2-4 Coralstown/Kinnegad 0-7
Congratulations to Athlone U21s who defeated Coralstown/Kinnegad on a scoreline of 2-4 to 0-7 in the semi final of the championship played on a miserable november evening in Kinnegad last Saturday.  Scores were always going to be at a premium given the conditions and the old adage that goals win games took on even greater significance. Athlone hit the ground running from the throw in and played with great spirit. A superbly taken goal from Ray Connellan set the blues up for a one point half time lead on a scoreline of 1-1 to 0-3. On the restart the intensity of the game never dipped and what turned out to be the critical score of the game came from Shane Kilroy Glynn, one of Athlone's best players on the night, when he drove forward from midfield to raise a green flag with a fantastic individual goal. As you'd expect from Coralstown/Kinnegad, they never gave up and the lads were put to the pin of their collar to survive and book their place in the decider against a fancied and extremely impressive Maryland / Tang combination who saw off a very decent Caulry team on a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-03 in the other of the semi final. Details of final were not available at time of printing and will follow in due course. Serious kudos goes to this group of lads for getting to another final as six of the starting fifteen suffered the disappointment of losing the Minor final only a matter of weeks ago.
For the record the relevant stats were: Scorers for Athlone: Ray Connellan 1-3, Shane Kilroy Glynn 1-0 and Brian Gill 0-1
Panel: Conal Sheeran, Dermot Piggott, Andrew Lynam, Emmet Kiely, Jordan Marshment, Daniel Lynam, Tommy McCoy, Brian Gill, Gavin Downey, Eoin Maher, Shane Kilroy Glynn, Luke Dully, Brian Mulvihill, Ray Connellan, Glenn Costello.
see match photos on left under Club Photos.