SFC Group 1
Athlone 0-12 The Downs 3-12
Our seniors' bid to reach the knockout stages of this year's senior championship suffered a setback when they were well beaten by The Downs in this Group 1 Round 4 clash played in Cusack Park on Saturday evening.
Athlone actually started brightly, but missed several chances to take the lead and instead it was The Downs who opened the scoring after five minutes. Another Downs point was followed by their opening goal, before John Connellan opened Athlone's account, but three more Downs points gave them a seven-point lead midway through the half. A pair of John Connellan frees, either side of a Shane Allen point, brought Athlone back into the game, but they were dealt a further blow when they conceded a second goal. Diarmuid Martin and Alan Gaughan added a pair of well-taken scores late in the half, but Athlone still went in at the break trailing by seven points, 2-7 to 0-6.
The Downs stretched their lead with a point straight from the restart, but Athlone then enjoyed their best period of the game and fine points from the returning Ray Connellan (0-2), Daniel Reid and Shane Allen reduced the gap to four. Unfortunately, however, Athlone missed chances to reduce the gap even further and The Downs regained the initiative and three consecutive points put daylight between the sides again. Despite late scores from Daniel Reid and Alan Gaughan, Athlone never looked like getting the goal they needed to get themselves back into the game and instead it was The Downs who added a third deep into stoppage time to leave the final score 3-12 to 0-12 in their favour.
This result means that Athlone's final group match versus Killucan will be winner take all clash, with the victor taking the last available quarter-final spot from Group 1. Throw-in for this crucial game will be at 6pm this Saturday, September 15th in Moate and all support will be greatly appreciated.
Athlone: Conor Devaney, Matthew Darling, Damien Kelly, James Finlass, Jordan Marshment, Noel Mulligan, Shane Allen (0-2), Alan Gaughan (0-2), Darren Magee, Kieran Colclough, Ray Connellan (0-2), Stephen Ward, Ryan Gaffey, Jack Quinn, John Connellan (0-3) Subs Used: Diarmuid Martin (0-1), Daniel Reid (0-2), Tom Egan, John Stapleton, Fergal Murray.
Saturday 15th September
Athlone U11 boys are at home to The Downs at 11 o’clock
Saturday 22nd September
Athlone U8 girls are in Caulry for a Blitz with Caulry, Garrycastle, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s, Goldsmith Girls & Milltown
Athlone U10 boys will be in Clann na nGael for Tournament finals
Saturday 29th September
Westmeath U13 boys development squads, training.
Underage Football continues on Sunday at 11.30am. Boys and girls age 4 upwards welcome, come along and get it a go! Any queries, contact Joe Fallon at 086 846731.
Cake Sale to raise much needed funds for underage football take places in the Clubhouse on Sunday at 12.30pm. Please drop off cakes buns etc from 11am. Everyone please support. Thank you.
There was no winner of this weeks €7,350 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 8-11-17-19.
There were three match three winners.
Alan Coffey c/o Brian Mulvihill.
Marie Sheilds c/o Teresa Small.
Karen Healy c/o Mags Daly.
Next weeks jackpot will be €7,500.
Well done to Ritchie Greene on making the Underdogs Panel for the coming season.
Athlone GAA Golfing Society:
The President`s Prize (Pat McTiernan) was held on Saturday last in Cavan Golf Club.
There was a great turnout for our very popular president on a lovely day.
The following were the prizewinners.
Winner Eddie Kelly 41pts
2nd PJ Lenehan 34pts
3rd Tommy Dolan 33pts
4th Sheila Geraghty 3ipts
First Ladies Prize Lizzy OSullivan
Second Ladies Lily O'Sullivan
Front nine Olive Dolan
Back nine AnneMarie Hynes
1st Michael O'Faoilean
2nd George Gunning
The next outing will be held at Portumna Golf Club on Saturday 29th September.
Bingo takes place in the Clubhouse every Thursday at 8.30pm. Loads of cash prizes. Everyone Welcome.
Vote of Sympathy:
The Connaughton Family,Drumraney.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.