ACFL Division 1:
Athlone 1-11 St Lomans 0-15
After some poor displays in their opening games, our seniors put in a much-improved performance when they travelled to Mullingar to take on St Lomans on Friday night and were extremely unlucky not to pick up at least their first point of this year's league campaign when a point deep into injury time denied them a deserved share of the spoils in an exciting game played in bitterly cold conditions.
After the home side had opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, Kieran Colclough got Athlone on the board with two superb long range placed balls, before a clear Josh Beaumont point was inexplicably waved wide, with Lomans equalising from the subsequent kickout to add insult to injury. In what was a fast-paced and open first half, the sides continued to swap scores and were level at 0-6 each after 20 minutes, with Athlone's scores coming from Eoin Maher, Josh Beaumont and two more from Kieran Colclough. The visitors were then boosted by a Beaumont goal, and two excellent Shane Allen points put them five points up at the break, although they had played with the aid of a strong breeze for the opening period.
St Lomans immediately put their wind advantage to good use with three points in the opening five minutes, before Kieran Colclough opened Athlone's account for the half with a fine free. The hosts had the momentum however and two further points reducing the gap to the minimum at the midway point. Colclough struck another free from distance to keep Athlone's noses in front, but the attack wasn't functioning as well as had in the first half to be able to add to that, and eventually the Mullingar men drew level, before taking the lead with two minutes to go. Athlone fought back and a patient move led to an equaliser from sub Richie Greene, but, as they went looking for a winner, an attacking turnover led to the home side working the ball downfield to grab the win with the final kick of the game.
Athlone: Paul Bannon, Danny Lynam, Tom Egan, James Finlass, Fergal Murray, Diarmuid Martin, Eoin Maher (0-1), Jordan Marshment, Danny Reid, Donagh Prendergast, Shane Allen (0-2), Andy Lynam, Josh Beaumont (1-1), Kieran Colcough (0-6), Darren Costello Subs Used: Mark Egan, John Connellan, Richie Greene (0-1), Damien Kelly.
Well done to our u13 side who took part in the semi-final of the Leinster league on Saturday. We were defeated by a stronger Rathoath side. Well done lads and a big thanks to all our supporters for travelling.
U14 Division 1 : Well done to our U14s who had a comprehensive win last Saturday over Coralstown/Kinnegad. Great win lads well done !
Easter GAA Camp
Athlone GAA club will host a GAA camp from 23rd to the 26th of April from 10am to 2.30pm (early drop-off at 9am is also available at and additional cost) for ages 5-12 years. Cost is €45 for 1st child, €40 for second and €35 for 3rd, there is also a €5 discount if you book online at www.athlone.gaa.ie. The contact for the camp is Darren Magee and his number is (086) 8055354. More details on the camp are available on the Athlone GAA Facebook page and on our website.
Underage football for boys and girls takes place every Sunday from 11.30am. New players all abilities welcome. Come along for fun, fitness and friendship. First Year is Free. Any queries contact Joe at 086 0757582
Gaelic for Mothers and Others has started back in Pairc Chiarain on Monday nights from 8pm-9pm. If you want a bit of craic and a way to get a bit fit this is the place for you. New members of all ages welcome and no experience or skills necessary. Come on Down. Any queries contact Joan at 087 6493941
There was no winner of this week’s €1,650 jackpot.
The numbers drawn were 3-9-20-20
There were 5 match 3 winners.
Niall Lynch c/o N. Lynch x 2
Niamh Galvin c/o M Galvin
Marie Browne c/o Vals
Mick Galvin c/o M Galvin
Next week’s jackpot will be €1,800
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Votes of Sympathy
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