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El Clasico Minore – Forza Athlone

Monday 30th August 2010. Under-20 Airtricity League
Athlone Town 3-1 Longford Town

A brace from Daniel Reilly with a 3rd goal added by Robbie Murray was enough to give Athlone their 2nd El Clasco Minore win of the season but it could, and should have been by a lot more. The lone striker Reilly had his hat-trick goal ruled out for off-side, pity he had completed the celebration acrobatics before noticing the flag, while Kevin Horan had a 2nd half penalty saved. Numerous chances went begging for the home side where more clinical finishing could have trebled the score.

We hate Longford This Much

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Three In A Row For Garrycastle Ladies

Sunday 29th August 2010 – Westmeath Senior Ladies Championship Final
Garrycastle 1-10 … 2-05 Milltown

Garrycastle GAA Ladies team made it 3 in a row as they clinched the 2010 County title in a hard fought victory over Milltown. It was neck and neck stuff for the majority of the game with both sides matching each other score for score.

Milltown were by far the more physical side and wernt shy about letting fly with some off the ball knocks, but Garrycastlewere able to combat that with skill and determination to kick the crucial winning scores right down to the wire.

Garrycastle captain Claire Gaffey lifts the Cup

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A Win At Last!

Saturday 21th August 2010. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 1-0 Mervue United

After 9 unsuccessful attempts, Athlone finally recorded a League win at 10th time of asking to open a 13 point gap over Saturdays victims Mervue. The win was Towns first since Mays unlikely victory in Turners cross and unfortunately the previous results meant only a meager crowd were in The Wollen to witness it.

Recent signing Andy Haran made it 2 from 2 when he pounced just after the hour mark to net the only goal of the game.

Ryan McEvoy starts an attack for Athlone

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Strokestown Advance At Tulsks Expense

Sunday 15th August. Roscommon Intermediate Championship 1/4 Final
Strokestown 0-16 … 0-10 Tulsk Lord Edwards

On Sunday evening I found myself in Orchard Park, Elphin of all places to cover the Rossie Intermidiate Championship 1/4 final between Strokestown and Tulsk.
Knowing very little about either side, I was surprised to see former Athlone Town legend Shane Curran stroll out as manager of Tulsk.

Pre match favourites Strokestown ran out winners with 6 points to spare.

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A Draw In Drom

Saturday 14th August 2010. Airtricity League Division 1.
Salthill Devon 1-1 Athlone Town

A goal from Andy Haran, just 1 minute into his Athlone Town debut, was enough to give Town a share of the spoils and save some, but not all, embarrassment for the Midlanders.

New signing Haran came off the bench at half time to head home from close range after Brian McCarthy sent his own header across the goal mouth to the back post where the young Dubliner was ready to pounce.

Amid cries of We “SHOULD” have scored 5 and We “COULD” have scored 6 … the crux of the problem is We “ONLY” scored 1!

Jason Hughes put in another good performance while Declan “Fabio” O’Brien finally made his Athlone Town debut, earning the captains armband for the day at the expense of Paddy Collins who was dropped to the bench. This makes Fabio the 5th captain of the campaign so far!

The only other points of note were Wayne Colbert having to ask David Breen what was the name of the new lad up front (Andy Haran) and also the Salthill PA announcer who, when calling out the teams, made reference to Brian McCarthy being the only local in the Town line up … and having a Cork accent at that!

So as far as I’m concerned, a 1-1 result leaves Town firmly rooted to the bottom of the table. In respect to Salthill and Mervues infancy to the League I do not consider them part of the final table yet!

Andy Haran celebrates scoring with his first touch as an Athlone Town player

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Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

Wednesday 11th August 2010. International Friendly
Rep. of Ireland 0-1 Argentina. Aviva Stadium

Come on, the title wrote itself from the minute the fixture was announced!
I think its fair to say Ireland barely got a smell of the ball in the first half of the game that was settled by virture of an apparent offside goal from Angel Di Maria.
With Micheal Platini sitting in the stands it was ironic that a controversial goal would once again undo the Irish!!

Robbie Keane, Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane protest over Argentinas goal at the Aviva Stadium

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Under 20’s Come Undone In Late Late Bohs Show

Tues 10th August 2010. Dr Tony O’Reilly Under 20s League
Athlone Town 1-4 Bohemians

A fortuitous first half goal from James Goggins looked destined to secure a fince victory for the Town Under 20’s … right up until Bohs brought on former Belvedere winger Gary Burke … and the rest as they say, is history. From the moment his boot crosses the sideline he was involved in almost every passage of play Bohs strung together and was instrumental in the visitors 4 goals!

Athlone Town Under 20's

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