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Mary Land Senior B Title

Sunday 31st October 2010. Westmeath Snr B Champ. Final
Maryland 4-10 … 0-04 St Malachys

Despite the high scoreline from Maryland, the game failed to produce a score from either side in the opening 16 minutes of the Senior B Final at Drumraney.

The 2nd half was all Maryland as they finished the game with 18 points to spare.

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Joe Harte fires over a point under pressure from Malachys full back Alo Geoghan

For the life of me, I could not make out half the St Malachys players names!

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Blaas Deliver Fatal Blow In Injury Time

Friday 22nd October 2010. Airtricity League Division 1.
Waterford United 3-2 Athlone Town

A game that started 10 minutes later than scheduled, due to a warm up injury to an official, was decided in the 3rd minute of injury time as Waterford came from behind, not once but twice, to break Town hearts and put themselves right back into the promotion race.

The delayed kick off seemed to catch the home side off guard when Ryan McEvoy pounced on a sliced clearence from Alan Carey to fire Town into the lead just 6 minutes into the game. McEvoy came close to doubling his tally when a free kick eluded everyone but unfortunately just clipped the top of the bar.
Despite the constant pressure from Waterford, their equaliser was fortuitous with Paul Murohys shot skidding under the body of Michael Schlingermann and over the line. The goal didnt seem to affect the net minder much as withing the following 10 minutes he pulled off 3 top class saves to leave the home side wondering how they were going to get back on track.

The 2nd hald started in much the same fashion as the 1st … with Andy Haran sending a cheeky lob over the head of Kevin Burns to put Athlone into the lead again. This time Town held their lead a lot longer than the 1st time with Waterford throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, until 84th minute when substitute Paul Walsh headed home from close range at the back post. While Blues fans will say it was deserved on account of the amount of attacks they had, Town fans can feel gutted as they dealt with the same attacks admirably.

A number of injuries and handbags resulted in 4 minutes being added to the clock and in the 3rd minute of them Blaa’s skipper Kevin Murry played the captains role to bundle the ball over the line and take back 3 points.

To say I was gutted is an understatement as I travelled home to end my (approx) 5444km of travel to support Athlone Town on the road and back home again.

Town scores Ryan McEvoy and Andy Haran

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Twenties End With A Draw

Tuesday 5th October 2010. Dr Tony O’Neill Under 20 League
Athlone Town 2-2 Shelbourne

Athlone finished the 2010 Under 20’s League with a home draw against Shelbourne, but they will be disappointed not to have taken all 3 points.
Town went 2 up via former Shels player Daniel O’Reilly, and looked in control for 80 minutes of the game until a kamikaze own goal and an equaliser 3 minutes into injury time stole a point for the visitors.
While Town should have finished with a victory, it can probably seen as karma as just prior to the OG an Athlone player laughed at an opponent, declaring them to be shit!

Kevin Boland tries his luck from the edge of the box

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El Classico Ends All Square

Saturday 9th October 2010. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-0 Longford Town

The Midlands El Classico failed to live up to its billing with very few chances accumulated by either side. Refereeing didnt help either with Sean Grant performing to the height of his usual capabilitoes. At this stage it feels like League of Ireland refereeing should become a Civil Service appointment as its one of the few professions where incompetence is rewarded.

Declan O’Brien received his marching orders when instead of just marching off the pitch at full time he accosted the referee over some questionable decisions, comparing him to a crude word for a ladys nether regions.
Despite Fabio being correct in his assumptions about decisions, at this stage in his career he really should have known better than have a confrontation he was never going to win. At least Long-ball-ford manager Tony Cousins, who had his own grievances over decisions, had enough cop on to politely ask if he could discuss the game with the referee after the post match formalities.

On a positive note, U20’s defender Garvan Broughall made his 1st League start for the senior side and gave a good account of himself against the old enemy.

Andy Haran keeps his eye on the ball despite close attention from John Lester

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From Russia With Love

Friday 8th October 2010. Euro 2010 Qualifier
Republic of Ireland 2-3 Russia

A bad day at the office is an understatement on a dire performance from the Boys In Green for Fridays Euro 2010 Qualifier against Russia.
Traps insistance on fielding players who cannot get a game with their clubs was badly exposed with the lack of sharpness and match fitness on display from some of the starting lineup … and it was hardly inspirational to replace Stoke City sub Glenn Whelan with Man Utd sub Darron Gibson!

Despite the pulling 2 goals back, the scoreline definately flatters to deceive a lack lustre Irish performance. On the plus side though the performance of the YBIG Singing Section is improving, and the unveiling of several new flags was a welcome sign.

Aleksandr Kerzhakov celebrates sending Russia into an 11th minute lead

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Garrycastle For Flan

Sunday 3rd October 2010. Westmeath Senior Championship
Garrycastle 2-09 … 1-08 Mullingar Shamrocks

Garrycastle made it 2 in a row on Sunday when they claimed the Flanagan Cup with 4 points to spare over a disappointing Shamrocks side in Cusack Park.

Shamrocks hit the ground running and stuck the ball in the back of the net early on to give the Castle a scare and a wake up call. And wake up they did with a well worked first half goal from James Dolan, a second half screamer from Paul Dillon and 2 points from The Doller, reportedly in his retirement year, to fuel the comeback and bring the title back to Garrycastle.

Doran Harte lifts the Flanagan Cup for Garrycastle

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Town Nearly Unstring Harps

Friday 1st October 2010. Airtricity League Division 1
Finn Harps 2-2 Athlone Town
With nothing to play for, no interest from the majority of fans and absolutely zero expectation … Athlone sprang into an unbelievable 2 nil lead withing 17 minutes of kick off against Finn Harps in Ballybofey. Declan O’Brien, assisted in great deal by the Harps keeper, pounced on indicision not once but twice to fire Town into a surprise early lead.

Even with Athlone 2 to the good there was always an uneasy feeling and Harps managed to pull one back just after the hour mark as Stephen McLaughlin followed up on Kevin McHughs blocked effort to score from close range.

Second half was much as the first but then a bizarre piece of officialdom left everyone scratching their heads. The ball went out of play, off a Harps player for a throw to Athlone. Linesman flags for a Harps throw, Referee over rules and corrects him … Mark Nolan stands waiting to get the ball to take his throw but instead a Harps player takes the throw … Ref looks at the linesman and waves play on!

Harps kept the pressure on until a dubious penalty handed an equaliser to them. Even at 2-2 it was nervous times for Town and only for a block from Stephen Relihan and an unbelievable top corner save from Michael Schlingermann, Town would have left with nothing.

If offered a point away to Harps before kick off then almost everyone would have grabbed it with both hands … but under the circumstances of throwing away a 2-0 lead it can only go down as another disappointing result.

Declan O'Brien celebrates his brace against Harps

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