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Willow Take The Oath

January 30, 2011 1 comment

Sunday 30th January 2011. FAI Junior Cup Round 4. Willow Park
Willow Park 2-0 Rathoath Harps

Willow Park booked their place in Round 5 of the FAI Junior Cup with a hard fought win over Rathoath Harps of Meath. Late goals from Aidan Hyland and Brian Fogarty put the Midlanders through … and thats about all I can say on the game as I only got there for the last 14 minutes or so!!!

According to the crowd on the touchline I just missed the first goal, and due to the general lack of excitement I presumed it was Rathoath who scored. “Never mind” said I, trying to cheer them up … “I’m sure they’ll get the equaliser now that I’m here”
And it wasnt until the final whistle, when the extra time I presumed would follow didnt, that I copped why I was getting dirty looks from the Willow faithful!!!!

I gave Gerry €2 so hopefully that puts me back in the good books 🙂

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Willow Park goal scorer Brian Fogarty shields the ball away from Coleman Conmey

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Peters Raise The Bar

Sunday 30th January 2011. FAI Junior Cup round 5. McCarthy Park.
St Peters 5-0 Castlebar Celtic

St Peters cruised into the last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup with a convincing 5-0 win over Castlebar Celtic at McCarthy Park.

Castlebar were feeling the pinch of their Summer League, with the Mayo outfit having only a handful of training sessions under their belt while Peters are in full flight of the CCFL season.

Noel McGee bagged himself a hat-trick and Mark Sherlock added another after Celtic put one in their own net.(Goal may have got a touch of Brian Caldwell!)

And so it sets St Peters up with a home tie to FC Blach in the next round.

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St Peters hat-trick hero Noel McGee celebrates netting his 3rd goal

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Buccs Take The Bruff With The Smooth

Saturday 29th January 2011. All Ireland League. Dubarry Park.
Buccaneers 35-8 Bruff

Buccaneers made a winning start to 2011 with a convincing win over Bruff at Dubarry Park. A tougher contest was expected with Bruff having booked a Final spot in the All Ireland Senior Cup last week, but they were no match for Buccs on this cold afternoon in the Midlands.

The win maintains Buccs 2nd place position in Division 1B, just behind Clontarf who they meet in their next fixture.

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Buccs Fly Half Jack Carty lays off the ball after a heavy challenge.

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Westmeath Bow Out At Semi Finals

Sunday 23rd January 2011. O’Byrne Cup. Cusack Park
Westmeath 0-08 … Kildare 0-12

Westmeath bowed out of the 2011 O’Byrne Cup with a very lack luster performance against Kildare in Cusack Park. Despite going into the break with a 2 point advantage, the Lake County only managed to score 2 points in the entire 2nd half and were blown away as Kildare kicked 8 points to run out deserved winners.

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Westmeaths Ger Egan is crowded out by 6 Kildare players

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Preseason Begins

Wednesday 19th January 2011. Athlone Town Stadium.

A cold Wednesday evening in January can only be warmed up with the eventual start of Preseason Training for De Athlone.

And to start things off on a new footing, it was new Town manager Mike Kerleys first foray into the wonderful world of ATFC, helped by Padraig Moran who resumes the role of Assistant Manager.

So here’s wishing the lads the very best for the new season.

Mike Kerley, Athlone Town FC manager.

Athlone Town FC management team for 2011, Padraig Moran & Mike Kerley

Westmeath Teach Students A Lesson

Sunday 16th January 2011. O’Byrne Cup Quarter Final
Westmeath 1-09 … 0-08 DIT

Westmeath advanced to the Semi Finals of the 2011 O’Byrne cup with a 4 point victory over DIT. Although I missed the 1st half I was assured that it wasnt up to much, and I well believed it as the 2nd was nothing to write home about.

The introduction of Dessie Dolan was the difference between the 2 with the Garrycastle forward kicking 3 points from play.

But a win is a win and that makes it 2 from 2 for The Lake County in 2011

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Denis Glennon with close control to get past his marker

And so Westmeath now face Kildare in the Semi Finals to be played on Sunday 23rd Jan.

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Garrycastle Junior B – The Comeback Kings

Sunday 16th January 2011. Westmeath 2010 Junior B Chp Final.
Ballynacargy 1-14 … 3-9 Garrycastle

After something like 9 cancellations due to adverse weather condtions, Garrycastle and Ballynacargy finally got to do battle in the 2010 Westmeath Junior B Champtionship final on Sunday 16th January 2011.

For the entire 1st half it looked like Ballynacargy had spend those 9 weeks preparing for it while Garrycastle struggled to get out of neutral gear … and when they did, they went into reverse! With 15 minutes or so gone, the Castle were down 5pts to no score and although the finally got off the mark they ended the half with a deficit that would have made any neutral spectator head off home.

But the half time team talk done the trick and the troops rallyed with Sean Brennan starting the revival with a side footed goal from close range. Not to be outdone, Conor Cosgrove netted another and at full time the side were all square.

Extra time started and although Garrycastle seemed to have all the possission they struggled to score, and when they did Ballynacarrgy pulled level. However as the final minute was ticking away Kevin Hogan was fouled as he ran through on goal and from the resulting free kick Noel Galvin made no mistake to make Garrycastle winners by just 1 point.

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Noel Galvin shrugs off a challenge from Gary Keena


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Garrycastle captain Padraig Cosgrove is presented with the Junior B Championship Shield


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