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Peters Win The Battle Of West Athlone

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Sunday 27th February 2011. CCFL Senior Division.
Monksland United 1-2 St. Peters

Despite several changes of venue, and several changes in weather conditions, the battle between Athlones 2 Senior teams from West of the Shannon finally took place in Cushla Park on Sunday afternoon.

Monksland, on home turf, started the brighter with Aidan Reilly placing the ball perfectly past Keith Hynes to put “Da Land” into an early lead. The goal rattled Peters and it took them a while to get themselves back on track but after a number of attacks, Noel McGee capitalised on a slip in concentration to head home a well taken goal.

With the sides level at half time, Peters stepped up a gear but to their credit Monksland battled hard to keep the Hoops at bay. Frustration reared its ugly head with both sides guilty of late tackles and unsporting behavior, with the ref giving frees as and when some players advised him to. (This also led to frustration!)

With the clock running down, McGee found himself through on goal. He spun quickly and unleashed a shot destined for the top corner only for a fantastic reflex save from Oisin Stronge. Monksland had their chances too and could have (and possibly should have) have 2 penalties only for the ref to nervously wave play on. Kevin Murray then came close to nicking a goal for Monksland with a long range shot but Keith Hynes dived to tip the ball around the post with an acrobatic save.

But as the game went on Peters got stronger and again a lapse in concentration saw Brian Caldwell left unmarked in the box and the Peters striker stretched to poke the ball in at the back post to secure all 3 points.

While overall St Peters were probably the stronger site, Monskland can feel aggrieved over the turned down penalty claims which could have changed the result dramatically.

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Conor Jordan tries to get his head out in front, but is met by the boot of Kevin Dunne

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Garrycastle Fall To The Downs

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Saturday 26th February 2011. ACLF Division 1.
Garrycastle 1-03 … 1-11 The Downs

A dull and miserable day matched a dull and miserable performance from Garrycastle as they fell to an 8 point defeat at the hands of The Downs.

The final score could have painted a more miserable picture but for a blistering strike from Enda Mulvihill in the 2nd half. But alas it wasnt enough and the The Downs took advantage of too much misplaced passing and over carrying to kick themselves to a deserved victory.

Apart from all that the only other incidents of note were James Duignan receiving a red card for dissent in the 2nd half and in the pre match warm up a Downs player either chipped or lost a tooth!

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Paraic Rattigan clashes with Stephen Devine

The Downs management check for missing teeth

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Willow Go Ga-Ga!

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Wednesday 23rd February 2011. Leinster Senior Cup
Willow Park 2-1 Crumlin United.

A goal deep into injury time from Colin ‘Ga’ Fortune sent Willow Park through to the next round of the Leinster Senior Cup where they will face League of Ireland opposition.

But it wasnt all Willows way. After having a goal disallowed for offside, Crumlin took a first half lead thanks to former Kilkenny City & Shelbourne striker Tony Griffiths. Willow then had a penalty appeal turned down, much to the anger of the home crowd. Despite that, the majority of the home sideline felt lucky to be going into the break only 1 down.

The half time team talk seemed to kick start Willow and when they finally started to have a proper run at the visitors they got their just rewards when Colm Hyland advanced on goal before squaring the ball to Brian Frawley, and the former Athlone Town striker made no mistake from close range.

As the game moved on both sides matched each other, chance for chance,challenge for challenge until deep into injury time, with extra time an almost certainty, a ball over the top found Aidan Hyland on the edge of the endline and 6 yard box. Hyland shaped to strike but instead pulled the ball back to Colin Fortune who blasted the ball home to send Willow through to the late 8 of the Cup.

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Match winner Colin Fortune up ends referee Tom Cunningham to win the ball against Crumlin

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No Bridge Too Far For Willow

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Sunday 20th February 2011. Leinster Junior Cup Round 5. Willow Park.
Willow Park 3-1 Bridge United

2 late goals from substitute Colm Hyland sent Willow Park through to the next round of the Leinster Junior Cup at the expense of Bridge United of Clare.

Despite having the majority of possession in the 1st half, Willow failed to create many clear chances of note, with their final passing letting them down. In fact the only incident of note during the half was the referee having to get treatment from the Willow bench for what turned out to be a torn calf muscle.

A second half substitution of officials brought anger to the Bridge coaches and supporters with many mutterings of “home ref home decision”, despite some late challenages from the away side.

Willow finally broke the deadlock via a Graham Whittaker header near the back post and it looked likely to be the winner until late in the half Bridge were awarded a penalty and Sean Barcoe made no mistake from the spot.

As the clock ran down, and the rain pelted down, Colm Hyland came off the bench to net not once but twice to put the tie beyond doubt and send Willow through to the next round.

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Brian Fogarty slides in with Matthew Curran to win the ball

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Town Young Guns Advance In The Cup

February 20, 2011 1 comment

Sunday 20th February. Leinster Youths Cup 4th Round. Athlone Town Stadium.
Athlone Town 3-2 Malahide United

A 1st half brace from Robbie Murray, followed up by a 2nd half goal from Ian Sweeney gave Athlone Town U17’s safe passage through to the next round of the Leinster Youths Cup at the expense of Malahide United U18’s.

Despite going a goal down to the DDSL Youths Super Division side, the Town young guns rose to the challenge to go into the break 2-1 up with some good work from Brian Gill in midfield adding to 2 well taken goals from Robbie Murray.

In the 2nd half Athlone kept the pressure on and got their reward when Ian Sweeney netted from close range. Malahide were then reduced to 10 men after a culmination of late tackles, and dissent led to substitute Matt Jackson seeing red not long after entering the fray.

Although their numbers were reduced, the Malahide players worked hard for each other and ensured a nervous end to the game when they pulled the score back to 3-2.

But the Town held on for a hard earned, but well deserved win.

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Robbie Murray celebrates scoring Athlones equaliser

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Peters Leave It Late

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Sunday 13th February 2011. FAI Junior Cup Round 6. McCarthy Park.
St. Peters 3-2 (aet) FC Blanch

A Brian Caldwell goal in the closing stages of extra time sent St Peters through to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup at the expense of FC Blanch of Dublin.

Peters took an early lead as Damien Rushe headed home a Kevin Dunne cross from close range before Brian Caldwell doubled their advantage. Despite some tough tackling Peters looked good for the lead until the last minute of the 1st half a mix up between Declan Fallon and Keith Hynes resulted int he full back heading into the top corner of his own net.

The 2nd half was much as the first until Blanch pulled level via a Mick Mooney penalty, much to the delight of the partizan away crowd. As tackles kept flying in, Blanch were reduced to 10 men when Brian Lawlor saw red of an off the ball incident.

As extra time was playing out the away fans began whistling signaling their desire for a penalty shootout, but just when it looked likely the game would be decided that way, Brian Caldwell popped up to net the winner. Queue the Peters fans turn to beckon the final whistle and a next round tie against Ballinasloe.

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Damien Rushe heads past John Hynes for St Peters opener

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Garry Win Clash Of The Castles

February 13, 2011 1 comment

Sunday 13th February 2010. ACFL Div 1. Castledaly.
Castledaly 0-06 … 0-10 Garrycastle

A fresh morning in Castledaly saw Garrycastle beat the home side by a 4 point margin, but Castledaly will feel disappointed as the result could easily have been reversed.

3 clear goal chances were wasted with the Castledaly forwards taking too much out of the ball, trying to walk straight over the line. The 1st chance was eventually blocked down, second off the line while the third attempt was penalised for taking too many steps before eventually trying to kick the ball.

But Garrycastle held on for a hard earned away victory in a very physical encounter.

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Johnny McGuire gets away to set up a Garrycastle attack

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