Archive for March, 2011

Diego & Co Too Strong For Kellys Heros

Tuesday 29th March 2011. International Friendly.
Republic of Ireland 2-3 Uruguay.

An experimental Ireland side, captained by Stephen Kelly, took on an experienced Uruguay side in an entertaining International friendly at Lansdowne Road. To their credit, the visitors fielded 8 of their World Cup 2010 line up and they sprang into an early lead when Diego Forlan set up captain Diego Lugano to score from close range. Shane Long pulled back an equaliser before Edinson Cavani and Abel Hernandaz ensured Uruguay finished the half with a 2 goal advantage.

For Ireland, Liam Lawrence gave a decent account of himself, proving to be one of the few Irish wingers able to cross the ball, while Shane Long played himself into contention for many more starting line ups.

Irelands battling was rewarded when James McCarthy was foulded inside the box and Keith Fahy made no mistake from the spot.

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Ireland goalscorer Keith Fahy stops Diego Forlans advances

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John Giles Walk Of Dreams – Athlone

Sunday 27th March 2011. John Giles Walk Of Dreams. Athlone Town Stadium.

Well done to everyone who took part in the Athlone leg of the John Giles Foundation Walk Of Dreams at Athlone Town Stadium.

The clubs, hailing from the Midlands and surrounding areas, were lead out by the Athlone Town Youth Marching Band on what was a great occassion for all involved.

Athlone Town, represented by Mickey Collins, Sean Scullion, Robbie Murray, Scott Gaynor, Seamie Byrne and Ronan Stack.

The Athlone Town Youth Marching Band lead the parade for the John GilesFoundation Walk Of Dreams

Athlone Town stewards keep all in order for the Walk

After several cups of coffee and cans of coke, the Ericsson FC lads get the energy to start the walk

You’re Not Scottish Anymore …

Saturday 26th March 2011.

With 4 minutes left in the Republic of Irelands Euro 2012 Qualifier against Macedonia, Number 13 (Lucky for some!) James McCarthy replaces Robbie Keane to end all speculation and rumours of the Scottish born starlets International allegience.

James McCarthy makes his competitive senior debut for Ireland

Ireland Go Top

March 27, 2011 3 comments

Saturday 26th Match 2011. Euro 2012 Qualifier.
Republic of Ireland 2-1 Macedonia.

The Republic of Ireland shot to top of the Euro 2012 Group B table, abeit on goals difference, and joint top at that, after a 2-1 victory over Macedonia at Lansdowne Road.

Aiden McGeady netted his first international goal early in the first half and Robbie Keane doubled Irelands lead before Ivan Trichkovski pulled one back for the visitors.

For the little excitement of the first half the second proved to be a damp squib with the only moment of excitement coming four minutes before the end when Scottish born starlet James McCarthy finally made his competitive Irish debut to firmly nail down his allegiances to the Republic of Ireland.

On the downside though, striker Kevin Doyle picked faces lay off after a nasty knee injury while Richard Dunne will sit the next one out after picking up a booking.

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Ireland goalscorer Aiden McGeady battles with Macedonia captain Goran Pandev

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Town Maintain Unbeaten Run

Friday 24th March 2011. Airtricity League
Athlone Town 0-0 Cork City.

Athlone Town maintained their unbeaten Division One run as they finally played the first home League game of the season, earning a 0-0 draw with Cork.

The result will have surprised many who expected the strong Cork side to inflict a hammering on the relatively young Athlone team, but once again determination and dogged defending frustrated the opposition. The centre half pairing of Tommy Barrett and Paul Danaher steadied the ship while Joe Woods and stand in captain Niall Scullion kept the Cork wingers on a short leash.

In midfield Brendan Daly gave a decent account of himself while Robbie Murray ran himself ragged up front.

The unavailability of Garry Higgins through injury was an undoubted blow to the light attack but while the goals have not come as plentiful as fans would like, at the other end things have tightened up immensely with the stats showing Athlone having joint best defensive record along with Cork at this early stage.

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Brendan Daly on the ball for Athlone Town

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Spot Kicks Settle Schools Senior Final

Tuesday 22nd March 2011. FAI Schools Senior Cup Final
St Patrick’s College (Cavan) 0-0aet De La Salle (Waterford). Tolka Park
De La Salle win 8-7 on penalties.

The 2011 FAI Schools Cup final was decided on spot kicks after St Pat’s and De La Salle failed to produce a goal in 120 minutes of play at Tolka Park.

De La Salle started the brighter of the two teams and with nervousness creeping into St Pats game it took the Cavan side a long time to settle on the ball. To their credit though, Pats managed to frustrate De La Salle with goalkeeper Joe Masterson proving his worth on a number of occasions.

As the game progressed, neither side looked to have the killer instinct although St Pats came close but alas Craig Murphys acrobatic effort hit the side netting.

Goal-less at full time and goal-less after extra time it came down to the dreaded penalty shootout to decide the outcome. After 7 successful kicks each, Dara McVeety stepped up to the plate only to have his kick saved by Peter White. It was unlucky on the Cavan forward as during play he spearheaded almost every attack.

And so the Cup went to the Deise for the first time!

Credit must go to the large crowd of support from St Patrick’s College who ensured a fantastic atmosphere for the entire game.

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Craig Murphy tries an overhead kick

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Peters Hit Gallen For 8

Sunday 20th March 2011. CCFL Cup
St Peters 8-0 Gallen United. McCarthy Park

The writing was on the wall for this one as early as pre-warm up, mainly due to the Gallen team arriving to McCarthy Park about 20 minutes before kick off.

Peters, wearing the colours of Athlone Town for the day, had the game wrapped up by half time with the score at 5-0 when the break came. Damien Rushe kicked things off before Paul Allen and Mark Sherlock netted themselves a brace each. The 2nd half was much as the 1st with Ian Coffey scoring the 6th while David Donohoe grabbed 2 more to finish off the resounding win.

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Damien Rushe gets the 1st goal to kick start St Peters victory

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