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Athlone Sink In Shels

Friday 24th June 2011. Airtricity League Division 1.
Shelbourne 2-0 Athlone Town. Tolka Park.

Another torrential rain soaked day in Dublin saw Athlone slip to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of table toppers Shelbourne at Tolka Park.

With a suspicion of off-side, Shels took the lead inside the opening 20 minutes when Kevin Dawson fired home from close range after Conan Byrne played the ball past Town keeper Michéal Schlingermann.

The rest of the half played out with Shelbourne constantly attacking along the right wing and Athlone just about dealing with the barage.

The second half was a bit more optimistic for Athlone, not that they created much but they appeared a more even match for Shels. As with the previous week the introduction of Mark Sherlock up front gave Town a boost as he put himself about, being a thorn in the side of the home defence.

Half way through the second half though Shels kicked into action and when Chris Mulhall found himself with the ball at his feet and the Town defence caught like statues he ran goalwards until Schlingermann slid out and took him down inside the penalty box. Philly Hughes made no nmistake from the spot to double Shelbournes advantage to maintain their lead at the table summit.

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Shels keeper Dean Delaney saves at the feet of Noel McGee

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Late Late Shamrocks Show

Tuesday 21st June 2011. Airtriciry League Premier Division
Shamrock Rovers 2-2 Dundalk. Tallaght Stadium

Shamrock Rovers came from 2 goals down on a horrendous Tuesday evening in Tallaght to snatch a last gasp draw with Dundalk to keep themselves top of the Premier Division. As the rain bucketed down, Dundalk went into a first half lead when Mark Griffin calmly slotted the ball past Alan Mannus in the Rovers goal. Griffen doubled his, and Dundalks tally in the second half with a close range header.

Rovers will surly be questioning the officials with a number of questionable decisions which went against them, before substitute Chris Turner pounced on a poor punch from goalkeeper Peter Cherrie to fire the ball home as the keeper was stranded. As the game went into the dying minutes Billy Dennehy sent the home support into ecstasy with a looping header which sailed over Cherries head and into the goal for the qualiser. Credit to Cherrie though as moments before he pulled off a fantastic save from Ken Omans powerful drive.
And so it ended 2-2 with a chorus of “Thats Why We’re Champions” from the Rovers fans.

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Mark Griffin puts Dundalk into the lead with a first half goal


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With the torrential rain, this was my view for most of the game



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Garrycastle v Kilkerrin/Clonberne

Sunday 19th June 2011.
Garrycastle v Kilkerrin Clonberne

To finish out the Garrycastle Fun Day, the Senior team took on Galway side Kilkerrin/Clonberne in a challenge match.

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Conor Cosgrove nets Garrycastles opening goal

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Garrycastle Steet Leagues & Fun Day

19 June 2011. Garrycastle GAA Street Leagues & Fun Day.

Garrycastle GAA Club hosted the finals of their annual Street Leagues on Sunday during the Club Fun Day.
Games took place for Under 8’s, Under 10’s and Under 12’s while a fun and skills session was put on for the nursery players.
Music was provided by the Athlone Town Youth Marching Band, who gave the teams a Croke Park like parade before throw in, while Fergie Jameson was on hand once again with the BBQ.


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The Garrycastle Under 8's get ready for their game

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Jack and Fergie get the burgers ready

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All Square In El Classico (Part III)

Saturday 18th June 2011. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 1-1 Longford Town. Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town came from a goal behind to draw level and take their first point of the 2011 El Classico series in Lissywollen on Saturday night.

Athlone were boosted with the availability of all 5 new signings with Conor Kavanagh, Dave Ryan and former players Jason Hughes and Wayne Colbert making the starting lineup with another former player, Mark Sherlock, on the bench.

Longford had an Athlone look to them with 3 former players in their starting line up, with another 3 on the bench and a former coach in the dugout.

While the ball bobbled around midfield for most of the first half, Longford capitalised on a colission between Athlone keeper Michéal Schlingermann and Longford striker Austin Skelly when the ball broke to the unmarked Lee Roache who calmly netted a goal for the visitors.

The second half saw the introduction of Mark Sherlock to bolster to Athlone attack and the former St Peters striker proved to be a thorn in the side of the Longford defence. Athlone stepped up a gear for the second half and got their deserved reward with 15 minutes to go when Noel McGee was left unmarked inside the penalty area, and after Paul Hunt made a save, McGee was on hand to blast home the equaliser.

Athlone could have nicked all 3 points but Stephen Relihans stooping header crashed off the cross bar in the closing stages and so it ended honours even.

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Mark Walsh and Conor Kavanagh team up to stop Mark Salmons advances on goal

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Noel McGee celebrates scoreing Athlone Towns equaliser with a perfectly "weighted" shot

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First Half Goals Topple Tubberclair

Friday 17th June 2011. ACLF Division 1
Garrycastle 3-10 … 0-09 Tubberclair

Goals from Conor Cosgrove, Karl Henson and James Duignan late in the first half ensured Garrycastle emerged as winners over close neighbours Tubberclair in Fridays League encounter.

The scoreline could have been higher on both sides had either sets of forwards been willing to try for scores from distance, but instead they opted for short passing game which looked at times more paniced than planned.

But for Garrycastle, the late rally of goals in the first half made sure Tubberclairs spirited come back in the second half wasnt enough to take the result.

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Beano Cassells slides in to get the ball away from Shane Mulvihill

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Town Luckless On Leeside

Friday 10th June 2011. Airtricity League Division 1
Cork City 2-0 Athlone Town. Turners Cross

A brace from Graham Cummins, capatilising on defensive errors from Athlone gave Cork City all 3 points in another totally one sided game.
New signings Declan Fallon, Mark Walsh and Noel McGee all made the starting line up while Kevin Dunne made a substitute appearence. Unfortunately for Dunne, his 2011 debut was marked by a misplaced backpass allowing Cummins to pounce and grab his second goal.

For Athlone, Eoin Monaghan put in another impressive performance and seems to be improving with every game. Former Nenagh Celtic player Mark Walsh also put in a good first half, getting stuck into everything.

Town created little or nothing up front though and City keeper Mark McNultys only anxios moment was during a collision with Stephen Mulcahy as they tried to deal with a cross under pressure from Paul Danaher.

To add to Athlones woes, centre half Danaher saw red in the closing stages after he hauled Cummins to the ground, but there wasnt much time left for Cork to capatilise on the numeric advantage and so the game ended 2-0.

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Noel McGee gets away from Shane Duggan

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