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Ten Men Inter Tame Celtic Lions

Sat 30th July 2011. Dublin Super Cup
Inter Milan 2-0 Celtic

All the pre match talk surrounding Game 2 of the Dublin Super Cup involved reminiscing back to Lisbon, 1967, when Celtic and Inter Milan done battle for the European Cup.
Unfortunately, and as with Game 1, the match proved to be somewhat of a damp squib with little or none of the excitement of the pre match expectation. While the crowd improved greatly, it was still a far cry from what many would have expected.

Inter, despite playing most of the match with 10 men after Thiago Motta was dismissed, ran out comfortable 2-0 winners, with Celtic looking like a distant shadow of their 1967 counterparts. The fact that they have already started their domestic League didnt help the competition as keeping players fit and injury free will have quite rightly been a priority.
The Celtic fans though seemed blissfully unaware of the poor display on the pitch as they spent most of the 90 minutes singing and in the huddle … although having their backs to the pitch was probably part craic and part excuse to not have to watch the game!


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Luc Castaignos celebrates scoring Inter Milans opening goal


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City Knock The Wind Out Of Airtricity Sails

Sat 30th July 2011. Dublin Super Cup
Manchester City 3-0 Airtricity League XI

A largely unknown Manchester City team opened their Dublin Super Cup account with a win over an Airtricity League XI at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road.
With the European exploits of Shamrock Rovers, Sligo Rovers and St Patricks Athletic, the League representitive team had a smaller selection pool than would have been liked, and with commotion surrounding players payments, along with “ShowerGate” there was always an uncertainty about how the team would perform.

Some games have it all … unfortunately this was not one of those games. It proved to be lack lustre affair played in front of an extremly low and uninterested crowd. The only noise for large periods of the game was a loud booing from Celtic fans whenever Man City, and former Rangers, player Vladamir Weiss got near the ball.
Adam Johnson and Shaun Wright-Phillips did get crackers of goals however but thats about all that can be said about the match.

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Captains Barry Molloy and Gareth Barry battle for the ball

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A Piece Of Cake As Castle Devour Bun

Sunday 24th July 2011. Westmeth senior Championship.
Garrycastle 4-13…1-08 Bunbrosna.

A first half goal from Paddy Mulvihill, followed up by second half goals from James Diugnan, David O’Shaughnessy and James Dolan ensured Garrycastle had a comfortable 14 point win over Bunbrosna on a warm, humid evening in Tang.

Garrycastle could have increased the winning margin had they taken all their point chances in the first half instead of trying for strikes on goal, but luckily on this occassion they wont rue those missed opportunities.

At times Bunbrosna looked like architects of their own downfall with constant bickering among themselves throughout the game. Also, some players persisted in trying pot shots from every and any angle, while giving out to any team mates who tried the same, much to their annoyance.

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James Dolan fires the ball over the bar for a first half point

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Garrycastle Ease Past Shamrocks

Sunday 17th July 2011. westmeath Senior Championship.
Mullingar Shamrocks 0-07 … 2-10 Garrycastle. Cusack Park.

Garrycastle cruised to a 9 point victory over Mullingar Shamrocks in wet and blustery conditions at Cusack Park. Although a tough battle was expected, Shamrocks barely got out of the starting blocks while Garrycastle didnt really need to up their gear to claim the victory.

Garrycastle went into the break with a 5 point lead thanks to a blistering run upfield by John O’Shaughnessy to latch on to a pass from Rory McGowan, and desipte losing control of the ball the defender managed to let fly on the half volley to sent the ball crashing into the net.

The second half played out much the same as the first with Conor Cosgrove adding a goal to his points tally with a powerful left foot shot that came close to bursting the net and ending up in the Drapery Dept of Dunnes Stores. Karl Henson then almost emulated O’Shaughnessy goal with run from defence, but the wing back calmly slotted the ball over the bar to widen the winning margin.

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Robbie Shine holds off a challenge from Aongus Smyth

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Limericks Gamble Pays Off

Saturday 16th July 2011. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-1 Limerick FC.

With the opposition teamsheet listing Shaun Maher, John Frost, Joe Gamble and Denis Behan you could be forgiven for thinking Athlone had been catapulted into the Premier Division. However the cash injection to Limerick FC has allowed those players grace Division 1.

Although to be fair, apart from several fouls, Joe Gambles biggest contribution to the game was providing the pun for the headline as the Town midfield kept the former Cork star relatively quiet for the 90 minutes.

Athlone really stepped up to the plate against title hopefuls and although they again created very little chances up front, as a team they did not look at all out of place against the Limerick “Galacticos”, with Wayne Colbert in particular popping up here, there and everywhere to cut out Limerick attacks while trying to set some up for Athlone.

Overall, a draw would have been the fairest result and it looked to be going that way until a moment of misjudgement from Town keeper Brian Collopy gifted Limerick with an open goal and substitute Sean Brosnan made no mistake from close range to keep Limerick in the hunt for promotion.

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Jason Hughes gets to grips with Joe Gamble

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Limerick go all continental using nicknames on their jerseys

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Garrycastle Earn Bragging Rights

Wednesday 13th July 2011. Westmeath Junior Championship.
Athlone 0-05 … 1-09 Garrycastle. Pairc Ciarain.

A first half goal from Padraig Cosgrove gave Garrycastle a good foundation for a 7 point victory over close neighbours Athlone in Pairc Ciarain. Garrycastle can be thankful for a strong save from Stephen McGuire to parry a goal bound shot over the bar towards the end of the half to keep the home score down to just 3 points.

Athlone started the second half with a burst of energy and were rewarded with 2 points in quick succession from Ray Connellon. But Garrycastle rose to the challenge and the introduction of Eoin Monaghan gave them a boost and caused Athlone problems with every attack.

Par for the course with South Westmeath derbies, there were a number of scuffles,skirmishes and a melee to keep the small crowd entertained.

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Despite being called a tinker and a knacker by the Athlone mentors, Garrycastles Tom McHugh was actually the recipient of a few stray elbows and this nasty purple nurple!!

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McGee On The Double Gets Town Out Of Trouble

Friday 8th July 2011. Airtricity League Division 1.
Mervue United 1-2 Athlone Town. Fahy’s Field.

Two second half strikes from Noel McGee secured a second win on the bounce for Athlone as they came from a goal down to take all 3 points at Fahys Field.

With Mervue starting the stronger of the two teams, Rory Gaffney put the home side ahead just before the half hour mark with a thunderous drive from distance leaving Brian Collopy routed to the ground. Gaffney proved to be a thorn in Athlones side with a number of mazy runs but luckily for the visitors there was no end product. Although the goal gave Mervue a boost it also killed off a lot of their play as almost every bit of possession they had for the rest of the half resulted in a pot shot hoping to emulate Gaffneys strike.

In the second half Athlone started to get into a stride with Conor Kavanagh calming things down to settle the ship every time he got on the ball. Eoin Monaghan was lively throughout and his hard work and determination along the left wing set up the equalising and winning goal as McGee notched up two almost identical goals in the space of 15 minutes.

With Athlone on top for the remainder of the game, Mervue were reduced to 10 men when Jason Molloy saw the red mist, and the red card with a challenge on Athlone captain Kevin Williamson.
Despite a number of attacks towards the end, Athlone couldnt find a third goal but done enough to take three points to swap places with their opponents in the League table.

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Athlone Town goalscorer Noel McGee gets away from Barry McEntee

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