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Town Extend Unbeaten Run

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

League of Ireland Under 19
Athlone Town 4-1 Galway United ST.

On a bitter cold evening in Lecarrow, Athlone Town Under 19’s extended their unbeaten run with a first half blitz of Galway United.

With both pitches in Lissywollen deemed unplayable, Athlone called on the services of their Roscommon neighbours to use the County pitch at Lecarrow for the clash with Galway.

Goals from Jordan Conroy and Ethan Keogh, added to a brace from Eoin McCormack, sent the home side into a 4-0 lead at the break. When the second half came around, Athlone appeared to take their foot slightly off the gas, and although they conceeded a goal they still stayed in control of the game for most of the half.

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Two goal Eoin McCormack goes on the attack for Athlone Town

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Pat Scully congratulates Roddy Collins on his appointment as AthloneTown manager during last nights Under 19 League game

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Ireland Hit By Greece Lightning

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Weds 14th November 2012. International Friendly
Republic of Ireland 0-1 Greece

In the game dubbed the “Austerity Derby”, Ireland put on arguably one of their best performances of the year, only to end the 2012 with a defeat in front of a small crowd at Lansdowne Road.

For the brave souls in attendance there was a sense of excitement as the “new look” Ireland took to the field with David Forde, Seamus Coleman, Ciaran Clarke, James McClean and Shane Long in the starting line up.

Ireland should have had an early advantage after a clear handball in the penalty area inside the opening two minutes, however whether the referee didn’t see it, or didn’t want to give such an early penalty, the game stayed in full flow.

Despite some good interchange between, deserved man of the match, Seamus Coleman, James McClean and Shane Long, it was Greece that opened the scoring after half an hour when Loint Cholevas fired the ball past David Forde and into the bottom corner of the net.

The biggest cheer of the game came just as the second half was about to start when the number 21 was raised by the 4th Official, signalling Wes Hoolahan’s return to the International scene.

Despite an energetic display from the home side, they just couldn’t force a way past the Greek defence and so the “fantastic year”, as Marco Tardelli put it, came to an end with Ireland’s fifth loss from twelve games in 2012.

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Man of the Match, Seamus Coleman is hauled down during Ireland’s midweek clash with Greece

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Cup Joy For Candystripes

Sunday 4th Nov 2012. FAI Cup Final
Derry City 3-2aet St Patrick’s Athletic

In a repeat of the 2006 final, Derry City once again lifted the FAI Cup after tough encounter, requiring extra time, against St Patrick’s Athletic.

In front of a relatively small 16,000 crowd, both teams played out a dour first half which did little to excite the crowd of Saints, Candystripes and neutrals in attendance.

Making up for a lifeless start, it took less than ten minutes into the restart for the game to explode when Saints midfielder Sean O’Connor placed a perfectly struck free kick over the wall and to the left of Ger Doherty as the keeper stood rooted to the ground.

The St Pats fans cheering was short lived though when just 2 minutes later Derry were level thanks to Stewart Greacen.

With just over half an hour left to play, Pats keeper Brendan Clarke turned villain when he bundled Stephen McLaughlin to the ground after the Derry man intercepted a poorly hit clearance. Up stepped Rory Patterson, who had been sitting on the bench 10 minutes earlier, to send Clarke the wrong way and give Derry the lead.

With just 3 minutes left on the clock, and the Derry fans getting ready to go wild, Christy Fagan popped up to score a close range equaliser to send the game into extra time, as Derry failed to deal with Ger O’Briens cross into the box.

With tired legs on both sides, as the first period of extra time came to an end, Derry took the lead again when Patterson latched onto a long ball from midfield. With enough left in the tank to get past the Pats defenders, he skipped around the on rushing Clarke to fire the winning goal into the Derry packed North Stand goals.

With time running out, Vinny Faherty came closest to leveling again for Pats but his header flew just wide of the post. With no time to waste for St Pats, Derry keeper Ger Doherty made sure to waste as much as he could, earning a yellow card for his troubles.

As the final whistle blew it was the men from Derry who ran up and down the pitch in ecstasy as St Pats 51 year wait for Cup glory extended to 52.

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Derry fans rock out with a banana solo as The Undertones blast out over the pa

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St Pats fans celebrate Christy Fagans last gasp equaliser

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Derry City, FAI Cup Winners 2012

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Derry keeper Ger Doherty pay tribute to his late Grandfather having attended his funeral the morning of the Cup Final

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Big Win For Garrycastle Young Guns

Saturday 3rd Nov 2012 – Under 21
Garryacstle 4-10 … 0-7 St Malachys Ballinagore

Garrycastle Under 21’s steam rolled past St Malachys Ballingarore on a cold and wet Saturday evening as they ran out winners by 15 points in difficult playing conditions.

With the Under 21 level largely overlooked due to a variety of reasons, the visitors arrived with just the bare bones to make up the 15, while Garrycastle had just 1 substitute available.

The Garrycastle team reaped the benefit of sucessful adult sides with a number of players having lined out for Junior and Senior teams both this, and last year.

As the game went on in the mud and rain, the Malachys defence were no match for Eoin Monaghan who chipped in with 2 goals, and could have had 2 more but for the width of the crossbar.

The visitors could have narrowed the gap several times during the match, however innacurate free taking did them no favors. Garryacstle had no worries on that front with Alex Gardiner keeping a cool head to tap over points from frees and play to add to his 1st half goal.

Up front, Enda Keena and Paul Gunning also got in on the act with impressive displays while at the back Gary McCallon and Gary Mullery ensured very little go through to Michael Fagan in goals. On the rare occassion Malachys did get through on goal, Fagan was equal to their efforts with safe hands and some fine saves.

Sean Brennan continued to live up to his “utility player” reputation as he lined out in midfield. Brennan has already played in goals for the Seniors this year while also lining out at full back and half forward for the Juniors in recent seasons.

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Paul Gunnings battles his way to winning the ball against St Malachys Ballinagore

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Advantage Waterford

Saturday 20th October 2012. Promotion Play Off Semi Final 1st Leg
Longford Town 0-2 Waterford United

A goal inside the opening 30 seconds set Waterford on their way to a 2-0 win away from home in the first leg of the League of Ireland promotion play off semi final.

Before most spectators had even taken their seats, Blues midfielder Peter White headed the visitors into the lead to send the large traveling support into song. Waterford could have doubled their advantage before the break but for a fine save from Craig Hyland in the Longford goal. At the other end, things were a little quieter for Packie Holden due to a combination of Longfords lack of fire power up front and some solid defending from David Breen and John Frost.

Five minutes after the break Waterford headed themselves into a 2-0 lead when Craig Burns, almost unchallenged in the area, directed the ball towards Hylands top right corner as the keeper stood rooted to the ground. It could have been 3 not long after only for an acrobatic save from Hyland to deny Phelan a second goal.

Longfords clearest chance of note came in the last 5 minutes when Mark Sammon unleashed a powerful strike from distance, however Packie Holden pulled off the save of the game to stop the ball flying into the top corner of the net. From the resulting corner, Holden again was out to claim the ball in the crowded box to secure a clean sheet and two goal advantage going into next weeks sencond leg at the RSC

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