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Winning Start For The Castle

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Sunday 24th February 2013
Garrycastle 2-11 … 0-06 Tubberclair

Goals from James Dolan and Peadar Mulvihill helped Garrycastle get their League campaign off to a winning start on a cold, crisp morning in the Midlands.

Despite Tubberclair taking an early lead, Garrycastle went into the half time break with a 6 point advantage thanks to scores from Johnny Maguire, Paddy Mulvihill, Neil Rattigan and James Dolan who chipped in with a goal and a point. The second half proved to be one way traffic with 2 of the full back line getting on the score sheet when Gary McCallon and then Enda Mulvihill slotted the ball over the bar. An Eoin Monaghan point and substitute Peadar Mulvihill’s goal from close range wrapped up the 11 point win.

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James Dolan fires past Gary Connaughton for Garrycastles 1st goal of the game


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Jim McGuinness was a surprise spectator at Garrycastle’s opening League game of 2013 😉


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Boys Man Up As Willow Bow Out

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Sunday 24th February 2013. Leinster Senior Cup 3rd Round
Willow Park 1-2 St Kevin’s Boys

Willow Park missed out on a plum draw against fellow Midlanders, Longford Town, after bowing out of the Leinster Senior Cup at the hands of St Kevin’s Boys.

While a tough challenge was always in store for the home side, they gave away far too many needless free kicks throughout the the game, which made the battle even harder.

St Kevin’s took a first half lead when goalkeeper Ian Bolger and centre back Jimmy Mullally collided trying to block Mark Sommers attack on goal. As the ball popped out of the bunch, Sommers got to his feet first to fire the ball into an empty net. The home side thought they would have the chance to level things from the spot when a St Kevin’s player appeared to handle the ball inside the penalty area, however their claims were waved away by the referee.

The visitors doubled their lead in the second half with a well struck shot on the turn from Joe Watson, before Willow pulled one back when substitute Mark Nicholson fired home from close range.

As both sides battled on, Willow grew in strength but alas they couldn’t convert their chances and the tie went the way of St Kevin’s Boys.

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Ian Bolger and Jimmy Mullally collide with Mark Sommers before St Kevin’s opening goal


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Brian Frawley tries to force an equaliser as Craig Reilly and Ross Carrig get in a tangle


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Champions Crown For Unbeaten Town

February 13, 2013 Leave a comment

Tues 12th February 2012. League of Ireland U19
Athlone Town 2-1 Mervue United

Having secured the title a week previous, Athlone Town Under 19s were crowned Southern Division Champions after a 2-1 win over Mervue United on Tuesday night in Lecarrow.

Unfortunately, due to an unplayable Lissywollen pitch, the occasion could not be marked on home soil, however credit to the Roscommon & District League who, not for the 1st time, came to the rescue to ensure an Athlone game went ahead.

With the title already wrapped up, there was a distinct lack of urgency to the Town play in the opening exchanges, with pot shots from distance rarely troubling the Mervue keeper. Mervue capitalised on the slow start and deservedly opened the scoring inside 15 minutes. To their credit, Mervue were 1 of just 2 teams to hold Athlone to a draw during the season (Limerick being the other), and they threatened to become the only team to beat them as they went into half time a goal to the good.

After the break, Athlone changed things around, with the lively duo of Jordan Conroy and Danny Campion coming off the bench. And it was Campion who helped Town get back on track after the referee adjudged the Mervue keeper to have taken him down in the box…much to the disgust of the visiting support.
Up stepped Ian Sweeney, who calmly sent the keeper the wrong way to level the score.

With the increased tempo came increased tension as Athlone fought hard to maintain their unbeaten League status. With the visitors eager to become “Town Slayers”, tackles flew in from all side as the intensity of the game stepped up a notch.

With 15 minutes to go, Athlone took the lead when midfielder David Brookes fired home from close range in a crowded penalty box, securing all 3 points for the champions.

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Evan McEvoy starts an attack for Athlone

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Ian Sweeney collects the ball after scoring the equalising goal from the penalty spot as the Mervue keeper still protests the decision

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Wessi’s Goal Sinks The Poles

Wednesday 6th February 2013. International Friendly
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Poland. Aviva Stadium, Lansdwone Road.

Goals from Ciaran Clarke and Wes Hoolahan gave a new look Ireland team a victory over a Polish side that could be forgiven for thinking they were playing at home.

If the old saying “Guinness doesn’t travel well” holds true, then the Irish fans can be described as the exact opposite of the “black stuff”! While an estimated 20,000 fans took planes, trains and automobiles to Poznan and Gdansk during Euro 2012, having the title of “Best fans in the world” bestowed on them by many (not least themselves), a paltry home support turned up to see the Boys In Green take on their Polish counterparts as Fortress Lansdowne was turned red and white by the away fans.

The friendly gave Giovanni Trapattoni the opportunity to blood some players with Conor Sammon and Joe Hendrick handed debuts, while David Forde, Ciaran Clarke, Greg Cunninghan, Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and the two James, McCarthy & McClean, also added to their caps tally.

Although the visitors had more of the play throughout the first half, it was the Irish that took a lead into the break with Ciaran Clarke reacting quickest to Artur Borucs save from Shane Long.

In the second half, the eventual introduction of Wes Hoolahan gave the midfield an extra dimension and the former Shelbourne player gave his chances of earning more caps a massive boost with an exceptional finish to secure the win.

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David Forde saves with his feet against Poland

David Forde saves with his feet against Poland

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Wes Hoolahan fires home Irelands second goal

Wes Hoolahan fires home Ireland’s second goal

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