ARCHIVES 2020/21 part 1


In a season that became interrupted by a world pandemic it was very much sport that suffered as social distancing, mask wearing and vaccinations became, sadly, a way of life. With the first team poised to mount another challenge for the title, the league was voided then we had a resumption. So hopefully all bodes well now for our club and others as we face the challenges to come. Hopefully these are just on the field of play. Keep Safe All.

The Galway Football Association are delighted to announce that after numerous meetings with the Football Association of Ireland the recent decision to cancel the season has been overturned and our extension has been granted. Season restarts on the 7th June. To launch the Restart two U13 games will be played In Eamonn Deacy Park on the 7th June. Massive thank you to all our Clubs and everyone who showed their support throughout this process. Fixtures to be posted soon.

Following on from our First Team reaching the semi-final of the FAI Junior Cup 2019/20, the Club has accepted the invite to participate in the qualifying round of the FAI Senior Cup 2021.
The qualifying round of fixtures will take place on the weekend ending 11th July 2021.
Updated FAI Covid Safer Return to Playing protocols will apply to all fixtures and all clubs will receive the updated protocols in advance of their fixture. The date & time of the online draw for the qualifying round will be advised in due course.

Athenry Football Club November 2020
Work started today on the construction of a path from the car park to the ring road. Athenry Football Club is delighted that this work is underway. We would like to thank Cllr Gabe Cronnelly who has been pitching for this over the years on behalf of the club and to local council engineer Peter Gavin for applying for the grant to enable this at short notice. We would also like to thank our neighbours for facilitating this and we hope there is not too much convenience to them during the construction. This work when complete will result in a safer route to the clubhouse and onwards to our community walkway. Whilst we are going through difficult times this development and the completion of the walkway are positives to the respective clubs and the community as a whole.

The following are some key points in helping stop the spread of COVID 19. We continue to follow the appropriate up to date guidelines.
No person (child, parent/guardian, coach, player) should attend an event if unwell or any members of their household are unwell with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 including awaiting test/ results or a confirmed case.
Social (Physical) distancing, hand hygiene, and good respiratory etiquette should be observed by all (children, parents, coaches and adult players).
Households should bring their own household members to the event and not share transport to or from the venue.
If the parent/guardian is staying at the event, they should not congregate at the venue, please maintain the correct social distancing and wear a face mask.
We encourage parents to have children wait in the car or outside the venue until just before the beginning of a practice, warm-up, instead of congregating with other children prior to the start.
Notification of attendance to the COVID-19 compliance officer or event organiser ensures adequate facilities and staff for safer training and contact tracing. This is done prior to the start of training.
Children should arrive, train and leave in their gear.
Everyone should be encouraged to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in a waste paper bin.
Avoid sharing of water-bottles. Each child should bring their own water-bottle clearly labeled with their name.
Where physical distancing is not possible or followed, face coverings should be worn by coaches, officials, parents, volunteers and any other spectators present. Face coverings are not intended to protect the wearer, but rather to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 from the person wearing the mask.
Thank you for your continued support and adherence to government regulation.
Thank you.


Corofin 0 - 7 Athenry FC U13C

3rd Oct 2020
On the beautiful morning Athenry FC were out of the traps right from the whistle
and had the opposition under large periods of sustained pressure, allowing Danny Pertus to pop up from midfield to open the scoring. This was followed by 2 quick goals from Ben Gacquin, and a thunderbolt from Richard Humphreys. Darragh Lally completed the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot. A series of half time changes did nothing to disrupt the Athenry flow and great wing play from Luke Geary and Liam Murphy allowed Fionn Branaghan to add 2 quick goals to the score line before the ever industrious Jeff Ogunbayo played in Fionn to complete the scoring and a well deserved Hat-Trick. Superb displays all round and a very well deserved victory.

Athenry 8-3 MacDara

3 October 2020
Galway FA U13 Division 1 league game Athenry FC v Mac Dara (Carraroe)
A bright sunny and early start at Moanbaun saw the u13B team take on Mac Dara. A fine team performance with a solid defence, winning the midfield battle and pacey wingers feeding the strikers. This team are finding great form and are exciting to watch - super performances from everyone. Final score 8-3 to Athenry.


U15 GFA Division 1 Girls Athenry 3-1 Colga (13/09/20)
The first time the club has had a second team in league at U15 girls. It resulted in a win against a very strong Colga team played in a competitive but fair nature. The first goal came from very good footwork from Molly Noone that resulted in a penalty she converted to the roof of the net. The second goal came from a super first time volley from Isabella Lyons to the roof of the net, her first goal for the club. The third goal again from nifty footwork by Molly Noone to cross the ball across the goal line for the captain Sinead O'Mahony to tap in.
The defense of Rhiannon, Lauren, Ellen and Sarah were rock solid and had to be to keep out late pressure. Cara and Sophie were unlucky not to get goals but worked very hard for the team. Amber made a super save to keep the game at 3-1 whilst her sisters Marissa and Aisling worked tirelessly. Tegan came on and was a handful against tiring legs. Well done girls.