MATCH REPORTS 2021/22


LATE GOALS UNDO ATHENRY

U16 Div 2 Boys - Match Report
High scoring game against Maree/Oranmore B team, final score 4-8 to Oranmore. Athenry came back to 5-4 after being 5-2 down, but went down to ten men due to a last man tackle. Jack Molloy saved penalty but the extra man proved to be too much and Athenry conceded 3 late goals. Scorers for Athenry were Caelin Harrington with 2, Bartek Woleniuk and James Sido. We had 3 lads making their Athenry debuts, Cian Kelly, Sean Doggett and Jack Freeney who all performed well. We also welcomed Jack Molloy and Jack Duffy back to the team. Overall an encouraging performance against strong opposition.


ELLA EXEMPLIFIES TEAM SPIRIT!

U15 Premier - Athenry 2-2 Bearna Na Forbache 
Yet another entertaining girls premier game delivered in Moanbaun this afternoon. A tough encounter with little between the teams. Athenry were unlucky to go in at half time a goal down after conceding a penalty after missing some good chances themselves. End to end stuff in the second half but it was Barna that scored again from a long range effort. Fifteen minutes left in the game Athenry showed great character to get a result. Molly Noone broke down the left and cut a great ball across the goal that Kerri O'Driscoll finished to the back off the net. With 1 minute left Ella Farrely chased down a lost cause to earn a free. Molly and Kerri combined again on the free kick before Kerri curled a shot into the corner. No more than Athenry deserved after a battling performance. Super performances across the entire team. Special mention to some of the older girls (Ciara, Vicki, Rhiannon) in the picture who came down to cheer on the younger girls and had done similar in the U13 match that was on earlier. Great to see this spirit in the club.


GREALISH PENALTY SAVE TOPS A GREAT WIN IN COUNTY FINAL

Athenry U12 Boys Community Games Team won the County Final this evening. Winning 4-2 over Kinvara. Athenry produced a superb performance in really tough conditions to secure a win in the county final of the community games against a strong Kinvara side. The lads showed real spirit and attitude to fight back after going one nil down in the first half. 3 rapid free kicks in succession from Daniel O'Halloran meant Athenry went in leading 3-1 at half time. Athenry added a fourth early in the second half thanks to a neat finish from the ever present Oran Greaney. Kinvara were awarded a penalty in the second half but Athenry's keeper, Elim Grealish, was up to the task and pulled off a great save! There were some superb performances across the Athenry team and they played really controlled football in the final ten minutes to earn a well deserved win! Next stop Roscommon where the lads will represent Galway in the Connaught finals on 18 sept.


BELFAST CUP - A GREAT TOURNAMENT

The inaugural Belfast Youth Cup took place at Ulster University Jordanstown in Association with the Sports Services Department at the University. This years tournament gave our youngsters the opportunity to play against the very best teams across the country.


The tournament format included sections for Boys born in 2008s, 2009s, 2010's, 2011's, 2012's & 2013's and was by invitation only, featuring top level youth teams from across Ireland. Due to Covid 19 European & UK entries were not able to attend unfortunately.  


Our u12's and u13's participated in the prestigious invitational from the 12-14th August 2021. Ireland’s best football nurseries and academies Shamrock Rovers, Finn Harps, St Kevin’s Boys, Cherry Orchard, Glentoran, Linfield , Crusaders FC all fancied their chances of lifting the trophy. This tournament gave Athenry FC underage players opportunities to develop their skills, and measure themselves against the best in their age cohort at a nationwide level. This is a brilliantly organised tournament under the motto “Playing For The Future “, which encourages cross border cooperation in communities. 

ATHENRY U13'S THIRD PLACE FINISH IN BELFAST YOUTH CUP!
Qualified top of their group yesterday, it was into the Cup semi final against Glentoran Academy today. A gritty performance by our boys against a physically much stronger side, which was decided by a single goal in the Northern Ireland’s sides favour. No fault to our boys, a hit post, a few unconverted chances, but most importantly no lack of effort or endeavour. Those endeavours might not have seen Athenry reach the final, but a 4-0 win against Cliftonville secured a third place finish in a highly prestigious national tournament. A super week, a big thank you to the players, coaches, parents, our sponsors and the club for allowing it to happen. And a special thank you to Sharon, Aine and Marie!


U12'S WIN PLATE TROPHY

Well done to Athenry U12's 2009's, winning 3rd place in the plate competition today at the Belfast Youth Cup, beating Larne 5-4 on penalties, having scored an equaliser with the last kick of the game. Congrats to all the players and coaches on a great 2 days for the club.


ATHENRY U13'S ARE INTO SEMI FINAL
A marvellous series of football matches today saw a young Athenry side excel against District League, Academy and League of Ireland opposition. The day opened with a 4-1 win against a Cavan Monaghan side, followed by an excellent 2-0 win against Shamrock Rovers. The boys were brought back down to earth quickly with a 2-0 defeat to Loughgall FC. The lads settled with a win against Westport United and a draw against Maiden City, to top their group. So tomorrow at 1.00 pm sees our young charges take on one of Northern Ireland’s top sides and academies Glentoran FC. The other semi final sees Linfield FC and Crusaders FC meet. Onwards and Upwards . The best of good luck tomorrow.


Athenry U12s had a great day today at the Belfast Youth Cup with 2 draws and a fantastic win in their last match, with goals from Shane Tomas and Alan Duffy.


A massive shout out to the mammy's Sharon Cooley, Marie Touhy and Aine Graillais for the support and everything you have done for the boys in Belfast !!


U11 DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE UPDATE

With over 600 players experiencing the thrill and excitement of coming through the tunnel onto DEACY PARK over the August bank holiday weekend by playing the quarter-finals of the Galway FA U11's it was a pleasure to facilitate our future stars of the game we love. Athenry U11's had a highly enjoyable day in Eamon Deacy Park for the latest round of the development league. Congratulations to all the teams that took part and to the Galway FA who ran an amazing tournament. Athenry were well represented with 4 teams and played lovely football. Well done to all the players and parents for time and support over the season. Scorers: Evan Hoarty, Conor O’Brien, Shane Thomas.




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