Irish National Cup U12

Athenry 0-0 Corofin aet

Athenry win 4-2 on penalties
Athenry U12's welcomed Corofin to Moanbaun this morning in very wet and windy weather. Despite the weather there was some high quality football but chances were limited. Corofin did break through the Athenry defence but could not find a way past Elim Grilish, who was in fine form today. Game ended goaless and onto extra time. Athenry came more into the game but again chances were limited and onto penalties. Shane Thomas took Athenry's first and calmly slotted home. Corofin hit the post on their second penalty and Luke Murtagh slotted his home to give Athenry the advantage. Corofin scored their third and Charlie O'Driscoll finished his to keep Athenry ahead. A fine diving save from Elim denied Corofin on the fourth penalty, which left Jason Davey to seal the win, as he calmly found the top corner. Onto the next round! Well done all.


Match Report. SFAI Cup U16:
Yeats Utd 2-5 Athenry FC (noonex2, lundstrum, kennedy, farrelly)

Athenry u16 girls came away with a fine win in wet and windy Sligo against Yeats Utd.
Athenry playing against the strong wind in the first half settled quickest. After creating a number of half chances, including hitting the post, Mollie Noone broke the deadlock midway through the half. Athenry held on to this lead until half time. The squad was rotated at half time and Athenry started the second half again on the front foot. After a period of concerted pressure, Vicky Lundstrum scored Athenrys second goal early in the second half. This seemed to spur Yeats onto new heights and they hit for two quick goals to level the match, somewhat against the run of play. In fairness to the Athenry girls, they didn't panic, they regrouped and found an extra gear. Kate Kennedy scored Athenrys third shortly after Yeats equaliser. Ella Farrelly and Mollie Noone rounded off the scoring as Yeats wilted in the final minutes.

A great squad display on a day where a chunk of experienced first teamers were unavailable.
Captain Ciara Cunney was solid in goal and could not be faulted for either of Yeats goals.
Rhiannon Gorton, Hazel Burke, Sarah Egan, Molly Geary, Ashling Stewart and Katie Noone were composed in defence and were the platform for this win. The midfield of Lily Warde, Sophie Costello, Sophie Hogan, Alison McGreevy, Kate Kennedy, Ella Farrelly and Vicky Lundstrum were clinical. Strong running, excellent passing and three goals was a great return of their efforts. Aoife Kelly and Mollie Noone upfront never gave their markers a minutes rest with Mollie scoring 2 goals.

Thanks to Caroline and Clare for travelling with us. Thanks to the parents who came to support. Thanks to Brian and Ian for organising the logistics. Thanks to Yeats Utd for a sporting game.


Claremorris 2 - 4 Athenry (aet) U15 Connaught Cup 
The girls travelled to Claremorris for a tough encounter against tough opposition on a soggy pitch. A goal a piece from Mollie Noone who scrambled the ball over the line and another from Kerri O'Driscoll put us 2-1 up at halftime. Claremorris were much more on top in the second half and got an equaliser well into the second half. Both sides chased the winner but saves from both keepers brought the game to extra time.

No goals in the first half of extra time with again some great defence and saves. The second half was much the same and penalties looked very much on the cards until the prolific Kerri O'Driscoll struck two superb finishes a few minutes apart putting the game to bed. The scoreline did not reflect how close the game was.

Great performances in midfield from Sophie Costello, Tarron Kilkenny(C), Alison McGreevy, Katie Noone, Kate Kennedy, and dogged defending from Aine Mooney, Cora Sweeney, Hazel Burke & Molly Geary. Our attackers of Kerri, Molly, Ella Farrelly & Sophie Hogan were a constant threat. Special mention to both keepers that were excellent including our own Kara O'Neil and Pierce the referee who let the game flow.

Claremorris AFC were unfortunate not to get to penalties we wish them the best in the shield, they will be very tough to beat. They spoiled us with a great feast afterwards which we were very grateful for.


Under 12 Premier 9th Oct 2021
Athenry 1-1 Cregmore/Claregalway 

A first home outing of the season for the U12 Premier team saw them play out a 1-1 draw. Athenry started brightly and had the majority of the ball, but it was Cregmore/Claregalway that struck first, catching Athenry on the counter attack with a fine finish from their striker. The game was a tough battle in the middle of the pitch and remained this way until 3 minutes from the end, when Shane Tomas was fouled outside the box. He then took the free which was parried by the keeper and fell to Pedro Gomes to calmly finish. Athenry pushed for the winner but it never came. Well done to all the squad for the battling draw and to Nathan Flannery who came off the bench to make 2 fine saves.


Connacht Cup R1 U16.
Athenry A 4-1 Corofin 1

Well done to our U16A team today. Boys played some very good football. Great teamwork throughout. Our first goal came from great play out from the back. David Kilbane to Sam Nyhan and a great finish from Matthew Collins. We were very unlucky not to score one or two more in the 1st half. Our back 4 of Jason Coffey, Daniel Tear, Senan Treacy and David Kilbane, all played very well and along with James Diviney were all involved in moving and passing the ball effectively throughout the game. Excellent work rate and positive attitude was displayed by all our players. Our goal keeper Cormac McFadden had an excellent save in the 1st half to maintain our lead going into half time. Our second goal came from an excellently struck penalty by Igor Cygan after Matthew Collins was taken down in the box. Our third goal came from a well taken corner from Matthew Collins and a fabulous header from Norbert Gaiderovas. All our forwarders; Hugh McDonald, Matthew Collins, Sam Nyhan, Norbert Gaiderovas and Igor Cygan worked very hard throughout the game. Aska Little and Stephen Kinsella came on early in the 2nd half and both had a very positive contribution to the game, with both involved in some excellent passes and well timed runs. Aaron Daly, just back from injury, and Matthew Olney also came on in the 2nd half and made a positive impact. Matthew Olney scored a super goal from a pass from Igor Cygan.

Onwards to round 2.


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.


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.


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.


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. 

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!


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.

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 !!


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.