Team :- Dillion Quirke (GK), Callum, Senan, Conor, William (defence line) Adam L, Cahal (x1), Adam, Jack (x1) (center), Ciaran and Nathan (up front)
Subs- Alex (x3), Dion, Mark and Matt.

Today's match saw the boys play against a strong Corrib Celtic side in horrific weather conditions. Athenry were slow to get started and it took a while for them to get into the game and it was the visitors Corrib Celtic who pounced first with a strong attack and got their reward for it after only 5 minutes into the game when a cross was lifted into the Athenry box and Corrib got a somewhat lucky goal with a few deflections from the home team. Our lads were on the back foot after this but showed great endeavour to get back into the game and never gave up.

With strong passing from the midfield Athenry started to put pressure on the away team, and once they found their range and rhythm Athenry proceeded to get better through the first half as it progressed. Putting pressure on Corrib's two center backs they finally got their own reward with a good lay off from Adam Lavelle who set it up for a smashing strike by Cathal Lally, which took a slight deflection but none the less a fabulous bit of play between them both 1-1.

Going into halftime Athenry looked strong and the home side made a few changes with substitutes as Dion, Alex, Matt and Mark all came on. Athenry came out with fire in them and stronger with a confident glow as they had the slight advantage with the hill on their side.  With this renewed vigour, despite the weather Athenry took full advantage with one twos by Nathan, Adam Casey and Matt who opened up a great amount of space for Ciaran to run into. Ciaran received the ball and crossed it into Alex who put the ball into the back of the net with great pleasure and ease to make it 2-1. Once again Athenry built up more momentum and got another opportunity with Matt whipping in a good cross for Alex to force a great header and  pick out the far corner of the net to make it 3-1 to Athenry. 

Some more lively interchanging with the ball as William, Cahal and Alex all kept Corrib on their toes as Athenry kept the pressure on once again to carve out another chance and this they did as a 4th opportunity beckoned to get a goal and it was taken with aplomb as Nathan got a ball over the top into the corner and found Alex, whose first touch unfortunately wasn't the best but he got a lucky deflection and from about 20 yards out whipped the ball into the bottom left hand corner to make it 4-1. An excellent finish for him and the team.

But the game nor Athenry were finished yet as they were totally in the ascendency now and with 5 minutes to go Nathan put high pressure on Celtics back four forcing a mistake and put Jack through on goal, which we all know he slotted away with ease to make it 5-1. With some great defending by Callum and Dion keeping Corrib at bay as they tried to push on they met with little success as the defensive line held firm. A fantastic result for the boys in not so great weather conditions, every player made a serious contribution to a great game.
Onwards and upwards.


​​SFAI Cup U15 - In Moanbaun, Sat 14th, 2019
Athenry FC 7-0 Renmore

Scorers: Nathan Fox x3, Matthew Fitzgerald, Ciaran Brown, Connor lawless & an own goal.
Team - Dillion Quirke, Callum Redmond, Senan Treacy, Dion Belton, Alex Howard, Matthew Fitzgerald, Adam Casey, Conor Lawless, Adam Lavelle, Ciaran Brown, Nathan Fox.
Subs:Ryan Rabbit, Jack Kelleher, William Higgin.

Match Report:
Athenry under 15's went out this afternoon against Renmore, with great passion and excellent game play from kick off. They brought the game to the away team straight away, giving them no space. It was great to watch swift one two passing between Conor and Adam in midfield with support from Matt on the right wing. They kept Renmore pinned down and produced some great through balls to strikers Nathan and Ciaran. Whilst on the left wing Lavelle kept the game strong with great runs and crosses to Nathan just falling short as the Renmore defence kept Nathan under wraps.

Our back line became impenetrable with Alex on the left Dion & Senan in the centre giving Renmore no time to relax on the ball and Callum on the right putting some lovely balls through from Matthew. Dillion in goal, with great kick outs on and off the ground caused Renmore all sorts of problems. Midway through the half, Lavelle sent a super ball into the box with great accuracy and pace after excellent work down the right, leaving the Renmore defence helpless and putting the ball into their own net. This was a deserving lead going into half time.

It was a good score going into the second half as Athenry had a strong wind against them. The team had built up momentum going in, looking for a few more goals and using the wind to their advantage. Five minutes after the break Athenry got a free kick well into their own half, Dillon sent a great ball over the top that played Nathan through one on one with the keeper, Fox slotting it away nicely into the bottom left corner to make it 2-0. Athenry had Renmore pushed right back into their own half, a third goal was looming. Ciaran went through on goal and once again he produced a brilliant finish into the bottom left corner 3-0. Athenry did not hold back and were hungry for more. Nathan controlled the ball nicely from a flick on from Casey and then played a one two with Conor putting him through on goal and he slotted it into the bottom left corner with ease to make it four. Athenry continued to put pressure on the Renmore defence, a superb ball releasing Conor down the right wing once again as he crossed a teasing ball into the box, Nathan rose highest to put the ball past the helpless goalkeeper five nil, the interplay between Redmond and Kelleher was very pleasing on the eye. The intensity did not let up, overall it was outstanding and a great effort put in, Lavelle and Co. kept Renmore in their own half. Good play by Conor, Jack and Adam gave Alex an opportunity to get a shot away, with good goalkeeping by the opponents shot stopper keeping the shot away but great running off the ball gave Fitzgerald an easy finish into the empty net, he got the reward he deserved after a great work rate throughout the game. Near the end of the second half Athenry got a penalty, but the Renmore keeper denied the chance with a good save. Full time. A well deserved win by the under 15's, it was a great effort by all the players.

A bright future for the lads.


Galway FA U15 CHAMPIONSHIP - Sat 31st Aug @ Raheen

Athenry FC 3-2 Kinvara Utd

Scorers: Adam Lavelle x2 & x1 Nathan Fox - Man of the Match: Jack Kelleher

Athenry U15 A's came out on top 3-2 against a strong Kinvara side in Raheen this afternoon The weather made things slippery underfoot as players from both sides struggled early on to get to grips with the heavy going. In the early stages of the game Athenry looked promising on the attack as a good break away was pulled back when they were clear through on goal, the referee harshly blowing for offside.

Shortly after this, Kinvara struck themselves, as a sweeping move saw the visitors left 3 on 2 against Athenry as they moved forward and this resulted in a goal, but Athenry stuck to their task and a beautiful ball to Adam Lavelle saw him side foot past the keeper to restore parity. Two minutes later Athenry hit the front as a near carbon copy ball found Adam once again, with the same result further enhancing the young strikers growing reputation. 2-1 Athenry and game on, in what was turning out to be an entertaining game of football.

Kinvara to their credit came back once again and on the stroke of half time a 'wicked' ball into the Athenry box from a free found the back of the net via deflection of a defenders head. 2-2 as the referee signaled the end of the half.

The second half began with both sides trying to kick on and control the game. Athenry had to deal with some running repairs as a number of players went down with knocks. Some excellent interplay between Jack Kelleher, Matt Fitzgerald and Callum Redmond on a break from the back led to a ball being fed into Nathan Fox who scored with aplomb via a fortunate slight bobble in front of the goalie. 3-2 to Athenry.

The rest of the game featured some heroic defending and tackling from Athenry with Kinvara pushing for an equaliser. With just five minutes left on the clock the referee showed Athenry goal keeper Dillan Quirke a straight red and this put Athenry very much on the backfoot. Jack Kelleher stepped into the goal and proceeded to make two massive saves from free kicks to effectively win Athenry the game.

Three points and a great start to the season despite the conditions. Well done to a tenacious U15A side who never gave up today.


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