ATHENRY WIN IN TIGHT AFFAIR
U14 Boys Connacht Cup (sat 29th Oct 2022)
Athenry 3 Melview (Longford) 2
Scorers: Cillian Smyth, Colm McCarthy, Jack Hession.
A windy and wet afternoon made it a difficult day for high quality football. Athenry took the lead with a goal from Cillian Smyth who beat the keeper from the edge of the box. Melview equalised through an attack down the left, shooting from out on the wing. At that point Athenry began to dominate possession and won a penalty after an excellent passage of play. The Melview keeper saved the penalty only for Colm McCarthy to score from the follow up to make it 2-1. In the second half, Jack Hession deflected an Eoghan Somers shot to give Athenry a 3-1 lead. Athenry continued to pressure the Melview goal, but the Melview keeper was in excellent form and kept the game competitive. In the closing minute's Melview snatched a second to make it a tense close to the game.
ODHRAN CAPS MIGHTY PERFORMACE WITH GOALS
U12 Boys Connacht Cup Round 2
Oranmore Brown 1 - 5 Athenry FC
Another fine performance from our under 12 boy's blue team today, progressing to round 3 of the Connacht Cup at the expense of Oranmore Brown. Captain James Byrne opened the scoring on 2 minutes with an opportunistic finish after a strike from Ethan Molloy was parried by the Oranmore ‘keeper. Then Odhran Keaveney Burke took over, first racing through from right wing and finishing with aplomb on the angle, then scoring a fine free kick into the top corner.
Ethan Molloy scored himself soon after with a calm finish following a great long-range strike from Evan Hoarty which was parried again by the impressive Oranmore keeper, who went on to make a string of fine saves to deny Athenry adding to their tally. 4-0 at half time. Oisin Burke completed the scoring in the second half with a fine strike from the edge of the box, after some excellent build up play from Leo Crawford and Matteo Carminati. Oranmore scored a late consolation to deny the clean sheet.
Player of the match - Odhran Keaveney Burke, who was a constant threat all game.
Well done to all the squad today.
MAGIC MIA HAT TRICK (Sun 23rd Oct 2022)
Athenry FC 3-2 Ballymote Celtic (AET)
x3 Mia Greaney
Having won a 1st round away in Sligo in September, Athenry U12 girls hosted another Sligo side in the 2nd round of the Connacht Cup on Sunday. Ballymote had dispatched Kiltullagh in the first round and the match was a very close one throughout.
The first half saw plenty of chances at both ends as great work in defence by Muireann Garvey, Liosa Griallais, Róna Brett and Shauna Costello cut out many of the Ballymote attacks with Aimee Farrell making some excellent saves to keep things level.
Athenry took the lead after 24 minutes as Mia Greaney ran onto a through ball from Rose Carroll and finished well. Shortly after the tip off that followed Liosa cleared the ball from the centre of defence finding Mia again on the right wing. She ran into the box to double the lead.
In the second half Ballymote's attack finally saw some deserved reward as they scored after 14 and 22 minutes to bring the game to extra time.
In extra time Aoibhinn Kelly in goals cleared any Ballymote attacks before they became a problem as she anticipated well and came out of her box to make multiple clearances. Approaching halftime in extra time Mia pounced on a short kickout and held off two defenders to finish past the advancing 'keeper for what proved to be the winner.
POTM: Mia Greaney
KELLY KEEPS THEM OUT AS PETRUS SCORES THE WINNER
U15 Boys Division 2 (Sat 22nd Oct 2022)
Athenry 1 Cregmore/Claregalway 0
Athenry U15B welcomed Cregmore/Claregalway to a very wet and windy Raheen this Afternoon. Cregmore started the brighter and created the better chances in the early exchanges, but excellent defending by the Athenry back 4 and some excellent saves by goalkeeper Cillian Kelly ensured the game remained goalless until halftime.
Athenry regrouped at half time and came out in the second half much the better team. Some neat build up play between Danny Joyce and Danny Petrus midway through the half saw Danny Petrus smash a stunning 25 yard strike to the roof of the net to score the only goal of the game. A tough battle ensued for the remainder of the half with both teams giving their all, in poor conditions, but a really solid defensive display ensured Athenry retained their lead until the end and gain a much-deserved victory.
Goal : Danny Petrus
MOTM: Ethan Burke
FIRST HALF JENNA HAT TRICK BRINGS U13'S BACK FROM THE BRINK
Athenry 6-3 Knocknacarra B (sunday 11th sept 2022)
A wet start to our first league game to kick off the season. Knocknacarra started well, going 2 goals up. Turned out the Athenry girls were just getting settled in for a goal fest. Athenry's first goal came from Jenna Brady with great play from the defence to thread the ball through. Jenna was there again to level it to 2-2. The Athenry defence of Lauren, Alicja, Sofija and Meabh were busy at times stalling the Knocknarra attacks. Knocknarra strikers were caught offside on a couple of occasions from a great defensive and focused back line. Brynn made some fantastic saves from the tricky Knockanarra #7 and diving on the ball during some goalmouth scrambles. Jenna finished off her hat-trick just before the half time whistle. This came from some great passing Aebha and Erin driving forward and forcing Knockncarra on the back foot with Aisling providing a great pass to Jenna to finish off her hat-trick!
The start of the second half brought two changes to the home team with the introduction of Sophie Murray and Venice Silke. The 4th goal came from a goalmouth scramble in the Knockncarra box before the alert Dearbhla hammered it home. Not long after Dearbhla's goal Aisling Higgins was fed a great ball from Ciara Bonner, following some great link up play by Erin Finnerty. Aisling made no mistake and placed the ball in the net. The introduction of Ciara Caulfield brought some fresh legs and also like Venice, her first game with the team, both players kept the momentum going. Venice made some important tackles to stop attacks from the Knocknacarra forwards.
Knocknacarra pulled a third goal back but Athenry looked very good for the win at this late stage. The last Athenry attack came from Aebha who made a great solo run toward goal with her shot just bouncing wide of the far post. The referees final whistle brought sheer excitement to the Athenry team and pure soaked with joy. These girls could not have made a better start or performance of getting their first winning game of the season off to a flying start. The coaching staff of Steve, Mark & Carol were pure proud of an excellent performance by all players today.