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TONIGHTS MATCH POSTPONED DUE TO REFEREE AVAILABILITY
Match v Mervue for GFA Premier Division has been rescheduled for MAY 25TH.
Business end of the season and couldn't have a tougher run in. All support is welcome and greatly appreciated as the first team look to get their hands on the league title.
Upcoming fixtures atm:
Sun 22nd, Home vs Salthill Devon
Wed 25th, Away vs Mervue Utd
Wed 1st, Home vs Mervue Utd


ATHENRY ANNUAL CLUB AWARDS 2021/22 SEASON
Date: Sun 29th May, 2022 Venue: Raheen Woods Hotel
Kick-off is at 5pm, please arrive beforehand to avoid any queues! This season has seen 28 competitive teams from U12 upwards playing in the Athenry jersey and each team will be awarded the following trophies.
1. Managers Player of the Season
2. Players Player of the Season
3. Most Improved Player
The winners of the Club Draw for May will also be done live that evening. There will be finger food available, along with a raffle, club merchandise, Club Draw information etc.
Hope to see you all there. 


ATHENRY 'TEAR' INTO THE SILVERWARE

U16 Boys are Championship Cup Winners for 2022 as they won in Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday against a resolute Colemanstown United who never made this an easy game of football. Scoring for Athenry were Daniel Tear & Adam Lavelle with Hugh McDonald getting the MOTM nod. Well Done to the team, their supporters & parents/guardians and to team trainers and coaches Owen Diviney and Anatolij Gaiderovas. Match report here.

THOSE GAMES KEEP ON A'COMIN'

It's the busy end to the season as Athenry have no time to dwell on the CFA Cup semi final defeat to Salthill Devon (1-0) last Sunday. Athenry will play this Wednesday 18th May away to Mervue Utd @7.00pm. After that is another game at home to Salthill Devon on Sunday 22nd May. All support is welcomed and appreciated to all of our remaining games to roar on the lads.


​CLUB AGM ANNOUNCED

Athenry Football Club is pleased to announce our Annual General Meeting has been fixed for Monday 13th June 2022 at 7.45pm at the Athenry FC Clubhouse. Further details follow.


U16 CUP FINAL LIVE MATCH TO VIEW

For All who may not be able to join us for the GFA U16 Championship Cup Final Colemanstown Utd vs Athenry AFC fixture in Eamon Deacy Park Sunday 15/05/2022 At 11:00, Courtesy of Colemanstown Utd and Athenry AFC, You can watch it live ONLINE FOR FREE via YouTube . Any time before the game (or during) Just Click on the following link and SUBSCRIBE to the channel. LIVE STREAM WILL START for all subscribers AT 10:30 AM
https://www.youtube.com/c/galwayfootballassociation
Best of luck to Owen, Anatolij and all the lads


CLUB NEWS 

Big win in the Men's Premier Division on Wednesday evening in Bohermore as Athenry beat Galway Hibernians 3-2 to go six points clear of second placed Mervue United. Scoring were Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Ray Moran & Cathal Fahy. Also a massive Well Done to Athenry's Amy Coffey who is playing for the Galway FA U19 ladies who booked their place in the FAI National interleague Semi Finals. Amy scored in the 2-1 win over South Tipperary last night in Eammon Deacy Park with Ellen Conlon scoring the other.


LATEST SENIOR NEWS

Tonight Wednesday 11th May in the GFA Mens Premier Division in Bohermore it's an important game away to Galway Hibs with a kick-off for 7.00pm. A win would help stretch the lead at the top of the league. 

LADIES/GIRLS/BOYS SOCCER NEWS

It ended 4-0 to U19's Athenry Girls versus Knocknacarra on Monday with Amy Coffey, Vicky Lundström, Caitlin Mullen & Nina Bodamor all contributing with excellent goals. This has now set up a mouth watering Play Off game against Colga to decide the winners of the Premier Division. In further U19's Girls news the U19 Connacht Cup Final has been set for this coming Saturday 14th May. The opposition will be Mervue Utd at Mervue with a Kick-off time of 4.00pm. In other Finals news the GFA Boys U16 Championship Cup Final has been fixed for a day later on Sunday 15th May versus Colemanstown Utd at Eamonn Deacy Park, Terryland with a Kick-off at 11.00am. All support is welcome and greatly appreciated at all these games.

U16 GIRLS ARE DOUBLE WINNERS

A fantastic winning season for this group of players who showed what it takes to be Champions. They completed the League & Cup Double away to Maree/Oranmore with goals from Aoife Kelly, Victoria Lundstrom and Ella Farrelly in a 3-0 win. It's not over yet as our U19's take on Knocknacarra FC in a crucial league match this evening (Mon 9th May) at 7.15pm. So if you want to watch some entertaining football then get on down to Athenry.


LATEST RESULTS FROM AROUND THE CLUB
In the Men's Premier Division on Saturday at home in Moanbaun it ended in a 3-3 draw with Ray Moran x2 & Adam Duffy both scoring. In the GFA Youth Division 1 on Sunday away in Kinvara it finished Kinvara Utd 3-3 Athenry FC B with scorers being Luke Morgan, Matthew Bane & a late Thomas Fleet goal to share the points. In the Boys U16 Championship also on Sunday away in Headford it ended Moyne Villa 1-2 Athenry FC with Matthew Collins and Igor Cygan both scoring. The ​U12 Girls 'A' team played away to Salthill Devon in Drom and despite losing could have come away with something if luck had played a part. Special mention to Athenry defenders Sofija, Aoileann, Aimee and our Goalkeeper Brynn who thwarted many Devon attacks. 


SENIORS WANT YOUR SUPPORT

Our First Team have five games left this season and are currently at the top of the league after their 6-2 win over Maree Oranmore midweek. Scorers were Ryan O'Shaughnessy x3, Declan Cullen, Cathal Fahy & Callum Carroll. They play at home tomorrow (Sat 7th May) against neighbours Colemanstown Utd in the GFA Men's Premier Division. The match will kick off at 2pm in Moanbaun, Athenry. Please show your support and spread the word, all are welcome and greatly appreciated. FREE ADMISSION is on tomorrow for adults and children of all ages.

FAI SUMMER SCHOOL SLOTS ALMOST GONE

Athenry FC are hosting an FAI Summer School Camp and slots are going fast. To register for this camp please click here for information. The mainstream camp takes place at our Moanbaun home ground on 8th to 12th August 2022. Times are from 10am to 1pm. Please follow the link to find out cost and other info.


FAHY IS A TOP GOAL GRABBER

Another dogged performance from Athenry as they kept up the pressure at the top of the GFA Men's Premier Division with Salthill Devon being involved in FAI Junior Cup action. Despite going a goal down it was a Cathal Fahy brace in the second half that saw them climb to the summit of the league once again in 'The Swamp' with assists from Conor Cannon & Ryan O’Shaughnessy. The Senior men are out once again this evening in the Premier Division on Wednesday 4th May at Moanbaun, Athenry vs Maree Oranmore FC with a Kick-off @7.00pm. All support is welcome and greatly appreciated.

Match summary of West game now uphere,courtesy of West United. Much Appreciated.


MAYDAY KELLY IS SUBLIME WITH HAT TRICK OF GOALS & ASSISTS
Bouncing back is what it's all about and that's what Athenry U21's certainly did from their narrow 3-2 loss to Knocknacarra last time out. This was a game that brought goals galore and great passages of play as a Liam Kelly hat trick was really the icing on the cake. An all round team performance was the order of the day that saw off a very resilient Oughterard side who contributed to the match themselves scoring three at home in New Village.

Well Done to both sides on a highly entertaining match.

Final Score Mens U21 Division- Oughterard FC 3-8 Athenry FC
Scorers: Liam Kelly x3, Jack Maguire x2, Conor Forde, Sean Forde & Callum Carroll
Assists: Liam Kelly x3, Callum Carroll x2, Jack Burke & Sean Forde


ATHENRY SENIOR 'A' PROGRESS TO SEMI FINAL
In the Michael Byrne Cup Quarter Final yesterday, 26th April, it ended Mervue Utd B 1 Athenry FC 5. A result that saw some excellent goals and assists from this young side mixed with experience. Ryan O'Shaughnessy grabbed a hat trick and Elliott Langan & Aaron Van Niekerk all scored to make the win more emphatic. Semi Final news to follow.


U16 GIRLS ARE CUP CHAMPIONS FOR 2022​

Athenry U16 Girls are the Galway FA Cup Champion winners as they beat Colga FC 4-1 in Eamonn Deacy Park yesterday, 26th April. Scorers were Ella Farrelly, Kerri Driscoll x 2 & Victoria Lundstrum. Despite going one down it was Ella Farrelly whose quick running saw her pounce to grab the equaliser. Two goals from Kerri O'Driscoll and a fourth from Victoria Lundstrum wrapped up proceedings. It was perhaps fitting that Captain Victoria Lundstrum presented her team with their winners medals. Well Done smashing result.

U16 BOYS INTO CHAMPIONSHIP CUP FINAL

Sunday saw a commanding show from Athenry's U16 Boys in the Championship Cup Semi-final which saw them progress to a final. Playing at Moanbaun, home advantage saw Athenry beat Kiltullagh Pioneers 3-0 on the day. Scorers were Igor Cygan, Hugh McDonald & Matthew Collins. They will now play Colemanstown United in the the final, provisionally booked for the 19th June @2pm at a venue to be confirmed.

REST IN PEACE KATE

Athenry FC wish to express our deepest sympathies with the family and friends of the late Kate Moran on her sudden and tragic death, on the field playing a game she loved.
Our whole community is numb today following the news. As a mark of respect to Kate, her family, Athenry Camogie Club and her wide circle of friends, Athenry FC have cancelled all upcoming games until Saturday. May Kate's gentle soul rest in everlasting peace.


SENIORS LOOK TO HOME HELP TO BOLSTER TITLE ASPIRATIONS
Athenry are back in action in the Men's Premier Division this Wednesday, kick-off is at 7.00pm in a home fixture in Moanbaun, Athenry. With Salthill Devon's last game postponed due to an unplayable pitch at West United, this is an opportunity for Athenry to add further momentum to their title challenge. Athenry will play a resurgent Mervue Utd who are on a good run of form recently having won 6 games on the bounce! A top fixture that will be a massive challenge for Athenry with both sides in the mix for honours this season. All support is encouraged to come down and cheer on the lads. Thank you to our fantastic Matchday Sponsors: 
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BOYS SOCCER WRAP UP

On Saturday in the U13 Boys Division 3, it finished Athenry B 1 Corrib Rangers 2. Being 2-0 down at half time it was a Luke Murtagh goal that brought Athenry back into it. Ultimately however, despite Athenry's best efforts and some really good saves by the Corrib Rangers keeper, it ended 2-1 to the visitors. In the U18 Youth Championship on Thursday away to Tuam Celtic it ended 4-2 in favour of Athenry, with Matthew Bane x2 & Liam Shaw x2 both scoring twice. It was 1-1 at half time but despite Athenry dominating for long periods, the home side battled back to make it 3-2 in the second half after Bane grabbed his second and Shaw his first as Athenry went 3-1 up. A nervy end to a physically demanding match as a Ronan Barrett ball over the top found Liam Shaw who then scored his second of the day which settled the match. In the Boys U16 Championship Athenry, at home, won 3-0 versus Kiltullagh Pioneers. Matthew Collins x2 & Daniel Tear both scored on the day to move Athenry up to second in the table.


SENIOR 'A' GO TOP IN TIGHT AFFAIR

This win saw Athenry climb to the summit of the Galway Premier Division on the Maree/Oranmore 'astro' pitch on Wednesday with a 2-1 win, goals coming from Liam Kelly & Gary Shanahan. With Salthill Devon playing away to West United before Athenry play again, Devon will have an opportunity to go back top. This is going to be an exciting competition until the end of the season in May! A quick shout out to a couple of our sponsors, our on front of jersey sponsor 'Clean Cut Meals' who design healthy diet plans https://cleancutmeals.ie and to 'Commercial Interior Supplies', a supplier of internal fit out products, Suspended Ceilings, Drywall, Insulation, fire protection, access panels to Commercial building owners and maintenance providers to Hospital/school and offices throughout the country. www.cisltd.ie


ATHENRY SENIORS KEEP UP THE PRESSURE
A game preceded by a minutes silence for former Corrib Rangers player Rory McNulty, who sadly passed away before the weekend. This game saw a Ryan O'Shaughnessy double and goals by Adam Duffy and Cathal Fahy bring the home side the points with a 4-0 win. This keeps the momentum and pressure on the league leaders Salthill Devon. Athenry will next take on Maree Oranmore on their 4G pitch as they seek to go top before this weekends round of games. This promises to be an exciting game with a 7.30pm kick off this Wednesday 13th April. All support is very much welcomed by both sides at this great facility for football.


U16 TEAM VICTORY BUILDS CONFIDENCE 
Athenry U16's ran out winners in the Boys U16 Championship on a scoreline of Athenry 4 Oughterard 0. This could have been a higher scoring game as Athenry dominated for long periods and played some excellent football. With a full squad to pick from this put them up to third in the table level on points with Loughrea. Next up are mid table Kiltullagh who had a good 3-1 win themselves over Merlin Woods in their last match, so Athenry will know they have to keep their focus to move up the table by next weekend. Goal scorers on the day were Matthew Collins, Sam Nyhan & Adam Lavelle.

MICHAEL BYRNE CUP QUARTER FINAL
Athenry will face Mervue United in what promises to be a fantastic game of football as they progressed thanks to a Cathal Fahy brace (x2) and further goals from Declan Cullen, Liam Kelly & Gary Shanahan. An excellent 5-0 win over St. Bernards on the Maree 4G pitch saw Athenry fully utilise their experienced squad of players in this second round game. The Quarter Final is set for Wednesday 27th April, away at Fahy's Field in Mervue.


VOLUNTEER IRELAND LOOKING FOR......

Do you know you know someone who went above and beyond and volunteered their time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Volunteer Ireland are looking for those people who helped others in those testing times. Please tell them by completing the form here. Closing Date is 13th April. They just need a little information about the volunteer to make sure they can contact them. They will then be entered into a lottery for an invitation to a special event in their county recognising COVID-19 volunteers during National Volunteering Week (16th – 22nd May).


UNDERAGE GAMES
U11 girls were involved at the group stage of their end-of-season cup competition on Saturday 2nd April in Raheen against Bearna na Forbacha. In a 5-3 aggregate win over two matches it was Mia Greaney (2), Kayla Ryan (2) and Muireann Garvey who scored in what was an excellent overall team performance from goalie to strikers. In the U15 Girls Premier match it ended Athenry 5 Craughwell 1 with all the goals coming from an energetic Ella Farrelly in very testing windy conditions. Once again plaudits go to the whole team with assured performances from the full panel of players. In the U13 Boys Division 3 it ended Moyne Villa 2 - 1 Athenry B. With an Athenry side, whom had no one on the bench, it was Athenry who went in front from an Arthur Melo Brito goal. Villa equalised almost immediately and as Athenry tired in the second half, it was a heart breaking winner for the home side in the closing few moments of the match that saw Villa collect the points. 


EMPHATIC WIN FOR SENIOR B

Senior Men's Division 2 last Saturday (2nd April) away to Kinvara Utd saw an emphatic 4-1 win for Athenry FC B. Once again Mark Lawless and Alex Park continued their rich vein of form by getting on the scoresheet with Oli Rabbitt opening the scoring and Sean Forde sealing the away win to put them 4th in the table.

APRIL FOOL ! - EUROPE WIDE PROPOSAL TO ADJUST KICK OFF TIMES 

UEFA are currently looking at the possibility of making all of their European competitions environmentally friendly by adjusting kick off times to daylight hours only. UEFA Senior Committee member Olaf Pirlo was quoted as saying "People from all around Europe have become more ecologically aware and we want to begin this journey from our grass roots level upwards to the professional game. We will be proposing to ban floodlight matches at juvenile and amateur level to begin with and within one year to implement this for the professional game. Obviously television rights and clubs will be consulted on an ongoing basis." 



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