ATHENRY CLUB NEWS​​ 2019/20


LAST 16 OPPONENTS CONFIRMED
After Athenry's mammoth win over Manulla FC they will now face Crumlin United (Dublin) on the weekend of Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd February. All details of match to be confirmed. The team will also have the Connacht Junior Cup 3rd Round this coming Saturday 18th January where they will play Colga FC in Drom (salthill) with a kick-off at 2.00pm.All support is welcome and greatly appreciated.


LESSON OF THE DAY - NEVER GIVE UP!!!

Athenry are through to the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup after an epic extra time win over Manulla FC. We took some time to talk to victorious and obviously delighted manager Dave Crimmins after the win.


"Delighted to win the game. A difficult first half where we went in at the break 3-0 down despite playing the better football. A couple of crucial errors cost us in the first 45 minutes, that and the fact that we hadn't taken any of our own chances meant we had an uphill battle ahead of us.

The team talk focused on belief and increasing work rate as we felt our fitness would stand to us as the game progressed. Scoring early in the second half further instilled the belief that the comeback was possible. Fair play to Adam Duffy who had to retake the penalty after scoring it initially. 


We drew level with goals from Cathal Fahy and Colm O'Donovan, we were looking the most likely side to go on and win it but unfortunately Manulla scored their fourth which meant we had to dig deep again. Man of the Match Nathan Ward came up with an audacious back heel late in the game to level up the score and bring the tie to extra time. 


We felt we were in a very strong position then as the players were full of confidence and knew we would create chances. Despite missing a few more chances, we got the winner after Colm O'Donovan was fouled which resulted in a red card for their no.10 Adam Duffy swung in a cross and Cathal Fahy headed home. There were great scenes at the end and credit to all the squad. 


James Healy played through a badly injured shoulder and caught a couple of crucial balls late in the game. Despite conceding four goals the back four were immense. The work rate of Ray Moran and Garvan Broughall in the middle of the field was crucial also as they ran themselves ragged getting us back into the game.


Adam Duffy put in a massive shift in a position that is not his natural position. Cathal and Colm not only scored brilliant goals but were always a threat. Special mention for Ryan O'Shaughnessy also who played in three different positions during the game and always willing to play where asked. As for the subs all five subs made a massive impact too. Jamie O'Driscoll's calming influence while covering every blade of grass. Nathan Healey got a taste of first team football and will get plenty more in the months and years ahead. Jason Gorham's pace caused Manulla untold damage and Conor Cannon showed his all experience and know how late on to help close out the game and Lucas Vinicius had a chance to put the icing on the cake late in extra time but he is saving his goals for the next day!!


Full match report now online in Match Reports Section.


SUPER SUNDAY BECKONS FOR ALL

The last 32 of the FAI Junior Cup is on this coming Sunday 12th January 2020 at 2pm away to Manulla FC at Carrowmore, Castlebar, County Mayo. This is a fantastic blue riband competition that will see the best teams competing for this national cup. So get yourselves along to support the lads as they strive to get to the last 16.

Other games on tomorrow for Athenry include the Connacht FA Cup U18 game versus Ballina Town in Raheen at 2pm, the U18 Tom Lally Cup match away to Craughwell also at 2pm and the Girls u12 Championship Cup Quarter Final at 10:30am in Headford where they will play Moyne Villa. Good Luck to all.


SEASON RESUMES FOR TEAMS AS 2020 GETS UNDERWAY

Some results from the weekend to report as it ended all square in the GFA U14 Division 2 at our alternative pitch in Raheen. Athenry B 2 Kilshanvey Utd 2 with Stephen Kinsella & James Diviney both scoring for the home side. In the Connacht Shield U12 game in Moanbaun it ended Athenry B 3 Castlerea Celtic 3 with Anthony Tear scoring 2 & Dara Sinnott grabbing his chance to impress with a well taken goal. Unfortunately they went out 4-3 on penalties.

Another game, another draw as it ended 3-3 in the GFA U12 Division 5 away v Colemanstown. Scorers were Michael Flannery, Max McDermott & Jeff Ogunbayo. Well done to this side who performed admirably and gave a battling performance to earn the draw. Other results from the weekend include the 2-1 U14 Coley Smith Premier loss to Colga where once again an Athenry side battled against the odds to give an heroic performance despite succumbing to the odd goal in three with Daniel Tear scoring for the visitors. Other games also included the Galway FA U16 Premier In Oranmore as it finished Maree Oranmore 1-1 Athenry and in the U18 Jimmy Sullivan Premier/Championship Cup Rd 1 away to Cregmore/Claregalway it ended 4 nil to Athenry and finally the U21 League result was Athenry 0-1 Galway Hibernians. Well done to all players coming through christmas unscathed and heres looking forward to the rest of the season.


NEW YEAR WISHES

Athenry Football Club hopes that all our supporters, players and their families, sponsors, parents, coaches & all of our volunteers had a great Christmas and would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all for the endless and unseen work that goes on behind the scenes. We know you do it all for the fame and the glamour!!! Keep safe and enjoy the New Year celebrations as we look forward to the resumption of the 2019/2020 season ahead.


CALLING THE SENIOR LADIES

Final call for anyone interested in joining Athenry Senior Ladies Team 2020, the season will run from Jan 19th for two and a half months, games every second weekend on Sunday's. Anyone born 1999 and older are welcome to join, all abilities.
Reply before the weekend is over please. Please contact anyone of the following:
Roger 0872939603, Michelle 0857323661, Noel 0877786023, Emerald 0861766459​


SUPER SATURDAY RESULTS

A few results from Saturday which saw Liam Shaw continue his rich vein of form with another double in the Galway FA U15 Division 1 which ended Athenry B 2 Cregmore Claregalway FC B 3. In the Galway FA U13 Championship in Moanbaun it finished Athenry FC 1 Craughwell United 1 with the scorer being Ronan Hogan and in the prestigious SFAI Sketchers Cup U12 Regional Semi final away in Maree/Oranmore Athenry won 1-0 with a great header from Cian Meehan.


FAI JUNIOR CUP OPPONENTS

Athenry will face an away fixture to Manulla FC for the new year in the Sixth Round of the New Balance FAI Junior Cup. January 12th will see a 2pm kick off with a mouth watering tie against Manulla Football Club (est 1976) who previously played in the Connaught Junior Cup final in 1987/88.


USE YOUR NOGGIN

We are delighted to announce that the club will

be joining forces with Noggin Sport to help raise

awareness and support Mental Health Services. 

Unfortunately, mental health has become an ever

-growing issue in our society, none more so than

the ages of 13-25 year olds, a large cohort of our

members. As a club we feel it is important to

address this were possible and help challenge the

stigma attached with mental health. To show our

support we will be selling Athenry FC Noggin Sport

beanie hats. There is a limited supply of these hats

which will be arriving before Christmas, a great stocking filler! Help us spread this powerful message, “it’s ok not to be ok”, there is plenty of help and support around you, you just need to ask and Mind Your Noggin! Hats can be purchased for €15


​LAST 32 BECKON FOR ATHENRY

A fantastic result saw Athenry Seniors progress into the 6th Round of the FAI New Balance Junior Cup on Saturday in Raheen, Athenry. With the final score ending Athenry FC 3, Glebe Coachford (Cork) 2 it was Colm O'Donovan & Adam Duffy (x2 penalties) who scored to bring the maroon boys through in a tough game. Well done to everyone involved with this squad. A match won on stealth, nerves and entertaining play from both sides. On to the round of 32!


AWAY DAY SUCCESSES ALL THE RAGE OVER WEEKEND

Some excellent soccer action over the weekend for our younger players. In the Galway FA U14 Division 2 home in Moanbaun it ended Athenry B 1-1 Kinvara United FC with James Diviney finishing with aplomb. A fantastic Connacht FA Cup U12 match away in Athlone saw it finish AC Celtic FC 1-6 Athenry FC with Cian Hannon, Ethan Mitchell, Luke Noakes, Eoin Doyle & Sennan MCDonnell all getting on the scoresheet. Another six goals this time in the Connacht Shield U12 match away in a rural Enniscrone as it ended Kilglass Enniscrone Utd FC 1-6 Athenry B. Scorers were Emilis, Anthony, Killian, Jack, Rian & Dara. In the Connacht FA Cup U16 another away day success this time in Clarinbridge where a rampant Athenry put 6 past Colga. Finnian Coughlan x2, Mikey Kelly x2, Colm Sweeney & Liam Mulveen all scored. in the Connacht Shield U16 this time at home in Moanbaun it ended Athenry B 2, Swinford FC 1 in a close match in which Andrew Cronley & Matthew Bane scored. And in the GFA Girls U12 Championship in Cappagh Park it finished Knocknacarra B 0-6 Athenry as Mollie Noone helped herself to a hat trick with Jenni Mcnamara grabbing a double and Anna Jordan getting in on the act with a well taken goal.


SENIORS EMPHATIC WIN LEADS THE WAY

A commanding win in the Western Hygiene Premier Division on Saturday 23rd November in slightly unfamiliar surroundings for the Seniors as they beat Corrib Celtic 5 nil in Raheen with five different scorers Adam Duffy, Declan Cullen, Cathal Fahy, Dan Cunningham & Conor Cannon all getting in on the act to keep Athenry's great form going. This win represents the sheer hard work and graft that has been put in on the training pitch by players and management alike as performances are getting stronger as each match comes up each week. The club would  like to thank everyone also for their attendance at our very successful fundraiser night 'The Chaser'. The club would like to acknowledge the support this event received from our members,  our fantastic sponsors and to our sporting contestants on the night. Well Done To All.


SENIORS PUT BERNARDS AWAY.......AGAIN

Another excellent performance from Athenry Senior A as they saw off a determined St Bernards in an away trip in the ​GFA Premier Division In Abbeyknockmoy. An emphatic scoreline of St. Bernards FC 0-4 Athenry FC which saw Cathal Fahy grab a brace and Cole Connolly (pen) and Conor Cannon scoring was a perfect follow up to their recent FAI Junior Cup win over the same opponents. In the GFA Under 21 League on Sunday we saw another good performance in Raheen which saw Athenry beat Colga 4-1. Scorers were Adam Kelleher, Brian O'Cuiran, Marcus Vinicius & Conor Finnerty. In the GFA Girls U13 Premier Division in Moanbaun saw a terrific game of football as it finished Athenry FC 6, Salthill Devon 0. The scorers were Kerri O'Driscoll x4 & Mollie Noone x2.


MIXED YOUTH RESULTS OVER WEEKEND

With differing performances and results from our Youth A & B sides the effort was nonetheless magnificent from both sides in their respective games. See our Match Reports Section to see how they got on.


U15 MATCH REPORTS

Not one but two U15 reports are now online in our match reports section for your enjoyment. To see how the maroon Boys got on see here http://www.athenryfootballclub.com/match-reports.html


LOOKING FOR RECRUITS 

Athenry FC are looking for players interested in entering a Women's team this coming season.
This years GFA Senior Ladies League will be starting in January. (First Game 19th January),
Summer Football Calendar. For more information send in a message through Facebook, Instagram or email athenry@galwayfa.ie. #athenry_afc


WEEKEND WRAP UP

​Second half goals from Cole Connolly and Colm O'Donovan (penalty) saw Athenry through to the Fifth (Open) round draw of the FAI Junior Cup over St Bernards of Abbeyknockmoy with a 2 nil win on Saturday. With conditions difficult underfoot it took a while for both sides to settle and find their rhythm. But it was Athenry who stepped up to the plate to keep their recent good form going and progress. We look forward to the draw with excitement.


UNDERAGE STAND OUTS 

Some excellent results this weekend as Athenry FC Girls led the way with Alannah Sweeney & Nina Bodamer scoring in the U15 Championship at home in Moanbaun in the 2-2 draw between Athenry and Corrib Celtic. Athenry came from behind to lead but on a very heavy pitch succumbed to an equaliser 10 minutes from time. Well Done to a lively Ciara Cunney on winning the POM award. 

In the U12 Championship again at home it ended Athenry FC 5 Kilshanvey United 1, with Molly Noone, Sophie Hogan & Anna Jordan all getting amongst the goals on a frosty misty day. Another thumping win saw Athenry Girls in the U12 Division 1 fixture in Raheen win 6 nil over Craughwell with Aoibhin Hannon grabbing a hat trick and Aisling Higgins, Isabel Nyhan & Megan Crimmins all chipping in with some excellent finishing.

In the Boys U14 Division 2 away match  in Tuam it ended Tuam Celtic B 1, Athenry B 2, with an overall team performance that was something to be proud of. Scorers on the day were Matthew Olney & James Diviney.​ 

U12 Division 5 saw a Benjamin Gacquin equaliser rescue a point for Athenry as it ended Corofin United FC B 1, Athenry Football Club C 1, MotM: Dara Yaxley and finally the U12 Division 1 fixture in Loughrea saw a fantastic game of football as it finished Loughrea Rams FC 4, Athenry B 3 with Dara Sinnott x2 & Rian O'Donoghue scoring. A great game to watch from the sideline.

Athenryfootballclub.com wants to thank all of our parents & guardians whom supported these and other teams over the weekend. We understand in this day and age how busy life can be but assure you that your children will remember your support for years to come. 


SATURDAY FIXTURES

FAI New Balance Junior Cup 4th Round will take place at 2:00pm in Moanbaun where Athenry FC will play St Bernards FC. In the U14 SFAI Sketchers Cup its a 2pm kick off in Moanbaun where Athenry will welcome St Francis FC of Athlone. In the U12 SFAI Sketchers Cup away in Taughmaconnell, Roscommon Skyvalley Rovers will host Athenry FC at 2pm. In other games taking place tomorrow we will see Galway FA U12 Division 1 action in the morning at 10:30am where Loughrea Rams FC play Athenry B and finally its Galway FA U12 Division 5 at 12:00pm away to Corofin.


SENIOR NEWS

Two results from Seniors this weekend as our Premier Division side had a fantastic win in the Western Hygiene Premier Division away in Westside where it finished Corrib Rangers 1 Athenry 4. Our goals came from Cole Connolly, Elliott Langan & Colm O'Donovan x2. In the GFA Reserve League away in Loughrea a barnstormer of a game as it ended Loughrea Rams 5 Athenry 4 with scorers Stephen Cunningham x3 & Christian Mullen. Some good finishing from both sides in what was an end to end game with Athenry taking a two goal early lead and having a hatful of chances but being thwarted by the Loughrea keeper.