ATHENRY CLUB NEWS​​ 2019/20















PITCH WORK CONTINUES

Aeration and sanding work has recently been carried out on our pitches in Moanbaun and Raheen to improve the surface structure of the soil and increase the drainage to maintain our pitches. Its takes a lot of work to keep these pitches in playable condition throughout the season. Athenry pitches accomodate 23 teams in various competitions from the club and with very variable and changing weather, it is not always easy to keep the pitches in great condition.
This work is being doing by
Corbett Sports Field Services. This will go a long way to help maintaining each pitch as best we can.


SFAI UPDATES

At its video conference meeting on 16/5/2020, the SFAI Executive Committee decided that all of its member Leagues shall be eligible to recommence fixtures and football activity once the schools have reopened, the weekend of 5/6 September next being the most appropriate date to effect the restart.
The restart will of course be subject to strict compliance with any Government agencies and the FAI’s  medical director Dr. Alan Byrne’s directions surrounding the Covid-19 virus pandemic.
With the uncertainty of the health situation and its restrictions it was agreed to clarify the situation and cancel the staging of the 2020 Kennedy Cup tournament, it was also agreed that SFAI competitions at both Skechers Cups and SUBWAY competitions levels, which have not been completed up to now, will not be completed.


FAI ROADMAP TO GETTING BACK PLAYING FOR ALL

​FAI plan for a SAFE return to football.

ADULT AMATEUR, UNDERAGE AND ALL OTHER AFFILIATED FOOTBALL

• All clubs are advised not to facilitate any organized training, including in groups of up to four, under Phase One of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business

• The FAI Steering Group will monitor the pilot programme for the four invited SSE Airtricity League clubs, to be launched on June 8th, and will use all information gathered in the preparation of a protocol document for a return for all adult amateur and underage football

• The cessation of all football activities under the jurisdiction of the FAI is extended to July 20th for all affiliates, with the exception of SSE Airtricity League clubs and UEFA Women’s Champions League representatives, Peamount United. A decision on Peamount United’s return to training will be made once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League

• Under Phase Four of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can begin their return to training programmes from July 20th, subject to FAI protocols to be agreed with Government agencies

• Under Phase Five of the Government’s Roadmap For Reopening Society and Business, all adult amateur and underage clubs can return to full collective training from August 10th

• All adult amateur and underage clubs can return to playing from August 28th

• A pilot tournament for the Women’s National League, including Peamount United, will be launched once dates are known for the UEFA Women’s Champions League

• A pilot programme for adult amateur and underage football will be launched on August 14th and run until August 28th

• Regional, provincial and national competitions in season 2019/20 can return from August 28th with FAI approval

• Winter Leagues wishing to complete their 2019/20 season will be given the option of applying to the FAI, via their affiliates, for an extension to their season until October 11th

• Applications from Winter Leagues looking to complete the 2019/20 season must be made to the FAI by June 15th with details to be forwarded to affiliates from the Steering Group by May 22nd

• Winter Leagues not wishing to complete their 2019/20 season can start their new 2020/21 season on October 16th

• 2020 Summer Leagues can return on August 28th and will be provided with support to create a shortened schedule to run up to December 13th

• All decisions around a return to collective training and playing for all adult amateur and underage football, will be based on the health and safety of all players, coaches, match officials, administrators and club volunteers

• All decisions will be subject to change on the advice of Government agencies, UEFA and the FAI Medical Team, led by Medical Director Dr Alan Byrne


LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW DIRECT DEBIT FORM ONLINE

We now have an AFC Limited Members Draw Direct Debit Form for you to print. Please click on our link on our club draw page or follow our link here. Print Direct Debit Form Here 


THANK YOU

Well done all our Club Members and families that that took part in our 1000km challenge yesterday. This was set up to raise awareness for suicide prevention, for Darkness into Light and to help Pieta House. You have exceeded the target with at total distance of 1330kms. 
We await a new date for Darkness into Light so that we can all get out and do it together. Donations can be made directly on their website. Maybe it is the situation we are in, it feels as though Community Spirit and pride of being part of a Community is coming back again!! Once again thank you all for your time, your photos and helping to break the stigma.
"It is ok not to be ok and absolutely ok to ask for help"

A massive SHOUT OUT to Luke Hession and all those who contributed kilometers to our grand total. Luke is 5 years of age, playing with Pauline's group of Little Stars, who did a whopping 8.5km cycle with his dad Stephen to add to the total. Brilliant lads and lasses!!!!
#athenry_afc #Darknessintolight2020 #pietahouse #togetherstronger


COMMITTEE MESSAGE ON AGM

Dear Members,
Athenry FC regrets to inform all of our members that this seasons hugely anticipated AGM has been postponed until further notice. The current committee will stay in place until restrictions have been lifted and it is safe to hold our Annual General Meeting. As there is a lot of interest in joining the committee for the coming year, we hope this is not to much of an inconvenience.
Thank you for your patience.
Kind Regards,
AFC Committee


ATHENRY AFC ACADEMY COLOURING COMPETITION:
We are running a colouring competition, open to all Academy players from our Little Stars up to U11, aged 3-11yrs. The winner(s) will receive an Athenry FC Bobble Hat. 
Entries close: 6:00pm, Sunday, 3rd May 2020. 
Download your colouring competition entry sheet from our EVENTS PAGE 
CLICK HERE
3yrs to 6yrs & 7yrs to 11yrs 
Members, please help get the word out about the competition.
In order to enter, there’s just two things to do:
Submit your completed entry form to colmbranagan@icloud.com: 6:00pm, Sunday, 3rd May 2020. Spread the word to your Teammates.


ATHENRY AFC - A DEVELOPING CLUB

Moanbaun Sports Development Ltd, a collaboration between Athenry Association Football Club and the Athenry AC Senior & Athenry Juvenile A.C are delighted to announce that further funding has been received for the development of the Community Walkway at Moanbaun.
This funding will tarmacadam the current walkway and make it a much more user-friendly surface. The first grant is to create a tarmacadam pathway from the clubhouse to the development and for the installation of outdoor exercise equipment and benches etc. along the walkway. We hope to get the work underway this year when the restrictions are lifted.
In preparation for the future development of an 8 lane running track and full size astro we will have the site leveled too.
Both Clubs need to supply 30% of their own funding to complete the works.
The football club is highly dependent on the 50/50 draw to fund their contribution. Please consider entering the draw and supporting this development for the benefit of all. It would be greatly appreciated. Community walkways and facilities have become even more relevant during these unprecedented times.

https://member.clubforce.com/memberships_cart_m.asp…

The video shows the route of the walkway, approximately 1 km in length in a rural setting.
The Football club is only 300m from the junction on ring road. Consider having a walk if it is within 2km of your home, walking clockwise. We would like to thank Galway Rural Development, local representatives, the clubs and their committee members involved, Athenry Credit Union and the community as a whole for their support.


Click Here To See Walkway Video

Stay safe everyone


ATHENRY AFC - WHO ARE WE?

During this temporary 'mid season break', we have been conducting a series of interviews with current and former players on our social media outlets to ask them their thoughts on players, the club and their stand out moments & memories from their time playing soccer at Athenry. The club is collecting these as part of our history and archives as a lasting legacy to those that have gone before. To view these please go to "This Is Moanbaun"  and enjoy.


'HAPPY' MOTHERS DAY!!!

Athenry AFC ​would like to wish all of our Athenry Mammies a very 'Happy' Mothers Day. As a club we understand that the situation is difficult for most but the best present you can give your mum this Mothers Day is a very wide berth!!! Keep safe and healthy in these testing times and we will see you all at the other end of this journey when we all get back playing football. 


HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY

Athenry Football Club would like to wish all of our players, members, sponsors, supporters, parents & guardians a Happy St Patricks Day. We as a club know that in these trying times that a sensible approach to this serious situation will be the best policy. So to all keep safe, wash those hands, bin those tissues immediately and dont go hoarding those toilet rolls!


Dear Members,
Athenry FC are aware of the developing situation with regard to Covid 19 (Coronavirus) and in regard to this Athenry FC will continue to laisse with and follow any best practice guidelines being issued by the HSE and FAI. In line with this we would like to reinforce best practises to limit physical contact between players. We would therefore like to request that all parents make their child aware of the following:


We ask that players bring and only use their own water bottles at training and matches


That they keep hands clean as much as possible, and bring sanitizer or wipes if possible to training and matches


To refrain from shaking hands with opposing players and teammates at training and matches.


Thank you for your cooperation in the matter.
AFC Committee


CLUB DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Moanbaun Sports Development Project Limited are delighted to announce we have been awarded €34,748 towards the development of a path from the soccer club clubhouse to the community walkway and for outdoor exercise equipment along the walkway. This is the first step along the way for this exciting community development. We would like to thank Galway Rural Development for awarding us this money today and look forward to progressing the works. Thanks to everyone that helped on the application in particular technical expertise from the Athletics club and to Councillors/T|D's who guided us through the application process. Exciting times ahead.


ATHENRY FC ACADEMY NEWS
In light of the Orange weather warning issued for Saturday, training will be held at The District from 9am to 12noon. Little Stars - 9am to 10am, Boys 6 & 7 - 10am to 11am, Girls 6, 7, 8 & 10 - 11am to 12 noon. €2 per child. Boys U8 & U9 to be confirmed by their managers, please contact them.


GAME NEWS FOR WEEKEND

Press Release - Friday 28th February 2020
Due to the orange weather alert warning issued for Connacht by Met Eireann for tomorrow Saturday 29th February 2020, All Connacht Underage Cup and Shield games have been postponed tomorrow. They have been refixed for next weekend 7th/8th March 2020.
All TP Brennan Cup and Shield games go ahead as scheduled on Sunday 1st March 2020
pending further information from Met Eireann. A further decision on those games will be made by the Connacht FA tomorrow Saturday 29th February 2020.


ATHENRY FAI JR CUP QUARTER FINAL DRAW 

Athenry will play Rush Athletic in their respective FAI New Balance Junior Cup Quarter final draw which has been made. This match has been fixed for Saturday 21st March, 2020 at home in Moanbaun with a 2.00pm kick off. The other draws where as follows.


​FAI New Balance Junior Cup - Quarter Final Draw 
Athenry FC v Rush Athletic
Killarney Celtic v Fairview Rangers
Usher Celtic v Gorey Rangers or Castlebar Celtic
Westport Utd v Oliver Bond Celtic

Quarter-final ties set to be played the week ending March 22.


​The provisional Semi Final draw has also been made with the following fixtures


FAI New Balance Junior Cup - Semi-Final Draw
Killarney Celtic or Fairview Rangers v Athenry FC or Rush Athletic
Westport United or Oliver Bond Celtic v Usher Celtic or Gorey Rangers or Castlebar Celtic


SENIORS SAIL THROUGH TO ROUND 5

An excellent away days work for Athenry in the TP Brennan Connacht Junior Cup Round 4
where it ended Manor Rangers 1-4 Athenry. Scorers were Ryan O'Shaughnessy & Colm O'Donovan with a brace each.


JUVENILE STAND OUTS

A stunning result on Sunday in the Galway FA U18 Championship in New Village where it finished Oughterard 1-8 Athenry. What was pleasing about this particular performance was the spread of goals between the team with no less than eight different scorers with Gavin Gilmore, Sean Byrne, John Gray, Sean Forde, Conor Whelan, Josh Brennan, James Cummins & Jack Dillane finding the net. The day before the Under 13's had enjoyed a brilliant result at the same venue where it ended Oughterard 0-3 Athenry B in Division 2. Scorers: Josh Kearns, Shay Brady & Eoin Doyle. Other notable performances over the weekend also included the GFA Girls U12 Division 1 away win in Cappagh Park with the result ending in victory for the visitors with the final scoreline being Knocknacarra C 1-2 Athenry B Scorers were Isabel Nyhan & Katie Murphy. More results from the GFA Girls U15 Championship at home with Athenry winning 4-2 versus Kiltullagh (Scorers: Aoife kelly x2, Alannah Sweeney & Ruby Mullen) and a humdinger of a game in the Galway FA U15 Division 1 away in Drom with Salthill Devon B losing 2 goals to 3 with the Athenry B scorers being Liam Shaw x2 & Cillian Lally.


HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!

Connacht FA Fixtures:
Please note due to the inclement weather and Met Eireann storm alert for this weekend and
taking into consideration the Health and Safety of all players, officials, referees and supporters The Connacht FA have postponed all TP Brennan Connacht Cup and Shield Fixtures this weekend. All games have been refixed for next Sunday 23rd February 2020 @ 2pm.
Galway FA Fixtures:
Due to current weather conditions and the expected bad weather again tomorrow, all local fixtures scheduled for 16th Feb. have been postponed following the lead taken by the CFA.
Currently SFAI fixtures scheduled for 16th Feb will go ahead as per directive from Simon Walsh FAI.

FIRST TEAM BACK IN ACTION

The first team will be back on their travels as they make the journey to Manorhamilton, Sligo this Sunday for the rescheduled fourth round of the Connacht Junior Cup. The scheduled bus to the game will be leaving District at 9.15am, please get in touch with the facebook page if you wish to book at seat for this mouth watering fixture. https://www.facebook.com/Athenryfootballclub/


BLANKET CALL OFF DUE TO CIARA!!

Due to a second Orange weather alert issued by Met Eireann this evening. ALL fixtures, CFA,SFAI,FAI and GFA Local fixtures are postponed on Sunday 9th February. Connacht Cup & Shield fixtures are reset for next weekend 15/16 February.

Regards - Galway FA Fixtures manager.


QUARTER FINAL BECKONS FOR SENIORS

It ended Athenry 3 Crumlin Utd 2 at Drom in Salthill at the weekend with Aaron Leggett, Jackson De Silva & Cathal Fahy all scoring to send the maroon boys through to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup. More news follows.


U12'S ARE SFAI REGIONAL CUP WINNERS 2020
Wow, what a fantastic game of football on Sunday in Eamonn Deacy Park as it ended Mervue Utd 1 Athenry 3 with the scorers being Cian Hannon & Ethan Mitchell x2. Be in no doubt this was a scintilating game of football were Mervue took a deserved lead with Cian Hannon equalizing to make it 1-1 before half time. Then it was over to Ethan Mitchell as his goals helped Athenry  storm back to win the final in fine style.


U16'S ARE SFAI REGIONAL CUP WINNERS 2020
A fantastic away day in Lecarrow, Roscommon as it finished Kiltimagh-Knock Utd 0 Athenry FC 2. 
With Conor Wilson & Finnan Coughlan cashing in on the day it was happy days for Athenry as they came away with the win. Congratulations to all the players and management.


A COUPLE OF REPORTS TO BRING YOU

Two excellent results for our juveniles over the weekend. With defensive displays the order of the day from these sides sometimes it's the hard graft to stop conceding goals that wins matches. Why not view the match reportshere. If you have a match report or summary to send in then please do so to your club PRO or manager. These reports are used to add to our archives and provide a rich club history each season and are kept for future Athenry members to enjoy.