ATHENRY CLUB NEWS
SENIOR LADIES INVOLVED IN STORMER OF A GAME
Under floodlights Athenry ladies senior team stayed top of the league as they played Moyne Villa. They surged to a 5 nil lead at half time with some fantastic football. A display which ultimately saw them win 7-2. Scorers were Leah Joyce, Ruth Tansey, Ruby Mullen, Leah Crotty, Caitlin Mullen, Sadhbh Irwin and Jane Trehy. Well Done to all and to our POM Ruby Mullen.
ATHENRY SENIOR MEN THROUGH ON DREADED PENO'S
Two all after full time & extra time, then the lottery of penalties as Athenry held their nerve to move past Ringmahon Rangers into the next round of the FAI Junior cup. A very tough away game with plenty of incident and drama. Thank you to The Red Cove Inn for their excellent hospitality shown to Athenry after the game.
NIFTY ÉALGA GETS THE BALL ROLLING
A good 2-0 win for Under 12B girls at home to Kiltullagh on Sunday (27th Nov) morning in the league. A skilful Éalga Monaghan goal early on got them on their way. Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick took the free to score from a marvellous effort and the captain for the day enjoyed the goal! Eirwen Ní Raghallaigh also came close but had her goal ruled out for offside. They have a cup game against the same opposition Kiltullagh in two weeks' time and all support appreciated.
Well Done to all underage players who were selected to represent the Galway FA this weekend in interleague matches. Evan Hoarty (U12s) against Roscommon on Saturday, James Byrne (U12s) against Longford on Sunday and both Finn Skehan and Shane Tomas (U13s) against Longford on Sunday. Involved with U14s who played Longford on Sunday, were Jonah Walker and Oran Greaney. The Galway U13s played The Midlands in Eammon Deacy Park on Saturday and this side included Colm McCarthy, Élim Grealish and Darren Quirke. Great to represent your club in these fantastically talented teams.
Athenry had an unassailable win in U14 Boys Division 4 with a 4-0 win over Ballinasloe Town C in Ballinasloe. From the first whistle to the last, chances galore followed, as they set about this match with tenacity and fortitude! Joshua Doggett scored a hat-trick and a Martin Leech goal sealed the victory late on to top off an excellent win and a good day away from the office for the boys. Well done to all the lads.
IMPORTANT FAI JUNIOR CUP NEXT UP FOR SENIORS
Our Mens Premier team take on Ringmahon Rangers AFC in round 4 of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday 27th November. Wishing Seamie, Mike their management team and all the lads the very best of luck.
ATHENRY GIRLS ARE FLYING
U15 Girls Premier Division side beat St. Bernard's 4-2 at the weekend after going a goal down early on. Mollie Noone equalised from the penalty spot. With Mollie scoring again and Katie Noone & Sophie Hogan adding to the score line it was another excellent day for this team. Goalie Katie Murphy and her defence were superb all day.
U17 Girls are through to a Connaught Cup Final after a 4-1 win over Moyne Villa. Scoring were Eadaoin Brannelly (x1) with Grace Kelly (x2) and Kerri O'Driscoll (x1) also chipping in on the day! This was Eadaoin's first competitive goal for her club.
And lastly congratulations to Presentation College Athenry and to those Athenry FC girls involved who won the FAI Schools First Year Girls National Cup Final. They beat Holy Family of Newbridge 2-1 after extra time in Athlone Town Stadium. Ciara Mullins scored in extra time to make it 2-1 to the 'Pres' to add to her goal in normal time and complete a great day.
AMBITIOUS TARGET FOR MOANBAUN SPORTS DEVELOPMENT
The Moanbaun Sports Development Project is now looking for your help to raise the bar in achieving their ultimate goal. To realise this dream for our two clubs, that is nearly 10 years in the making, we now need your help to raise funds to meet our significant financial outlay. Please support and share. Thank you. Please see our link to donate here.
STAR PERFORMANCE FROM U13'S
U13 Boy's Championship side Athenry had a good performance on Saturday beating Galway Hibernians. In very bad conditions it was a good efficient performance as attacking football was the order of the day as U13's got into the swing of things straight away. Goal scorers were Bryan, Charlie O, Dylan, Evan, Finn & Nathan, including first time goal scorers this season. Well done to all the players.
CLINICAL NICOLE AS BRYNN HARD TO BEAT IN U13 WIN
Another good Saturday result and performance from Athenry U13 Girls in the Championship as it ended Kiltullagh 0 Athenry 3. Athenry defence was solid with Alicja, Lauren, Aebha and Erin not letting anything through them. Aisling grabbed the assist for Nicole to open the scoring with Brynn steadfast in goal denying goal scoring chances from our hosts. Athenry lead 1-0 going into the change around. Second half saw changes from Athenry with Sofija & Ciara Caulfied coming on. This time another goal from Nicole to make it 2-0 with an assist from Aebha after a long punt from goalie Brynn. Sub Ciara Caulfield made it 3-0 to finish the game as two Athenry players Sofija and Alicja were both awarded the joint POM award. Well done girls excellent performances.
NEW WINTER ASTRO TIMETABLE HAS ARRIVED
Please find our all new 2022/23 Winter Astro timetable here.
ATHENRY AFC REPRESENTATION
There is no better feeling to seeing our players getting recognition beyond the club and it was a busy time for a lot of them after receiving call ups to representative sides over the past few days. A week ago, Devon Crawford and Jonah Walker, U14 Boys, were invited to play at the FAI Centre of Excellence tournament at AUL Dublin. Former Athenry players Shane Quirke, Niall McCarthy, Shay Brady, Eoin Doyle, Dara Zimmerer & Luc Griallais all played for Galway United U14's on Sunday in the National League Cup Final versus Shamrock Rovers. Also at the weekend Elim Graillais and Colm McCarthy represented Galway U13's in the Interleague game against Roscommon with a 4-1 win. Oran Greaney represented Galway U14's in the Interleague game against Mayo in a 2-2 draw. Shane Tomas represented Galway U13's in the Interleague game against the Midlands with a 3-1 win. Oran Costello and James Byrne, both U12's, made their debuts representing Galway at Eamonn Deacy Park with James scoring. And not to be outdone by the lads Athenry players Mollie Noone, Amira McNamara, Katie Noone, Sarah Egan, Abbie Donohoe and Sophie Hogan all played for the Presentation College Athenry in a school's international tournament at the Lilleshal National Sports Centre in England this week. They also prepare for their All Ireland Schools final on the 22nd November. PHEW! Well Done to all keep it going.
LADIES & GIRLS RESULTS
Athenry Senior Ladies had an excellent result against Mervue in the Ladies Championship winning 4-2 and going top of the league in the process with 3 wins from 3. Scorers were Leah Joyce x2, Leah Crotty and Amy Coffey. Shocking weather didn't dampen the spirits and going behind didn't faze them either as notable performances from the team were capped by Aoibhe Murray and Caitlin Mullen who was our POM. U15 Girls beat Corrib Celtic 5-2 to go third in the table with a home victory in Moonbaun. A Mollie Noone hat trick with goals from Isobel Nyhan & Anna Jordan secured the victory today.
GET YOUR ATHENRY RESULTS HERE
Want to catch how your side got on at the weekend or wanted to know all the fixture news? Then see the excellent Galway FA link here to see all fixtures & results of Athenry AFC and all other clubs. Club Profile – Page 2793 – Galway Football Association (galwayfa.ie)
CLUB BEANIES NOW AVAILABLE
2022/2023 Athenry FC beanies available now. These beanies are an ideal way to show your support while keeping warm. They make a great present too. For sale from the club house on Saturday next Nov 5th from 9am to 2pm. €15. (Cash Only)
U16 GIRLS IMPRESSIVE WIN IN THE CUP
Despite going behind to Stonepark FC of Longford in the Irish cup it was an impressive Athenry who caught the eye today as they rallied quickly to serve notice that this is a competition that they have real aspirations for going forward. Goals from Mollie Noone, Sophie Hogan, Ella Farrelly, Kate Kennedy & Amira Bouhlel McNamara propelled the girls into the next round. Goalie Amber Higgins was excellent today as was Hazel Burke and Tarron Kilkenny who both put in a shift on the park. Excellent all round team performance from all. Well done and special thanks to AT Print for their generous sponsorship of the jersies.
DUFFY DOUBLE SEES SENIORS WIN AT WEEKEND
In the GFA Mens Premier Division this Sunday in the early morning kick off it ended Corrib Celtic 2, Athenry FC 5 away in Gortscully, Annaghdown. The scorers were Stephen Relihan, Adam Duffy x2, Dan Cunningham & Jay McPhilibin.
LADIES WIN AWAY IN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
A young Athenry side won in the Ladies Championship beating Kiltullagh 3 nil away from home. Scorers were Caitlin Mullen, Leah Crotty and Alannah Sweeney. POTM: Leah Crotty
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR TABLE QUIZ
This Friday the 14th October there will be a table quiz in Dowlings pub to raise funds for kit for the U15B and U13B boys squads. It's €40 for a table of 4 and there will be a raffle on the night. Start time will be 8pm sharp and we look forward to seeing you all there. Thank You.
WHAT A GAME OF FOOTY
Athenry U15 (Div 1) made the trip to Kiltormer on Saturday versus East Galway Utd. Despite being 1-0 down at the break it was Athenry who forced the next goal with a Darragh Lally effort deemed to have crossed the line despite some last ditch East defending. Athenry's Luke Geary stretched the lead from an acute angle with some skill to make it 2-1 before it was all hands to the pump for the visitors! East began to exert more control and influence over the game and Athenry were under severe pressure from then on. With another goal for the home side to level the game and some heroic goal line clearances from Athenry the tie finished 2-2 with a share of the spoils. Well Done to both sides on such an entertaining match. Athenry Captain R Humphreys, MOTM E Burke, Scorers D Lally, L Geary.
U12 GIRLS RESULTS
U12A drew their league game versus Knocknacarra at home on Sunday. Aimee Farrell had an excellent game in goal as the defence acted in unison to stymie anything that the visitors threw at them. Róna Brett, Liosa Griallais and Shauna Costello worked hard as the game progressed in the first half as did Knocknacarra who were able to keep Athenry from scoring despite the best efforts of Athenry's forward players. Some great efforts from Mia Greaney, Kayla Ryan, Isobelle Coffey, Laura Fraser and Aoibhinn Kelly just couldn't find the break through as the half remained scoreless. Sometimes in football, despite possession and the balance of play being in your favour it's often the opposition who take the lead and straight from kick off in the second half it was Knocknacarra who took the lead. This made Athenry more determined to get back into it as they took the game to their visitors in search of an equaliser. It arrived courtesy of Kayla Ryan who finished extremely well and indeed this gave the girls confidence as they were rewarded a few minutes later. Athenry scored this time via Mia Greaney, helped with an assist from a long punt upfield from goalie Aimee Farrell. With chances coming it looked like the home side would take the points with other good efforts. Greaney had another couple of strikes that could have gone in as she hit the woodwork with one which was a powerful shot. But like a lot of football being played at this level it's an entertaining time for the watching spectators as Knocknacarra never gave in and rallied themselves. Much to the delight of their fans as they grabbed a very late equaliser as the game ended in a 2-2 draw to send both sides home with a share of the points.
U12B girls also began their league season on Sunday at home to West United with a battling performance. West took the lead twice as an Ailbhe Brady goal and then one by Róisín Hannon brought it back to 2-2 at half time. The second half was a more dominant affair for West as they scored 4 without reply despite Athenry having a goal ruled out for offside to win the game. A learning curve this game and will stand the girls in good stead for the next few games to come.
The U19 girls team had an excellent win at home with a 3-0 victory over Corrib Celtic in Moanbaun on Sunday morning. Great start for this season for the defending Champions. U16 Girls Premier league team won 6-2 away to Kilshanvey with goals from Grace Kelly (3) Ella Farrelly, Kerri O'Driscoll and Clodagh Crowley (pen) scoring in an excellent team performance. Amber Higgins had a fantastic and assured performance in goal marshaling her defence who were solid all game with Hazel Burke, Cora Sweeney, Tarron Kilkenny and Kate Kennedy all excelling in this match. Midfielders Katie Noone and Sophie Costello never stopped running, bossing the middle of the park as Alison McGreevy and Marissa Higgins contributed to this excellent victory.
WEEKEND SOCCER WRAP UP
Great start for the Senior Ladies as their Championship game opener ended Athenry 5-1 Loughrea Rams. Scorers were Ruby Mullen, Leah Crotty, Caitlin Mullen, Chloe Quirke and Leah Joyce. Well Done to Player of the match Meghan Wing. U13 Girls Championship finished Corrib Celtic 6 - 4 Athenry with Nicole Mitchell, Aisling Higgins, Sophie McElhinney scoring and an own goal contributing to the final score. In the U17 Boys Premier a humdinger of a game that saw end to end action as it finished Athenry 4-4 versus a very good Maree/Oranmore side. Goal scorers on the day were Hugh McDonald, Adam Lavelle x2 and Matthew Collins. Athenry U17 Boys play Knocknacarra in Cappagh Park in their next league game on Sunday Oct 23rd.
SFAI NATIONAL CUP UNDERAGE
In the U15 Boys SFAI National Cup a terrific win for Athenry 2-0 versus Merlin Woods. Cian Hannon & Eoin Cooley scored in what was a very entertaining game were both sides played well and had chances. In the U13 Boys SFAI National Cup a 5-0 win against Merlin Woods with an early goal from Luke Murtagh and a Shane Tomas penalty giving Athenry a 2-0 cushion at half time. Another Shane Tomas penalty and two from Charlie O'Driscoll completed the scoring for this impressive win.
TOMAS FINISH ADDS GLOSS TO TEAM PERFORMANCE
An excellent overall 5-1 away win saw the U13 Boys win their Championship match to remain top of the division after two wins from two games. Another free scoring performance on Friday night saw Charlie O'Driscoll, Luke Murtagh & Shane Tomas put Athenry 3 up before Kiltullagh replied to make it 3-1. With Kiltullagh gaining confidence from this Athenry had to step up their game once more to make sure they didn't concede another after being 2-0 up at the break. Some good football from both sides was on display last night despite the season only kicking off a couple of weeks ago. Athenry did indeed step up to the plate as the game wore on and Evan Hoarty and Darren Quirke both scored late on to end the game on a more emphatic scoreline. This league will become more competitive as the season goes on, but its good for the confidence of the players and pleasing for the management team to have started so well.
LEGGETT USES HIS HEAD
Three more valuable points in this tight affair against Colga FC on Saturday in the GFA Mens Premier Division on Saturday 17th Sept. Another win in the third game of the season to keep the momentum up. An Aaron Leggett header was the difference to make sure of the three points against a very tough Colga side who played well and were not without their own chances. Athenry management will be pleased with the nature of the win as it shows a real determination to defend resolutely and pick up maximum points. Thank you to all of the supporters watching.
HOGAN HAT TRICK IS TALK OF THE TOWN
In the U16 Connacht Cup it finished Oranmore 0-6 Athenry. A good day in terms of finishing for the U16 girls and although it may have flattered Athenry it was a well deserved victory nonetheless. A quick Grace Kelly brace opened her own account for the club and the scoring, as Kerri O'Driscoll also added to the scoreline. With Sophie Hogan having a superb game it wasn't long before she got in on the act with her own double contribution and towards the end of the game Sophie Hogan scored again to complete her hat trick. Special mention to the whole squad of players who performed outstandingly well today and thank you to all of our supporters who traveled down the road and to Oranmore for hosting us.
ACADEMY IS BACK THIS SATURDAY HURRAH!
Our Academy is back this Saturday 17th September kicking off with our little stars at 9am on the astro turf pitch. Looking forward to seeing you all there. See our timetable link above.
MORE RESULTS FROM SUNDAY
Adam Pomphrett scored in our second Senior teams 2-0 win against St. Patricks in the GFA Men's Division 1. An own goal by St Patricks helped Athenry claim the points in Raheen. U15 Boys Division 2 lost out 2-5 to MacDara FC with Jeff Ogunbayo and Darragh Lally scoring for Athenry. Lastly a Jenna Brady hat trick also helped Athenry U13 Girls to victory over Knockncarra in a 6-3 comeback win. Well Done to all teams competing this weekend.
RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS
Two out of two for Athenry Senior 'A' with a well earned away win in the Men's Premier Division away at Mervue's Fahys Field with a 2-1 win. Cole Connolly & Ray Moran did the damage assisted by Shane Keogh!!! & Jay McPhilbin. Good results for Athenry underage sides also early doors in their respective leagues, with U13 Boys Division 5 ending Maree/Oranmore C 0-1 Athenry C and U13 Boys Championship Athenry 4-2 Bearna Na Forbacha. Well done on winning performances to all of these sides, keep it going.
GALWAY FA WEBSITE REVAMP
A BIG congrats and well done to the Galway FA on their new look and format website that will bring you even more news and information on what's going on in YOUR divisions. Lots of handy info and latest results coupled with easy navigation to your clubs fixtures make this new look website a must for fans of the Galway league. See new link. Galway League.
WINNING START FOR SENIOR 'A'
In the Galway Mens Premier Division on Saturday 3rd September at home in Moanbaun
a fantastic result as the home side thrashed Premier newcomers Renmore five nil. Athenry
scorers on the day were Ray Moran, Jay McPhilbin, Stephen Relihan, Cole Connolly & Liam Kelly. Athenry senior 'B' lost 3-1 to East Utd away in Castlepark on Sunday with Matthew Loughnane scoring the Athenry goal.
KIDS ROUND UP
The U14 Boys Division 4 fixture ended Athenry B 5-3 Oranmore/Maree C in something of a goalfest. Despite going one down early on Athenry equalised with an excellent strike by Jamie Moloney. With Joshua Doggett adding a hat trick and Pedro Santiago scoring from a stunning free kick, it was a great win with the lads holding firm despite Oranmore/Maree grabbing more goals. Another U14 fixture and another win in the U14 Boys Premier for Athenry over Ballinasloe Town as a tight first half saw them level at the break. Rian Donoghue and Shane Tomas scored in the second half to win the game for Athenry who's defence was supreme on the day. U16 Boys Division 2 match ended Athenry B 2 Barna B 2 with goals from Aaron Mulroy and Daniel Cook and a MOTM performance from Aidan Kelly securing a well deserved point.
CALLING EX PLAYERS FOR REFEREEING
As you may know we are currently experiencing a severe shortage of referees in Galway. With the game growing at a phenomenal rate we need more referees urgently to facilitate the league. This is the first weekend of the season and already games are falling because there are simply not enough referees. Are you a former player and in a position to ref a game or two (or three or four)? If you are or if your know of anyone we plead with you to put them in touch with PJ Norman 087 9073736 as soon as possible. We know many do it for the love of the game and not for the compensation but the most up to date referees fees begin at €70 for a Junior Premier league match.
SEASON GETS UNDERWAY
Athenry Senior 'A' will host newly promoted Renmore AFC this coming Saturday 3rd September @2pm in the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division. Followed by Sunday 4th September at 11am where Athenry 'B' are away to East United at Castlepark. We wish all of our teams competing this weekend and beyond the best of luck and success.
CLUB AWARD PRESENTED
Athenry AFC have received their Club Mark Award. The award was presented by FAI Co-ordinators Johnny Morris Burke and Barry McGann. The FAI Club Mark is an award based on best practice in the governance, management and administration of a football club.
Our Club Secretary Niamh Hoarty accepted the award on behalf of the club and the hard working members who all made this possible. Our volunteers are the heart beat of this club and without this support we could not continue. As a club we are always looking for new members, volunteers & players. All are welcome to get involved and be a part of this fantastic community.
WORK COMMENCES ON RUNNING TRACK
Contractors have begun the preliminary work for the construction of the 8 lane running track and the Fifa approved astro pitch. It may have taken almost a decade in the making but the dedicated hard work by the development committee and our clubs has finally paid off. Updates will be posted up as work commences. The walkway will be closed during this period for health and safety reasons (approx 5 months). Thank you for your support and patience.
YOU KNOW THE CRAIC LMS COMPETITION
This is a joint fundraiser between Athenry Athletics and Football Club, we are looking to get as many entries as possible. Can you please share the link to your family, friends and work colleagues that would like to enter for a bit of fun, while also helping the local community with this development. Note: Only over 18s allowed to enter.
Please support our Last Man Standing Fundraiser to help raise much needed funds for our joint development to build a state of the art sports complex and community walkway.
Follow the link below: https://clubnua.ie/.../0cc46f4f-ab81-49de-80c3-38921b9f6f54
Register, pay and pick your team. Check junk email for activation code just in case.
10% of the money raised goes to the winner.
Many Thanks, Moanbaun Sports Development CLG. www.moanbaun.com
KELLS CELTIC YOUTH CUP
U9 & U11 boys travelled to the Kells Celtic Youth Cup at the weekend and came away with a fantastic win in the final of the Shield against Square United & a fantastic win in the final of the Bowl against Quay Celtic. A prestigious tournament where some of the biggest clubs in the country come to compete against each other. Well done to all the lads!
WELCOME ELITE SPORTS
Athenry Association Football Club is pleased to announce the launch of our new online club shop that has just gone live! Elite Sports will now provide official club merchandise and its available on their dedicated Athenry AFC Club page. Elite Sports Website.
U11 BOYS FINAL COMING UP
The Boys U11 Neptune Cup Final of 2022 featuring Athenry Rovers versus Loughrea Athletic
is scheduled for Saturday 13th August at Eamonn Deacy Park with a 10am kick off. It promises to be an excellent day for some of these lads experiencing EDP for the very first time as well as for the proud parents & guardians of these guys. All support appreciated by the boys and their coaches. Good Luck to ALL!
CLUB REPRESENTATION AWAY FROM HOME
Athenry FC had players representing Galway United/GFA at the Belfast Cup over the last few days. Big shout outs to Colm McCarthy, Elim Grallais, Finn Skehan, Shane Tomas, Devon Crawford, Cillian Smyth and Jonah Walker who were all involved. Athenry FC also had boys at Grange Glebe in County Meath as they took part in the Kells Blackwater Annual Tournament beating Pike Rovers in the final. Fantastic to see family and other Athenry players showing great support on the day.
ONGOING CLUB PROJECTS DEVELOPING WELL
Recently Athenry AFC has begun to convert our clubhouse attic, formerly used for storing footballs and other equipment this area has really begun to take shape. We must thank Jamie O’Driscoll & Co of Suburban Ceilings for completing the slabbing (labour free) and to Brian Sweeney of Frank Sweeney Auctioneers for not only providing the paint, but doing the painting too with a helping hand from our club treasurer Gerry McGough and to Tony Shaughnessy and Tommy Fahy for the electrical work. All voluntary too. Thanks to these great club members going over and above for AFC. Where would a club be without it's volunteers. In addition our new disability access ramp, stairs and water font have been finished by 'Kennys Civils'. These are excellent additions to the walkway and sports development improving accessibility for all. Please look out for our Last Man Standing fundraiser to provide much needed funds to help us on the way.
TRAINING RETURNS FOR THE LADIES
Time to dust off the cobwebs and get back onto the pitch as Ladies & U19 sessions return
this Friday 5th of August from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Moanbaun, Athenry for pre season. This is an Open session for all players that are interested in joining this coming season. For more information please contact: Noel on 087-7786023 or Emerald on 086-1766459.
Girls U13 sessions also return this coming Sunday 7th of August from 11.00am to 12.00 noon at Moanbaun on the Astro in Athenry. This is also an Open session for all those players that are interested in joining for this coming season. All new players always welcome. For more information please contact: Steve on 087-0571980.
CLUB CHAIR ADDRESS FOR NEW SEASON
Athenry AFC are gearing up for the all new 2022/23 season ahead which has seen fantastic development and growth at the club with unprecedented numbers joining. If you want to be part of our exciting plans ahead then check out what Club Chair Kealan Donoghue says about registration in his welcoming statement.
U12 GIRLS ARE BACK TRAINING
Want to play some football? Want to join a club that caters for all levels of play? Why not give Kevin a shout if your interested in joining Athenry U12 Girls to see when the next training session is on. U12 Girls were back training on the club astro turf last Wednesday from 6-7pm and new members and players are always welcome. Athenry AFC is sure to have a team for you. So come on down, meet us or give us a call and meet new friends. Parents & Guardians always wanted, needed and encouraged to get involved. We look forward to meeting you. See ya soon. So give Kevin a call 085 735 9744.
OPEN TRIALS FOR U14A's ON TONIGHT
If you fancy trying out for Athenry U14 A team, then why not get yourself down to Moanbaun Club House this evening (monday 18th July) for 7.15pm on Astro and next Monday at the same time on 25th July for an Open training session for the all new upcoming 2022/23 season ahead. U14A's compete in the Galway Premier Division and all queries can be directed to Shane at 087 6786683.
MENS PRE-SEASON GETS UNDERWAY
Our Men's GFA Premier team start their pre-season training next Tuesday 12th July in Raheen on grass, from 7.30pm. This is an open session for players that are interested in joining the current squad for the 2022/23 season. Anyone interested but cannot make the session, please send a PM to our social media pages and messages will be given to management. Raheen pitch can be accessed on google maps at H65 N125.
ATHENRY FINAL BOOKED FOR OVER 35'S
In the Over 35's B Semi Final on Thursday 7th July Athenry had a tight win on penalties over Oughterard. Ending 1-1at Full time it went to penalties which Athenry won 6-5 on penalties.
They booked their place following a very competitive and very entertaining game. The first half was a tight affair with neither team having any clear cut chances. Ten minutes into the second half and Mike Fahy latched onto a long ball before cutting inside and finding the top corner to put Athenry one nil up. It stayed this way until the very last kick of the game when Oughterard scored a fine free kick. On to penalties and it was Athenry who came out on top and now go forward to play the final against Kinvara in Eamon Deacy Park on August 10th.
OFF SEASON NEWS ROUND UP
Who ever says the football ever stops! Caitlin Mullen and Amy Coffey are still doing the club proud as they played for the Galway U19's versus Metropolitan Dublin in the SFAI semi final on Sunday 3rd July winning the game five nil. They will now go on to play Wexford in the national final. Well done and keep it going in what's turning out to be a busy season for you. Off the field things are just as busy with our disability access ramp and pedestrian stairs continuing at pace, which is thanks to Kenny Civils. The ramp is part funded by Leader Grant Funding and the remainder by the development group. We will be launching a Go Fund Me page to help with funding going forward. We would also like to thank those community spirited volunteers who have given their time and energy to the Moanbaun Development Project so far, as always we are grateful to you all and the commitment you have all given so far.
U11'S EAMONN DEACY GAME POSTPONED
The U11 Boys Cup Final will take place in Terryland at Eamonn Deacy Park on a rearranged date where Athenry Rovers will take on Loughrea Athletic in the Neptune Cup. This will be the first time some of these boys have played in EDP and promises to be a great experience. The boys and their coaches would appreciate all your support on the day, whenever that is!!.
U18 BOYS THURSDAY MEETING 23RD JUNE
Preparations for the new season are underway as team managers and squads are being put together. This coming Thursday there is a meeting for Boys U18 (2005) at 8pm in the Clubhouse. Parents and players that are interested are all invited to attend. For more details or queries please contact Graham on 085-2557048. FYI, AFC Sub Coaching Committee contact can be made on email@example.com
GOALS GALORE IN SEMI FINAL HOME WIN
The SFAI Girls U14 Regional Semi-final ended in a fine win and fine entertainment in Moanbaun as it finished Athenry FC 6, Dunmore FC 3. This team have shown time and time again that they can score goals and they did so again today with Kara O'Neill x1, Jenni McNamara x2 & Mollie Noone x3 all chipping in to send the girls through to the final. This match really was a fantastic advertisement for the game with Athenry going 4 nil up by half time and Dunmore rallying to come back to 5-3, but Athenry showed resilience like Dunmore to finish the game with the win. Match report here.
RECOGNITION WELL DESERVED
And the Club Person of the year for 2020/21 was......... drum roll please....none other than our own Colin Bane!!! A brilliant club man who has been instrumental in so much activity for Athenry AFC both on and off the pitch over recent years. Thank You to Colin who was presented with the award and a nice piece of crystal from Committee Members Owen Diviney & Richie Humphreys recently.
U11's DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE NEWS
Athenry Rovers had a fantastic 8-5 aggregate win v Salthill in the cup semi final and are Eamonn Deacy Park bound! In the first game they won 6-2 win with Captain Harry Melia scoring and marshalling his team for a great result, with Nathaniel Montgomery scoring a quick fire brace to set up the win. The second game saw Killian Coffey grab two goals and goal keeper Tyler Flaherty starring in a very tight 3-2 defeat to set up a final in Eamonn Deacy Park the weekend of 25th /26th June. Date and KO times of final to be confirmed.
Athenry United ended their season at the semi final stage with heads held up high with a 7-11 result against Knocknacarra FC. Goalscorers for Athenry were Evan Hoarty (3), Eoin Sinnott (2) and Odhran Keaveney (2). The league represents an opportunity for clubs to bring players on in terms of skills and prepare them for competitive football seasons ahead starting with Under 12's next season. Well done to all of our coaches and parents who helped out and supported all of these kids this season.
MICHAEL BYRNE CUP SEMI FINAL RESULTS
Athenry lost out 2-0 to Mervue Utd away from home this evening at Fahy's Field with a goal in each half. Mervue will take on Salthill Devon as they beat Maree/Oranmore 2-1 in the other semi final. Well done and good luck to both sides in the final.
THE FOOTBALL NEVER STOPS!
Athenry U14 Girls won the Connacht Regional Cup quarter final with a 3-2 victory over Stonepark FC. Playing away in Abbeycartron in Longford it was an almighty effort to come away with the win. Within 5 minutes Amira Bouhlel had Athenry in the lead with a well taken finish and it looked like Athenry who had started the match strongly would have the upper hand with Michaela Hand performing wonderfully on the pitch. But the Longford Champions had other idea's and equalised against the run of play on 20 minutes with a long range effort. To further confound Athenry Stonepark took the lead shortly afterwards. With Athenry having a penalty saved just on half time it really was a case of trying to bounce back after the break and get the girls belief in their ability back. They battled hard and had good chances but it looked like they were going to have no luck on the day until a super effort from Sinead O'Mahoney made it 2-2. This galvanised the team and who else but Mollie Noone got the winner to give Athenry a tight win over a very accomplished Stonepark side. The hosts will count themselves very unlucky not to have progressed leading with just 10 minutes left. Well Done to both sides on a highly entertaining game for all those watching.
SENIOR 'A' END SEASON WITH A DRAW
Athenry Senior premier side drew 1-1 this evening with third placed Mervue United courtesy of a Joey Burke goal to complete their 22nd game of the Galway FA Premier Division. They finished in the runners up spot despite a strong challenge for the league title this season. Well Done lads.
ACCOMPLISHED HOARTY PERFORMANCE
Athenry U12 B team saw out their season with an excellent win over Knocknacarra C in a 2-1 away win. This entertaining game saw an early Robert Eastwood strike after just 3 minutes as more chances could have seen them increase their slender lead before half time. In the second half Jason Adanu grabbed another Athenry goal as both sides continued to create chances. With Knocknacarra searching for a goal they got their reward towards the end of the contest to make it a nervy ending for the visitors as Knocknacarra also struck the bar in added time, but Athenry gave a 'gutsy' performance to hold on for the win. Captain on the day was Evan Hoarty who worked tirelessly throughout which also gained him the well deserved MOTM award.
ALL NEW CLUB MERCHANDISE FOR 2022/23 NOW AVAILABLE
We are pleased to announce our new club merchandise items are now ready and available to order. For Teamwear & Training Gear please see our club merchandise here. We have also included them as PDF files for you to download and save & print. Please see our Sizing Guides also to help you choose your perfect fit.