​​​ATHENRY ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL CLUB

NEWS 2017/18 SEASON


SUMMER CAMPS FOR ALL

Once again, Athenry FC will be holding the Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer School on the 13th to 17th of August 2018. This is the FAI's largest grassroots programme and one of the most important as it encourages children's involvement in sport, in a fun and friendly environment. All camp participants receive a new fully branded Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools kit, football, backpack and certificate. All attendees will also receive 20% off all Sports Direct clothing, footwear and accessories in store. Please see our link on our welcome page alternatively please copy & paste the link into your browser. www.summersoccerschools.ie


ATHENRY ARE CHAMPIONS.....AGAIN

A fantastic day ended with victory in Eamonn Deacy Park as Athenry won the Galway Premier Division Play Off game against Mervue United on a scoreline of 2 goals to nil with goals coming from Declan Cullen and Colm O'Donovan. Vincitori Del Campionato !!!!!!!


ATHENRY FC AWARDS NIGHT
It's that time of the year again as the club celebrates the season just gone. Individual awards will be presented from U12's to First team players in each team. All are welcome to come and enjoy the evening in our end of season celebration for the season for all age groups. All cups won this season will also be on show on the night. We would like to take this time to appreciate all the members, players and coaches that have put so much in your the club over the 2017/18 season and hope that you can all join us for an evening of celebration and a review of the season.


GALWAY PREMIER PLAY OFF NEWS

The time and date has been set for the Galway League Play Off which will now take place on 10th June at 2pm in Eamonn Deacy Park where Athenry will take on Mervue Utd after each team finished level on points.


JUNIORS WIN WELL AND AWAIT DERBY NEWS

Athenry hit an already relegated St Bernards for 7 (seven) goals as they won in the Western Hygiene Premier Division last night to go 3 (three) points ahead of Mervue Utd in the title race. With Mervue due to take on fierce rivals Salthill Devon over the weekend it promises to go to the wire as a possible play off could be the outcome between Athenry and Mervue if Mervue win their derby match. Any other result would see Athenry collect the league once again.

 

WELL DONE GETTING TO THE FINAL

The U16 Division 1 Cup Final took place in Eamonn Deacy Park against Loughrea.

Athenry gave a plucky display but lost out on a 4-1 scoreline despite playing well. Well done to all players, coaches and parents for their support. 


CLUB AGM COMING UP

Athenry AFC will be holding their AGM at the Moanbaun clubhouse on Monday 28th May at 8pm. All are

welcome to attend and you are encouraged to participate in this important event.


​ATHENRY ARE YOUTH CHAMPS & U15B WINNERS 

Congratulations to the Athenry Youths who are Galway Youth Premier champions after they won their league and went unbeaten all season only dropping points by drawing one game. An excellent achievement and bodes well for the future of the club. In addition congratulations also must go to the U15b team on winning their Cup Final beating Tuam 1-0. Well done to all players and coaches.


SENIORS DRAW WITH HIBS

With two games remaining for Athenry its getting tight at the top as on Sunday 13th May Athenry drew 2-2 with Galway Hibernians in the Western Hygiene premier Division and with Mervue 6 points behind and two games in hand it promises to be a nerve jangling and exciting end to the season for all concerned!


ATHENRY SENIOR 'A' HOLD STEADY AT THE TOP

In the Western Hygiene Premier League it was a case of as you were as Athenry drew 1-1 against Mervue Utd. With Mervue taking the lead early on it was an Adam Duffy penalty that leveled the match. This was an entertaining game of football enjoyed by a very large crowd. Declan Cullen with his combative and high energy gave an excellent performance on the day. Next up are Galway Hibernians on Sunday. 


LAUREN & RUBY SHINE IN ALL ROUND TEAM PERFORMANCE

In the U12 Girls Championship it was an excellent away day with an outstanding 6-0 win to the girls in maroon as a Ruby Mullen quadruple! (4) and goals by Cora Sweeney and Sophie Costello earned a good win against Maree/Oranmoe. With the team and Lauren Barrett having a super game its a case of Well Done girls....whens the next match????


FREE SCORING U13's FINISH AS RUNNERS UP IN CHAMPIONSHIP

U13 Championship action next up as Athenry went on a scoring spree as they beat a never say die Oughterard today in their  last game in the U13 GFA Championship as they finished second in the league. An exciting and highly enjoyable season for this group of talented lads. Looking forward to next season already!


FAI SUMMER SOCCER SCHOOL RETURNS

Once again, Athenry FC will be holding the Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer School on the 13th to 17th of August 2018. This is the FAI's largest grassroots programme and one of the most important as it encourages children's involvement in sport, in a fun and friendly environment. All camp participants receive a new fully branded Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools kit, football, backpack and certificate. All attendees will also receive 20% off all Sports Direct clothing, footwear and accessories in store. copy and paste the link into your browser - www.summersoccerschools.ie


MATCH REPORTS WANTED

Fancy yourself as a budding reporter? Or just want to keep Atherny's rich history alive

for posterity? Then if you go to games why not submit a match report from any age level to your club PRO or management team and they will forward it to us at www.athenryfootballclub.com. Dont worry about editing as this will all be done before final publication. We use our match reports section as a continuing history of the club for each season so any reporting by you could be kept as a lasting memory of seasons gone by. So why not give it a go!  


U16'S (B) GO MARCHING INTO SEMI FINAL

A 6-2 win saw Athenry U16 (B) beat a strong Moyne Villa (A)  in the cup with a Gomes hat trick capping off an excellent day for Athenry as substitutions proved vital on the day. Despite going behind twice it was a resilient Athenry that saw them score six goals to put them through as worthy victors in this game which was closer than the scoreline would otherwise suggest. Full Match Report Now Online.


SENIORS LEAVE IT LATE TWICE IN A WEEK

Another good win for Senior 'A' against rivals Mervue as a Cathal Fahy strike on

89 minutes moved Athenry 9 points clear with 6 games to go in the Galway Premier League. A few days beforehand a late, late Cullen goal on 93 minutes had secured the points for Athenry v Maree/Oranmore away. With the title deeds very much in their own hands it promises to be an exciting remaining few weeks in the season.


HOME FIXTURES THIS WEEK
Monday 23rd April

7pm U13 Championship Athenry v Mervue B - Moanbaun 1 
7pm U12 Athenry B v Loughrea - Raheen
Wednesday 25th April
7.30pm U15 Athenry B v Moyne Villa B - Moanbaun 1
7pm U14 Premier League Athenry v Salthill - Raheen
7pm Senior Ladies Athenry v Corrib Rangers - Moanbaun 2
Thursday 26th April
6.30pm U17/18 Cup Semi-Final - Athenry v Craughwell - Moanbaun 1


DEVELOPMENT DRAW EVENING A GREAT SUCCESS

Thank you to all who attended our Development Draw launch in the Raheen Woods Hotel. This draw will be an integral part of our fundraising campaign in the development of the Club. The draw will be on a 50-50 basis and each ticket is €144 per year or €12 per month for 12 months. Tickets are available from the Clubhouse, Coaches or any Committee Member. This development of a 4G astroturf pitch with running track, will be in conjunction with the Athenry Athletics Club and will benefit the whole community of Athenry. As always your continued support is appreciated. Spread the word and help promote these positive developments in the Club.


EXCELLENT AWAY DAY FOR THE GIRLS

A great day out was had by all at Westport United FC for the U12 and U14 Girls. The day was filled with some brilliant football and a good few highs and low's with the excitement of a penalty shootout which Athenry won 8 to 7.With Athenry finishing runners up in the shield it was an enjoyable day for both teams. Thank you to all who travelled with a Special thanks to Aoife Coffey and Fiona O'Brien for all of their help.


ROONEY WINS IT FOR U14'S B

A Ben Rooney goal was enough to win this game against Maree/Oranmore

away from home, a game that found the visitors under immense pressure their defence held firm to seal the well deserved points. Match Summary now online.


THOUGHTS WITH CONOR'S FAMILY

The Club are saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Conor McNamara.

Conor was a great supporter of the Club and more recently captain of our special needs Athenry Town Team. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. May he Rest in Peace.


GIRLS ON A ROLL

​Under 12's remain second in the U12 GFA Girls Championship as they recorded a convincing result of
Athenry 4-0 Colga with the scorers Ruby Mullen (2), Kerri O'Driscoll and Sophie Costello. Player of the match went to Amy Gavin who gave an assured performance. Well done girls, a great result.​


ATHENRY FC LIMITED MEMBERS DRAW NIGHT

Athenry Football Club will launch their Limited Members Draw on Friday

20th April at 8pm for the development of their new 4G astro turf pitch. The draw will be on a 50-50 basis. Tickets are available on the night from all coaches or by contacting the Club. The draw is limited to 500 tickets at €12 per month or €144 per year payable via standing order. All support of this event would be appreciated and all are welcome to attend the Raheen Woods Hotel, Raheen, Athenry from 8pm til 11pm.


UPCOMING JUVENILE FIXTURES

This weeks home fixtures include the following exciting games.
Wednesday 11th April
7.00pm Girls U12 Athenry v Colga B (Raheen)
Thursday 12th April
6.30pm U17/18 Premier League Athenry v Maree/Oranmore (Raheen)
7.00pm U13 Championship Athenry v Galway Hibs (Moanbaun 1)
7.00pm U12 Premier Athenry v Maree/Oranmore (Moanbaun 2)


SENIORS WIN WELL IN BOHERMORE​

An excellent away day for Senior 'A' who won away in Bohermore in the Premier League final score was Galway Hibs 1-5 Athenry and the scorers were Jamie O'Driscoll (1), Micko O'Halloran (1), Cathal Fahy (1), Gary Forde (1), Declan Cullen (1).


SUNDAY RESULTS
Youth Division 1 - Craughwell Utd 3 - 3 Athenry B
U16B Division 1 Cup Quarter Final -
Moyne Villa 2 - 6 Athenry B


EARLY GOAL DOESN'T STOP ATHENRY U14'S
Despite the concession of an early goal in their home game v Colga 'B' it was Athenry U14's (B) who found the strength to dig deep when they needed to with Darragh Gilhooley scoring just before the break and with Savio Marques, Darragh Gilhooley grabbing his second and Cian Newton and Jack Foley all contributing goals the match ended in a deserved win for this talented group of player. match Summary NOW online.


MORE UPCOMING WEEKEND FIXTURES FOR ​SUNDAY 

08/04/2018 

Western Hygiene Premier Division 11:00am in Athenry v Galway Hibs
GFA 17/18 Youths Division 1 14:00pm Craughwell United v Athenry B
Galway FA U16 Div 1 Cup 14:00pm Moyne Villa v  Athenry B (Quarter Final)


U16'S HAVE GOOD AWAY DAY IN DIVISION 1

Athenry U16's 'B' beat Loughrea 'A' away from home to continue their good run of form as their season slowly takes off. With goals from scorers Ronan Jennings (2), Aaron Cunningham (1), Eoin Lydon (1) and the Man of the Match going to Diarmuid Tuohy it was another morale boosting win for these young players. 
Full report Now online in Match Reports Section.


UPCOMING FIXTURES FOR ATHENRY (Incl Saturday)

04/04/2018

GFA U14 Division 2 18:30pm Athenry B v Colga B

05/04/2018

GFA 17/18 Youths Premier 18:30pm Athenry v Mervue Utd

07/04/2018

Western Hygiene Division 3 14:00pm Athenry B v Corrib Celtic B
GFA U15 Premier 12:30pm Athenry v Bearna Na Forbacha
GFA U15 Division 2 14:30pm Millers Lane Knocknacarra B v Athenry B
GFA U13 Championship 10:30am Bohermore Galway Hibs v Athenry
GFA U13 Division 2 10:30am Kinvara Utd B v Athenry B
GFA U12 Division 2 10:30am Athenry B v  Cregmore/Claregalway FC B
GFA U12 Division 5  10:30am Craughwell United C v Athenry C


SENIORS GET BACK ON TRACK

In the Western Hygiene Premier League it ended Athenry 5 - 3 Renmore with Athenry back to winning ways with goals from Fahy (4) and Shaughnessy (1). An excellent team performance as the season enters the business end of games.


GIRLS HAVE A GREAT WIN

In the Girls U14 Group A it ended Craughwell Utd 1 - 3 Athenry. Well done girls and coaches.


AVIVA SOCCER SISTERS

Well Done to everyone who contributed to our Aviva Soccer Sisters camp that made for great skills and entertainment for those that attended. Thank you to all from Athenry Football Club you were a credit to yourselves and the coaches who also enjoyed training the players.