ATHENRY FOOTBALL CLUB NEWS
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY
Athenry Football Club dot com would like to wish all of our players, managers, supporters, parents, sponsors, committee members and all that we know the very best of the day to you. Keep Safe and don't forget we have games on tomorrow after today's celebrations.
SOCCER THIS WEEKEND IN ATHENRY
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Sunday 18th March
U17/18 12pm Athenry v Barna - Moanbaun
U16 Premier 2pm Athenry v Colga - Raheen
U16 B Div 1 2pm Athenry v Colga - Moanbaun
Monday 19th March
U12 girls 10.30am Athenry v Barna - Raheen
U15 Premier 12pm Athenry v Salthill - Raheen
(U12A cup match now moved to the 24th March at 2pm.)
ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE NEWS
It’s that time of the year again for Athenry Football Club to showcase our members in the St Patrick’s Day Parade. We would love for you to join us in the Parade meeting at District Fitness at 11.15am. All age groups welcome. Wear any football gear you like. Bring your hats, flags and plenty of enthusiasm.
Children can be collected from the Arch Car Park 10 minutes after we go through the square.
SOCCER SISTERS NEWS
Any girl who signs up for the AVIVA Soccer Sisters before the end of February will be in with a chance to become a flag bearer at one of Ireland’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Tallaght Stadium, Dublin this April. Two of the winners will act as a flag bearer for the game vs Slovakia on April 6th with the other two winners acting as flag bearers for the game against European champions Netherlands, four days later. Each winner will receive a ticket to their match plus three others for family and friends.
To register, copy and paste www.soccersisters.ie into your browser.
The Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter camp gives girls the chance to play football in a fun environment with girls of their own age and ability. Athenry host the camp on Monday the 26th and Tuesday the 27th of March 2018 and all bookings must be made via the FAI website www.fai.ie. The camps cater for girls of all levels of skill from those who have never played up to those who play regularly. It is aimed at attracting new girls to play football, but to also foster the enjoyment of those already playing the game. The two day camps are all overseen by FAI accredited coaches and for €30, the girls will also receive an Aviva Soccer Sisters kit (Jersey, shorts & socks), certificate and a football, as part of the camp. A full list of camps is available on www.fai.ie
Saturday 24th February - U15 Premier Division - Maree/Oranmore 1–1 Athenry
U15 Division 2 - Athenry B 6-0 West Coast United
Sunday 25th February - U13 Championship - Athenry 5-1 Maree/Oranmore B
U14 Girls Group A - Kiltulla 1-2 Athenry (Nina Bodamer x2)
Well done to all players and coaches.
LEEDS UNITED FORMER PLAYER / COACH JASON BLUNT RETURNS
Thursday 15th February 2018 4.00pm - 6.30 pm Moanbaun
Jason Blunt is back for a day visit this week (Thursday), to facilitate two coaching sessions with our u14 & u15 teams. We extend a big club welcome to him. The sessions are scheduled from 4pm–6.30pm In Moanbaun on the astro, broken down into two session groups with separate teams. Jason’s sessions are always entertaining and interactive, and the children love his coaching style and passion for the game of football. This is an opportunity for the children to impress, but more importantly it is another opportunity for our coaches to learn something new, or maybe a more professional perspective on old football chestnuts! The club has always encouraged the principle “train the trainer”, with our continuing CPD programme for coaches at grassroots, so please try coaches if possible to catch an hour of one of the sessions, your chosen team and children will ultimately benefit! As always we welcome any interested coach from any of our neighbouring clubs who might like to participate to come along……the more the merrier!
Please contact Cormac for any further information 0868510210.
Athenry Football Club will be hosting the FAI Soccer Sisters Camp for girls aged 6 to 14 years on the 26th and 27th March, 2018. Numbers are limited. Booking is now open through the FAI website with all registration online. €30 per child. Copy and paste into your browser for further information. http://www.fai.ie/domestic/news/registration-open-for-aviva-fai-soccer-sisters-camps
LADIES SOCCER RECRUITMENT
We are looking for anyone interested in joining our team. You need to be a minimum 16 years old and all abilities are welcome. We propose to train once or twice a week, in a friendly and sociable atmosphere. Games to be played March-June. All interested ladies please contact the club now. Senior Ladies Manager- Dana Joyce 087 9594953
WEEKEND RESULTS - JUVENILE
U12 Girls had a fantastic Championship Cup result as they cantered to a 5-0 win over Colga, the scorers were Ruby Mullen x2, Kerri O'Driscoll, Ciara Cunney & Sophie Costello. Although it was extremely trying conditions for the players they coped very well to run out easy winners. In U12 Boys Premier it ended in a one all draw with Salthill Devon. Senan Treacy got the equaliser and could have won it today with Daniel Tear having a terrific game to take the coveted MoM award.
SATURDAY SOCCER RESULTS
Round Up of Today's Matches
U18 Connacht Cup Quarter Final : Ballisadare 1 - 0 Athenry
U15 Premier : Barna 2 - 1 Athenry
U15 Division 2 : Cregmore / Claregalway 0 - 2 Athenry
U13 Division 2 : Athenry B 0 - 3 Cois Fharraige
U12 Division 5 : Athenry C 3 - 1 Colga
LITTLE STARS NEWS
Our Little Stars Soccer (aged 3 and 5) will return to training on Saturday the 20th January from 9am to 10am. All other Academy groups will train at their usual times this weekend. New members are always especially welcome.
U14'S STORM THROUGH TO THE 5TH RD OF THE CONNACHT CUP
In the U14 Connacht Cup 4th Round it was very much a goalfest as Athenry hit Colga for six away from home as they won on a scoreline of Athenry 6-3 Colga with the Athenry scorers being Finiann Coughlan x 1, Michael Kelly x 2, Kieran O'Connor x 2 and Adam Molloy x 1. Well on an excellent win away from home in the cup.
LADIES SOCCER NEWS
Athenry Senior Ladies training will commence shortly for the all new season which kicks off in March 2018. Further details available from Dana 0879594953. New members always welcome.
PREMIER LEAGUE RESULT
An excellent performance today as it ended Athenry 3 - 1 West Utd as the home side went 7 points clear at the top of the table. Cathal Fahy, Connor Cannon and Colm O'Donovan all scored in a match watched by a large crowd.
SOME WEEKEND UNDERAGE NEWS
In the U12 Girls Championship it was Colga 0-3 Athenry with Ruby Mullen scoring two & Sophie Costello also scoring with Player of the match Amber Higgins. In the GFA Under 14 Division 2 it ended Athenry B 1-1 Oughterard match report now online. In the U12 Connacht Cup it was seventh heaven for Athenry as it ended Athenry A 7-0 Moyne Villa B with the scorers being Daniel Tear, Anthony Tear, Hugh McDonald x2, Senan Treacy, Cian McNeilis & Dylan Quirke. In the U16 Connacht Cup it was penalty heartache as it ended Athenry 2-2 Mervue with Alex Park getting a brace as Mervue won 3-0 on penalties aet. Some scores from the past week also include some notable results with Girls U14 Group A Result Athenry 12-1 Moyne Villa Scorers: Zoe Griffin (3), Ruby Mullen (3), Nicola Madden (2), Nina Bodamer (1), Ciara Coffey (1), Ciara Cousins (1), Aoibhe Murray (1) and in the U13 Boys GFA Championship it ended Bearna 1-10 Athenry with Scorers being Jack Kelleher x3, Matthew Fitzgerald x2, Cian McNelis, Aidan Hickey, Alex Howard, Seán McCoy, Callum Redmond. Well done to all.
In the U15 SFAI Cup it was penalty shoot out woe as it ended Athenry 1 Merville United 1 and Merville United won after extra time and penalties on a scoreline of 4-2. Match Report now online. In the U13 Boys GFA Championship it was a goalfest as it ended Bearna 1-10 Athenry with the scorers being Jack Kelleher x3, Matthew Fitzgerald x2, Cian McNelis, Aidan Hickey, Alex Howard, Seán McCoy and Callum Redmond.
A FEW QUICK RESULTS
In the Western Hygiene Premier Division Senior 'A' won on a scoreline of Athenry 3-0 Maree Oranmore. A superb performance from Athenry with goals from Shaughnessy, Forde and Colm Donovan who gave Athenry all three points. A great start to the season. Six wins on the trot. In the U16 Connacht Cup it was Athenry 3-1 Colga with Alex Park scoring 2 and the other being an own goal, in the Under 14 Connacht Cup Round 2 it was a learning experience for Athenry B as Manulla won 5-1. Savio Marques was Athenry's best performer. In the U13 Boys Championship it was Mervue Utd B 2 - 4 Athenry with the following scorers for Athenry Ciaran Brown, Senan Tracey, William Higgins, Seán McCoy.
UNDER 12 GIRLS RESULT
In the U12 Girls Championship Athenry drew 2-2 versus Kinvara with player of the match Kerri O'Driscoll and Ruby Mullen both scoring. A great result against the league leaders and considering they were two nil down they worked hard to get back into it today. Ruby Mullen scored a magnificent individual goal running the full length of the pitch and Kerri O'Driscoll scored a cracking goal from just outside the box into bottom corner. Great result against the league leaders.
SENIORS BOUNCE BACK
Senior A had a thumping win in the Western Hygiene Premier Division as Athenry beat St Bernards 6-1 on Sunday morning, despite being reduced to 10 men for the final 20 minutes it was a 4 goal salvo from Man of the Match Cathal Fahy which saw Athenry tro victory. Scoring on the day were Cathal Fahy (4), Dan Cunningham (1), Colm Donavan (1).
UNDER 14 MATCH REPORTS NOW ONLINE
Excellent weekend for our U14 sides with two exciting match reports now online, in Under 12 news some more brilliant results as all three teams travelled to Headford to face Moyne Villa with the following results - Athenry U12A had a good 2-1 win over Moyne Villa A with Adam Lavelle and Ultan Moore both scoring but Man of the Match must go to Hugh McDonald with an accomplished performance. Athenry U12B lost to Moyne Villa B while it was not to be their day today, it was great performance from these lads, who are improving both on the field and as a team with every match and lastly Athenry U12C had a big win over Moyne Villa C, a great result from these young players.
UNDERAGE SOCCER WRAP UP
In the Boys SFAI u15 Cup Athenry beat Westport on penalties with a competitive showing to proceed to the next round after a bit of nail biting and another heroic Cian Flannery display between the sticks, full match report now online.In the U13 Boys GFA Championship it was a case of a good day at the office as a Seán McCoy hat trick and golas by Ciaran Brown, William Higgins and Matthew Fitzgerald knocked Oughterard for six. in the U13 Division 2 Athenry B drew 3-3 with Corrib Celtic B with the Athenry scorers being Killian Smith and Liam Shaw. And in the U14 girls Group A Athenry had a comfortable win over Maree/Oranmore 5 goals to nil with the scorers being Nicole Madden, Ruby Mullen, Kayla Donnelly and two goals by Ciara Cousins.
YOU NEED TO BE IN PEAK CONDITION?
First team player Joey Burke has set up his sports and rehabilitation clinic upstairs in the soccer club clubhouse and caters for all sporting and non sporting injuries along with a host of treatments for athletes and the general public. Peak Condition offers a discount to all members of Athenry Football club. We at Athenry Football club wish Joey the best of luck with his venture.
Please see - Peak Condition Sports Injury & Rehabilition Clinic Joey Burke
The clubs fundraiser "Last Man Standing" is due to start on the 4th November 2017 with a jackpot of €500 euro going to the lucky winner. We have almost 3000 followers on facebook can as many of you try to support this as possible. Enter the competition, Share on your facebook page, share at work, collect names on a competition card (pm for card). All help greatly appreciated. Thanks Athenry AFC Committee. please copy and paste the link here into your browser. - http://bit.ly/2tmeGAj
CLUB YOUTHS THROUGH
In the U18 Connaught Cup a great game of football full of incident and goals as Athenry B beat Corrib Celtic 7-5. Well Done lads with the Athenry goals coming from Dean Treacy x2, Brian O'Curnain x2, Michael Rice, Paul Fahy, John Regan.
JUVENILE REPORTS NOW POSTED ONLINE
More memorable results and match reports from our underage section today with some nail biting outcomes from the games, with penalty shoot outs, goals galore and even a few sendings off! Enjoy!!!
NEW COMMITTEE NOW ONBOARD
Please see our all new committee listing in our club menu above.
CAR BOOT SALE IN AID OF CLUB
There will be a Car Boot sale in aid of Athenry Football Club in Athenry Mart on Saturday morning September 23rd, 10am-2pm. If you want to pop in and sell or buy then why not come on down. Cars are €10 & vans €20 for sellers.
SATURDAYS JUVENILE REPORTS NOW ONLINE
A good saturdays footy saw some excellent performances from our juveniles from our U14's & U15's, why not read some of the match summaries in our Match Reports section in our club menu above now.
SENIOR WEEKEND RESULTS
Premier Division Athenry 4-2 Corrib Celtic (athenry goalscorers Colm O'Donovan, Nathan Ward, Ryan Shaughnessy 2)
Division 1 Athenry B 1-3 Knocknacarra
Registration for our ladies Under 16 and Under 12 is now open. With fixtures only a few weeks away, please ensure you are registered with the Club, or you will be ineligible to play. Registration can be completed on line or at the Clubhouse, every evening Monday to Friday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. New and old members welcome.
NEW TRAINING SCHEDULES POSTED ONLINE
Please see our club menu above for our all new 2017/18 Astro Training Times. Some important underage training sessions getting back underway over the next week or so. Girls U12 training is back on this Sunday 10th September at Moonbaun at 10.30am til 11.30am.
Athenry Football Club Saturday's Academy starts back on the 23rd September. U10 boys training will commence on Friday the 15th of Sept at 6.30 pm. U11's are back 22nd September from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Shin guards mandatory. Please don't forget to register at my club finance on our welcome page.
MIXED RESULTS FROM WEEKEND
Following on from last weeks winning start to the new season Senior A won 4-2 at home to Salthill Devon in the Western Hygiene Premier Division and Athenry B went down 4-2 in the Western Hygiene Division 3 encounter against Claregalway in Castle Park.
LATEST SENIOR RESULTS
Western Hygiene Premier - Renmore 1-7 Athenry A
Western Hygiene Division 3 - Corrib Celtic B 0-1 Athenry B
NEW CLUB SHOP LAUNCHED
Athenry Football Club now has a new Club Shop link were you can purchase your all new 2017/18 club gear directly from BalonDirect.com delivered directly to your door, so if you want to look smart in your all new Balon Sports club apparel then why not click on our club shop link in our welcome page or copy and paste the following link into your browser https://www.balondirect.com
U14'S GEAR UP FOR TOURNAMENT AT WEEKEND
A round robin u14 pre-season tournament should provide some entertaining fare on Sunday morning in Moanbaun for anyone out for a stroll! Games begin at 10.30am with Aisling Annacotty from Limerick, Temple Villa from Athlone, Galway Hibernians and our good-selves, each team is hoping to learn a few new tricks and practice old ones for the new upcoming season kicking off on the 2nd September. The games will be competitive and of high quality with all participating teams having last year competed very favourably in their respective district leagues and national competitions. There will be three games in the group culminating in a cup and shield decider. Please come out and support us, and show some local hospitality to the visitors. See you there!
Membership Renewal - In order for players to participate in Athenry Football Club Teams for Galway F.A. League and Cup Competitions, Club Membership 2017/2018 for all underage players must be paid before 25th August 2017. For Senior Players the closing date is 17th August 2017. If your membership is not received by this date then you cannot be included in the squad to be registered with Galway F.A. League & Cup competitions. Memberships can be paid online through our website at www.athenryfootballclub.com on our welcome pay through the my club finance link. Assistance with membership registration is available at the clubhouse during the following times; Monday to Friday: 6.00pm - 8.30pm, Saturday: 10am - 12noon. Please ensure that you have paid your membership by the dates above to avoid disappointment of not being included in competition teams. Reception will also be open each day from Monday from 10am to 3.30pm for anyone needing assistance with registration and to take in any forms.
FIVE STAR PERFORMANCES
Five Athenry FC players all played their part in the 4-1 victory over West Waterford and East Cork today to put Galway DL top of their group with 3 out of 3 and into the semi finals in the 2004 Elite section in the Macron cup at Drom. Two goals from Daire McCarthy to cap an excellent game for him, a cool finish to the corner from Glen Kelly and an energetic end to end performance from Darragh McNellis. Well done boys.
KELLS BLACKWATER FC TOURNAMENT 2017
Athenry u15s head for Kells, County Meath on Sunday 13th August 2017, for a tournament that has been part of a number of our recent
pre - season campaigns at various age categories for our club. This is an excellently run tournament and affords our young players
opportunities to play against high calibre opposition. The tournament is played over two weekends, the 13th and 20th August, involving early starts and a bit of a commute for parents and children !
Some of the teams participating in the tournament include such clubs as Bohemians, St Kevins Boys, Corduff, Naas AFC who have close to
professional academies, and each year our club and players learn something new from their experiences here. This team did a double last year in league and cup u14, and big things are expected from them this coming season, with their elevation to the Premier u15 League, in a division that is highly competitive. Best of luck to managers and players for the coming season, and in their trip to Kells.
Direction to Kells - please copy & paste in your browser
DUBLIN SHOWING AN EXCELLENT LEARNING EXPERIENCE
A mighty weekend had by adults and children alike, and the football wasn't bad either !!! Athenry players had an early rise and start to be in Terenure, Dublin Kick Off 10.00am against a stellar St Kevin Boys, and the premier schoolboy nursery handled the Athenry challenge effortlessly running out easy winners. In the second game, Athenry secured a win against Moone Celtic, making a do or die game in the final group game against St John De Bosco, Drimnagh. Athenry trailed 1-0, but two excellent strikes by Glenn Kelly and Adam Molloy saw Athenry secure second place and into the quarter finals. St Francis Boys were the opponents, and the Athenry team while competitive were out on their feet, and went down 3-0. First games of the new season, a great preparation for the up coming league campaign , and no shame in our performances against Dublin sides in the middle of their summer soccer season. All positive, some excellent performances from all our players, and the new arrivals fitted into affairs seamlessly. We wish our representative players all the best on the District League side in the Macron Cup in Salthill this coming week. Next stop for these lads is the coming two weekends in Kells Blackwater tournament in Co Meath. As always thanks to all the parents who travelled and carried our players this weekend. Also to those who tended to injuries and made sure kids were well nourished.
SOCCER CAMP IS SOLD OUT
The club would like to thank all those who have booked a place on our FAI Summer Soccer camp that will take place from Monday 14th August through to Friday 18th August at Moanbaun, Athenry. We look forward to welcoming all of those boys and girls to our club. This event is now fully booked.
PRE SEASON TOURNAMENT NEWS
The Tom Lally Challenge Cup which features the winners of the Joe Ryan Cup (Galway Bohs), the Lillis Cup (Athenry B) and the Winners and Runners Up of the Galway Premier League respectively (Athenry A & Mervue Utd) will see fixtures take place on the following days- the first Semi Final takes place on Tuesday 8th August at 7.30pm where Galway Bohs will play Athenry B and the other Semi Final is on Wednesday 9th August at 7.30pm where Athenry A play Mervue United with the Final to be played on Sunday 13th of August Kick Off TBA. All games take place at Eamonn Deacy Park. All Proceeds will be shared with the clubs. Admission is €5 Adults and Children U14 are free.
Dear Members - This is a reminder that the Athenry AFC Club member registration for ALL ages is now open for new season. Please register online and print off your FAI registration form and return it to your team manager. We ask that you register as soon as possible so as to reduce the significant burden of managing this process on club registrar and committee. You can register online Here's looking forward to a successful 2017/2018 for us all...!
Thank you, Athenry AFC Committee