ATHENRY CLUB NEWS
WEEKEND STAND OUTS
Well what can we say a rollercoaster of results the weekend just gone as U18's narrowly lost out by the odd goal in five away to Moyne Villa. Then on Saturday a thumpingly good show as it ended Athenry 6-0 Renmore in the preliminary round of the FAI Junior Cup with a Sean O'Callaghan brace and a TJ Forde assist capping off a good day at the office for the first team. With U14 Premier Boys Athenry beating Cregmore/Claregalway 5 goals to 2 as the underage stand out on Saturday it didn't take long for some of our other underage sides to take centre stage on Sunday as it ended Athenry 4-2 Merlin Woods in the U16 Championship Boys. U13 Premier girls had a good home win beating Corrib Celtic 3 goals to 1 and our U15 Premier Girls battled to a 2-2 draw with Barna also at home. To cap off the day our Senior Men's Division 2 side had a thumping win in the Western Hygiene Supplies Division 2 on Sunday with an 8-2 win over St Patricks.
ATHENRY SAIL INTO THE FIRST ROUND PROPER OF FAI JUNIOR CUP!
Athenry proved too strong for visitors and First division hopefuls Renmore as they won in their FAI Junior Cup - Preliminary Round encounter this afternoon in Moanbaun. Final Score Athenry FC 6-0 Renmore AFC. Scorers were Sean O'Callaghan x2, Adam Duffy, Declan Cullen, Colm O'Donovan & Garvan Broughall.
CLASSY FAHY HAT TRICK LEADS THE WAY
An amazing second half performance saw Athenry win at a canter in awful playing conditions to further push their credentials for another title challenge this season. Not to be outdone by a wonderful Cathal Fahy hat trick, Adam Duffy's hat trick of assists were every bit as sublime as putting the ball in the net. At half time it was a very tight 2-1affair in favour of visitors Athenry and as the second half progressed the goal avalanche arrived with the home side doing their part to make for a memorable game. Final Score Colemanstown Utd 3-7 Athenry AFC. Scorers for Athenry were Cole Connolly x2, Cathal Fahy x3, Declan Cullen & Dan Cunningham with assists coming from Adam Duffy x3, Dan Cunningham x2 & Elliott Langan. Colmanstown goal scorers were Gareth Lally x2 and Dylan Grady. Next fixture is Renmore AFC in Moanbaun on Saturday 11th at 2.00pm in the FAI Junior Cup Prelim Round. Thank You to Jody's Spar/Circle K of Craughwell for being our FAI JUNIOR Cup Matchday sponsor -here & here
COUNTY FINAL CHAMPS.....TWICE!
Athenry U15 Community Games Girls are County Final Champions as they overcame CKL (Clontuskert, Kiltormer, Lawrencetown) in the Community Games County Soccer Final on Wednesday evening. Match was played in very testing wet weather for all concerned as Athenry proved the stronger team on the night. Athenry U12 Boys also won their County Final the same evening by beating a skilful Kinvara side 4-2. Once again downpours didn't dampen the sides enthusiasm as both games were played in Athenry under the excellent stewardship of experienced referees Buddy Bodkin & Mike Cubbard. Thank you to all the managers, mentors, parents/guardians and officials who give up their time for these young players. Well Done to ALL.
SHOCKS TO THE SYSTEM
An opening day win courtesy of young Ryan O'Shaugnessy with the only goal of the game was enough to claim the first 3 points and clean sheet of the season for our first team as they start the season with a battling win over Corrib Celtic. Big Shout out to our match day sponsor Byrne Mech. Next fixture up is Colemanstown United away this Wednesday 8th September @ 6.30pm
POINTS SHARED IN DIVISION 2 SEASON OPENER
Athenry played their first game of the season away to Moyne Villa in Headford this evening and what a game it was! A highly enjoyable and entertaining spectacle on an excellent pitch saw an amazing first half fight back from last seasons Division 3 Champions. With Moyne Villa starting more brightly than their visitors in maroon it looked like an uphill struggle as the home side went two nil up and created more opportunities to stretch their lead. However Athenry proved resilient and before the half was up had fought back with two goals in quick succession to give the watching supporters a match to enjoy. Both sides upped their game as each side went looking for the winner and Athenry spurned a penalty, only to look like grabbing the winner through a fantastic free kick, but a defensive mix up late on saw the home side grab an equaliser to share the points. Plenty of positives to take for this young side as they look ahead to their next game in what promises to be a highly competitive league.
Final Score Moyne Villa 3-3 Athenry FC B Scorers: Callum Carroll x2 & Ian Hewitt
SEASON GETS UNDERWAY FOR DIVISION 3 CHAMPS
The All New season 2021/22 gets underway in the GFA Men's Division 2 on Friday evening as Division 3 Champions Athenry FC B see their season kick off in Headford in an away clash against Moyne Villa FC. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.
ACADEMY IS BACK THIS SATURDAY
Saturday 4th September will see the return of our Athenry FC Academy for our Little Stars (aged 3-5) through to our U10's (born 2012-2015). See our timetable here or give Roger 0872939603 or Cormac 0868510210 a call for more info.
Little Stars (aged 3-5) 9.00am - 9.45am
U6 Boys & Girls (Born 2016) 9.00am - 9.45am
U7 & U8 Boys (Born 2014 & 2015) 9.00am - 10.00am
U9 Boys (Born 2013) 10.15am - 11.15am
U7-U10 Girls (Born 2012-2015) 11.30am - 12.30pm
Football in Galway continues to grow at an extraordinary rate with over 130 fixtures every weekend. The pool of referees available is only 35 to cover these games creating significant pressure on fixing games etc. If you would like to become involved in the sport, earn some money & keep fit then please consider becoming a referee. you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or PJ Norman, Galway FA on 087-9073736 for further info.
ATTENTION POTENTIAL U16 PLAYERS
There will be an Open training session for all U16 players (Old and New players) for the 2021/22 season. The session will commence on Monday 23rd August at 6pm sharp til 7:30pm in Moanbaun. Athenry Coaches will be attending to put players through their paces. We look forward to seeing you all there.
U13 BOYS SQUADS WANT YOU!
Next seasons Athenry under 13's boys teams will be hosting an open training session for those who are interested in joining the club for the upcoming season. This season Athenry will have two teams, one in the Premier league and one in Division 4. The training session will take place at our club grounds on the 21st August at 10am - 1pm. The players will be put through some light training drills followed by blitz matches. If anyone has any questions please feel free to contact the club via email at email@example.com
LADIES PRE SEASON RETURNS
Athenry Ladies are back to training soon and are looking to add to their squad for U19's & Seniors. Training will start back on 18th August at Moanbaun pitch at 6pm. Please call Noel 087 778 6023 or Emerald 086 176 6459 for further details.
YOUNG FOOTBALLERS IN FOR A TREAT
Good Luck to our U12's and U13's who will be involved in the invitational Belfast Youth Cup tournament to be held in University of Ulster, Jordanstown. This blue riband event is scheduled for the the 12th to 14th August. With a host of fantastic clubs involved such as Shamrock Rovers, Cherry Orchard & Glentoran to name a few, it promises to be a competitive affair. The tournament will give our club's players to pitch themselves against the very best in their age group at an All Ireland level. The motto is “Playing For The Future “ and this meeting encourages cross border cooperation in communities. You can track Athenry FCs progress on the 12th and 13th under Belfast Youth Cup 2021. Belfast Youth Cup | Facebook
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U18 BOYS LOOKING TO RECRUIT PLAYERS
Athenry under 18's boys teams will be hosting an open training session for those U18's (born in 2004) who are interested in joining the club for this season on the 11th august at the Raheen pitch starting at 7:30pm. We would like to see as many players as possible join OURS & YOUR Club. Don't forget your boots & shin pads!
VOLUNTEERING GOOD FOR YOU & US, IT'S OFFICIAL!
A study highlighted by the Mayo Clinic has found that volunteering not only benefits the groups that you help out but is also a major deciding factor in how your own physical and mental health progresses. With this in mind Athenry are looking for you to help us as we help you! Have you ever thought of becoming a volunteer? Well now is the time. Our football club need you more than ever. As our club continues to grow at an extraordinary rate both with new memberships and our title successes, we as a club need all the help we can get. Whether it’s helping out on a Saturday morning opening the club house, to taking on the role of club PRO
we need you.
Here are some of the positions available:
1. Public Relations Officer. URGENT!
2. Coaches for boys and girls of all age groups.
3. Pitch Maintenance Support
4. Social Media Support
5. Administration Support
6. Graphic Designers
7. Trades People
Simply send us your name & number to our facebook page and what area interests you and a member of the committee will be in touch. A little support is all it takes. Go on send that message.
THANK YOU MR BANE
Athenry Football Club dot com would like to express our gratitude to outgoing club secretary & PRO Colin Bane for all of his dedicated work on behalf of the club and for his encouragement & enthusiasm shown for the website during his tenure. Colin has been one of the many driving forces at the club that has helped the club secure the success it has deeply warranted over the last few years. They say an organisation is only as good as its sum parts and he has been integral to the amazing club development over recent years. We wish him continued success at the club and thank him for his club service.
ATHENRY SENIOR B ALREADY RECRUITING FOR NEW SEASON AHEAD
It never stops here at Athenry Football Club, as no sooner one season ends that we look forward to planning for the all new 2021/22 season. With this in mind Athenry Senior B are now looking to build on their successful year and are looking for new additions to their current squad. Please text your interest to 087 0434517. Thank You.
CLUB NEWS ROUND UP
A double triumph for the clubs Senior sides as Athenry received the Premier trophy at Fahy's field on Wednesday as the night ended in a competitive 0-0 draw. We also had a great night on Thursday at Eammon Deacy Park where Athenry B won the Division 3 title play off with an emphatic 3 nil win over East United. Congratulations must also go to the Athenry u15 Girls who won the Division One title as they recorded maximum wins & points in their shortened season. We would also like to say well done to new Chair of the club Sean Barrett and all of the new electees who have been appointed to the club committee for the new 2021/22 season ahead. The new appointees are as follows Executive Committee 2021/22 Hon. Chairman: Sean Barrett, Vice-Chairman: Eamonn Murray, Hon. Secretary: Niamh Hoarty, Vice-Secretary: Ann Walshe, Hon. Treasurer: Gerry McGough. It may have been a very interrupted football season for us all with a lot of questions being asked but roll on the all new 2021/22 season as we put a quite successful and very unforgettable 2020/21 season behind us!
DIVISIONAL PLAY OFF THURSDAY NIGHT
Athenry B will be playing for the Division 3 title at Eamonn Deacy Park Thursday evening 15th July at 7.15pm kick off. They will take on East United in what promises to be a hotly contested match with both teams finishing on identical points and goal difference for the season. It could be a tight affair as the league game in June finished all square at 0-0 at East's ground Castle Park. Best wishes to both sides for a great game, but especially to the maroon lads!!!
ATHENRY ARE CHAMPIONS OF GALWAY
Athenry will play their last game of the truncated 20/21 season this evening in Fahy's Field, against Mervue United with a 7pm kick off. With the team being confirmed as Premier GFA Champions they will still be seeking to gain another win to finish off the season with a flourish.
ATHENRY LOSE OUT ON PENALTIES
Athenry lost out once again on penalties to Fairview Rangers of Limerick away from home in this qualifying round for the FAI Senior Cup. Despite losing an early goal Athenry rallied to equalise through an in form Cole Connolly, only to go behind again by a goal in injury time of the first half. Athenry rallied as we knew they would and its testament to Athenry that like last season they never know when they are beaten and once again equalised in the dying seconds of the match through the experienced Jamie O'Driscoll. With extra time unable to separate these teams, who are very familiar to each other, it took the lottery of penalties to choose a winner. With the Fairview Rangers keeper in imperious form as he was during the match with one being a world class save it ended 4-2 in favour of the home side who go through to the 1st Round proper of the FAI Senior Cup. Good luck to an accomplished Limerick side and we wish them all the best against the best that the Airtricity League has to offer. Match Report Online
ATHENRY FORM ENCOURAGING
Another win for Athenry Senior A as they beat Corrib Celtic on Tuesday at home, courtesy of a Declan Cullen goal that sent the watching spectators into raptures as they made it eight league wins from eight. With manager Seamie Crowe mindful of the weekends game against Fairview Rangers this match not only represented an opportunity to further cement Athenry's Galway League title but also to give players more game time. With Mervue Utd (away) also coming up next week Athenry will be looking for the necessary strength in depth from the whole panel to secure winning results from these games.
SUPER SATURDAY FOR SENIORS
The fine form keeps on going for Senior A & B as both sides found themselves in the goals once again this weekend. Winning for both sides is becoming a bit of a habit but it also takes hard work and diligence on the training grounds to keep results coming in. With both teams away from home there was scope for slip ups but not this Saturday as strength in depth at Athenry seems to be coming to the fore as both sides showed how impressive their panel rosters are. In the Premier it finished Maree Oranmore FC 0-8 Athenry FC. Cole Connolly continued his brilliant form with a hat trick. Adam Duffy, Colm O'Donovan, Gavin Gilmore, Conor Cannon and an own goal all added to an impressive recent goal tally. In the Division 3 away game in Kilcornan it ended Colga FC B 0-5 Athenry FC. Scorers were Adam Kelleher, Daniel Bane, Sean Forde, Brian O'Curnain & Chris Burke.
FAI SENIOR QUALIFIER DRAW
Athenry Senior A will face a tough draw in their FAI Senior Cup qualifier as they have been drawn against Fairview Rangers of Limerick in an away draw. Fairview came out on top on penalties the last time they met in the 2020 FAI Junior Cup semi final. The tie will be played on Saturday 10th July with a scheduled kick off at 6pm. Rangers who were founded in 1946 are the current holders and nine time winners of the FAI Junior Cup and will represent an exciting and formidable pairing for Athenry who will be hoping that they can progress further in the prestigious FAI Senior Cup competition.
RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS
An emphatic win for Senior A in the Premier Division as it ended Athenry 6 West Utd 2 with Gavin Gilmore grabbing two, Colm O'Donovan, Cole Connolly, Adam Duffy and Ryan Shaughnessy all chipping in. In a side note Athenry FC would like to extend our best wishes to West United player Barry McEntee in his recovery after surgery for a severe leg break recently. In the GFA Western Hygiene Division 3 in Raheen it ended Athenry B 2, Corrib Celtic B 1. Scorers were Brian O'Curnain & Dali Mbongo. Next round of games are as follows
Saturday 3rd July 2021 -
Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division
2.30pm in Oranmore Maree/Oranmore v Athenry.
Western Hygiene Supplies Division 3
2.00pm in Clarinbridge Colga B v Athenry B.
Good Luck to all.
WINNING WAYS BECOME A HABIT
Another good set of results from our Senior A & B teams with two more matches played. In the Western Hygiene Premier Division at home in Moanbaun on Wednesday it ended Athenry FC 1 Salthill Devon 0 with Cole Connolly scoring the solitary winner (match summary). In the Western Hygiene Division 3 away in Oranmore also on Wednesday it ended Maree/Oranmore 0 Athenry FC B 3 with Alex Park, Brandon Lee & Adam Kelleher all scoring.
YOUNGSTERS SHOWING THE WAY
Five of our U12 boys represented Galway United Academy in the Finn Harps Academy Cup that took place in Ballybofey in Donegal last weekend. Alan Duffy, Rian O’Donoghue, Jonah Walker, Cillian Smyth & Fionn Branagan all turned out for the 2009 Galway United Academy. The mini tournament involved two Galway United teams, Finn Harps (Donegal) & Cliftonville FC (Belfast). A brilliant experience for all this weekend. Great to see them back on the pitch and to see the joy that these kids get from playing.
SENIORS KEEP WINNING AS SEASON GETS BACK UP & RUNNING
It was a case of as you were, as both Athenry Senior teams were back in action on Saturday with two excellent wins. In the Western Hygiene Premier Division away in Bohermore it ended Galway Hibernians 2 Athenry FC 5 with some great goals as Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Declan Cullen, Cole Connolly, Gavin Gilmore & Conor Cannon all scored. In the Western Hygiene Division 3 local derby in Cregmore it ended with an emphatic win as Athenry B scored Six (6) without reply to bring home full points back to 'just down the road'. Scorers were the energetic Joey Burke with a hat trick, Darragh Nolan, Sean Forde & Dali Mbongo. Well Done Lads!