ATHENRY CLUB NEWS​​ 2019/20


FAI JUNIOR CUP OPPONENTS

Athenry will face an away fixture to Manulla FC for the new year in the Sixth Round of the New Balance FAI Junior Cup. January 12th will see a 2pm kick off with a mouth watering tie against Manulla Football Club (est 1976) who previously played in the Connaught Junior Cup final in 1987/88.


USE YOUR NOGGIN

We are delighted to announce that the club will

be joining forces with Noggin Sport to help raise

awareness and support Mental Health Services. 

Unfortunately, mental health has become an ever

-growing issue in our society, none more so than

the ages of 13-25 year olds, a large cohort of our

members. As a club we feel it is important to

address this were possible and help challenge the

stigma attached with mental health. To show our

support we will be selling Athenry FC Noggin Sport

beanie hats. There is a limited supply of these hats

which will be arriving before Christmas, a great stocking filler! Help us spread this powerful message, “it’s ok not to be ok”, there is plenty of help and support around you, you just need to ask and Mind Your Noggin! Hats can be purchased for €15


​LAST 32 BECKON FOR ATHENRY

A fantastic result saw Athenry Seniors progress into the 6th Round of the FAI New Balance Junior Cup on Saturday in Raheen, Athenry. With the final score ending Athenry FC 3, Glebe Coachford (Cork) 2 it was Colm O'Donovan & Adam Duffy (x2 penalties) who scored to bring the maroon boys through in a tough game. Well done to everyone involved with this squad. A match won on stealth, nerves and entertaining play from both sides. On to the round of 32!


AWAY DAY SUCCESSES ALL THE RAGE OVER WEEKEND

Some excellent soccer action over the weekend for our younger players. In the Galway FA U14 Division 2 home in Moanbaun it ended Athenry B 1-1 Kinvara United FC with James Diviney finishing with aplomb. A fantastic Connacht FA Cup U12 match away in Athlone saw it finish AC Celtic FC 1-6 Athenry FC with Cian Hannon, Ethan Mitchell, Luke Noakes, Eoin Doyle & Sennan MCDonnell all getting on the scoresheet. Another six goals this time in the Connacht Shield U12 match away in a rural Enniscrone as it ended Kilglass Enniscrone Utd FC 1-6 Athenry B. Scorers were Emilis, Anthony, Killian, Jack, Rian & Dara. In the Connacht FA Cup U16 another away day success this time in Clarinbridge where a rampant Athenry put 6 past Colga. Finnian Coughlan x2, Mikey Kelly x2, Colm Sweeney & Liam Mulveen all scored. in the Connacht Shield U16 this time at home in Moanbaun it ended Athenry B 2, Swinford FC 1 in a close match in which Andrew Cronley & Matthew Bane scored. And in the GFA Girls U12 Championship in Cappagh Park it finished Knocknacarra B 0-6 Athenry as Mollie Noone helped herself to a hat trick with Jenni Mcnamara grabbing a double and Anna Jordan getting in on the act with a well taken goal.


SENIORS EMPHATIC WIN LEADS THE WAY

A commanding win in the Western Hygiene Premier Division on Saturday 23rd November in slightly unfamiliar surroundings for the Seniors as they beat Corrib Celtic 5 nil in Raheen with five different scorers Adam Duffy, Declan Cullen, Cathal Fahy, Dan Cunningham & Conor Cannon all getting in on the act to keep Athenry's great form going. This win represents the sheer hard work and graft that has been put in on the training pitch by players and management alike as performances are getting stronger as each match comes up each week. The club would  like to thank everyone also for their attendance at our very successful fundraiser night 'The Chaser'. The club would like to acknowledge the support this event received from our members,  our fantastic sponsors and to our sporting contestants on the night. Well Done To All.


SENIORS PUT BERNARDS AWAY.......AGAIN

Another excellent performance from Athenry Senior A as they saw off a determined St Bernards in an away trip in the ​GFA Premier Division In Abbeyknockmoy. An emphatic scoreline of St. Bernards FC 0-4 Athenry FC which saw Cathal Fahy grab a brace and Cole Connolly (pen) and Conor Cannon scoring was a perfect follow up to their recent FAI Junior Cup win over the same opponents. In the GFA Under 21 League on Sunday we saw another good performance in Raheen which saw Athenry beat Colga 4-1. Scorers were Adam Kelleher, Brian O'Cuiran, Marcus Vinicius & Conor Finnerty. In the GFA Girls U13 Premier Division in Moanbaun saw a terrific game of football as it finished Athenry FC 6, Salthill Devon 0. The scorers were Kerri O'Driscoll x4 & Mollie Noone x2.


MIXED YOUTH RESULTS OVER WEEKEND

With differing performances and results from our Youth A & B sides the effort was nonetheless magnificent from both sides in their respective games. See our Match Reports Section to see how they got on.


U15 MATCH REPORTS

Not one but two U15 reports are now online in our match reports section for your enjoyment. To see how the maroon Boys got on see here http://www.athenryfootballclub.com/match-reports.html


LOOKING FOR RECRUITS 

Athenry FC are looking for players interested in entering a Women's team this coming season.
This years GFA Senior Ladies League will be starting in January. (First Game 19th January),
Summer Football Calendar. For more information send in a message through Facebook, Instagram or email athenry@galwayfa.ie. #athenry_afc


WEEKEND WRAP UP

​Second half goals from Cole Connolly and Colm O'Donovan (penalty) saw Athenry through to the Fifth (Open) round draw of the FAI Junior Cup over St Bernards of Abbeyknockmoy with a 2 nil win on Saturday. With conditions difficult underfoot it took a while for both sides to settle and find their rhythm. But it was Athenry who stepped up to the plate to keep their recent good form going and progress. We look forward to the draw with excitement.


UNDERAGE STAND OUTS 

Some excellent results this weekend as Athenry FC Girls led the way with Alannah Sweeney & Nina Bodamer scoring in the U15 Championship at home in Moanbaun in the 2-2 draw between Athenry and Corrib Celtic. Athenry came from behind to lead but on a very heavy pitch succumbed to an equaliser 10 minutes from time. Well Done to a lively Ciara Cunney on winning the POM award. 

In the U12 Championship again at home it ended Athenry FC 5 Kilshanvey United 1, with Molly Noone, Sophie Hogan & Anna Jordan all getting amongst the goals on a frosty misty day. Another thumping win saw Athenry Girls in the U12 Division 1 fixture in Raheen win 6 nil over Craughwell with Aoibhin Hannon grabbing a hat trick and Aisling Higgins, Isabel Nyhan & Megan Crimmins all chipping in with some excellent finishing.

In the Boys U14 Division 2 away match  in Tuam it ended Tuam Celtic B 1, Athenry B 2, with an overall team performance that was something to be proud of. Scorers on the day were Matthew Olney & James Diviney.​ 

U12 Division 5 saw a Benjamin Gacquin equaliser rescue a point for Athenry as it ended Corofin United FC B 1, Athenry Football Club C 1, MotM: Dara Yaxley and finally the U12 Division 1 fixture in Loughrea saw a fantastic game of football as it finished Loughrea Rams FC 4, Athenry B 3 with Dara Sinnott x2 & Rian O'Donoghue scoring. A great game to watch from the sideline.

Athenryfootballclub.com wants to thank all of our parents & guardians whom supported these and other teams over the weekend. We understand in this day and age how busy life can be but assure you that your children will remember your support for years to come. 


SATURDAY FIXTURES

FAI New Balance Junior Cup 4th Round will take place at 2:00pm in Moanbaun where Athenry FC will play St Bernards FC. In the U14 SFAI Sketchers Cup its a 2pm kick off in Moanbaun where Athenry will welcome St Francis FC of Athlone. In the U12 SFAI Sketchers Cup away in Taughmaconnell, Roscommon Skyvalley Rovers will host Athenry FC at 2pm. In other games taking place tomorrow we will see Galway FA U12 Division 1 action in the morning at 10:30am where Loughrea Rams FC play Athenry B and finally its Galway FA U12 Division 5 at 12:00pm away to Corofin.


SENIOR NEWS

Two results from Seniors this weekend as our Premier Division side had a fantastic win in the Western Hygiene Premier Division away in Westside where it finished Corrib Rangers 1 Athenry 4. Our goals came from Cole Connolly, Elliott Langan & Colm O'Donovan x2. In the GFA Reserve League away in Loughrea a barnstormer of a game as it ended Loughrea Rams 5 Athenry 4 with scorers Stephen Cunningham x3 & Christian Mullen. Some good finishing from both sides in what was an end to end game with Athenry taking a two goal early lead and having a hatful of chances but being thwarted by the Loughrea keeper.