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Athlone District School Boy/Girl League 13th February

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Tuesday 14th February 2012

Under 11 north (7-a-side)
Hodson bay v Ballinasloe town`            19:00         M Hewitt

Wednesday 15th February 2012

U14 premier league
St Joseph's v Hodson bay                19:00         J McIntyre

Thursday 16th February 2012

U14 Connaught shield quarter final
Ballyboro tigers v Temple Villa            2.00        local ref
Under 16/17 premier league
Temple Villa 17 v Ballinahown            tbc         K Reynolds

Saturday 18th February 2012

Under 10 north (7-a-side)
Ballinahown v St Joseph's                11:00         D Langtry
Temple Villa v Ballinasloe town        11:30         D Egan
Under 10 south (7-a-side)
AC Celtic v St Peters                    11:00         I Malone
St Joseph's v St Francis                11:00        D Tone
Under 12 premier league (9-a-side)
Ballinasloe town v St Joseph's reds        11:00        local ref
St Comans v AC Celtic                    11:00         M Coleman
St Joseph's falcons v St Francis            12:00         C Jordan
Under 12 division 1 league (9-a-side)
AC Celtic v Glasson utd                11:00         PJ Keogh
Ballinahown v Athlone utd            12:00         M Hatchett
St Joseph's v St Peters                    13:00         A Daly

Under 14 local cup last 16 (straight knockout)
Ballinahown v St Joseph's blues            11.00         PJ Allen

U14 Connaught cup quarter final
Galway hibs v Ballinasloe town        tbc        local ref

U14 premier league
St Francis v Temple Villa                11:00         TBA

Sunday 19th February 2012

Under 10 north (7-a-side)
Hodson bay v AC Celtic                12.30          D Marsh
Under 10 south (7-a-side)
Temple Villa v Hodson bay                11:30         D Egan
Under 12 girls league (9-a-side)
Ballinahown v Hodson bay            11:00         M Coleman
U13 inter league
Longford SL v ADSL                    11.00        local ref

Under 12 division 1 league (9-a-side)
Hodson bay v Ballinasloe town            12:30        C Lemass
Under 12 inter league
ADSL v Longford SL                    2.30        TBA

U14 premier league
Hodson bay v St Joseph's                12:30         A Daly

U14 division one league
St Joseph's reds v Ballinahown             11:00         TBA

Under 15 premier league
Temple Villa v St Francis                11:30         K Reynolds
Under 16/17 premier league
Hodson bay v Ballinasloe town            2.00        D Kiernan
Ballinahown v Temple Villa 16            12.30         TBA


It was a brilliant week for the ADSL. Ballinasloe Town Under-11's claimed a place in the last 16 of the SFAI Cup. St. Joseph's put up a great show in the same competition before bravely going down in Cork. The League also saw the addition of a fantastic new playing pitch and floodlights while we had ADSL games across five different age groups from Under-9 up to Under-17. But pride of place on a hectic weekend must go to the victorious Ballinasloe Town Under-11's.

Brilliant Ballinasloe into Last 16

Ballinasloe Town Under-11's claimed a place in the last 16 in the country with a 1-0 win over Tullamore Town from a Midlands League in Ballinasloe on Saturday afternoon.

After a hesitant start the home side emerged as the better side in a riveting contest. Ballinasloe struggled to even get out of their half during the first five minutes and had to defend three corner kicks as the Offaly boys applied all the early pressure. But Ballinasloe soon settled and inspired by a mighty showing from Oisín Duffy in midfield they started to pass the ball, create a few chances and came to gain the upper hand. They were rewarded with the lead goal. Good work down the right released Jordan Carr and the striker made no mistake with a fantastic shot that found the bottom corner for 1-0. From then to the break Ballinasloe were well on top and had a number of decent chances from Amy Coyne, Oisín McCormack, Eoin Keogh and twice from Jordan Carr.

Tullamore came out with all guns blazing in the second half as they again started strongly. It took two fantastic saves from Ben Kelly in the Ballinasloe goal to keep Tullamore out with his second save just out of this world in somehow tipping a fantastic shot around his post.

Again Ballinasloe settled with Shane Jennings and Leo Jack Whyte calming presences in the defence as Ballinasloe absorbed a lot of pressure without conceding many chances while were very dangerous on the break and looked the more likely to score. Jordan Carr and Oisín McCormack had the best of those chances but there was to be no addition to the scoring and it was Ballinasloe who advance to the last 16 in the country. It is a fantastic achievement by a fantastic team. Well done Ballinasloe!

So Close for St. Joseph's

St Joseph's U12s made the long trek to Cork to take on one of the country's top sides Corinthians in the last 32 of the national cup. The Athlone side didn't disappoint the travelling support as they put in a brave battling performance.

The home side got a fortunate break after 15 minutes when a shot from outside the area nestled into the bottom corner. To their credit, St Josephs never gave up and with Charles Nevin having a cracking game in defence, the home attack would always find it difficult. Goalscoring opportunities were not very plentiful which shows how evenly matched both teams were on the day. Robert Hardiman, Shane Allen and Callum O Brien were outstanding for St Josephs while up front Alan Freeburn and Sean Ryan worked hard in an effort to get that elusive goal.

The introduction of Neil Macken and David Pettit in the second half added a bit more purpose to St Joseph's play and with some good interchange of passing they were unlucky not to level the score. However, on a day when the home team had that extra bit of fire power, St Josephs can indeed hold their heads high and be proud of reaching the latter stages of a national competition.   

New Pitch in Bealnamulla

Congratulations to St. Joseph's and to Bealnamulla Girls on the first games in their new pitch under fantastic floodlights in Bealnamullia on Saturday evening.
The new pitch is a great tribute to the vision and hard work of the two Clubs and to the support of the local community. The result is a wonderful addition to the sporting infrastructure of the game in the region and will be a marvellous resource for the young people of the area for years to come.

Well done to everybody concerned and the very best to all who will have the great pleasure in playing in this wonderful new facility.

St. Joseph's Mark New Pitch with Win

The honour of playing the first ADSL game under floodlights on the new Bealnamulla pitch fell to St. Joseph's and Hodson Bay Celtic in the Under-17 Division and the two teams did full justice to the occasion with a fine game and an outstanding goal to grace the event.

In a lively first half Shane Lacey had the honour of scoring the first ADSL goal on the new pitch when his wonderfully flighted free kick found the net for 1-0 to the home side. Hodson Bay had a great chance to equalise before the break when Martin Nolan did very well to round the keeper and to pull the ball back but Eamon Cunnane pulled his finish wide of the gaping goal.

Into the second half St. Joseph's had to withstand intense Hodson Bay pressure but Cillian Bannon and Cian McManus in defence and Shane Pettit in midfield were immense for St. Joseph's while Conor MacNiece was just huge for Hodson Bay. All that pressure finally told when Kenny Beirne equalised for the visitors with a good goal. 1-1.

A great first game on this pitch got better and was fittingly crowned with a simply sensational winning goal. Good work by Dylan Earle and David Connaughton released Mark Shine to score as good a goal as will ever grace this venue in all the years to come. It was a great goal to win any game but fittingly that it literally Marked a first win on their new pitch for St. Joseph's.

Under-9 Action

In Under-9 action AC Celtic, St.Peters, Temple Villa and St. Joseph's gathered in the Athlone Institute of Technology as one of four venues to host round robin action on a glorious Saturday morning.

These four teams each played three games of great football. Neil Kenny, Shane Doyle, Alan Sweeney, David Kennedy and Tom Kelleher had big games for AC Celtic while Adam O'Grady, Adam Murray, Padraig Robins, Matthew Hogg and Sean Murphy were best for Temple Villa.

Dylan Gavin scored some great goals for St.Peters and he had great assistance from Ben Kilkenny and Mark Greene. St. Joseph's had star turns from Kyle Conway, James Fortune, Sam Gibson, Sean O'Connor and Thomas Lennon.     

AC Celtic Win Thriller

In the Under-11 North Division AC Celtic were 3-2 winners over St. Joseph's in a fantastic game of football.

Cian Fallon gave St. Joseph's a 1-0 lead. Leo McFarland then equalised for AC Celtic only for Cian Fallon to score again for St. Joseph's to make it 2-1 for the visitors. In a great contest Jack Seery converted a penalty kick to make it 2-2.

In the last few minutes AC Celtic hit the front for the first time in the match. Jack Seery won a good ball and played it out to Daragh Kenna who just galloped down the length of the right flank and then fired in an inviting low cross finished first time to the back of the net by Jamie Blagriff for a great goal and a great way to win a very good game.

St. Francis Beat Temple Villa

In the Under-11 South Division St. Francis and Temple Villa served up a seven goal thriller with St. Francis coming out on the winning side by the odd goal in that seven.
St. Francis raced into a first half two goal lead with goals from Mark Kelly and Eoin O'Connell. Into the second half Luke Hamilton pulled one back for the Villa but Mark Kelly and Eoin O'Connell both again scored for St. Francis to push them out to a 4-1 lead.

In a great finish Temple Villa stormed back with goals from Thomas Dunning and Dean Kearney to make it 4-3 but time just ran out for the Villa. Man of the Match in a great game was St. Francis Killian O'Sullivan who pulled off any number of outstanding stops to ensure his side claimed the win.

Under-13 Thriller

In the Under-13 Premier Division we had a five goal thriller as St. Francis edged Ballinahown 3-2 in a great joust.

Ballinahown took the lead with a goal from Cormac Gavin. St. Francis equalised with a Kevin Rowan goal and then took the lead when Kevin Rowan released Brian Ruane to score for 2-1. In an even contest Bryan Rohan scored for Ballinahown to make it 2-2.

Then with just seconds remaining on the clock St. Francis scored the winner. Good interplay by the previous goal scorers Brian Ruane and Kevin Rowan combined to put in Philip Monaghan to score the late, late winner to give St. Francis the narrowest of wins in the most dramatic way possible.

SFAI Inter-League Games

This coming weekend will see the first Inter-League games of the 2011/2012 Season with two ADSL sides in action.

In the Under-12 Jim Cashin Cup the ADSL will host the Longford Schoolboy League while in the Under-13 Eurotab Cup the ADSL are away to the Longford Schoolboy League.

In both age-groups the ADSL are in a Group with Longford and also the Mayo and Galway Schoolboy Leagues with just one team to advance from the Group to meet the winners of the Group containing the Innishowen, Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim and Cavan/Monaghan Schoolboy Leagues.

We extend very best wishes to the ADSL sides in action this weekend.

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