Athenry Football Club’s Most Successful Season -2005

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Athenry Football Club had one of its most successful seasons in 2004/2005 winning 2 trophies and finishing runners up in 4 other competitions.

Connacht Cup

Pride of place goes to the under 14 team who won our first ever Connacht Cup competition after coming through 6 tough rounds they had to go to Castlebar to play local side Castlebar Celtic in the Final. After a brilliant display in front of a big crowd Athenry took the trophy after a fantastic goal from a free kick from Adam Duffy. Athenry defended superbly throughout and centre forward Joey Burke received the man of the match trophy. Well done to the proud management duo of Tommy Fahy and Peter Gilhooley.

The Athenry squad for this fine achievement was as follows: Angus Farrell, Declan Connolly, Thomas Divilly, Gerard O’Halloran, James Divilly, Aineis Lawless, Micheal O’Halloran (Captain), Niall Gibbons, Adam Duffy, Joe Burke, Jonathon Kelly, John Cannon, Darren Callinan, Barry O’Brien, Liam Cannon, Niall Quinn, Micheal Gilhooley, Daniel Hanlon, Thomas Flynn, Patrick Hynes, David Ward, Sean Dooley, Robert Mc Hale and Justin Brody.

League Title

Our B team won its second league trophy in a row after another season which saw them lose only one league game in 18 for the third season in a row. They again had to do it the hard way in a play off against the only team that beat them West United. The match was played in Mervue in front of a big crowd. Despite going 2 goals down after 12 minutes they battled their way back into the game with an inspired performance from all the squad with Wayne Finn (2), David Glynn and Gary Coffey scoring the goals to give them a 4-2 win after extra time. This is the first time the club has won 2 senior leagues in a row and the fifth senior league in the club’s history.

Well done to manager Michael Dunleavy and the help he got from captains Niall Thomas, Neville Hynes and Ciaran Callinan. The squad which achieved this was: Brian O’ Regan, Joe Maloney, Alan Lynch, Wayne Finn, David Glynn, Paul Flaherty, Paul Neary, Niall Thomas (Captain), Philip Somers, Darren O’Grady, Neville Hynes, Gary Coffey, Derek McDonagh, Ciaran Callinan, Shane Gilhooley, Brian Carroll, Paulie McCarthy, Aidan Fahy, Kieran Kilkelly, Conor O’ Grady, Stephen Lawless, James Redmond, Stevie Duane, Johnny Mernagh, David Donohue, Shane Donohue and Paddy Flannery.

Senior

The A team also had a very successful season coming close to winning the clubs first Premier Division title losing only 3 games and taking reigning champions Mervue to a play off. The match was played in Terryland in front of a huge crowd with Athenry totally dominating the first half but unable to put away the chances created with Paddy Quinn and David Crimmins going close. Mervue scored twice in the second half with Johnny Mernagh getting a late consolation for Athenry to lose unluckily 2-1. Well done to the management team Peter Gilhooley. Timmy Holian and Tommy Fahy.

Both A and B teams did well in the Michael O’Byrne cup with the B team knocking out premier team Dynamo Blues and the 2 teams met in the quarter final in front of a big crowd in Raheen for the second year in a row with the A team coming out on top in a close contest. The score now stands at 1 each. The A team unluckily lost on penalties to Tuam Celtic in the semi-final. The A and B team Reserve teams both did well with the A team narrowly losing out in a play off to Corrib Bangers on penalties for the title and the B team finished a creditable third in their league.

Players who represented the club with distinction on Galway teams were Adrian Cronin and Johnny Mernagh.

Under Age

The under 18s came fifth in their league only losing 3 games and were unbeaten from October till the end of the season. They had a very young team with most of them under age again for next season. They narrowly lost to Mervue United in the Connacht cup quarter final in a replay. Great credit is due to management team Sean Mulroe and Paul Mitchell and their players.

The Under 16s finished third in the league and narrowly lost to Foyle Hibs in the cup final in Terryland losing only 5 games all season. Credit to management duo, Willie Killeen, Cormac McCarthy and their players.

The Under 15s finished second in their league losing only 3 games all season and again hardly losing a game since October under managers Cormac McCarthy and Willie Killeen.

The Under 13s finished fourth only losing 2 games and were unlucky in the cups. Well done to management team John Burke, Peter Gilhooley and Anthony O’Neill.

The Under 12s did very well in their first season in competitive football finishing mid-table under managers Peter Gilhooley, Tommy Fahy.

Our under 10s and 11s played in the annual 7 a side tournament in Mervue and all 4 teams did very well finishing third in their groups under managers Terry Nolan, Paul Kilkelly and Neville Hynes.

Every Saturday morning during the season Noel Fox and Tony O’Shaughnessy look after at least 40 new players aged 7 to 9 on the club’s all-weather pitch and arranged numerous 7 a side friendlies during the season which were enjoyed by all.

First team keeper Adrian Cronin started goal keeping coaching sessions for our juveniles during the season and all keepers showed a great improvement.

Players who represented the club with distinction on Galway teams were Thomas Flynn, Conor Cannon, Robert Kirwan, Joey Burke, David Farrell, Ray Moran, Cathal Fahy, Shane Gilhooley and Brian McDonagh.

Committee

The Athenry Soccer Club held their Annual General Meeting on Sunday 12th June. The following officers and committee were elected for Season 2005/2006:

Chairman: Cormac McCarthy, Secretary; Paul Mitchell, Treasurer: Timmy Holian, Pro: Michael Dunleavy, President: Peter Gilhooley. Committee Members: Alan Lynch, Emmet Byrne, Willie Killeen and Tommy Fahy

The Club wishes to thank outgoing Chairman Lester McNamara and committee members Eddie Fox and Micky Noone for their work over the last few years. We would also like to thank all last year’s committees and sub committees for their superb work last season. We would also like to thank Paul Fitzgerald for his work on the Finance Committee and wish him well on his travels.

Season 2005/2006

Our aim for the coming season is to continue to improve our superb facilities and our success on and of the field. We hope to produce a technical development plan (coaching structure) for all underage teams. Above all we will continue to provide an outlet for all senior and juvenile players in our community to play and enjoy soccer.

Training will commence for the new season for all senior and juvenile teams in July. Details will be available from the club house (Tel: 091-875939) in the next few weeks.

Booking for the all-weather pitch can also be made at the above number as well as gym membership.

Managers

Athenry Soccer Club are always looking for volunteers to help coach our under age and senior teams. We can always use help so if you are interested, please leave your name and contact number at our club house.

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Published here 03 Jan 2024 and originally published Summer 2005

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