Our joint U14 with Kildangan ( Cuchulan Gaels ) team put in a very credible performance against Nurney on Friday 7th last  at Kildangan.

With a panel of 23 players the match was always going to be an experiment in positions and so it proved to be. Against a team with a big physical presence we were a better footballing team and despite conceding a goal in the first minute we began to dominate the first half.

We had many scoring chances but having left our shooting boots at home  that night with 6/7 easy chances missed, there was always a fear that failure to take our chances could come back to haunt us.

At half time we were leading by 3 points.

However Nurney began to get on top in the second half and came back to level the scores and indeed take the lead by two points.

The Gaels refused to give up and fought back to even the scores again with 5 minutes remaining. However two late long range points from Nurney secured them a hard earned win.

The feeling at the end of the match was that we had performed very well for our first outing and with some more match practice and training, that we would be confident of beating  Nurney next time.

Best of the Athgarvan players were Thomas Tracey, Thomas Berney, John Cleary and Shane Smyth with all others giving good solid performances.

Final Score:      Cuchulan Gaels 2-5   Nurney 2-8

The Athgarvan Senior Men’s Team had a hard fought victory tonight over St Laurences at the Athgarvan pitch. In ideal playing conditions, both sides played some entertaining football as the momemtum shifted throughout the match.

Laurences started well, and dominated possession in the early stages as they played down the hill into the Athgarvan school end. However Athgarvan seemed much more dangerous in attack, and indeed they scored from almost every foray they had into the Larries’ half in the opening 30 mins. Full forward Damien Smyth was particularly impressive scoring some fantastic points. The best score of the first half came from the boot of Athgarvan midfielder Gavin Coffey after a great run through the Larries’ defence.

Athgarvan pulled into a four point lead after great work from John Tidd set up Damian Smyth for a well-taken goal that nestled in the top corner of the net, giving the ‘keeper no chance. It looked like Athgarvan were pulling away at that stage, but in the dying minutes of the first half, Laurences responded well and claimed a rather fortuitous goal to pull them back into the game. They tagged on another point to make the half time score 1-06 to 1-04 in Athgarvan’s favour.

The second half began with more of the same, with Damien Smyth tagging on a point from a free in the early minutes. Ten minutes later, Laurences worked the ball well to allow them to score an equalising goal from close range. Athgarvan though, were not prepared to lose for the first time this season, and they answered back minutes later with captain Danny Whelan scoring a great goal with a cool finish to put the home team back in control. Athgarvan held on for the remainder of the match and survived a late scare thanks to goalkeeping heroics from Gavan Doyle to finish winning by four points. Best for Athgarvan were Derek Nolan in midfield, Damian Smyth up front, while Brian Gormley & Willie Delaney gave solid performances in defence.

For the first time in several years Athgarvan is entering a team in the U 14 leagues.

As we cannot field a very strong U 14 team ourselves, we have teamed up with Kildangan GAA under the joint team name Cuchlainn Gaels.

We have enjoyed several training sessions in early April and have arranged some challenge matches to come soon,  before the start of the league on May 9th.

Our ‘home’ pitch is the Kildangan pitch and we will wear the Athgarvan jerseys.

A similiar joint venture with an U 16 team was sucessful in March/ April where Athgarvan was the ‘home’ nenue and the players wore the Kildangan jerseys.

We are confident we will have a competitive team and we wish them all the best in this new venture.