Date Published: 07-Apr-2009
IN one sense you probably could sit back during a season like this and merely accept it for what it is. A rollercoaster with highs and lows of bizarre proportions. You could deride those wavering folk for getting too carried away with it all on the basis that it will all sort itself out in the end, but people like that don’t get sport, do they?
For those people, a match ticket is no different than a theatre pass. The audience and critics should sit, observe, and accept it for what its. Honest sports fans know that in reality a sports ticket and particularly a Connacht ticket is more akin to purchasing a scratch card. You really don’t know what’s in store but you can’t help yourself.
Who could have foreseen this beforehand, who could have foreseen it at half time for that matter? The crowd were vocal but the numbers were poor and the performance in that first half was generally flat. The Dragons led 10-3 thanks to a Richard Fussels try and Connacht looked in a small bit of bother.
What transpired after the break was the best forty minutes, in an attacking sense, the Sportsground has seen this season. Five tries. Five explosive scores to whet the appetite, raise spirits, and lift the gloom which was descending around rugby in this region. It…
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“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
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Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
Athenry FC 1
Kilbarrack United 2
(After extra time)
For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.
An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.
However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.
They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.
With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.
Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.
Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.
Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.