Athlone Community College staged a determined comeback in the final quarter of the game to score a narrow victory over St. Mel’s in the second round of the North Leinster Colleges U-16 ‘A’ Football Championship at the Killoe grounds on Thursday last.
St. Mel’s looked all set to emerge victorious after establishing a commanding eight points advantage midway through the second half but Athlone CC came storming back to fire over a series of points along with a well-taken goal to eventually come out on top.
The Longford college had the better of the exchanges in the first half and thanks to a goal in the 9th minute from the target man Ciaran Donohoe at full-forward, the boys in blue ended up four points in front a the break.
It looked all over as a contest when St. Mel’s stretched their lead to eight points but Athlone CC just refused to accept defeat and leading the revival was the impressive Shane Bannon who registered three fine points with the decisive factor materialising when the visitors scored their second goal in the 51st minute. ST. MEL’S: Dylan McGoey; Killian Lee, Dessie Reynolds, Ryan Moffett; Peter Lynn, Cathal Flynn, Liam Barry; Shane Thompson, Ryan O’Keeffe; John Hand, Shane McCormack, Daniel Kirby; Robbie Clarke, Ciaran Donohoe, Aidan Sheridan. Subs used:- Nathan Steele, Tommy Maguire, John Mulhern, David McCarthy, Cathal Victory and Peter Hanley.