Athea lost out by the narrowest of margins to Mountcollins in the West Intermediate Football Championship on St. Patrick’s Day. James Ryan opened the scoring with a point inside thirty seconds and added another a few minutes later. Darren Murphy increased our lead with a well taken point before Mountcollins opened their account a few minutes later with a point of their own.
We had further points from Darren Murphy, Patrick Ahern and Jamie Collins to give us a six point lead, but two points late in the half from the home side left four between the teams at the break. Mountcollins started the second half brightly and closed the gap to a single point after ten minutes.
A great save by Timmy Enright in goals kept them at bay and Patrick Ahern put two points between the teams when he raised the white flag with fifteen minutes left on the clock. The sides were soon level when Mountcollins scored two points of their own and it made for an exciting finish. We got our noses in front again when Gerard Ahern tapped over a free but it was the opposition who finished stronger and two late points ensured victory for the home side. The final score read Athea 0-09, Mountcollins 0-10.
Team: Timmy Enright, Padraig Reidy, Matthew Tierney, Shane Tierney, Michael Reidy, Martin Chawke, Shane Mulvihill, Pa Chawke, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Gerard Ahern, Jamie Collins, Padraic Walsh, James Ryan, Patrick Ahern, Darren Murphy. Subs: Pa Kiely, Jason Kelly, Jason Dalton, Neilo Keane, Dan McMahon, Gerard Collins, Eoin McCarthy & Thomas Brosnan.