Athlone advanced to the Leinster Intermediate Football Championship semi-final following a smashing 1-12 to 1-4 win over O’Hanrahan’s from Carlow.
A provincial semi-final clash away to Wexford outfit Glynn Barntown awaits for an impressive Athlone side, who were always in control against O’Hanrahan’s.
Damien Kelly’s excellent early goal gave Athlone a fine start as Noel Mulligan and John Connellan also contributed important points. Leading 1-6 to 0-2 at the interval, Athlone commenced the second half brightly too as Ray Connellan burst through for a brilliant score.
O’Hanrahan’s rallied briefly in the closing stages, but Athlone were never in any serious danger as they posted a morale-boosting success.
Athlone: D Costello; E Maher, D Kelly (1-0 ), F Murray; D Lynam, N Mulligan (0-3 ), T Egan; J Stapleton, P Bannon; S Ward (0-1 ), J Marshment, J Egan; D Reid, R Connellan (0-3 ), J Connellan (0-5 ). Subs Used: M Greene, S Omukoro, A Lynam, J Fallon, C McMickan, S Kilroy-Glynn.