10/02/2015. Preseason Friendly. City Calling Stadium
Longford Town 4-3 Athlone Town
Goals galore in the t2015 pre season El Clasico as Longford Town ran out winners on a 4-3 scoreline at City Calling Stadium.
Prematch confusion kicked in as with the game scheduled for a 7.45pm kick off, Longfords posters were not updated for the new time and the fixture was advertised with as a 7.30pm start. To add to it all, kick off was then pushed back to 8pm due to a kit clash.
Goals from Don Cowan (2), Tom Morris and Davy O’Sullivan won the game for Longford while Garbhan Coughlan grabbed a brace and Gareth Brady netted the third for Athlone.
06/02/2015. Preseason Friendly. Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Athlone Town
Athlone town made the trip to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers in their second pre season game of the schedule with a socreless draw the outcome.
With few chances either side, Athlone gave a good account of themselves with Marco Chindea and Aidan Friel impressing on the night.
31/01/2015. Preseason Friendly. Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town 4-1 Cork City
Athlone Town got their 2015 preseason schedule off to a flying start with a 4-1 defeat of Cork City at Athlone Town Stadium.
Goals from Garbhan Coughlan, Marco Chindea, Daniel Purdy and Adam Kelly secured the win while Rob Lehane pulled back a consolation goal for the visitors.
Photos from Athlone Town 4-1 Cork City Here
24th January 2015. Under 19 League Southern Section
Athlone Town 1-0 Salthill Devon.
A first half strike from Aidiy Byrne was enough to earn all 3 points for Athlone Town against Salthill Devon at Lissywollen.
Ok, so after almost a year of ignoring the blog, I’m going to try a small bit of a revival … Lets see how long this one lasts…
Friday 14th March 2014. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. Athlone Town Stadium.
Athlone Town 1-4 Shamrock Rovers
Eighteen years after their last home League game as a Premier Division side, Athlone Town were handed a difficult first home fixture when they hosted Shamrock Rovers on Friday night in Athlone Town Stadium. With previous midlands meetings taking place in St Mel’s Park and Dubarry Park, the game marked Rovers first competitive visit to the venue, having played a pre-season friendly there in 2009.
Despite being injury free, and welcoming Derek Prendergast for his home debut, Athlone’s relatively small squad were feeling the effects of a busy opening schedule as they took to the field for the third time in seven days.
With the game scheduled for a 7.45pm kick off, a floodlight issue delayed the start, and the game was underway just five minutes before a dip in the lights forced referee Tomas Connolly to call a halt to proceedings while the problem was rectified.
With the game finally under way, Rovers looked the dominant force from the start and took the lead in the 21st minute when Ciaran Kilduff was on hand to fire home from close range after Athlone goalkeeper Paul Skinner lost control of Sean O’Connor’s corner.
Eight minutes later the visitors doubled their advantage when the lively Gary McCabe latched on to Shane Robinson’s through ball to calmly slot the ball past Skinner. After attempts from Sean O’Connor and Luke Byrne, McCabe almost netted a brace before the break, but his powerful shot rattled the upright.
With the second half just four minutes old, Rovers effectively sealed the win when Ciaran Kilduff got on the end of Simon Madden’s cross from the right to score his second of the game, hooking the ball past Skinner as he fell backwards.
Athlone manager Mick Cooke tried to shake things up just after the hour mark with a triple substitution seeing Barry Clancy, Ian Sweeney and Graham Rusk coming on for Sean Byrne, Mark Hughes and Jason Marks. Despite the introduction of fresh legs, Rovers remained dominant with chances few and far between for the hosts. Wave after wave of attack saw Skinner thwart Kilduff from getting his hat-trick while also stopping Ronan Finn and Karl Sheppard getting on the score sheet.
Athlone were dealt another blow in the closing ten minutes when captain Aidan Collins hit the ground hard during a challenge, dislocating his shoulder in the process. With all three substitutes already on the pitch, Athlone were forced to see out the game with ten men.
With the clock running down, Rovers substitute Eamon Zayed wrapped up the scoring for the visitors to make it four, before Alan Byrne pulled back an injury time consolation goal, forcing the ball over the line from close range in a crowded penalty area.
Saturday 8th March 2014. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. The Showgrounds.
Sligo Rovers 2-1 Athlone Town
On a wet Saturday evening, Athlone Town traveled to The Showgrounds to begin life in the Premier Division with a difficult game against Sligo Rovers.
With a small squad to operate with, Athlone had to plan without Derek Prendergast due to suspension, while they could only manage to fill 5 of the 7 allowed places on the substitutes list.
As expected, Sligo had the lions share of possession early on and attacked from the start with Danny Ledwith striking the post with a shot inside the opening 5 minutes, before Aaron Greene had Paul Skinner scampering across his goal to cover his shot from distance.
After taking the opening 15 minutes to settle, Athlone tried to make inroads on goals, however playing Philly Gorman as a lone front man left last seasons top scorer chasing down everything with little support.
As the half progressed, Ledwith and Kaelan Spillane both had efforts sail just the wrong side of the woodwork, while Gary Rogers in the Sligo goal was left untroubled for the majority of the half.
In the second half, Paul Skinner showed exactly why he was named in last years Team of the Season, with a string of fine saves in quick succession from Davi Cawley and Eric Odhiambo before again denying Danny Ledwith.
With 53 minutes played, Athlone finally got the rub of the green when a handball inside the area left referee Rob Rogers no option but to award a penalty to the visitors. Up stepped Gorman to cooly fire the ball low and hard just beyond the outstretched left arm of Gary Rogers.
The lead lasted just 10 minutes though when wave after wave of attack finally found a chink in Athlones armor and John Russell nipped in to head home at the back post after David Cawley’s cross from the right wing caught the town defence ball watching.
With Sligo throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at Athlone, it looked like the Midlanders would leave the North West with a hard fought draw; but fortune favors the brave and with 2 minutes left on the clock, substitute Even McMillan latched on to John Russell’s low cross into the box to fire past Skinner from close range.