Archive for April, 2010

Peters Overpower 9 Man Melville

Wednesday 28th April 2010 – CCFL Senior Division
St Peters 2-1 Melville United
With the midweek local double header fixture list I made the short journey across the Shannon to catch the 2nd half of local derby St Peters v Melville.

Second half started with Melville 1 goal up and 1 man down and with the hard tackles going in I kind of knew there would action like that! Melville looked like they could hold out but the 1 man advantage started to take its toll, and when some refereeing decisions went against them, their heads, like their legs started to drop. Peters equaliser came when Brian Caudwell ran on to a through ball and the advancing Melville keeper Mickey Greene decided to try some fancy footwork instead of using his hands. Greene lost control of the ball and Caulwell pounced. The Peters front man had the ball in the net again but he was adjudged to have strayed off side when latching on to Mark Sherlocks cross.

After a goal mouth scramble the ball popped out and player/manager Mickey Collins let fly with a shot take all 3 points for Peters and put them 2 points ahead of Willow in the table.

Quote of the day was at the final whistle the Melville manager approached the referee to “voice his concerns” over several decisions, a Melville supporters looked over at me and said:

“I hope your getting some good photos of this …
cos they might be used in court next week”

Brian Caudwell rounds Mickey Greene to score St Peters equaliser

Full Set HERE


Willow Wane To CK Pressure

Wednesday 28th April 2010 – CCFLSenior Division
Willow Park 1-1 CK United

Only got the the 1st half of this game but it had all the makings of a hard fought game. Willows opener was somewhat fortuitous, with a Robbie Shine free kick skidding straight through the CK keepers hands.

Jeepers Keepers! Robbie Shines free kick skids through the keepers hands and legs!

CK spent most of the half trying to kick lumps out of the Willow players and it wasnt surprising to see a minor skirmish break out. Referee was quite poor for the half and despite some potential leg breaking tackles he only produced his first yellow card to a CK player … not for a foul, but foul languague!

Mark McConnell fires over with an acrobatic kick

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Website Revamp

Just decided to give the website a bit of a revamp to tidy things up and give a cleaner layout. Also added buttons to each gallery to allow users to post the gallery link to Digg, Facebook and Twitter.

Still a few minor changes to be made and also re-add achives from previous years so hopefully all should be fully up and running during the week.
Some image gallaries are a little slow to load so its a trade off on image quality vs load time. I’ll try to improve them for subsequent image sets.

Check it out on and let me know what you think.

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2 Goals, 3 Red Cards And 391 Spectators – El Classico

Saturday 24th April 2010 – Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 2-0 Longford Town

Following on from the League Cup victory, Athlone once again over powered a quite honestly shocking poor Longford team to make it 2 from 2 in the 2010 El Classico series.

It could have been more than 2-0 only for Stephen Conlon saved from an early Austin Skelly penalty. Refereeing decisions were the usual bizarre and questionable for both side with blatent fouls going unnoticed while the slightest of touches resulted in free kicks.

Robbie Farrell finally broke his goalscoring hoodoo when he calmly slotted the ball home to put Athlone in front against one of his former clubs, and lively winger Richie O’Hanlon doubled the advantage when he netted from close range to seal the victory.

Longford did have a chance or 2 but Chris Bennion again showed why he has established himself as a firm fans favourite with some important saves. But apart from the odd pot shot, Longford had nothing in the tank and Athlone really should have buried them more. Noel McGee made a 2nd half appearence to a rapturous applause from the Lissywollen faithful and he nearly got himself back on track with a diving header only for it to sail just wide of the post.

Des Hope picked up his 2nd red card of the season for an “apparent” elbow … was too far away to see for myself but by all accounts the ref got it wrong. Chris Deans then saw red to even up the numbers and less than 10 minutes later McGee was in the thick of it again when he was hacked down while running through on goal, the result … a red card for Thomas Hyland.

And so it ended with Athlone reaffirming themselves as the true Pride Of The Midlands

Robbie Farrell puts Athlone 1 up in El Classico

Noel McGee is hacked down as he runs through on goal

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Monks Land League Title

Wednesday 21st April 2010 – CCFL Premier Division
Temple Villa 1-2 Monksland United

Despite going 1 down inside the opening 5 minutes, Monksland battled hard to score a second half equaliser and then the winner to claim the CCFL Premier Division title at Villa Park. Goals from Les Browne and captain John Francis secured the win, League title and promotion to the CCFL Senior Division.

William Healy presents the CCFL Premier Division trophy to Monksland captain John Francis

It wasnt all plain sailing though, Villa threw themselves into ever challenge with Noel Galvin and Fergal Murray the main men behind every tough tackle. Things looked hairy for Da Land when striker Conor Jordon was forced off through injury inside 10 minutes, while goalkeeper Seamie McManus sat out the 2nd half. Villas keeper can count himself unlucky for the goals, the equaliser came from a cross, he rose with Les Browne and luckily for the Monksland man the ball skimmed through the keepers hands and right on to his head. The eventual winner came from a John Francis free kick, via a rock hard surface which saw the ball hop out of the keepers reach and into the top corner.

Les Browne heads home Monkslands equaliser

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Town Fail Students Test

April 14, 2010 3 comments

EA Sports Cup – Tues 13th April 2010
UCD 1-0 Athlone Town
C’mon … the title was always going to be a pun on students/exams!!!!
Another game Athlone will rue showing very little up front and while the defence is tightening up nicely it will all be for nothing unless we can start scoring.
Although advancing in the competition, UCD were poor enough and created very little in the line of clear cut chances. The winning goal was dubious too with
Mark Nolan being fouled in the process but the officials turned a blind eye. I had a suspicion that the officials wouldn’t be on our side when, just before kick off, the 4th official made a smart comment to an Athlone official to make sure and not get sent off again. This was a throw back to the League fixture last season when a shout came from the Athlone bench and although the ref didnt actually know who it came from he sent off the person nearest him. League of Ireland refereeing at its best!

Athlones best chance came from an Eoin O’Shea header but the Roscrea man was unfortunate to see his effort crash off the crossbar. Robbie Benson had a couple of pot shots when a through ball was perhaps a better option, while Niall Scullion chanced his arm from distance but all were off target.
Substitutes Noiel McGee, Gareth Kenna and Richie O’Hanlon livened things up but it made no difference in the end as UCD move on to face Shamrock Rovers in the next round.

At least now we can concentrate on the League!

Robbie Benson in a tussle with UCD captain Michaek Leahy

Richie O'Hanlon skips over a sliding tackle

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All Square At The Wollen

Airtricity League – Division 1. 10th April 2010
Athlone Town 0-0 Shelbourne

Exciting, action packed, end-to-end … none of these words can be used to describe Athlone’s scoreless Saturday evening draw with Shels at Lissywollen.
To be fair, Shelbourne looked every bit an ordinary Division 1 team and based on the performance not exactly one of the “bigger teams” in the League.
Apart from one off the bar and a goal well offside, I cant really recall any other threat of note. Equally no attack from Athlone really stands out.
Kevin Dunne however put in a very good performance in midfield which is very encouraging and Athlone will be boosted by the return of the International
young guns Robbie Benson and Tom O’Halloran.

Shels fans were less than impressed with John McLoughlins refereeing, especially after he showed red card to Colin O’Brien after a 2 footed lunge.

Richie O'Hanlon gets past a challenge tomount an attack

Getting The boot In! Austin Skelly and Stephen Quigley battle for the ball

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