Home > April 2010, Athlone Town 2010, Football > 2 Goals, 3 Red Cards And 391 Spectators – El Classico

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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