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Athlone Earn Share Of The Spoils

Thursday 29th July 2010, Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 1-1 Waterford United

Thursdays Town match against Waterford was always going to be a test … not only for the players but for myself as well. Having had the chance to head to Tallaght to photograph Shamrock Rovers v Juventus I finally made the decision to keep it local and head to The Wollen in the vague hope that things could get better!

And get better they did! Despite the notable absence of the manager in the technical area, and Waterford having the majority of possession, Athlone battled hard and to a man gave their all.

Things looked to be going the usual way when 53 minutes into the tough encounter Waterford got on the score sheet … much to the delight of “Audrey” who had the Golden Goal 😉

But rather than let the heads drop Town ploughed away and got their reward when a corner cut through defenders and attackers a like to drop at the feet of Paddy Collins at the back post. Collins drew back the trigger and fired home the equaliser.

Athlone can count themselves unlucky not to get more out of it with the all to usual inept refereeing denying 2 stonewall penalties. But c’est la vie, incompetent refereeing and Lissywollen seem to go hand in hand with each other so we’ll take the point!

Paddy Collins celebrates scoring Athlone Towns equaliser against Waterford

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Vales Valiants Topple Town

Tuesday 20th July 2010. Mid Season Friendly.
Athlone Town 0-2 Port Vale

Two goals in the 1st half from Vale striker Marc Richards were enough to sink Athlone in their 2nd of 4 games in a week. Many will say Town looked fresh from the previous nights encounter against Middlesbrough, but that was probably down to it being a different line up for the home side. Despite Austin Skellys tough tackling the match turned out to be a fairly dour affair, matching the overall mood of a lot of Town fans in recent weeks.

Austin Skelly launches himself into a header

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Honours Even Between Town & Middlesborough

Monday 19th July 2010. Mid Season Friendly.
Athlone Town 1-1 Middlesborough

A late strike from super sub Austin Skelly gave Athlone a well deserved draw against UK outfit Middlesborough during Mondays mid season friendly at Lissywollen.

The visitors gave starts to new signings Kris Boyd, who opened his ‘Boro acocunt in the 2nd half, and Kevin Thomson while Town fielded a starting eleven containing a raft of new players.

Boro captain Gary O'Neil tries to break down the Town with an overhead kick

Austin Skelly slots the equaliser past Brad Jones

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Garrycastle Squeeze Past Saints

Sunday 18th May 2010. Westmeath Senior Championship
Garrycastle 0-15 … 2-06 St Malachys

Garrycastle made it 3 wins from 3 on a wet and warm evening in Tang as they overcame a tough battle against St. Malachys in the Senior Championship.
The game had everything … goals … points … a penalty … punch ups … pretty much everything but free flowing football. Indeed both sides can feel lucky
to finish the game with the full compliment of players with lots of elbows and digs flying in throughtout the match. Not a great one for the casual spectator but how and ever a win is a win and we’ll take it!

Alan Daly shurgs off a challange

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El Classico – Merde!

Saturday 17th July 2010, Airtricity League Division 1
Longford Town 2-1 Athlone Town

Athlone made the short trip to Flancare Park on Saturday for the latest installment of the Midlands El Classico … and to say it was Merde is an understatement. Town fielded 2 new loan signings Ryan McEvoy and Jason Hughes and although the 2 lads got stuck in, the team as a unit were nothing short of a shambles. Being 2-1 up and conceding another 5 is shocking … throwing away 4-0 leads with 18 minutes to go is abysmal … but losing El Classico is plain and simple unforgivable.
Other than that I hope winger Ciaran Maloney makes a speedy recovery from the 2nd half facial injury!

An empty Flancare Park says everything about the interest both sides generate

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Harps Play A Winning Tune

Sat 10th July 2010, Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-1 Finn Harps

A niggly game from start to finish ended with Athlone leaving the pitch with 10 men and Harps with 3 points. Mark Nolan eventually saw red after a series of dangerous sliding tackles, although the wet surface did play its part. Kevin McHugh netted a 2nd half goal in what proved to be town keeper Chris Bennions final appearence for the Town.

Mark "Chopper" Nolan is shown the red card

Armagh Account For London

Saturday 3rd July 2010 – Nicky Rackard Cup Final
Armagh 3-15 … 3-14 London

Another close encounter at GAA HQ. I just walked into the stadium as the presentation was being made.

Armagh players with the Nicky Rackard Cup

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