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El Classico Ends All Square

Saturday 9th October 2010. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-0 Longford Town

The Midlands El Classico failed to live up to its billing with very few chances accumulated by either side. Refereeing didnt help either with Sean Grant performing to the height of his usual capabilitoes. At this stage it feels like League of Ireland refereeing should become a Civil Service appointment as its one of the few professions where incompetence is rewarded.

Declan O’Brien received his marching orders when instead of just marching off the pitch at full time he accosted the referee over some questionable decisions, comparing him to a crude word for a ladys nether regions.
Despite Fabio being correct in his assumptions about decisions, at this stage in his career he really should have known better than have a confrontation he was never going to win. At least Long-ball-ford manager Tony Cousins, who had his own grievances over decisions, had enough cop on to politely ask if he could discuss the game with the referee after the post match formalities.

On a positive note, U20’s defender Garvan Broughall made his 1st League start for the senior side and gave a good account of himself against the old enemy.

Andy Haran keeps his eye on the ball despite close attention from John Lester

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