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Five Star Mons Cruise To Play-Offs

Sat 29th October 2011. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 0-5 Monaghan United. Athlone Town Stadium.

Monaghan United cruised to the promotion playoff spot after a 5-0 demolition of Athlone Town at Lissywollen on Saturday night.

Town, who hadn’t trained in the weeks leading up to the final game of the season, looked every bit a team that just did not want to be there. Despite some battling performances by individuals, as a team their discontent was clear for all to see.

And while management syles differ, Saturdays showed just how much difference there can be. With the score at 5-0, Monaghan boss Roddy Collins was still on the edge of the technical area encouraging his charges to push on for more goals … while a few yards to his left, the home dugout remained silent. In fact the only movement of note was the entrance to, and exit from, the pitch at half and full time.

The contest was effectively over before the half hour mark when Mons put themselves into a 2-0 lead thanks to Jordan Keegan and ex Athlone Declan Fabio O’Brien. Ironicially O’Brien scored for Athlone in last seasons final game, when Town also conceeded 5 goals.
Aidan Collins added a 3rd goal before the break to put the tie beyond doubt.

The second half played out just as the 1st with Monaghan in total control of the game. Sean Brennan got himself on the scoresheet just before the hour mark before Keegan notched up his brace with 15 minutes left. Mons played out the final 25 minutes of the game with 10 men after Keith Quinn received a straight red card after a 2 footed lunge at Jason Hughes, but Town couldn’t do anything with the numerical advantage as the curtain fell on the long, disappointing season.

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Mark Walsh wins an ariel battle with Declan O'Brien

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Jason Hughes has his legs taken from under him by Keith Quinn

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