He Scores When He Wants

Fri 11th May 2012. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 2-1 Mervue United

Stephen Relihan added to his earlier than expected return from injury, to score his second goal in consecutive games as Athlone Town beat Mervue United to move up to 4th place in the table.

The 2-1 win maintained Athlones unbeaten home record against Mervue, with an overall total of 8 wins in 11 games since the Galway side joined Division 1.

As with last weeks win, Athlone got off to a great start to score from a set piece when centre half Tommy Barrett sent a close range header into the net from Kevin Williamsons corner.

Mark Sherlock, returning from a 1 match suspension, almost doubled Athlones advantage but for Mervues young debutant keeper Conor O’Malley saving at his feet.

Just before the half hour mark Town eventually got on the scoresheet again when Stephen Relihan got on the end of Brian McCarthys header to poke the ball past O’Malley as he slid out to collect.

After scoring the opener, Barret then made sure Athlone kept a clean sheet going into the break when he cleared the ball away from a goal mouth scramble among hopeful shouts of handball from the Mervue players.

In the 2nd half Athlone seemed to lose some momentum and although they spent a lot of time in the Mervue half, there was no end product. In typcial fashion Mervue found some life and after several efforts they finally got on the scoresheet, albeit in injury time, when substitute James Casserly sent a header past Pat Jennings. Mervue finished the stronger of the sides with a number of cross/shots but luckily for Town all flew across the goal without finding the target.

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Kevin Williamson made a return to starting line up to set up Athlones opening goal

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Brian McCarthy celebrates with Stephen Relihan after the midfielder scores his second goal in two games

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