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Athlone Hit For Six

Fri 25th May 2012. FAI Cup Round 2.
Cork City 6-1 Athlone Town. Turners Cross, Cork.

For the opening half hour of this cup tie it looked like Athlone Town would pull off the upset of the round, alas in the five minutes that followed, the dream turned into a nightmare and bookies across the land sighed with relief.

With just 4 minutes on the clock, Athlone stunned the home crowd when Brian McCarthy out jumped Danny Murphy and Gavin Kavanagh to head past Mark McNulty giving the visitors the lead. Joe Woods, Noel McGee, Brian Gill and Jason Hughes all had chances to extend Athlones lead with the Cork players in disarray, but alas they failed to convert any of their chances.

Just after the half hour mark the Cork players seemed to wake up and a five minute spell of pressure resulted in 3 goals to the home side with a goal from Vinny Sullivan either side of Tadhg Purcell getting his first of the evening to effectively end the tie at the half time break.

As with the first half, Athlone started the second on the attack with McNulty holding on to a powerful strike from Joe Woods. Moments later though Sullivan completed his hat trick with a close range tap in after Darryl Horgan drew Pat Jennings out along the end line. With 15 minutes to go, Purcell notched up his brace with a pin point shot from an awkward angle. Ten minutes later he completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after Jennings hauled him down inside the area.

And with that the demolition was complete.

The only other highlight from an Athlone point of view was the exceptional support from, well oddly enough a gang of football fans from Cork and Waterford who decided to support Da Town for the day!

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Brian McCarthy heads Athlone into an early, and unlikely, lead against Cork City

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The Athlone Town Ultras, ironically not from Athlone

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