Athlone Take All Three From SDG
Friday 29th June 2012. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 2-0 SD Galway.
Athlone Town maintained their unbeaten record against SD Galway, taking all 3 points with a 2-0 win on Friday evening at Lissywollen.
While the overall performance wasn’t much to write about it was an important result for Athlone as they bounced back from last weeks defeat to promotion rivals Waterford.
Athlone opened the scoring just before the half hour mark when Jason Hughes cut in from the right wing and unleashed a powerful strike from 20 yards to beat Liam Grant in the SD Galway goals.
Five minutes later they doubled their lead when Tommy Barrett headed home at the near post from Val Feeneys cross from the right.
The home side could have added more to their tally before the break but for Grant who saved at the feet of Mark Sherlock on two more occassions.
While they rarely troubled Athlone in the first half, SD Galway were almost thrown a life line when Pat Jennings dropped a cross under pressure from Mike Tierney. As the ball fell to Gerry Dolan, the forward seemed to panic in front of the empty goal, and his hesitation gave Jennings enough time to scramble back across the goal and block the ball at Dolans feet.
The second half saw the introduction of Athlones new signing Lee Choel Sung, and the Korean defender got straight into the thick of the action as the visitors stepped up several gears from the start of the half.
To their credit, Salthill had chances to pull goals back but for some excellent saves from Jennings along with a goal line clearance from Brian McCarthy. The introduction of former Town player Mixie Harty also gave the visitors more bite in midfield as they tried to deal with Brian Gills battling play.
In an almost weekly occurance at this stage Athlone, had more penalty claims turned down with second half substitute Noel McGee almost having his jersey ripped off him inside the area. This claim was added to a first half incident when Mark Sherlock appeared to be tripped by Eugene Greaney as the defender fell to the ground trying to catch up to the front man as he ran towards the six yard box.
But there was to be no second half goal for either side as Athlone made it 3 wins from 3 games against the Galway side so far this season.