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Athlone Valiant But Vale Victorious

Wednesday 25th July 2012. Mid Season Friendly
Athlone Town 0-5 Port Vale

In a game that appeared more pointless than a broken pencil, an experimental Athlone Town side went down by 5 goals to NPower League 2 (old Division 4) side Port Vale.

The mid season friendly, originally scheduled for 24 hours earlier, fell foul to some monsoon type rain showers which left parts of the Lissywollen pitch holding more water than an otters play ground. Although the new match day yielded more favourable weather, the fact the game was rescheduled at all was of surprise to many considering Athlone have a far more important League clash with Limerick at home this weekend. However it may have just been a courtesy to Port Vale, and Mickey Adams, who looked somewhat irate when the original cancellation was announced.

With the short notice of the re-fixed game, Athlone were left with a number of players unavailable due to work commitments, so Mike Kerley used the match to give new, fringe and injury recovering squad members a run out. Recent signings Shane Dunne and Sean Skelly were handed their Athlone Town debuts while Eoin Monaghan, Neil Harney, Ethan Keogh and Lee Sung all got their first starts of the year. Ross Kenny returned from injury to take the left full position and Brian Collopy, despite injuring a wrist during the warm up, took his place between the posts.

In a lack lustre scoreless first half, Shane Dunne gave a decent account of himself, while Sean Skelly showed flashes of play that reminded Town fans of his brother Austin during his second stint at the club.

In the second half, as Athlone made a raft of substitutions, Vale stepped up a gear and the introduction of Tom Pope gave them a boost as the former Rotherham United forward netted 4 goals in half an hour spell, while Louis Dodds also nipped in to get on the score sheet as the small crowd stayed relatively silent.

And so, despite a 5 goal second half, the game ended with Town fans far more concerned about the playing surface recovery, and knocks taken by players, than the actual game itself.

Next up for Athlone is a potential season defining clash against table toppers Limerick FC

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Joe Woods blocks, former Cork City striker, Tadhg Purcells route to goal

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Sean Skelly gets away from Kingsley James

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