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Friday 14th June 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 2-0 Longford Town

Two goal from Philly Gorman ensured it was third time lucky for Athlone as they claimed the Midlands bragging rights going into the mid season break at Lissywollen.

Gorman opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a looping shot over the head of the advancing Chris Bennion.
Roddy Collins Jnr came close to doubling the advantage, but after some good work to cut through the Longford defence, his shot flew high and wide.

At the other end, goal scoring sensation Davy O’Sulivan was kept under tight guard, with Aidan Collins giving him little or no room to maneuver whenever the ball came up-field.

On the hour mark, Gorman got his brace from the penalty spot after the ever lively Garbhan Coughlan was taken down.

While Athlone remained on top for the majority of the half, there was some nervousness on account of the 6 minutes injury time added after Mark Salmon took an unfortunate injury. But Athlone held on, and we unlucky not to score another before the full time whistle.

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Philly Gorman celebrates his first goal against Longford

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Athlone fans give their thoughts on the plight of former Longford player Colly James

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Jeepers Keepers As Athlone Hit The Right Note Against Harps

Saturday 8th June 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Finn Harps 2-3 Athlone Town

On a sun soaked evening in Donegal, Athlone Town bounced back from a crushing League defeat and Cup knock out to put themselves back into the mix with a 3-2 win over Finn Harps.

Harps were quicker off the mark in the opening exchanges and took the lead after just 10 minutes when Michael Funstons shot from distance eluded Paul Skinner in the Town goal.

Just before the half hour mark, Harps keeper Ciaran Gallagher saw his punch land just outside the box; and as he stood in no mans land, the ball fell perfectly for James O’Brien to mark his debut with a lob that dipped just under the bar for the equaliser.

With Athlone coming back into the game, they were dealt another blow just before half time when Keith Cowan tried his luck from distance, and his powerful drive gave Harps the lead at the break.

Shortly after half time Athlone drew level when Philly Hughes sent a header towards the back post and despite an acrobatic dive from Gallagher, he flew nowhere near the ball, leaving Garbhan Coughlan to tap in from close range.

Less than five minutes later, Athlone took the lead when Mark Hughes unleashed a shot from almost 30 yards out; and as Gallagher flew through the air, his attempted parry spun up off his palm and the ball bounced in over the line to secure all three points for the visitors.

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Match winner Mark Hughes goes on the attack against Finn Harps

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Bluebell Top As Athlone Flop

Tuesday 6th June 2013. FAI Cup Replay
Athlone Town 2-3aet Bluebell United

Athlone Town crashed out of the 2013 FAI Cup at the hands of Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United on a 3-2 scoreline after extra time in the 2nd Round reply in Lissywollen. The result was no more than the visitors deserved as they showed more hunger and desire throughout the encounter.

Athlone opened the scoring on 37 minutes when Ian Sweeney finished neatly to take the lead. Bluebell drew level just before the break when former Athlone striker Trevor Molloy found himself all alone at the back post and stabbed the ball into the net with the sole of his boot.

In the second half Molloy put Bluebell ahead when, after receiving the ball, he found himself unmarked with enough time to set up a shot with the outside of the boot that curled past Paul Skinner in the town goal.

With the game drawing closer to full time, substitute Tzee Mustapha sent the game into extra time with a well struck goal, and even better executed cartwheel celebration! However in the first period of extra time Bluebell took the lead again when Peter Darcy beat Skinner with a shot that proved to be the winner on the night.

Late in the game, Bluebell were reduced to 10 men when, after using all their subs, keeper Karl Coleman was forced off injured after a collision with his own centre half Peter Sherlock. Sherlock, the offending defender, stepped up to the plate to take the gloves and with just one effort to deal with he ensured Bluebell went through to Round 3.

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No Fishy Business As Ireland Net Win Over The Faroes

Friday 7th June 2013. World Cup Qualifier
Republic of Ireland 3-0 Faroe Islands

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Love him or hate him, Robbie Keane wrote himself into the record books in style with a hat-trick on his record breaking appearence

Town And Bluebell Must Do It All Again

Saturday 1st June 2013. FAI Cup.
Bluebell United 2-2 Athlone Town

Everyone expects drama in the Cup, especially when drawn against a team from a lower League, however Saturdays drama began before kick off when an entrance fee of €15 was deemed too steep by the traveling Athlone Town fans and so plans to get back on the bus and head for Croke Park to see Westmeath were close to being enacted until the Bluebell turnstile operators finally conceded to lowering the price to €10!

With the crowd finally assembled, the expected drama on the pitch arrived just 8 minutes into the game when Athlone captain Aidan Collins was adjudged to have fouled Bluebell captain Glen Madden, and from the resultant penalty, former Athlone trialist Tony Griffiths blasted home the opening goal to give Bluebell the lead.

After some battling play from both sides, Athlone finally drew level after half an hour when Ian Sweeney got on the end of Lee Dixons low cross to fire the ball past Karl Coleman from 20 yards out.

Athlone took the lead just after the hour mark when Niall Scullion darted down the wing and crossed for Sweeney to volley home from 25 yards out.

Just ten minutes later though, Bluebell were level when a powerful strike from distance by substitute Sean Stewart flew past Paul Skinner to ensure a nervy end to the game.

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Goalscorer Ian Sweeney gets away from Robert Douglas

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Sean Stewart earns Bluebell a replay with a powerful strike past Paul Skinner

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Ireland Quieten Lions Roar

Wednesday 29th May 2o13. International Friendly
England 1-1 Ireland

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