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Skinner Gets A Hand On History, As Town Get Back On Track

Friday 19th July 2013. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 1-0 Salthill Devon.

After last weeks stumble against Cobh, and Tuesdays game against Bradford, Athlone got back to winning ways with an unconvincing but vital win over Salthill Devon. The win not only stretched Athlones unbeaten League run to 6 consecutive games, it was also Paul Skinners 5th clean sheet in a row which equaled a Club record set in the 1985/86 season.

While Salthill never looked like threatening Skinners chances of getting in Athlones history book, at the other end it didn’t look likely that the home side would get the all important winner either!

The battle of the game proved to be in midfield, where Mark Hughes and former Athlone player Mixie Harty fought hard against one another in almost every move both sides mustered.

With some frustration showing on both sides, Athlone finally got the break through on the hour mark when top scorer Philly Gorman sent a looping header into the corner of the net from Barry Clancys cross.

With Salthill keeper Ronan Forde leaving the game on a stretcher, Garbhan Coughlan came close to putting one past substitute James Keane but the on-loan striker couldn’t lift the ball enough over the feet advancing net minder to double Towns advantage.

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Hughes and Mixie Harty get in a tangle during Fridays clash

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No Banter As Bantams Win At The Wollen

Tuesday 16th July 2013. Mid Season Friendly
Athlone Town 1-4 Bradford City

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Cobh Take A Point As Athlone Stay Second

Friday 12th July 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-0 Cobh Ramblers

Athlones push for promotion took an unexpected stumble on Friday night as they dropped an expected 2 points, but in reality were lucky to earn 1, against a Cobh side showing little sign of missing striker Conor Meade.

While the return of Garban Coughlan on loan until the end of the season was seen as a welcome boost, unfortunately having missed out on game time after returning to Limerick, the striker appeared a little sluggish.

Athlones tactics were off the mark too with most moves forward revolving around high balls into the box which Cobhs tall and physical centre backs lapped up all game.

At the other end, 17 year old front man Kynan Rocks proved to be a torn in Athlones side, linking up with almost every attack started by Martin Deady as the visitors tested the metal of the Town defence. Although Davin O’Neill would have been named in the pre match talk as one to watch, the former Cork City man looked uninterested for large portions of the game, leaving most of the work to Deady and Rocks.

Recent signing Sean Byrne made his long awaited debut for Athlone, replacing Neil Harney on the hour mark, however his efforts were short lived after a 2 footed sliding tackle on O’Neill saw him see red to leave Athlone with reduced numbers.
Down to ten men, the Athlone players started to look tired, with a midweek game against Port Vale the likely contributor to fatigue.

While chances were few and far between for the home side, they had Paul Skinner to thank at the other end for earning the point with 2 acrobatic reflex saves to keep his 4th consecutive clean sheet and extend Athlones unbeaten run to 5 games.

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Second Half Strikes Sink Wexford

Friday 5th July 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Wexford Youths 0-2 Athlone Town

Second half goals from James O’Brien and Ian Sweeney kept Athlones push for promotion on track as they made up for a dour first half to claim all 3 points against Wexford Youths.

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Gorman Hat-trick Keeps Pressure On Longford

Friday 28th June 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 3-0 Mervue United

Three goals from Philly Gorman ensured Athlone Town showed no sign of hangover from the mid season break as they sent 10 man Mervue packing while closing the gap to 4 points between them and Midlands rivals Longford Town.

In the sides previous meeting, referee Ray Matthews awarded Athlone a last minute penalty to level the game, and the Galway outfit were forced to relive the agony when the same official awarded a spot kick less than 10 minutes into Fridays encounter after Martin Connelly was adjudged to have clipped Garbhan Coughlans foot as he prepared to shoot on goal. To rub salt into the wounds, the Mervue defender was shown a straight red card, much to the anger of the animated Johnny Glynn on the sidelines.

When the dust settled, up stepped Philly Gorman to give Athlone the lead, sending Conor Gleeson the wrong way from 12 yards.

Despite being a man down, Mervue still battled hard and continued to play football, resisting the temptation to hit to long balls from defense, bypassing the midfield altogether.

In the middle of the park, former Athlone play maker Barry O’Mahony pulled the strings for Mervue, while the always lively Tom King covered so much ground they spectators could be forgiven for forgetting about their numerical disadvantage at times.

Athlone got their much needed, and deserved, second when James O’Brien sent a free kick into the box from the left wing; and as Gorman arched back, he somehow managed to send a looping header over Gleeson for his brace.

In the second half Athlone wrapped things up when Barry Clancy made a darting run down the left wing and sent the ball to the far post where Gorman was waiting to fire past Gleeson from close range for his hat-trick.

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Philly Gorman finishes at the back post to complete his hat-trick

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Johnny Glynn disputes Athlones penalty

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