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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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