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El Clasico Win Sends Athlone 5 Points Clear

August 12, 2013

Saturday 10th August 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Longford Town 0-1 Athlone Town

A 33rd minute strike from Barry Clancy gave Athlone Town victory over rivals Longford Town, sending them 5 points clear at the top of the table with seven games remaining.
As the old cliche goes, it was a game of halves, with Longford leaving the field in disbelief of their failure to convert second half chances into goals.
In the first half, Athlone were quickest out of the blocks and knocked the ball around like a team brimming with confidence. Their confidence almost got an instant boost when Mark Hughes looked to have sent a looping shot into the goal but for an acrobatic save from Chris Bennion.
Athlone were dealt a blow mid-way through the half however when captain Aidan Collins came out the wrong side of a challenge and left the field on a stretcher.
Longford came close to capitalising on a defensive mix up when Robbie Clarke toe poked a clearance just as keeper Paul Skinner advanced to collect, however with Skinner in no man’s land, and Clarke scrambling back, home striker Josh O’Hanlon couldn’t steer his effort on target and so crisis was averted.
With Athlone on top overall, the goal finally came in the 33rd minute when Barry Clancy sent a free kick around the Longford wall and into the bottom corner of the net with Bennion at full stretch.
While Athlone had most possession in the first half, it was a role reversal in the second as Longford got themselves into gear after the break.
Derek O’Brien proved a constant threat down the left wing, however his reliance on his right foot saw him constantly break stride to get the ball on his favored foot, allowing the Athlone defense a vital few seconds to block his advances.
With wave after wave of attack, Paul Skinner proved to be the hero of the hour with a string of fine reaction saves to keep a clean sheet and earn Athlone their eleventh win of the season and their ninth game in succession without defeat.

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