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Preseason El Clasico Win For Athlone

February 8, 2014

Friday 7th February 2014. Preseason Friendly. City Calling Stadium.
Longford Town 0-1 Athlone Town

After pipping their neighbors to the promotion post last season, Athlone got one over on Longford again with a win in the build up to the 2014 season.

Conditions were far from ideal, with torrential rain falling the City Calling Stadium leaving a large amount of surface water an hour before kick-off. Trying to contend with the rain, along with the addition of a gale force wind, also limited players options when they did get their foot on the ball.

Longford came close to taking the lead early on when a free kick from Sean Russell on the right wing looked to be flying towards Paul Skinners top right corner before a gust of wind took hold of the ball, sending it down towards the bottom left of the goal. Luckily for the visitors Skinner reacted quickly to the change of direction to prevent a goal.

Athlone took the lead on the stroke of half time when Philly Gorman picked up where he left off last season with a low shot past Chris Bennion that nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

Longford tried to get more into the game in the second half but Derek Prendergast put in a good performance to keep last seasons top scorer Davy O’Sullivan under wraps. Kealan Dillon, who switched from right midfield to right back also proved to be a valuable addition to the squad, looking equally comfortable in defence as attack.

Photos From Longford Town 0-1 Athlone Town

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