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Goals Galore In PreSeason El Clasico

February 11, 2015 Leave a comment

10/02/2015. Preseason Friendly. City Calling Stadium
Longford Town 4-3 Athlone Town

Goals galore in the t2015 pre season El Clasico as Longford Town ran out winners on a 4-3 scoreline at City Calling Stadium.

Prematch confusion kicked in as with the game scheduled for a 7.45pm kick off, Longfords posters were not updated for the new time and the fixture was advertised with as a 7.30pm start. To add to it all, kick off was then pushed back to 8pm due to a kit clash.

Goals from Don Cowan (2), Tom Morris and Davy O’Sullivan won the game for Longford while Garbhan Coughlan grabbed a brace and Gareth Brady netted the third for Athlone.

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Scoreless In Tallaght

February 11, 2015 Leave a comment

06/02/2015. Preseason Friendly. Tallaght Stadium
Shamrock Rovers 0-0 Athlone Town

Athlone town made the trip to Tallaght Stadium to take on Shamrock Rovers in their second pre season game of the schedule with a socreless draw the outcome.

With few chances either side, Athlone gave a good account of themselves with Marco Chindea and Aidan Friel impressing on the night.

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Athlone U19’s Sink Salthill

24th January 2015. Under 19 League Southern Section
Athlone Town 1-0 Salthill Devon.

A first half strike from Aidiy Byrne was enough to earn all 3 points for Athlone Town against Salthill Devon at Lissywollen.

Strawberry Delight As Athlone Cruise Past Wexford

February 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Wednesday 19th February 2014. Leinster Senior Cup.
Wexford Youths 1-4 Athlone. Ferrycarrig Park.

Eighteen years after their last competitive game as a Premier Division team, Athlone Town took to the field as a top flight outfit once again on Wednesday evening with a convincing win over Wexford Youths in the 2014 Leinster Senior Cup.

In extremely difficult conditions, thanks to a constant downpour in the not so sunny South East, Athlone took the lead inside the opening ten minutes when a defensive error allowed Sean Brennan cut through from the left wing to latch on to the ball, calmly slotting it under Brandon Callaghan in the Wexford goal.

Athlone found themselves two up inside twenty minutes when Graham Rusk opened his account with a wind assisted shot from the edge of the eighteen yard box that flew over Callaghans outstretched arm and into the top of the net.

Minutes later the wind played a part in Wexfords revival when Danny Furlong sent a looping header from just inside the penalty area, over the back peddling Paul Skinner and into the net.

Furlong came close to drawing the sides level before the break when his delicate flick past the advancing Skinner bounced the wrong side of the post and wide.

Conditions went from bad to worse in the second half, with heavier rain adding to the already howling wind. On the hour mark, and with the wind moving the ball in all directions in the air, Mark Hughes took advantage of some nervous goalkeeping when Callaghan dropped a cross allowing the midfielder tap in from close range to restore a two goal lead.

Mark Hughes slides in on Peter Higgins during Wednesday Leinster Senior Cup tie against Wexford Youths. Photo:Ashley Cahill/AC Sports Images

Mark Hughes slides in on Peter Higgins during Wednesday Leinster Senior Cup tie against Wexford Youths. Photo:Ashley Cahill/AC Sports Images

In the closing twenty minutes James O’Brien wrapped things up for the visitors when the Wexford keeper lost control of the ball outside the area, and with the goals empty he sent an angled shot into the net to make it four.

In the later stages of the game, Athlone were reduced to ten men when Alan Byrne had to leave the field injured after all the allowed substitutions had already been used.

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Preseason El Clasico Win For Athlone

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.

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Ramblers Rumble Athlone

Saturday 18th January 2014. League of Ireland U19 Elite Division
Athlone Town 1-3 Cobh Ramblers

An Aidy Byrne goal on 23 minutes wasn’t enough to earn Athlone anything after 2 goals from Cobh in first half injury time sunk the home side, and a third late in the second half finished things off on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in AIT.

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Town Trounce Villa

Saturday 11th January 2014. Challenge Game
Athlone Town U17 8-0 Temple Villa U17

An unexpected game, due to both sets of opposition teams cancelling, saw the Athlone U17 side run riot over Temple Villa in a challenge game played in AIT.

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