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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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Four Star Preseason Opener For Athlone

31/01/2015. Preseason Friendly. Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town 4-1 Cork City

Athlone Town got their 2015 preseason schedule off to a flying start with a 4-1 defeat of Cork City at Athlone Town Stadium.

Goals from Garbhan Coughlan, Marco Chindea, Daniel Purdy and Adam Kelly secured the win while Rob Lehane pulled back a consolation goal for the visitors.

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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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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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Moran Makes The Grade

AC Sports Images would like to congratulate Athlone native Padraig Moran on achieving an UEFA Coaching A License this week.

Moran began his footballing career with local side St Peters before moving to Scotland when he signed for Hearts. After several manager upheavals at Tynecastle, he returned home in 1993, signing for Sligo Rovers where his goal scoring feats quickly made him a fans favorite. 2001 saw the striker move to Derry City, however his Brandywell career failed to ignite during an injury plagued spell. He later signed for his home town League of Ireland club Athlone Town before playing a season with Limerick 37 and subsequently returning for a second spell with Athlone in 2008.

Padraig Moran during his time as Caretaker Manager for Athlone Town in 2012.

Padraig Moran during his time as Caretaker Manager for Athlone Town in 2012.

Morans managerial career began with Athlone Towns underage set up before being made Player/Assistant Manager for the Senior team under Brendan Place in 2009-2010, and again under Mike Kerley in 2011-2012. With Kerleys dismissal towards the end of the 2012 season, Moran took the reigns in a Caretaker Manager capacity. After departing the Athlone setup at the end of the 2012 season, he returned to play for St Peters in the Combined Counties Football League before taking the role of Senior Manager at Moore United in the Roscommon and District League.

Padraig Moran in action for St Peters

Padraig Moran in action for St Peters

Town 19s Steal A Draw At The Death

Saturday 24th August 2013. Airtricity League Under 19 Elite Division
Athlone Town 2-2 Shamrock Rovers

A last minute equaliser from Eoin McCormack earned Athlone a share of the spoils at Lissywollen …

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