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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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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.

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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Bluebell Top As Athlone Flop

Tuesday 6th June 2013. FAI Cup Replay
Athlone Town 2-3aet Bluebell United

Athlone Town crashed out of the 2013 FAI Cup at the hands of Leinster Senior League side Bluebell United on a 3-2 scoreline after extra time in the 2nd Round reply in Lissywollen. The result was no more than the visitors deserved as they showed more hunger and desire throughout the encounter.

Athlone opened the scoring on 37 minutes when Ian Sweeney finished neatly to take the lead. Bluebell drew level just before the break when former Athlone striker Trevor Molloy found himself all alone at the back post and stabbed the ball into the net with the sole of his boot.

In the second half Molloy put Bluebell ahead when, after receiving the ball, he found himself unmarked with enough time to set up a shot with the outside of the boot that curled past Paul Skinner in the town goal.

With the game drawing closer to full time, substitute Tzee Mustapha sent the game into extra time with a well struck goal, and even better executed cartwheel celebration! However in the first period of extra time Bluebell took the lead again when Peter Darcy beat Skinner with a shot that proved to be the winner on the night.

Late in the game, Bluebell were reduced to 10 men when, after using all their subs, keeper Karl Coleman was forced off injured after a collision with his own centre half Peter Sherlock. Sherlock, the offending defender, stepped up to the plate to take the gloves and with just one effort to deal with he ensured Bluebell went through to Round 3.

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Whats Another Year…

Friday 24th May 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-1 Waterford United

Before kick-off on Friday night, it was 13 years since Athlone’s last win over Waterford, and as the referee sounded the final whistle, that record remained intact as the Town failed to get a result against 10 man opposition.

Athlone started the game brightly, and they got an added boost when Waterford captain Seamus Long was shown a straight red card after hauling Ian Sweeney to the ground 20 yards from goal.
Before the incident, Athlone had their own woes after a collision between Aidan Collins head and Longs elbow left the Town captain needing attention to a nasty blood stained wound.

While Athlone attacked, fortunately for Waterford, goalkeeper Craig Hyland was in top form and made the save of the match at full stretch to deny Garbhan Coughlans excellent effort with the outside of the boot.

Although Athlone had the numerical advantage, it was Waterford that looked to have the extra man as they exploited Athlone’s defensive frailties and, but for a last ditch block from Robbie Clarke, could have went into the break a goal down.

The second half proved no better for Athlone as Waterford fought hard under the interim management of David Breen and John Frost.

With just over an hour played Waterford got their deserved, if fortunate, goal after a slip from Conor McMahon let Paul Quilty through on goal and his powerful shot deflected off Paul Skinners shoulder to creep in the right side of the post.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, Athlone were thrown a life line when Craig Hyland was harshly adjudged to have fouled Ian Sweeney in the penalty area. Up stepped Philly Gorman, a late goal scoring hero in recent outings, however his kick lacked any conviction and Hyland saved almost effortlessly to maintain Waterford’s 13 year record for at least another round of games.

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Rod Collins Jnr gets in a tangle with Michael Coady

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Aidan Collins receives treatment for a head injury

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Honours Even On Ramblers Return

Sat 23rd March 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 1-1 Cobh Ramblers

Just over 3 years after lifting the League of Ireland Division 1 trophy in Lissywollen, Cobh Ramblers made their first return as a senior club to the Midlands as they battled hard to earn a draw against Athlone Town.

Ramblers got the best possible start when they were awarded a penalty inside the opening 15 minutes when Neil Harney was penalised for dragging out of Martin Deady as he ran towards goal. Conor Meade stepped up and sent Paul Skinner the wrong way from the spot to take the lead.

After latching on to Mark Hughes through ball, luck played its part in Ian Sweeneys equaliser as his shot slipped through the hands of Cobh keeper Robert Birdsall and into the net close to the half time break.

With 20 minutes left on the clock Athlone thought they had a grip on all 3 points when Philly Gorman got on the end of Ian Sweeneys pass into the box to fire past Birdsall. With the celebrations still in full swing, the referees attention was drawn to the linesman and 4th official who spotted a handball from Gorman before he had scored. After much deliberation, the goal was disallowed and so the game ended level.

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Aidan Collins battles with Cobh goalscorer Conor Meade

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Not So Hot Start For The Rod Squad

Saturday 9th March 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-0 Mervue United.

Athlone Town got their season underway with a disappointing draw against Mervue United at a bitterly cold Athlone Town Stadium. The Town team had an unfamiliar look about it, with Neil Harney the only member of last seasons squad to make the starting line up.

Despite appearing the stronger side during periods of the first half, Athlone failed to have any impact up front. At the other end, Barry Clancy filling in at left back contributed to the attack with some defence splitting passes, but alas none of the moves could be converted into chances of note. Mervue on the other hand will feel disappointed not to have gone into the break a goal, if not more, in front.
Paul Skinner in the Athlone goal acted quickly to cut out chances from Ryan Manning, while Roddy Collins Jnr almost beat his own keeper with a header before Martin Connelly saw a header of his own bounce off the top of the crossbar.

Despite some battling play in midfield from Niall Lanigan, the second half proved to be just as dour as the first with Athlone again showing little in the final third of the pitch, while a lack of accuracy from Mervue saw the game peter out as a scoreless draw.

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Niall Lanigan launches an attack for Athlone

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