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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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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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Athlone Town Hold 127th AGM

February 13, 2014 Leave a comment

On Wednesday 12th February, at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone Town Football Club held their 217th Annual General Meeting, commemorating one of the Clubs most successful years on the field. The top table consisted of Club President, Tony Knight, Treasurer Joey Boland, Chairman John Hayden and Secretary David Dully.

The Secretary, David Dully, opened proceedings by reading the minutes of the 126th AGM before Club President, Tony Knight, called for a minutes silence in memory of deceased members and supporters of the club. After the President congratulated the club on a successful 2013, Club Treasurer Joey Boland distributed the accounts.

The accounts, for year ending 30th November 2013, showed a profit on ordinary activities of €152, an increase of €27,821 on the 2012 figure which was largely attributed to increased gate receipts, along with prize money coming from the League win.
Administration expenses rose by €16996 which largely accounted for gathering of a squad coming into the 2013 season.

Athlone Town Chairman, John Hayden, addresses the crowd during the clubs 127th AGM, held on Wednesday 12th February at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel

Athlone Town Chairman, John Hayden, addresses the crowd during the clubs 127th AGM, held on Wednesday 12th February at the Shamrock Lodge Hotel


Chairman, John Hayden, began his speech by recognising the clubs achievements on the field of play with the U17 side winning their League, the U19s winning the League of Ireland U19 Southern Division while the Senior side finished the year as League of Ireland Division 1 Champions, earning promotion to the Premier Division for the first time in eighteen years.
Special mention also went to Patrick Dunican, Aaron O’Neill and Ryan Gaffey on their call ups to the Ireland U18’s and U17’s respectively while also acknowledging the work done by the local underage club in developing players.

He also recognised the frustration felt by supporters with regard to the departure of manager Roddy Collins, stating that as events were unfolding, the club did not wish to conduct business in public at a time when negotiations were still on going with the management team. Hayden stated that Roddy still remains a friend of the club, however from a financial point of view the Club could not meet his expectations going into 2014. He also complimented the supporters for the carnival like atmosphere they brought to Athlone Town Stadium during the year and looked forward to their continued support in the Premier Division while announcing James Blacoe and John Croughan as Supporter Liaison Officers for 2014.

Hayden continued with an overview of the Clubs longer term vision with the continuation of underage teams at U17 and U19 level along with a partnership with local schoolboy club St Francis. There will also be investigations into the possibilities of fielding teams at U15 and U16 level in line with the recommendations of FAI High Performance Director Ruud Doktor. The club have also entered a partnership with neighboring Scoil na gCeithre Máistrí, allowing the Gael Scoil access to the Athlone Town Stadium facilities. It is also hoped the Club will be in a position to appoint a Community Liaison Officer in the future.

From a Senior team perspective, the fall off of players after U17 and U19 level has prompted Athlone Town to accept an invitation to enter a team in a newly established Connacht Senior League along side Sligo Rovers, Mervue United, Salthill Devon, Castlebar Celtic, Limerick FC and Longford Town.

He also outlined plans to apply for Sports Capital Grants, and hoped for more fundraising, for the development of a new astro pitch and also full size grass pitch, along with the construction of a second stand for the main pitch at Athlone Town Stadium.

Pictured at the top table for the 127th Athlone Town FC AGM held on Wednesday 12th February in the Shamrock Lodge: President - Tony Knight, Treasurer - Joey Boland, Chairman - John Hayden and Secretary - David Dully.

Pictured at the top table for the 127th Athlone Town FC AGM held on Wednesday 12th February in the Shamrock Lodge: President – Tony Knight, Treasurer – Joey Boland, Chairman – John Hayden and Secretary – David Dully.

It was also noted that the Club have yet to find a main sponsor for 2014, and while not the preferred choice, have still not ruled out the possibility of holding a raffle for the jersey sponsor like last year.

A motion to amend the Club Constitution with regard to reducing the number of Club Trustees to 3 was proposed and passed. Prior to this, the constitution allowed for a minimum of 5 and maximum of 10, however as there appeared to be no sitting Trustees at present, it was agreed to make the amendment.

The eagerly anticipated “Any Other Business” sparked much debate, with the departure of the U19 management team, and the severance of the Clubs affiliation with the Athlone District Schoolboy/Schoolgirl League the major bones of contention.

Relations with the ADSL broke down late in 2013 with the fear that the proposed Athlone Town U15/U16 sides would decimate the ADSL, and contradicting statements regarding related correspondence fueled the fire between Hayden and ADSL Chairman Padraig Quinn. The affiliation of St Francis as opposed to the entire ADSL also raised eyebrows, however Hayden assured those in attendance that Athlone Town continue to have a relationship with all individual clubs, reiterating that the Club would be available and open to reconciliation talks with the ADSL Executive for the good of local football and players.

The issue surrounding the dismissal of U19 manager Michael Collins was high on the agenda from the floor with the Chairman stating that a complete breakdown in trust had lead to his decision to relieve Collins of his duties. He was also quick to point out that an unsuccessful reconciliation meeting had taken place soon after the departure and that the reasons listed on social media couldn’t be further from the truth of the situation. With Collins not in attendance, Hayden stressed that it would not be appropriate to publicise the full reasoning behind the events.

After the proposing and seconding of returning officers, the meeting ended with the committee looking forward to Athlones venture into the Premier Division under the stewardship of Mick Cooke.

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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