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Goals Galore In PreSeason El Clasico

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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

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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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Garrycastle Edge Out Athlone In Local Derby

Garrycastle 1-11 … 1-07 Athlone

Garrycastle came back from a 5 point deficit at half time, to run out 4 point winners over local rivals Athlone.

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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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O’Keefe From The Spot Keeps Ericsson In The Pot

Sunday 3rd March 2013. CCFL Division 3 Shield.
Ericsson Athlone 2-1 St James.

A second half penalty from Tony O’Keeffe sent Ericsson Athlone through to Round 4 of the CCFL Division 3 Shield in a tough battle against St James.

With the scores level at half time, St James had their sideline numbers reduced before the break as their manager, who doubled up as the linesman, was sent off for dissent. The dismissal meant the coach had to watch the rest of the game from the other side of the perimeter fence while passing the flag to another member of the visiting bench.

Ericsson themselves had their numbers reduced when substitute Rafal Novak was booked and shortly after sent off for kicking the ball away and dissent. The game was then delayed while the striker, who had been on the pitch less than 25 minutes, protested the decision with a string of expletives in Polish!

With tough tackling and plenty of warnings on both sides, the game finally came to an end after close to 6 minutes additional time.

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John McGowan is taken down in the box for Ericsson’s penalty

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Convincing Win Keeps Town On Track For Title

Mon 21st January 2013.  League of Ireland U19
Athlone Town 4-0 Wexford Youths

On a cold evening, at the Roscommon & District League grounds in Lecarrow, Athlone Towns Under 19’s maintained their 4 point lead at the top of the table with a convincing 4-0 win over Wexford Youths.

First half  goals from Jordan Conroy and Danny Campion set Athlone well on their way to victory against a depleted visiting squad. Wexford battled hard but they lacked creativity and power up front, with Town keeper Brian Redmond rarely troubled during the game.

With the second half came 2 more goals when Conroy bagged his brace before Ian Sweeney rounded things off on the stroke of full time.

While both sides made substitutions during the second half, the most notable change of the game came in the closing stages when the linesman pulled up with a hamstring injury. With no 4th official, and after a quick discussion with both dugouts, the flag was passed to the first willing spectator who, it must be said, performed admirably under pressure from the crowd!

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David Brookes tries to stop Wexford breaking from midfield

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The stand in linesman looks on during Athlone Towns U19 clash with Wexford Youths

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Late Late Show Sees Ballymun Advance

Sun 6th January 2013. FAI Junior Cup Round 5
St Peters 0-1 Ballymun Utd

A glancing header in the final minutes of normal time secured an FAI Junior Cup 5th Round win for Ballymun United over St Peters at McCarthy Park.

With heavy rain overnight, St Peters 1st pitch was deemed unplayable due to the corner of the pitch holding some water. With fears the game would be postponed, and replayed in Dublin midweek, the St Peters committee got to work to have the 2nd pitch ready for action.

Ballymun came close to taking an early lead when Ian Dempseys attempted clearance spun back off his boot and looped over Keith Hynes in the St Peters goal, before rebounding back off the post.

With chances on both sides, albeit without many hitting the target, St Peters came close to breaking the deadlock late in the half when Mark Sherlock stung the hands of visiting keeper David Conroy. Conroy recovered quickly to block Pascal Dillons follow up, and so the half ended scoreless.

The heavy pitch looked to be taking its toll on both sets of players, with the visitors suffering more with cramp setting in not long after the hour mark. As the game went on it looked like Peters would battle their way to extra time, as in the previous round, however with barely a minute of normal time left, Paul Kane sent a glancing header into the top corner of the net to earn the visitors a hard fought win and a place in the FAI Junior Cup 6th Round.

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Ian Dempsey slides in with a determined challenge

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Peter O’Reilly takes legs, ball and all from Adrian Carberry

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