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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 Hit For Six

Fri 25th May 2012. FAI Cup Round 2.
Cork City 6-1 Athlone Town. Turners Cross, Cork.

For the opening half hour of this cup tie it looked like Athlone Town would pull off the upset of the round, alas in the five minutes that followed, the dream turned into a nightmare and bookies across the land sighed with relief.

With just 4 minutes on the clock, Athlone stunned the home crowd when Brian McCarthy out jumped Danny Murphy and Gavin Kavanagh to head past Mark McNulty giving the visitors the lead. Joe Woods, Noel McGee, Brian Gill and Jason Hughes all had chances to extend Athlones lead with the Cork players in disarray, but alas they failed to convert any of their chances.

Just after the half hour mark the Cork players seemed to wake up and a five minute spell of pressure resulted in 3 goals to the home side with a goal from Vinny Sullivan either side of Tadhg Purcell getting his first of the evening to effectively end the tie at the half time break.

As with the first half, Athlone started the second on the attack with McNulty holding on to a powerful strike from Joe Woods. Moments later though Sullivan completed his hat trick with a close range tap in after Darryl Horgan drew Pat Jennings out along the end line. With 15 minutes to go, Purcell notched up his brace with a pin point shot from an awkward angle. Ten minutes later he completed his hat trick from the penalty spot after Jennings hauled him down inside the area.

And with that the demolition was complete.

The only other highlight from an Athlone point of view was the exceptional support from, well oddly enough a gang of football fans from Cork and Waterford who decided to support Da Town for the day!

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Brian McCarthy heads Athlone into an early, and unlikely, lead against Cork City

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The Athlone Town Ultras, ironically not from Athlone

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Seventh Heaven For Cork

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Saturday 10th September 2011. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-7 Cork City

Despite the final scoreline, this match remained scoreless for the opening 30 minutes of play although for that half hour Cork appeared to be mearly toying with Athlone.

Towns one and only tactic seemed to be to launch the ball forward for Garry Higgins to run on it, however for that to work they needed to be able to get the ball … something they barely achieved all game.

Athlone came completely undone in the last 15 minutes of the first half. Firstly Derek O’Brien netted after having one off the bar. Two minutes later Daryl Horgan saw his effort come back off the crossbar too, with Davin O’Neill ready to pounce on the rebound to make it 2-0. Just before the break Shane Duggan effectively ended the contest with a well placed shot into the top corner.

Cork started the second half in much the same fashion as they ended the first with Shane Horgan netting number 4. Derek O’Brien notched up his brace just after the hour mark before Danny Murphy scored number 6, much to the delight of the travelling supporters as they blasted out a rendition of “Can we play you every week”.

Just before the full time whistle, Athlones embarrassment was complete when substitute Vinny Sullivan rounded off the seven-nil hammering to keep Corks promotion hopes alive and well.

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Kevin Williamson tries to stop Daryl Horgans advances on goal.

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Town Luckless On Leeside

Friday 10th June 2011. Airtricity League Division 1
Cork City 2-0 Athlone Town. Turners Cross

A brace from Graham Cummins, capatilising on defensive errors from Athlone gave Cork City all 3 points in another totally one sided game.
New signings Declan Fallon, Mark Walsh and Noel McGee all made the starting line up while Kevin Dunne made a substitute appearence. Unfortunately for Dunne, his 2011 debut was marked by a misplaced backpass allowing Cummins to pounce and grab his second goal.

For Athlone, Eoin Monaghan put in another impressive performance and seems to be improving with every game. Former Nenagh Celtic player Mark Walsh also put in a good first half, getting stuck into everything.

Town created little or nothing up front though and City keeper Mark McNultys only anxios moment was during a collision with Stephen Mulcahy as they tried to deal with a cross under pressure from Paul Danaher.

To add to Athlones woes, centre half Danaher saw red in the closing stages after he hauled Cummins to the ground, but there wasnt much time left for Cork to capatilise on the numeric advantage and so the game ended 2-0.

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Noel McGee gets away from Shane Duggan

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Town Maintain Unbeaten Run

Friday 24th March 2011. Airtricity League
Athlone Town 0-0 Cork City.

Athlone Town maintained their unbeaten Division One run as they finally played the first home League game of the season, earning a 0-0 draw with Cork.

The result will have surprised many who expected the strong Cork side to inflict a hammering on the relatively young Athlone team, but once again determination and dogged defending frustrated the opposition. The centre half pairing of Tommy Barrett and Paul Danaher steadied the ship while Joe Woods and stand in captain Niall Scullion kept the Cork wingers on a short leash.

In midfield Brendan Daly gave a decent account of himself while Robbie Murray ran himself ragged up front.

The unavailability of Garry Higgins through injury was an undoubted blow to the light attack but while the goals have not come as plentiful as fans would like, at the other end things have tightened up immensely with the stats showing Athlone having joint best defensive record along with Cork at this early stage.

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Brendan Daly on the ball for Athlone Town


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Town Go Down To For A Scoop

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Saturday 4th September 2010. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 0-1 Cork City Foras Co-op

Not really much to be said about this one. They were decent, we were poor enough, referee was terrible and the weather and light was far from ideal.

Unfortunately at times Athlone really looked like a team that dont even train together … which is fair enough as they dont … in fact some dont even train with other members of the squad at all.

Brian McCarty saw red in the 2nd half to add to Towns collection of cards, an outcome that will have disappointed Ireland U23 manager Paul Doolin who was part of the small crowd in Lissywollen.

Gareth Kenna comes under attack

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Skellys Corker Sinks FORAS

Saturday 29th May 2010 – Airtricity League Division 1
Cork City FORAS Co-op 0-1 Athlone Town

A 17th minute bicycle kick from Austin Skelly was enough to surprise many fans (well, me anyway!) and give Athlone Town a victory at Turners Cross.

Every Town player played like their careers depened on it … possibly due to the soon opening transfer window but it had the desired effect. Apart from Skellys acrobatics, Chris Bennion performed heroics between the posts to make sure Town left the Rebel County with all 3 points!

Austin Skelly puts Athlone into the lead with a bicycle kick

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