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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.

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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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Drama In Fahys Field As 9 Man Athlone Edge Out Mervue

Friday 16th August 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Mervue United 2-4 Athlone Town

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El Clasico Win Sends Athlone 5 Points Clear

Saturday 10th August 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Longford Town 0-1 Athlone Town

A 33rd minute strike from Barry Clancy gave Athlone Town victory over rivals Longford Town, sending them 5 points clear at the top of the table with seven games remaining.
As the old cliche goes, it was a game of halves, with Longford leaving the field in disbelief of their failure to convert second half chances into goals.
In the first half, Athlone were quickest out of the blocks and knocked the ball around like a team brimming with confidence. Their confidence almost got an instant boost when Mark Hughes looked to have sent a looping shot into the goal but for an acrobatic save from Chris Bennion.
Athlone were dealt a blow mid-way through the half however when captain Aidan Collins came out the wrong side of a challenge and left the field on a stretcher.
Longford came close to capitalising on a defensive mix up when Robbie Clarke toe poked a clearance just as keeper Paul Skinner advanced to collect, however with Skinner in no man’s land, and Clarke scrambling back, home striker Josh O’Hanlon couldn’t steer his effort on target and so crisis was averted.
With Athlone on top overall, the goal finally came in the 33rd minute when Barry Clancy sent a free kick around the Longford wall and into the bottom corner of the net with Bennion at full stretch.
While Athlone had most possession in the first half, it was a role reversal in the second as Longford got themselves into gear after the break.
Derek O’Brien proved a constant threat down the left wing, however his reliance on his right foot saw him constantly break stride to get the ball on his favored foot, allowing the Athlone defense a vital few seconds to block his advances.
With wave after wave of attack, Paul Skinner proved to be the hero of the hour with a string of fine reaction saves to keep a clean sheet and earn Athlone their eleventh win of the season and their ninth game in succession without defeat.

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One Goal, Two Referees And Three Points Keep Town On Top

Friday 2nd August 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps

A debut goal from Enda Curran put clear daylight between first and second after a 1-0 win over Finn Harps put Athlone two points clear of rivals Longford at the top of the table.

Again it was a game where Athlone didn’t play particularly well, but although facing a hard hitting Finn Harps, they battled hard to go into the half time break goalless.

The second half saw the introduction of Conor Fitzgerald as referee, replacing Rhona Daly who didn’t reappear after the break. More importantly for Athlone however, the second half also saw Enda Curran come on to make his Town debut.

After many weeks of “will he, wont he” sign speculation, added to the attention from fellow Midlanders Longford, the Galway man entered the field to rapturous applause from the record attendance.

Just minutes into his debut it looked like Curran would have to go off again when he found himself on the receiving end of Keith Cowans knee, leaving the striker limping with a dead leg.

But his agony turned to ecstasy when, with just 10 minutes left on the clock, Curran linked up well with fellow debutant and former Salthill team mate Graham Kelly to fire low past Ciaran Gallagher for the winning goal.

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Nothing to do with me!!! Robbie Clarke tries to get the ball away after a heavy challenge leaves Paul McVeigh and Aidan Collins flattened

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El Classic-Oh Yeah!

Friday 14th June 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 2-0 Longford Town

Two goal from Philly Gorman ensured it was third time lucky for Athlone as they claimed the Midlands bragging rights going into the mid season break at Lissywollen.

Gorman opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a looping shot over the head of the advancing Chris Bennion.
Roddy Collins Jnr came close to doubling the advantage, but after some good work to cut through the Longford defence, his shot flew high and wide.

At the other end, goal scoring sensation Davy O’Sulivan was kept under tight guard, with Aidan Collins giving him little or no room to maneuver whenever the ball came up-field.

On the hour mark, Gorman got his brace from the penalty spot after the ever lively Garbhan Coughlan was taken down.

While Athlone remained on top for the majority of the half, there was some nervousness on account of the 6 minutes injury time added after Mark Salmon took an unfortunate injury. But Athlone held on, and we unlucky not to score another before the full time whistle.

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Philly Gorman celebrates his first goal against Longford

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Athlone fans give their thoughts on the plight of former Longford player Colly James

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Athlone Steal A Win At The Death

Friday 17th May 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Salthill Devon 1-2 Athlone Town.

A Philly Gorman header, one minute from full time, gave Athlone all three points in a game they really looked lucky to be drawing against Salthill Devon in Drom.

The home team opened the scoring inside the opening ten minutes when Jakub Tomanica cut in on the left, skipping past Roddy Collins Jnr like he wasn’t there, to unleash a powerful shot that flew past Paul Skinner and into the top corner of the net.

Willie Enubele came close to doubling the lead but as he rose for a header, a mix up in communication saw his team mate Cian Fadden clatter into him and the danger was averted.

In midfield, Mark Hughes stepped up to the plate to combat the physical presence of former Town midfielder Mixie Harty, while Ryan Coombes dropped to the bench allowing Barry Clancy and Ian Sweeney play on the wings as Philly Gorman returned to partner Garbhan Coughlan up front.

And it was Coughlan who came closest to leveling in the first half but for a fine save from James Keane in the Salthill goal. More brave goalkeeper ensured Gorman didn’t get on the score sheet in the first half too, while Salthill themselves had chances with Enda Curran causing the Town defense problems in every attack.

Ten minutes into the second half Athlone pulled level when Ian Sweeney, who had a relatively quiet first half, placed the ball past Keane from close range after good work from Coughlan.

With chances both sides, and Salthill having more attacking play than Athlone, it looked like the visitors had done just enough to hang on for a point. That was until the final minute of normal time, when Philly Gorman rose to head the ball past Keane and in off the post for a last gasp winner.

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Conor McMahon tussles with Mixie Harty during Fridays encounter in Drom

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