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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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Strawberry Delight As Athlone Cruise Past Wexford

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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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Skinner Gets A Hand On History, As Town Get Back On Track

Friday 19th July 2013. Airtricity League Division 1.
Athlone Town 1-0 Salthill Devon.

After last weeks stumble against Cobh, and Tuesdays game against Bradford, Athlone got back to winning ways with an unconvincing but vital win over Salthill Devon. The win not only stretched Athlones unbeaten League run to 6 consecutive games, it was also Paul Skinners 5th clean sheet in a row which equaled a Club record set in the 1985/86 season.

While Salthill never looked like threatening Skinners chances of getting in Athlones history book, at the other end it didn’t look likely that the home side would get the all important winner either!

The battle of the game proved to be in midfield, where Mark Hughes and former Athlone player Mixie Harty fought hard against one another in almost every move both sides mustered.

With some frustration showing on both sides, Athlone finally got the break through on the hour mark when top scorer Philly Gorman sent a looping header into the corner of the net from Barry Clancys cross.

With Salthill keeper Ronan Forde leaving the game on a stretcher, Garbhan Coughlan came close to putting one past substitute James Keane but the on-loan striker couldn’t lift the ball enough over the feet advancing net minder to double Towns advantage.

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Hughes and Mixie Harty get in a tangle during Fridays clash

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Gorman Hat-trick Keeps Pressure On Longford

Friday 28th June 2013. Airtricity League Division 1
Athlone Town 3-0 Mervue United

Three goals from Philly Gorman ensured Athlone Town showed no sign of hangover from the mid season break as they sent 10 man Mervue packing while closing the gap to 4 points between them and Midlands rivals Longford Town.

In the sides previous meeting, referee Ray Matthews awarded Athlone a last minute penalty to level the game, and the Galway outfit were forced to relive the agony when the same official awarded a spot kick less than 10 minutes into Fridays encounter after Martin Connelly was adjudged to have clipped Garbhan Coughlans foot as he prepared to shoot on goal. To rub salt into the wounds, the Mervue defender was shown a straight red card, much to the anger of the animated Johnny Glynn on the sidelines.

When the dust settled, up stepped Philly Gorman to give Athlone the lead, sending Conor Gleeson the wrong way from 12 yards.

Despite being a man down, Mervue still battled hard and continued to play football, resisting the temptation to hit to long balls from defense, bypassing the midfield altogether.

In the middle of the park, former Athlone play maker Barry O’Mahony pulled the strings for Mervue, while the always lively Tom King covered so much ground they spectators could be forgiven for forgetting about their numerical disadvantage at times.

Athlone got their much needed, and deserved, second when James O’Brien sent a free kick into the box from the left wing; and as Gorman arched back, he somehow managed to send a looping header over Gleeson for his brace.

In the second half Athlone wrapped things up when Barry Clancy made a darting run down the left wing and sent the ball to the far post where Gorman was waiting to fire past Gleeson from close range for his hat-trick.

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Philly Gorman finishes at the back post to complete his hat-trick

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Johnny Glynn disputes Athlones penalty

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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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