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Men’s Match Preview: Bray Wanderers (A)

Date: 13th of June 2024
Kick-off: 7.45pm                            
Venue: Carlisle Grounds

Athlone have been a real mixed bag this season. Despite being top of the form tables and beating league leaders Cork City at home, it’s their away form that has struggled in 2024. The Town only have two wins on the road in ten attempts so they will certainly be looking to make amends following their last visit to the Carlisle Grounds.

The schedule has been busy, but Athlone have the advantage of playing a match less in recent weeks, as their last fixture against Wexford FC was postponed due to players being away on international duty, so they should be well rested and ready for action today. This will be Bray’s fourth match in two weeks and they have a number of injury concerns.

Both teams will have something to prove and with only three points between the two clubs, it’s all to play for Thursday night in the Carlisle Grounds.

Dario Castelo spoke to staff at AthloneTownAFC.ie and told them, “There have been a lot of games in the last two weeks, and we were very happy to get back to winning ways on Monday last. It’s important we continue with this momentum and continue to play well for the fans on the road.”

Team News

Athlone Town AFC German Fuentes is still on international duty so he is ruled out. Enda Minogue is a doubt as he is still carrying an injury.

Bray Wanderers Goalkeeper Jimmy Corcoran, striker Ben Feeney as well as defenders Cole Omorehiomwan and Evan Osam are sidelined with injury.

Past Encounters

We have played Bray twice this season and both teams have come away with a win. It wasn’t a happy trip to the Carlise Grounds last time we visited as a ten-man Athlone were well beaten 3-0 at the Carlisle Grounds. Shane Griffin’s first half goal was added by Paul Murphy and Peter Grogan in the second period. In the return fixture at the Athlone Town Stadium in May, Athlone won 2-1. Dean Ebbe scored twice before Paul Murphy pulled one back for Bray in the second period.

Key Players to Watch

Athlone Town AFC Jamar Campion-Hinds has returned from a long-term layoff and looked really bright on his return. He is back to his best and can really turn a game on its head on his day, he is one to watch.

Bray Wanderers Killian Cantwell was linked to return to his former club Athlone in the off-season, but the Kilkenny man has enjoyed his time with the seasiders since signing for them, a real leader on and off the pitch he will certainly be a handful for the Athlone forwards to deal with.

Match Tickets
Tickets for the game can be purchased by clicking here.

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Live Coverage:
The game will be streamed live on LOITV at the below link. Individual match passes can be purchased for €5 or viewers can purchase a season pass which will give them access to all games across the League of Ireland.

BRAY WANDERERS V ATHLONE TOWN (loitv.ie)

Referee Team
Referee:
Lucas Keating  
1st Assistant Referee: Shane O Brien
2nd Assistant Referee: Sean Stephens
4th Official: Ian O Keeffe

Men’s Match Report: Finn Harps (A)

Our Senior Men travelled north to Balleybofey to take on Finn Harps on Monday 3rd June 2024. This is a tricky fixture for Athlone, having lost the last meeting in Finn Park back in Week 3 of the League of Ireland First Division.

Since then, both teams have had relatively strong campaigns, and both sit in the play-off positions in the table. When the sides last met in Athlone Town Stadium, Athlone ran out 1-0 winners thanks to a Dean Ebbe header, so they go into this fixture honours even for 2024.

Athlone went into this game with a number of selection issues. Aaron Connolly was serving a suspension, German Fuentes Rodriquez was away on international duty, and both Carl Mujaguzi and Mathew Leal were out injured.

Athlone started the match well and their first opening came on the fifth minute, when a long diagonal ball from the centre circle by Oisin Duffy released Jamar Campion-Hinds who reached the ball on the end line but his cross was blocked for Athlone’s first corner, but this was cleared with ease. Oisin and Jamar combined once again minutes later, but his looped cross was cleared by the Harps defence.

Athlone will be wondering how they didn’t take the lead on the ninth minute. Jamar Campion-Hinds crossed the pitch to take a long throw from the left touchline. His long throw managed to reach the goalmouth, bouncing through the legs of David Cawley who was eight yards from goal and falling perfectly to Dan McKenna but his volleyed shot was saved brilliantly by Tim-Oliver Hiemer at point-blank range, a save that will surely be considered for save of the season. From the initial save, there was a scramble at the post with Van Geenen attempting to poke it home, but a free out was given. A huge let-off for Finn Harps early on, but Athlone will be wondering will the rue such a big chance missed.

The match was evenly poised with no clear chances for either side other than the McKenna opportunity. On the twenty sixth minute, a long ball over the top for Finn Harps set Sean O’Donnell away, but he was tackled by two Athlone players and a free out was given. Minutes later a similar ball over the top had O’Donnell in a 1v1, but this time another free was given away and a yellow card was received for pulling Dylan Hand to the ground.

Five minutes later, Shane Forbes also picked up a yellow card for a badly timed tackle on Sean O’Donnell who was about to start a counter attack for Harps down their right wing.

On the thirty third minute, Harps captain Tony McNamee played a first time ball down the middle which looked to have set Patrick Ferry through on goal at the edge of the box, but the ball bounced off the back of Noah Van Geenen and Enda Minogue was able to clean up.

Athlone’s Campion Hinds was creating lots of opportunities down the right, and a bullet cross into the box was well cleared for a corner by Jamie Watson. The resulting corner presented a huge chance Dylan Hand, but again the Harps keeper made a great save. From the next corner, Harps broke on the counter and the ever ready Sean O’Donnell was fouled tactically by Van Geenen, who received a yellow card.

The first half ended with the score 0-0 and the home side will have Hiemer in goal to thank for keeping the visitors scoreless.

The second half started with a big chance for Finn Harps, Sean O’Donnell turned on a loose ball and hit a powerful shot from outside the box which narrowly went over the crossbar.

In the fifty-first minute, Oakley turned his man and the deflected cross was well saved by Hiemer for his third reflex save. Athlone made their first change shortly after (55) with Divine Izekor replacing Shane Forbes.

Finn Harps started the second half well and got their biggest chance for a goal in the fifty-seventh minute. Luke O’Brien crossed in a great ball and Patrick Ferry got there before the onrushing Athlone goalkeeper, but his header clipped the crossbar. A sign for Athlone that it wasn’t going to be one-way traffic.

Athlone finally broke the deadlock on seventy minutes when Izekor made a mazing run into the box, squared to Tetteh who placed the ball across the goal and into the far corner, a well taken goal to give Athlone a deserved lead.

Minutes later, Harps looked to get back into it with a long ball into the box, but Minogue rose highest to claim the ball and relieve the pressure.

On the seventy-sixed minute, Tetteh released Campion-Hinds on the right wing but his shot was initially well saved by the Finn Harps keeper, the rebound was squared by Jamar to the onrushing Dean Ebbe who had time and space but his placed shot curled over the crossbar.

With ten minutes remaining, a Finn Harps corner went over the top and Jamie Watson connected on the volley but his shot from the edge of the six was cleared off the line by Dean Ebbe. From the resulting clearance, Tetteh took the ball in his own half and went on a solo run turning past three Harps players and his cross cleared to strike the arm of Matthew Makinson but the referee deemed his arm to be in a natural position.

With time running out, Finn Harps were starting to put on the pressure and had two big chances blocked, but Athlone were still under pressure and the equalizing goal eventually came on the eighty-eight minute when a cross by substitute Gavin McAteer was flicked on by Patrick Ferry to the far corner of the net.

The game finished 1-1 and an even game over with the better of the chances falling to Athlone, but a point on the road is not the worst outcome having given their all to defeat league leaders Cork City just a couple of days earlier.

Athlone Team: Enda Minogue, Noah Van Geenen, Daniel McKenna, Dylan Hand, Dean Ebbe, Jamar Campion-Hinds, Amardo Akeem Oakley, Shane Forbes, Oisin Duffy, Brian Torre, Gideon Tetteh. Subs: Gabriel Padilla, Divine Izekor, Adbo Babatunde, Roscoe Rubinstein, Ciaran Nolan, Shaun O’Donnell.

Match Preview: Finn Harps (A)

Pre-Match Preview: Finn Harps vs Athlone Town AFC

Date: Monday 3rd of June 2024

Kick-off: 5pm

Venue: Finn Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this much-anticipated match.

Athlone come into this game following a quick turnaround, having played Cork City on Friday. 

Athlone town are the inform team in the division, but this fixture is one they would prefer to have when they have a full squad to pick from. This bank holiday weekend could shape the chase for the playoffs with Cork (1st) playing UCD (2nd) and Athlone (3rd) playing Finn Harps (4th) with just two points between second and fourth there isn’t much to separate the three teams, it must also be pointed out that both Wexford and Bray are just two points behind 4th position so they will be waiting to pounce on any slip from the three teams ahead.

Harps come into the game having bounced back from a defeat to Kerry by beating Wexford in their last game.

Athlone beat run away league leaders Cork City last time out and this fixture will have seen them play the first, second and fourth place teams in their last three fixtures.

Having played Harps twice, you can read about both fixtures here; Away Game Home Game, both team have won at home so its all pointing to a difficult visit to Ballybofey for Dario’s side.

Coming into the game AthloneTownAFC.ie spoke to manager Dario Castelo and he gave his thoughts on the fixture.

This group is brilliant they work hard for one another; we must continue with the same mentality. It’s another important game Monday, but to compete in this league they are all important games. we have a long trip ahead and must go and play well and work together to try and get a result”.

Team News

Athlone Town AFC have it seems now an injury crisis. These three games in eight days couldn’t have come at a worse time for the squad. Enda Minogue struggled during the game Friday and had missed training last week he is a big doubt, Brian Torre picked up a knock and he’s a doubt. Carl Mujaguzi and Mathew Leal are ruled out having both gotten injured in the Cork fixture. Aaron Connolly is suspended. German Fuentes Rodriguez is away on international duty, so he misses the next two games. Andrew Stuart Trainor is starting exams.

Past Encounters

Athlone and Harps have played twice this year the first playing out as a 2-0 victory for Harps in Ballybofey. The return fixture in Athlone Town Stadium was a happier time for the Town as they finished 1-0 winners thanks to a Dean Ebbe goal

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC,Armado Oakley has been great on his return to fitness and has looked really exciting so far since arriving at the club

Finn Harps forward Success Edogun who is well known to Athlone Town fans has developed well since he left Athlone and will be hoping to his three goals this season.

Match Tickets

Tickets for the game can be purchased here.

Follow the Athlone Town AFC channel on WhatsApp: Click Here for The WhatsApp Channel

Live Coverage:

The game will be streamed live on LOITV at the below link. Individual match passes can be purchased for €5 or viewers can purchase a season pass which will give them access to all games across the League of Ireland.

FINN HARPS V ATHLONE TOWN (loitv.ie)

Referee Team
Referee:
Daryl Carolan   
1st Assistant Referee: Richard Storey 
2nd Assistant Referee: Philip Harrison
4th Official: Glen Geraghty

Men’s Match Report: Cork City (H)

Athlone Win Against League Leaders

High Flying Cork City were the visitors on the 31st of May 2024 where Athlone were victorious in a 1-0 win in Athlone Town Stadium.

Dario made two changes following his side’s 2–2 draw at home to UCD last Friday, with Jamar Campion-Hinds replacing Oisin Duffy, and Matthew Leal replace the suspended Daniel McKenna. Dario plans changed as Mathew was seen limping in during the warmup and this meant Noah Van Geenen returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a number of weeks following a long spell out with injury.

Both teams started well with nice passages of possession, but it was Cork who had the first real chance of the game in the 8th minute. A nice bit of play down the right-hand side saw Nevin get a cross in it was laid off to Brookwell to get the strike away and it was almost turned in by Jack Doherty.

Aaron Connolly picked up a yellow Card in the 12th minute of the game which rules him out of Monday’s trip to Finn Harps.

In the 18th minute the ball was bouncing around from team to team in the centre of the pitch. Dean Ebbe won a header just inside the Cork City half and found Carl Mujaguzi who hits it into space on the right hand side giving Jamar something to chase and a chance to run at the Cork Defence. Jamar took on McLaughlin and his cross come shot went in over the Keeper’s head at the back post putting Athlone 1-0 up.

Cork had the ball in the back of the net themselves in the 30th minute. A well worked freekick from the visitors saw a ball whipped in left footed to the head of Charlie Lyons who headed it past Enda Minogue in the Athlone goal but it was ruled out as the offside flag went up.

The visitors had a great chance to draw level in the 38th minute when Jack Doherty won a header from a long clearance. It broke to Coffey, who found Cian Murphy on the right wing who took on Dylan Hand and managed to get his cross into Doherty, but he couldn’t find the back of the net. It was a great chance and Doherty will feel he probably could have drawn his side level.

The sides entered the break with the hosts 1–0 to the good, with Athlone playing all the football in the first half.

The second half City were stepping on and pressing Athlone trying to get back into the game. There was one change at half time as Oisin Duffy replaced Carl Mujaguzi.

In the 52nd minute, Barry Coffey picked out Cian Murphy with an accurate cross into the box from the right-hand side, but the striker’s glancing header was straight at Enda who saved easily.

A lovely move by Athlone moments after resulted in a strong appeal for a penalty but the referee waved play on. A long ball forward by Jack Doherty was intercepted by Oakley, who looked to go to the front himself and his ball was won by Charlie Lyons who looked to step into midfield. He was closed quicky by Dean Ebbe who managed to win possession back for his side with the ball breaking to Oakley and Athlone passed the ball well from Duffy to Connolly, to Tetteh who played in Duffy behind and a coming together between him and City’s Evan McLaughlin had the home fans on their feet looking for a penalty, but it was not to be.

Cork were reduced to ten men for the last twenty minutes when Evan McLaughlin was shown a second yellow card after he appeared to strike Oisin Duffy as he tried to collect the ball from the Athlone captain.

Cork thought they had drawn level in the 71st minute when Charlie Lyons chipped the ball over the out-rushing Enda Minogue but somehow Brian Torre cleared the ball off the line and kept the hosts 1-0 up. A great bit of defending by Torre.

Athlone were really showing the advantage of the extra player for the last few minutes of the game. The Cork goalkeeper Wade made some very impressive saves to keep his side in the game, but Athlone finished the stronger of the two teams and held on to win the game 1-0.

Following match day seventeen sees Athlone stay third on thirty points and Cork stay way out on front with thirty-nine points.

Unfortunately for Athlone, Aaron Connolly picked up a yellow card to rule him out of the Harps game.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez, Noah Van Geenen, Dylan Hand, Aaron Connolly ©, Dean Ebbe, Jamar Campion-Hinds (Shane Forbes 95’), Carl Mujaguzi (Oisin, Duffy 46’), Amardo Oakley, Brian Torre (Jarlath Jones 92’), Gideon Tetteh (Ruben Candal 93’)

Unused Substitutes: Shaun O Donnell, Gabriel Padilla, Divine Izekor, Roscoe Rubinstein, (Matthew Leal injured in the warmup)

Bookings: Connolly (13), Van Geenen (64), Ebbe (70), Duffy (71), Oakley (97)

Attendance: 852

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Brian Torre

Men’s Match Preview: Cork City (H)

Date: 31st of May 2024
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this much-anticipated match.

Both teams come into this game having won two of their last five fixtures. Athlone’s last defeat came at the hands of Bray Wanderers, but two draws from winning positions in the last two games has Athlone fans worrying. 

Athlone Town are the in-form team behind Cork and they sit in third place on twenty-seven points. Cork won the last time we played (Click Here To Read About It) but it was the start of a turnaround in form for Athlone. Athlone are twelve points behind Cork and this is the last game in the second round of fixtures, so a win would put us in a good position at the half way point.

Coming into the game, AthloneTownAFC.ie spoke to manager Dario Castelo and he gave his thoughts on the fixture.

We played a great side in UCD and now we play another good team in Cork. We started well but it was a difficult game, this week we know if we play how we can, we can create problems for any team.

Team News

Athlone Town AFC have a couple of injury concerns, Enda Minogue picked up a knock during the game last week and a missed training so is a doubt. Noah Van Geenen is being eased back to play and Dan McKenna is suspended.

Past Encounters
Athlone and Cork have only played 19 times since 2010 and on paper it doesn’t look good from an Athlone perspective.  Athlone have only won three of those 19 games and conceded 50 goals, so it is a tough task for the home side. On a positive note, we were unlucky not to get a point in Turners Cross earlier in the season and beat them the last time we played in Athlone Town Stadium, albeit Cork had already won the league at that point.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC, Brian Torre has been getting better every week, he is good on the ball going forward and his positioning is top class. Its only a matter of time before he gets his first goal for the club.

Cork City Jack Doherty is on the return from injury and he has five goals already this season is a midfielder that can hurt the home side if allowed time on the ball.

Match Tickets
Tickets for the game can be purchased by clicking here.
Adults €15 Concessions €10 Children €5

Follow the Athlone Town AFC channel on WhatsApp: Click Here for The WhatsApp Channel

Live Coverage:
The game will be streamed live on LOITV at the below link. Individual match passes can be purchased for €5 or viewers can purchase a season pass which will give them access to all games across the League of Ireland.

ATHLONE TOWN V CORK CITY (loitv.ie)

Referee Team
Referee:
Eoghan O Shea   
1st Assistant Referee: Niall McLoughlin 
2nd Assistant Referee: Christopher Daly
4th Official: Marc Lynch

Men’s Match Report: UCD (H)

Athlone Extend Unbeaten Home Run with Draw

UCD were the visitors on the 24th of May 2024 playing out a 2-2 draw in Athlone Town Stadium.

Dario named an unchanged side from the team that drew with Longford. Ruban Candal returned to the bench having missed out last week due to injury.

Athlone started brightly and we didn’t have to wait long for the first goal, Athlone were playing out from the back and Oisin Duffy found Amardo Oakley on the right-hand side, he cut the ball back inside to Carl Mujaguzi. His short pass was into the feet of Dean Ebbe who was at the edge of the area. He played back to Mujaguzi who chipped it towards the far post finding Gideon Tetteh who made no mistake from a tight angle. The hosts were one nil up.

Brian Torre had Athlone hearts in their mouths in the 16th minute when he got his head to a UCD cross, and it just missed the Athlone goal and went out for a corner but after the game Brian said to AthloneTownAFC.ie that he knew what he was doing.

Athlone lead was doubled in the 20th minute when Torre played the ball down the line to Tetteh who, with a world class bit of skill, let the ball hit his foot and it skipped over Ronan Finn and into space for Tetteh to run onto he ran into the box and took his time and pulled a ball back to Aaron Connolly, his placed shot took a deflection but ended up in the back of the net. 2-0 to the hosts.

In the 25th minute the Students got one back, Ronan Finn was in possession on the right-hand side, he played the ball inside to Behan who played the ball across to Jake Doyle. Doyle fashioned some space and got the shot away just inside the box, Enda Minogue made a brilliant save down to his right but to his horror his save fell to the feet of Michael McCullagh who reacted quicker than the Athlone defence and slotted home from 2 yards to pull the score back to 2-1.

From a corner shortly after the goal, a deep cross to the back post was won by Michael McCullagh who got his shot towards the goal but never really threatened.

UCD were really coming into the game and in the 27th minute a Ciaran Behan effort from about 25 yards rattled the crossbar, a great effort from Behan. The students were really starting to show their quality.

Just before the break, Finn found Behan just inside the box and he crossed low after taking on Dylan Hand but it was intercepted by German and Athlone managed to clear the ball.

Athlone started the brighter of the two teams, but UCD grew into the game as it went on, but it was the hosts that lead at the break 2-1.

UCD weren’t in the mood to wait around for the second half they were out seven minutes before Athlone and the Referees. The second half started as the first half finished with UCD holding possession but the first real chance of the second half went to Athlone when the ball broke to the right-hand side. Amardo Oakley ran at the UCD defence, he went down the line and found his way to the end line but was marshalled out of play by Sean Brennan.

We had to wait for the 72nd minute for UCD’s first real shot of the second half. They were enjoying a lot of possession but getting it hard to break down the Athlone defence. Sean Brennan played a brilliant ball forward behind the Athlone defence with two UCD players there. Both Paker and Raggett bearing down on goal, Raggett got the shot away and it clipped the outside post – a real let off for Athlone, but it was all UCD so far in the second half.

We didn’t have to wait long after that for UCD to equalise, in the 79th minute. A Donal Higgins free kick just inside the Athlone half was floated to the back of the box. It was cleared by German but only as far as Michael McCullagh who clipped the ball to the back post, and it was headed home by Raggett who climbed higher than the Athlone defender.

Things boiled over in the 85th minute when a UCD corner was caught by Enda Minogue but he was fouled by Eanna Clancy and the referee gave a free out. Clancy protested with Minogue and there was a bit of a shemozzle in the box and a couple of yellow cards later we got back under way.

Athlone finished the stronger of the two teams and had a chance to win the game in 93rd minute Brian Torre done brilliantly on the left wing and got into the box. He stabbed at the ball but couldn’t direct his shot goalward. That was all and it was points shared 2-2.

Following match day seventeen sees Athlone stay third on twenty-seven points and UCD stay second on twenty-nine points.

Unfortunately for Athlone, Daniel McKenna picked up a 5th yellow card to rule him out of the Cork Game. Athlone extend their unbeaten run to eight games and remain unbeaten at home this season.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez, Daniel McKenna, Dylan Hand, Aaron Connolly, Dean Ebbe, Carl Mujaguzi (Matthew Leal 45’), Amardo Oakley (Jamar Campion-Hinds 77’), Oisin Duffy ©, Brian Torre, Gideon Tetteh (Ruben Candal 88’)

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Jarlath Jones, Noah Van Geenen, Gabriel Padilla, Divine Izekor, Roscoe Rubinstein

Bookings: Connolly (68), McKenna (77), Roderiguez (87), Hand (87)

Attendance: 541

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Gideon Tetteh

Men’s Match Preview: UCD (H)

Date: 24th of May 2024
Kick-off: 7.45pm
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this much-anticipated match.

Both teams come into this game having won three of their last five fixtures. Athlone’s last defeat came at the hands of Bray Wanderers, but the draw in Longford left a sour taste after creating the better of the chances.

Athlone town are the in-form team behind Cork and they sit in third place on twenty-six points. UCD battered Athlone in the reverse fixture and come into the game just behind Athlone in the form table but ahead in the standings they sit second on twenty-eight points. While Cork City sit way out in front, this is a must win game for both teams.

Coming into the game, AthloneTownAFC.ie spoke to manager Dario Castelo and he gave his thoughts on the fixture.

We are not happy after the last game. We created enough chances but didn’t kill the game off. We have a very important but difficult game this week. We must continue to work hard for each other and this special club.”

Team News

Athlone Town AFC have a couple of injury concerns, Ruben Candal sat out last week and is back in training. Noah Van Geenen is being eased back to play.

Past Encounters
UCD haven’t lost to Athlone since 2015 when Athlone beat them 2-1 having been relegated back to the first division. Philly Gorman scored a brace on the day that included a late winner in the 93rd minute.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC, Dan McKenna has been an integral part of this team, he brings out the best in players around him and enjoys breaking up play. He loves a tackle and has made over 55 appearances for the club.

UCD Ciaran Behan scored in the reverse fixture and he has six goals already this season which is an excellent return for young midfielder.

Match Tickets
Tickets for the game can be purchased by clicking here.
Adults €15 Concessions €10 Children €5

Follow the Athlone Town AFC channel on WhatsApp: Click Here for The WhatsApp Channel

Live Coverage:

The game will be streamed live on LOITV at the below link. Individual match passes can be purchased for €5 or viewers can purchase a season pass which will give them access to all games across the League of Ireland.

ATHLONE TOWN V UCD (loitv.ie)

Referee Team
Referee:
Daniel Murphy   
1st Assistant Referee: Emmett Dynan 
2nd Assistant Referee: Darren Corcoran
4th Official: Damien MacGraith

Men’s Match Report: Longford Town (A)

Athlone made the short trip to Longford on the 18th of May 2024 playing out a 1-1 draw against Longford.

Dario made three changes to the team that beat Bray with German Fuentes Rodriguez and Aaron Connolly returning after suspension, and Oisin Duffy who was struggling with injuries in recent weeks returning to captain the side.

Both teams started well and enjoyed spells of possession. Athlone created the first real chance of the game when in the 10th minute, Ross Fay was caught in possession by Gideon Tetteh who played a lovely pass to Dean Ebbe who had a bit of time and space and he turned well but his shot was always going over the bar.

Athlone had another shot shortly after when an Enda Minogue clearance was flicked on by Ebbe to Amardo Oakley who ran at goal but his shot was narrowly over.

Longford were next to test the Athlone Defence when from a Conor Crowley free kick out on the right-hand side his cross found the head of Francis Campbell who had a lot of work to do but couldn’t his shot on target, going narrowly past the post. It was a quiet enough first half and we went in at the break scoreless.

Longford started the second half as the brighter of the two teams, they enjoyed a spell of possession which saw Shane Elworthy run at the Athlone defence and his scooped pass over the defence found Jordan Adeyemo but his header was on target but lacked the power to threaten Enda Minogue’s goal.

In the 55th minute Athlone had a throw-in just inside the Longford half, Torre found Dylan Hand, who played it out wide to captain Oisin Duffy. His forward ball found Oakley who turned brilliantly, and made his way into the Longford Town box, he cut the ball back to Gideon Tetteh who’s placed shot wrong footed Jack Brady to put the visitors 1-0 up.

Brian Torre had a corner from the right in the 63rd minute. His cross wasn’t fully cleared by the Longford defence and Dylan Hand found Carl Mujaguzi, but his header was narrowly over. Fair play to the young Longford fan who was keeping Torre company and the crowd entertained with his antics.

It could have been two nil in the 68th minute when a poor clearance by Brady in the Longford goal was only as far as Mujaguzi who crossed deep to Aaron Connolly who headed back across goal to Ebbe who laid it off to Tetteh who shot low from 12 yards but Brady made up for his mistake with a wonderful save down low to his right to keep the score 1-0.
Oisin Hand somehow in the 88th minute stopped Jamal Ibrahim scoring when he headed the ball off the line, Athlone would come to regret not being able to finish these chances, as Longford went down the other end of the pitch and equalised.

Guilherme Rego Priosti chipped a ball to the left-hand side of the box and Dean O Shea headed the ball across the goal to Emmanuel James who made no mistake from 6 yards. It was a real hammer blow for Athlone who had done enough to take home the three points. It finished 1-1 and a point a piece for both teams.

Following match day fourteen sees Athlone stay third on twenty-six points and Longford stay ninth on eleven points.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez, Daniel McKenna, Dylan Hand, Aaron Connolly, Dean Ebbe, Carl Mujaguzi (Matthew Leal 79’), Amardo Oakley (Jamar Campion-Hinds 67’), Oisin Duffy ©, Brian Torre (Jarlath Jones 92’), Gideon Tetteh (Jamal Ibrahim 79’)

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Noah Van Geenen, Divine Izekor, Roscoe Rubinstein, Ciaran Nolan

Bookings: McKenna (91)

Attendance: 450

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Gideon Tetteh

Men’s Match Preview: Longford Town (A)

Date: 18th of May 2024
Kick-off: 7.30pm
Venue: Bishopsgate

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this much-anticipated match.

‘El Classico’ seldom disappoints. Last time out, Athlone seemed to be dead and buried at half time and then somehow snatched a draw in the second half. Click here to read about the last game between the clubs.

Longford moved off the foot of the table with victory on Monday night against Treaty United. Athlone have been in good form recently but there away form is still not where they would like.

Coming into the game, AthloneTownAFC.ie spoke to manager Dario Castelo and he gave his thoughts on the fixture.

We are taking each game as it comes. We know we are in a difficult game. Everyone worked well together to get the 3 points Friday and we need to keep untied to get a result.”

Team News

Athlone Town AFC have a couple of injury concerns, Noah Van Geenen is still ruled out. Oisin Duffy is still returning to play gradually, both German and Aaron Connolly return from suspension.

Past Encounters

El Classico seldom fails to entertain, from Pierrot announcing himself last year in style and then to his wonderful goal in Longford last year in added time to settle the tie. A draw earlier this year following a poor first half performance from Athlone. It is a difficult game to call a draw is likely too as the last two league games between these clubs they couldn’t be separated.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC, Dean Ebbe has fired his way to the top of the scoring charts this season and with five goals in his last four games we hope he can find the back of the net in Longford.

Longford Town Luke Wade-Slater brings a wealth of experience to their club, and he has played every minute of their last thirteen games. He is one of the permanent fixtures of the Longford Town team this season, having joined from Drogheda United in the transfer window.

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LONGFORD TOWN V ATHLONE TOWN (loitv.ie)

Referee Team
Referee:
Aaron O’Dowd   
1st Assistant Referee: Conor Harkin 
2nd Assistant Referee: Keenan Deering
4th Official: Michael Connolly

Men’s Match Report: Bray Wanderers (H)

Athlone Town Stadium Is Becoming a Fortress    
Athlone secured victory on the 10th of May 2024, playing out a 2-1 win against Bray.

Dario made two changes to his starting eleven, which saw Jarlath Jones and Matthew Leal come into the team with German Fuentes Rodriguez and Aaron Connolly missing out due to suspension.

Athlone started well and found the front right as 4 minutes click up on the clock. Athlone were looking dangerous and passing the ball well. Carl Mujaguzi laid the ball off to Jamar Campion-Hinds who clipped a ball over the top to Dean Ebbe. Deano timed his run to perfection to stay onside and headed it past the on rushing Stephen McGuinness to put the Town one nil to the good early on.

Bray had a chance to level the score in 12th minute when a Kieran Cruise found Cristian Magerusan in the six-yard box, but he wasn’t able to turn his shot goalward.

Similar to the goal in the 4th minute, Jamar Campion-Hinds clipped a ball over the top to Dean Ebbe who timed his run brilliantly again, but Stephen Mc Guinness was out quickly to claim the ball this time around.

Bray had their best chance of the opening half in the 26th minute. Athlone were wise to a quick Bray throw and Harry Groome found time and space to pick out Shane Griffin just outside the box, his delayed pass found Magerusan whose footwork allowed him to find some space and he got the shot away, but Enda Minogue brilliantly saved down to his left to keep the score at 1-0. To this point it was a 50-50 game and both teams were creating opportunities, and this was the best one for the visitors up to this point and the teams went in at half time with the score at 1-0.

The second half started how the first half ended with both teams playing well and trying to get the next goal. In the 54th minute, Athlone had a throw-in just inside the Bray half and it was worked well by Ebbe who found Oakley about 35 yards from goal, but his shot was deflected narrowly over the bar for the first corner of the second half. Torre took the resulting corner which was almost turned in by Ruben Candal, the ball was cleared by Bray, but only as far as Oakley who played the ball in behind for Ebbe, and in similar fashion he chipped McGuinness was out to try and claim the ball but the ball found the back of the net to put the Town 2-0 up.

Complacency started to set in for Athlone and almost cost them a goal. Enda Minogue dwelled on the ball in his box and that allowed Shane Griffin to close him down. Griffin nicked the ball from the Athlone goalkeeper and got the shot away, but Minogue recovered well to make a brilliant recovery save. Athlone didn’t learn from this and minutes later Ruben Candal was caught in possession and Magerusan blocked a pass which left him one on one with Minogue in the Athlone goal, but a brilliant recovery tackle by the ever dependable Dylan Hand saved the Athlone blushes on this occasion. However, it felt like a Bray goal was coming.

And it was in the 62nd minute Bray did find the back of the net, missed tackles and complacency lead to a corner for Bray that wasn’t dealt with, and Paul Murphy made no mistake from 6 yards getting his team back in the game. From the restart, Bray were awarded a freekick and it was only cleared as far as Magerusan who curled a shot from just outside the eighteen-yard box hitting the crossbar. Athlone needed to get a grip of the game, or it could slip away.

Athlone started to play again and had a goal ruled out in the 69th minute for offside. The assistant put the flag up despite it appeared that Mujaguzi was well onside, but the positive was Athlone were starting to run at the Bray defence again.

Athlone were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute when the brilliant Mujaguzi ran into the box with Paul Murphy for company and Murphy had his two arms around him and pulled Mujaguzi to the ground. Dean Ebbe stepped up on a hattrick, but McGuinness had other ideas and saved brilliantly with his legs to keep Bray in the game. It would be an interesting last fifteen minutes.

A Bray corner in the 81st minute was headed narrowly over by Freddie Turley Athlone were having to weather a storm to hold onto the three points.

As 95 minutes came up on the clock Bray won a corner which was surely the last action of the game. Stephen McGuinness came forward also there were twenty players in the box for the corner. It was cleared by Oisin Duffy and it fell to Guillermo Almirall who blasted the ball well over the bar and that was it, Athlone Town Stadium is not a place teams will like to visit.

Athlone held on to win 1-0 and pick up the three points.

Following match day fourteen this result sees Athlone move to third on twenty-five points and the Seagulls move down to fifth on twenty-one points.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, Jarlath Jones, Daniel McKenna ©, Dylan Hand, Ruben Candal (Shane Forbes 73’), Dean Ebbe, Jamar Campion-Hinds (Jamal Ibrahim 54’), Carl Mujaguzi (Oisin Duffy 92’), Amardo Oakley, Brian Torre (65’) Matthew Leal

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Gabriel Padilla, Divine Izekor, Gideon Tetteh, Roscoe Rubinstein, Ciaran Nolan

Bookings: Ibrahim (94)

Attendance:
558

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Dean Ebbe