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Women’s Match Report: Peamount United (H)

Howe Good Is Casey?

Athlone Town AFC 3-1 Peamount United

Casey Howe was the star of the show as Athlone Town AFC played Peamount United live on TG4.  

The wind was a factor in early part of the game, but it was a dry evening in Athlone Town Stadium.

Both teams started brightly, and Athlone Town were finding some joy out wide and in the 8th minute a long ball forward from Jesi Rossman found Casey Howe in space on the right wing. Howe got her head up and hit a long cross to the back post which was played back across goal by Chloe Singleton towards Kerry Brown, but Jetta Berrill cleared the ball stopping what could have been the first goal of the game.

We didn’t have to wait too long for the first goal, in the 14th minute a defence splitting pass by Dearbhaile Beirne saw Ellen Dolan race through on goal and a tangle of legs saw her go down in the box and the referee showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. The young seventeen-year-old Dolan dusted herself off and dispatched her peno into the bottom corner and it was 1-0 Peamount.

Athlone had it all to do and in the 25th minute from a Madison Gibson corner her cross was cleared but only as far as Shauna Brennan who found Gibson who again floated a cross in and it fell to Rossman who’s shot was just narrowly wide.

Peamount could have doubled their lead after 40 minutes when Beirne’s cross wasn’t dealt with by the Athlone defence and Peas recycled the ball well and Captain Karen Duggan found Irish International Erin McLoughlin free just inside the area, but her shot was wide of the far post.

Athlone got themselves back in the game in the 43rd minute. A Shauna Brennan throw in from the left-hand side found Browne who controlled it with her chest and hit a first-time pass over the top for Howe to run through on goal and hit it first time past the onrushing Niamh Reid Burke to level the score 1-1. The pass from Browne was exceptional.

Athlone started the second half brightly and looked for a goal to give them the lead, but they almost went behind in the 56th minute had it not been for a world class save by Katie Keane. Keane still just 17 somehow managed to keep out a super strike from Karen Duggan who from about 30 yards out, which nearly found the top left corner of the goal.

Athlone did find the front in the 63rd minute when a mazy run from Madison Gibson and a chipped ball out to the right found Casey Howe who after a nice bit of skill unleashed a shot which cannoned off the crossbar, but it fell to Gibson who slotted the ball home and but the Town 2-1 up.

Athlone were awarded a penalty in the 71st minute when a nice combination from Kellie Brennan and Rosin Molloy found Howe in the box and her shot was adjudged to have stuck Berrill on the hand and the referee pointed to the spot. Howe stepped up after a substitution from the visitors delayed the kick, she hit it to the right of the keeper, but it struck the bottom of the post and was cleared by Peamount.

Athlone could have wrapped up all three points with 80 minutes on the clock, a wonderful run by Molloy down the right wing saw her beat two players on the end line and with time in the box, Roisin’s pull back to find Gibson unmarked and unlike Maddie she snatched at the chance and hit it over the bar.

Athlone left the best until last, a Peamount attack was broken up by captain Laurie Ryan. Shauna Brennen got on the ball and stepped into midfield playing a lovely, weighted pass to the left wing for Gibson to run on to. Gibson drove down the line and hit a low cross to the near post and what happened next is hard justify with words, but Casey Howe chipped the ball with the outside of her back foot over the Peamount goalkeeper into the back of the net wrapping up all three points for the home side. It left the fans going home happy and all asking the same question “Howe good is Casey?”

It was all over after that, and Athlone Town will be happy with the performance and a nice end to a busy weekend at Athlone Town Stadium.

Athlone Town AFC: Katie Keane, Kellie Brennan, Kayleigh Shine, Shauna Brennan, Jesi Lynne Rossman, Kate Slevin (Roisin Molloy 64’), Chloe Singleton (Jenaya Robertson 64’), Casey Howe (Hazel Donegan 90’), Kerryanne Brown, Laurie Ryan (C), Madison Gibson (Gillian Keenan 88’)

Unused Substitutes: Amy Mahon, Isabel Ryan, Mary Philips, Ciara O Neill, Aoife Murphy-O’Connor, Ciara O Neill  

Bookings: Rossman (14′)

Attendance: 512

AthloneTownAFC.ie Player of The Match: Casey Howe

Men’s Match Report: Finn Harps (H)

Athlone Home Form Is Growing

Athlone have only lost two of the last ten league games at home and are undefeated in the five home games so far in 2024. They have taken ten of their twelve points in Athlone Town Stadium this season. In a night that saw the main stand in the stadium named after Club President Liam Gaffey, the team rewarded Liam with three points and a good display.

Harps had won every game on the road until now and inflicted the first defeat of the season for Athlone in the first round of fixtures. Athlone have been a mixed bag up to this point but had started to find form at home, so it was set to be an interesting tie. 

Athlone started the brighter of the two teams and the first real chance of the game came after six minutes and fell to the home side who after a really nice passage of play that saw them break down the right wing. They then strung a couple of passes together and moved the ball out to Brian Torre on the left wing who found Carl Mujaguzi unmarked in the area, about eight yards out and his left footed volley was just over the bar.

It was an even contest up to this point and in the 10th minute from a throw in to Finn Harps just inside the Athlone half of the field caught the Athlone defenders napping and Success Edogun held up the ball well and managed to turn defender German Fuentes where his shot found the side netting.

In the 18th minute Harps forward Chris Lotefa found himself with a bit of space and was fouled by Dan McKenna in the middle of the pitch about thirty yards from goal, and the resulting free kick from Tony McNamee never really troubled goalkeeper Enda Minogue who was making his 50th appearance in League of Ireland football.

In the 24th minute McKenna intercepted a poor touch from Harps midfielder McNamee and set his team on the attack, Mujaguzi moved the ball left and found Candal with time and space who crossed to the back post to Amardo Oakley who’s super pass gave Dean Ebbe the simplest of finishes, heading home from inside the six-yard box and putting The Town 1-0 up.

Athlone were limiting the visitors to shots from distance, none of which gave Enda Minogue too much to worry about. In the 42nd minute Athlone thought they had gone two in front when Aaron Connolly’s pass found McKenna whose quick feet managed to get free at the edge of the area, and his side footed effort towards the top right hand corner narrowly missed the post, sending the teams in at the break with the home side leading 1-0.

Harps started the second half brightly and could have gone level straight away when from a well worked through down their left had side a cross found the head of Edogun who’s shot was on target and pulled a wonderful save out of Minogue in the Athlone goal.

The visitors found it difficult to break down the Athlone defence and chances were few and far between for Finn Harps. They had a great chance in the 59th minute when a sloppy pass from McKenna allowed Harps to press and a slip from Fuentes allowed Edogun in one on one with Minogue and his shot was saved again by Minogue who was determined to hold onto his clean sheet.

Athlone could have finally added a second in the 72nd minute when from a mazey run from substitute Jamar Campion Hinds saw him pull the ball back to Ebbe who on the stretch poked the ball towards goal forcing a point blank save from Tim Hiemer in goal.

Athlone had defended well and in the closing minutes of the game. Finn Harps had a shout for a penalty when their left winger came into the box onto a miss placed header from Fuentes and went to ground in the box looking for the penalty but the referee was confident in waving away any protests from the Harps players.

Athlone held on to the clean sheet and took all three points winning the game 1-0.

Following matchday ten this result moves Athlone to sixth and Harps stay second in the table.

Next up for Athlone is the trip to Mounthawk Park to face Kerry FC.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez, Jarlath Jones, Daniel McKenna, Ruben Candal (Gideon Tetteh 75′), Aaron Connolly, Dean Ebbe (Shane Forbes 92′), Carl Mujaguzi (Divine Izekor 92′), Amardo Oakley, Oisin Duffy (C), Brian Torre (Jamar Campion-Hinds 61)’.

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Renei Batloka, Matthew Leal, Roscoe Rubinstein, Brendan Lauder

Bookings: Jones (37′), Torre (53′), Duffy (68′), Rodriguez (94′)

Attendance: 596

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Oisin Duffy

ATAFC honour Liam Gaffey with stand in his name

In a heartfelt tribute to a devoted volunteer and long-time supporter, Athlone Town AFC is proud to announce the renaming of its main stand at the Athlone Town Stadium in honour of Club President Liam Gaffey. This honour regiginises Liam’s unwavering commitment and extensive contributions to the club over the years.

A Legacy of Dedication

Liam Gaffey has been a cornerstone of Athlone Town AFC for decades, dedicating his time, energy, and passion to the club both as a supporter and a volunteer. As Club President, Athlone Town AFC has seen significant growth and success, and established the women’s side of the club. Liam was instrumental in the formation of the Drive In Bingo which has gone from strength to strength.

Unveiling Ceremony

The unveiling of the “Liam Gaffey Stand” took place at half time during the home match against Finn Harps on Friday, April 12th 2024. The ceremony celebrated Mr. Gaffey’s contributions and his ongoing legacy at the club. Family, friends, club members, and supporters joined in the festivities and honoured a true local football hero. Liam was joined on the pitch by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Word from the Club

Club Secretary, David Dully, expressed his admiration for Liam’s contributions: “Liam has not only been a guiding light for this club but also a beloved figure in Athlone’s community. Naming a stand after him is a small gesture compared to the vast impact he has had on our club. We are forever grateful for his dedication and are thrilled to honor him in this way.”

Community and Fan Reactions

The decision to name the stand after Liam Gaffey has been met with widespread approval from the the fans at the game. Many have taken to social media to express their support and to congratulate Liam.

Looking Forward

The “Liam Gaffey Stand” will stand as a lasting reminder of the spirit of dedication and community that Liam Gaffey epitomises.

Women’s Match Preview: Peamount United FC (H)

SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division: Athlone Town v Peamount United

Date: Saturday 13th April 2024
Kick-off: 7.35pm
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town AFC return to Women’s Premier Division action tomorrow night, Peamount United the visitors to Athlone Town Stadium in a game under the lights and the cameras of TG4 who will be broadcasting the game live to the nation.

Athlone were disappointed to lose to Galway in the season opener but have picked up a win away to Bohmians and snatched a late goal to get a point at home to Shelbourne.

Peamount have started better than Athlone and find themselves second in the league winning two of the opening three games.

Ciaran Kilduff stated, “It’s great to have the chance to play on TG4. The girls are looking forward to it, after having no game last week. We are coming up against a great side and aren’t taking anything for granted.” he added. “Tá súil againn gur féidir linn imirt go maith agus trí phointe a bhuachan”

Team News
Athlone Town AFC come into the game with a couple of injury concerns. Chloe Singleton is a doubt and Jenaya Robertson returned to training this week. Ciara Glackin is also back to light training but unfortunately Abby Carchio has been ruled out for the rest of the season following a serious knee injury.

Past Encounters
Athlone Town and Peamount have had some entertaining games. Peamount will be feeling like they owe Athlone one following their President’s Cup game in the season curtain raiser.

Key Players to Watch
For Athlone Town AFC Casey Howe has gotten better as preseason went on and she be looking get her name on the score sheet again as she did in the curtain raiser.

For Peamount United, Freya Healy is one of the most exciting young talents in the league and will be looking to impress on occasions such as this.

Referee Team
Referee: Chris Sheehan
First Assistant Referee: Conor Fitzgibbon
Second Assistant Referee: Niall McLoughlin
Fourth Official: Oliver Moran

Match Programme

Women’s vs. Peamount United FC – 13/4/24

Men’s Match Preview: Finn Harps FC (H)

SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division: Athlone Town AFC v Finn Harps

Date: Friday, April 12th 2024
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Finn Harps have started the league campaign the better of the two teams and with the kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm, both teams are looking to start the second round of games well.

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

Finn Harps sit second in the league. They will be looking to keep pressure on Cork City and maintain their 100% away record this season.

Harps have only conceded two goals in their last five games and taken points from all five.

Athlone have had some difficulties in facing Finn Harps in recent years and they will be looking to reverse their fortunes and propel themselves up the table with a victory against the high-flying Harps.

Having conceded ten goals in the last five games, issues at centre back couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Team News
Athlone Town AFC will be without Noah Van Geenen who is still sidelined with an injury. Dylan Hand is suspended for the first game of his three match ban.

Finn Harps have Kevin Jordan and Max Hutchison ruled out to injury and both Stephen Doherty and Tim Hiemer may miss out also.

Past Encounters
Last time out Finn Harps beat Athlone 2-0 and were worthy winners thanks to goals from Stephen Doherty and Success Edogun.

Key Players to Watch
For Athlone Town AFC, Enda Minogue has been an important player for Athlone and his experience would allow you overlook the fact that he is still only 22 years old. Tomorrow will mark his 55th senior appearance in football and he is looking to add to his clean sheet from the last home game against Treaty United.

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

Referee Team
Referee: Jason Moore
First Assistant Referee: Ciaran O’Reilly
Second Assistant Referee: David Connolly
Fourth Official: Ryan Maher

Mascots
Today’s mascots are identical twins and great-grandsons of club President Liam Gaffey, George and Thomas Powell (both aged 7) from Norwich, UK.

Match Programme

Men’s vs. Finn Harps – 12/4/24

Athlone Players Welcomed Home After Euro WU19 Qualification

The Republic of Ireland squad were welcomed home at Dublin Airport last night after qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championships!

Athlone Town players Katie Keane, Hazel Donegan, Aoife Murphy-O’Connor and Mary Philips all featured over the Girls in Green three game campaign.

Dave Connell’s side started their UEFA European Championship qualifying group with a 4-1 victory over Iceland last Thursday. They followed that up with 1-0 win over Austria on Saturday. Those victories secured qualification for the finals in Lithuania.

All four girls have already lined out for Ciaran Kilduff’s senior women’s side so far this season and it was great to see them all get capped for their country.

Katie Keane started the first two games, and got herself a clean sheet in the 1-0 win over Austria.

Katie Keane pictured in team photo before Ireland’s 4-1 win over Iceland.

In the third and final qualifying game, Athlone native Hazel Donegan got her first cap at under-19 level against Croatia. It was fantastic to see her grab a goal and an assist on her debut. Aoife Murphy O’Connor and Mary Philips also started in the 3-0 win.

Aoife Murphy-O’Connor (back left), Mary Philips and Hazel Donegan (both back row second and third from right)

The future is bright for this talented group of players. Katie, Aoife, Mary, Hazel and the rest of the Ireland squad now have a EUROs in Lithuania to look forward to this summer!

Men’s Match Report: Bray Wanderers (A)

Bray Wanderers 3-0 Athlone Town AFC
Friday 5th April 2024

Athlone Hand Bray Three Points

It Athlone who started the brighter of the two teams and the Seagulls did not have to wait too long to take the lead and it came after a crazy few minutes for the Town.

In the 32nd minute of the game, centre back Dylan Hand was dismissed for an apparent kick out at Grogan and referee Chris Sheehan showed the red card to Hand. From the resulting free-kick Griffin beat Enda Minogue at his near post to find the back of the net for the hosts.

Just four minutes later, Athlone could have been level when Ebbe lifted the ball over the bar from a long ball.
Bray doubled their advantage when Murphy tapped in from close range after Grogan’s acrobatic effort cannoned off the post following Knight’s cross.

Knight played a wonderful pass in behind the Athlone backline who tried to play an offside trap, and Grogan was on hand to slot into the net.

Bray nearly added a fourth with just under 15 minutes left only for captain Oisin Duffy with a goal saving block on the line.

Goalkeeper Minogue was withdrawn due to injury moments before injury time.

Following match day nine this result drops Athlone to seventh and Bray rise to sixth place.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue (Andrew Trainor 89), Oisin Duffy (Roscoe Rubenstein 89), Dylan Hand, Jarlath Jones, Matthew Leal (Armado Oakley 46), Brian Torre, Aaron Connolly (Gideon Tetteh 77), Daniel McKenna, Carl Mujaguzi, Dean Ebbe, Jamal Ibrahim (Jamar Campion-Hinds 59)

Unused Substitutes: Shane Forbes, Rúben Candal, Wedu Batlokwa, Divine Izekor.

Bookings: Connolly (28)
Sending Off: Hand (32)

Attendance: 612

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Peter Grogan (Bray Wanderers)

Men’s Match Preview: Bray Wanderers (A)

SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division: Bray Wanderers vs Athlone Town AFC

Date: April 5th, 2024

Kick-off: 7.45pm                          

Venue: Carlisle Grounds

Athlone have been a real mixed bag this season having started so well in the first game of the season then having to wait until Monday to add to their only win of the season. Athlone who played a great game in Cork and were disappointed not to come away with at least a point also played well on Monday against Treaty United.

This will be Bray’s fifth match in fifteen days, and they have a bit of an injury crisis on their hands so they will be looking get back to winning ways on Friday.

Both teams will have something to prove and with only three points between the two clubs its all to play for on Friday night in the Carlisle Grounds.

Dario Castelo spoke to staff at AthloneTownAFC.ie, “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. It’s important we continue with this momentum and continue to play well for the fans.”

Team News

Athlone Town AFC Noah Van Geenen is ruled out with injury.

Bray Wanderers Max Murphy is suspended, Calum Thompson, Jimmy Corcoran, Darren Craven, Cristian Magerusan and Ben Feeney are all injured.

Past Encounters

In researching this fixture, we went back to October 1997 and in that time Athlone and Bray have played 34 times in that time. Bray have come out on top 20 times there have been 8 draws with Athlone winning 6. Only twice has this fixture ended scoreless in the last 26 years so we are guaranteed a difficult game and goals. The last time we visited Bray we came away with a point having rescued a draw in the 92nd minute scoring from a corner to make it 2-2.

Key Players to Watch

Athlone Town AFC Jamar Campion-Hinds has returned from a long-term layoff and looked really bright on his return. It may be too soon for him to start but he is one to watch.

Bray Wanderers Kilian Cantwell was linked to return to his former club Athlone in the offseason, 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.

Live Coverage:

The game will be streamed live on LOITV. 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.

Referee Team
Referee:
Chris Sheehan
1st Assistant Referee: Ricky Crean
2nd Assistant Referee: Trevor Cotter
4th Official: Robert Dowling

LOI Academy Players of the Month – March 2024

LOI Academy Players of the Month – March 2024

Here are this month’s EA Sports LOI Academy Athlone Town AFC Players of the Month! 

Men’s U14 – Kevin Kilduff 

Kevin Kilduff is a rising star in the Athlone Town AFC ranks. His has exceptional technical skills and natural flair. Kevin’s step into the national league with Athlone Town AFC was  a seamless transition for a player who, despite his youth, radiates maturity and composure on and off the field. 

Men’s U15 – Rhuon Sousa

Rhuon has had a great start to his MU15 campaign, finding the back of the net 3 times in the first 5 games. It is evident that the 14-year-old has settled in to his new surroundings very well having only joined the club in January. Sousa will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form into the rest of the campaign and help his side kick on after their first win of the season against Bray Wanderers before the Easter break. 

Men’s U17 – Isaac Ryan

Isaac performed at a consistently high level in the opening five games of the season. The left-back has played a key role in his sides games so far and will be looking to continue the high standards that he’s set himself.

Women’s U17  & U19 – Emma Mooney (Left) & Lucy Fitzgerald (Right)

There were several outstanding performances during the month of March with the Women’s u17 team. From Holly Murphy scoring her first hat-trick for the club, Alison Nugent’s battling performances in midfield, to Maeve Wollmer flying down the left wing chipping in with a goal and 3 assists. The one performance that stood out about all was from 14 year old Emma Mooney. Emma started in all 3 games and has been a tower of strength in midfield. Emma showed all her qualities while dominating the centre of the pitch for someone beyond her years.

With the Women’s U19 team, there were numerous outstanding performances during the month of March. With the team winning 4 for 4 games, goalkeeper Julia Gawalkiewicz keeping 4 clean sheets, Hazel Donegan scoring 6 goals in 3 games, to Ciara O’Neill and Michelle Muddiman forming a formidable partnership in the centre of defence. The standout performance for the team was from team captain Lucy FitzGerald. Lucy put in Player of the Match performance in every game. Dominating midfield, scoring 3 goals. 

Men’s U20 – Ciaran Nolan

Ciaran has started the season well and has played well in all games so far. Nolan, who plays at centre-back reads the game well and is confident on the ball. The 18-year-old from Mountbellew can also play at centre-midfield when needed and is very good at distrubuting the ball to his teammates from wherever he is on the pitch. 

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Supporter Information: Carlisle Grounds

Athlone Town fans travelling to tomorrow’s game against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds are advised to their get tickets online so they don’t have to queue at the ticket office. Tickets can be purchased here.

The away end is directly in front of the turnstiles. Bray Wanderers have no issues with people going over to the sheltered stand if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

There’s plenty of parking spaces on the streets around the ground. The Bray seafront also has plenty of carparking spaces and there should be no issues with finding a spot.

There’s a small shop in the ground which will have tea, sweets, koka noodles as well as a burrito bar for those looking for some hot food with chips served also. There are some restaurants located on the Bray seafront which is just a stones throw away from the stadium.

There is a no bag policy enforced at the Carlisle Grounds, anyone that brings bags with them will be asked to leave them in the shop beside the turnstiles where they can be collected after the game. Random security searches will take place upon entry to the stadium.

Should any issues arise from your experience at the game or if you have any queries on travelling arrangements, you can contact the Club Support Liaision Officer, Adam Lee via email: slo@athlonetownafc.ie or on X: @ATAFCSLO

Safe travels and enjoy the game!