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Match Preview: v Peamount United

President’s Cup Final: Athlone Town AFC v Peamount United

Date: March 2nd 2024

Kick-off: 5pm

Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Preseason preparations complete, the curtain raiser for the 2024 season is just days away. Peamount United, 2023 League Champions by some distance play Athlone Town AFC, 2023 Cup Champions in Athlone in what is sure to be a great day.

Ciaran Kilduff stated, “It’s great to have the work done. We’ve had a first pre-season as a group and it’s great to have this game to look forward to”. “The girls are looking forward to it, but we are coming up against a great side. They had the league wrapped up really early last year and they will be really up for it too.” he added.

Team News

Athlone Town AFC come into the game with a couple of injury concerns. Chloe Singleton, Madison Gibson and Jenaya Robertson are all a doubt having missed training last week and Ciara Glackin is ruled out for another week or two.

Peamount United seen Tara O’Hanlon leave in the off season but recruited well and added the exciting Erica Burke and Ciara Maher to the squad for the coming campaign. Congratulations to Erin McLaughlin and Jess Fitzgerald who were both part of the Irish Camp this week. Well done to both.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town-Peamount have had some entertaining games but Athlone have only ever managed to beat them once. Peamount were free scoring against Athlone last season so the girls will have a tough task to keep them at bay. That being said this should be and exciting encounter offering plenty of goals.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC Casey Howe has gotten better as preseason went on and she will be looking to get her name on the score sheet for 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.


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

Referee Team
Referee:
Ray Matthews
1st Assistant Referee: Sean Stephens
2nd Assistant Referee: Ryan Maher
4th Official: Michael Connolly

Match Report: Cobh Ramblers 3-3 ATAFC

Cobh Comeback Clinches Draw

The match truly was a game of two halves, with Athlone shining brighter initially. Athlone looked dangerous on the attack and found the front 25 minutes in. Following Jarlath Jones’s throw-in, Jamal Ibrahim carved out space on the left wing, delivering a cross that Dean Ebbe expertly headed home who rose highest in the six-yard box and his header found the back of the net.

Athlone continued to create lots of openings and in the 32nd minute following a cleared corner the ball was retrieved on the left-hand side by Noah Van Geenen who momentarily forgot he was a centre back, turned exquisitely and floated a ball into the box to find Dylan Hand who with a powerful header smashed the ball off the cross bar and in to go two goals to the good.

As the second half began, deteriorating weather worsened playing conditions, coinciding with a marked improvement in Cobh’s performance. From a corner on the left hand side the ball missed everyone and substitute Nolan Evers found himself at the back post and turned the ball in to get Cobh back into the game.      

Just past the hour Aaron Connolly, seizing the ball in Cobh’s half, charged at the defence. From about 20 yards out, he outwitted a defender with a clever dummy before curving a stunning shot past an outstretched Darragh Burke who couldn’t do much about the strike. Athlone restored the two-goal lead.

Athlone probably thought at this stage they had done enough but Cobh had different ideas and The Town were under massive pressure. Around the 70th minute mark, Dale Holland from about 20 yards out hit a wonderful strike along the ground past Enda Minogue in the Athlone Goal and it was game on.

In the 77th minute, following a contentious corner, Cobh’s relentless pressure paid off. The cross found its way through a crowded box to David Bosnjak, who clinched the equalizer from 12 yards out to complete the comeback and earn a share of the points for Cobh Ramblers on their first league home game away from home.

Athlone will rue missing out on three points after dominating the first half.

Following match day two, this result drops Athlone to second and propels Cobh to sixth in the table.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez (Gideon Tetteh 88’), Jarlath Jones, Noah van Geenen, Daniel McKenna, Dylan Hand, Aaron Connolly (C), Dean Ebbe, Carl Mujaguzi (Divine Izekor 70′) (Dylan Gavin 88’), Amardo Oakley, Jamal Ibrahim (Brian Torre 54′)              

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Ruban Candal, Shane Forbes, Oisin Duffy, Matthew Leal

Bookings: McKenna (76), Izekor (88)

Attendance: 367

AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Aaron Connolly

Match Preview: v Cobh Ramblers

SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division: Cobh Ramblers v Athlone Town AFC

Date: February 23rd, 2024

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Venue: Turner’s Cross, Cork

Following on from an opening weekend win for Athlone they make the “shortened” trip to Cork for the first away trip of the season. St Colman’s Park is having a new pitch laid so Cobh will play their games in Cork City for the foreseeable. With the kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm, both teams are looking to start their campaign on a high note.

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

Cobh played Treaty last weekend and found themselves 1-0 down at half time. They battled back at the beginning of the second half and got themselves back into the game with Mathew McKevitt getting an equaliser, but Treaty had enough to run out 3-1 winners in the end.

Athlone hosted Wexford and an excellent first half performance saw them go in at the break 3-0 in front. They held on in the second half and got the clean sheet with the game finishing 3-0

Dario Castelo stated, “It was great to get the win and get going. For us the hard work continues.”

Team News

Athlone Town AFC have a couple of injury concerns, with Jamar Campion Hinds still sidelined with injury and Ruben Candal returned to training this week but is ruled out for the trip to Cork. Loan signing Gideon Tetteh is hoping to make his first appearance for the club after joining from Shamrock Rovers initially until June 30th.

Cobh Ramblers, lost some of their key players from last season but have a strong squad still having done good business in the off-season. They can look forward to the game with a clean bill of health and no suspensions.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town and Cobh played each other four times last season in a what were closely contested encounters. Cobh got the upper hand in the end with Athlone winning the first and Cobh winning the last two games. Both teams exited the playoffs at the first hurdle last season and will have ambitions to go further this season.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC, Daniel McKenna covered every blade of grass last week and was rightfully given man of the match. His distribution gets Athlone on the move quickly and we hope to see more of the same this weekend.

Cobh Ramblers will be delighted to have seen Matthew McKevitt get on the score sheet last week. The 25 year old Tipperary navtive will be a handful for the Athlone centre half’s to deal with.

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

Referee Team
Referee:
Alan Patchell
1st Assistant Referee: Eoin Harte
2nd Assistant Referee: Ciaran O’Reilly
4th Official: John Sconnie Walsh

Match Report: ATAFC 3-0 Wexford FC

Athlone Town Begin Season With A Bang

In what was a damp night in Athlone Town Stadium, Athlone Town turned in a wonderful performance on the season opener. Athlone Town started the brighter of the two teams and had a lot of the possession in the early goings. Aaron Connolly captained ‘The Town’ and the fans were treated to a new look front three. Dean Ebbe retuned to the club and Jamal Ibrahim and Amardo Oakley made debuts.

Athlone created lots of openings in the first half and found themselves in front after 14 minutes when Noah van Geenen coolly side footed home the opener from a corner. It was all Athlone in the opening minutes and Dean Ebbe looked to get onto a long ball over the top and he was fouled just outside the area by Wexford Goalkeeper Owen Mason. He was booked by referee Chris Sheehan. From the resulting freekick Aaron Connolly tested Owen Mason who got down well to stop a great strike but Ibrahim reacted the quickest and was able to slot home from six yards to put Athlone 2-0 up.

Wexford started to grow into the game a bit and Mikie Rowe found himself with time to take the ball on his chest inside the Athlone Box but his shot was well over and didn’t trouble Enda Minogue in the Athlone Goal. Athlone played well with getting quick ball from the back to the front and Dean Ebbe laid off a good ball to Carl Mujaguzi and he found Ibrahim on the left who had lots of space to run into the box and shot low and again Mason got down well to stop the strike only to parry it to Oakley who dispatched it well to put ‘The Town’ 3 goals up.

The second half wasn’t as entertaining as the first but both teams created chances. Athlone will be happy to have kept a clean sheet and get 3 points on the board.

Athlone Town AFC: Enda Minogue, German Fuentes Rodriguez, Jarlath Jones (Shane Forbes 87’), Noah van Geenen, Daniel McKenna, Dylan Hand, Aaron Connolly (C), Dean Ebbe (Divine Izekor 70′), Carl Mujaguzi (Oisin Duffy 87’), Amardo Oakley, Jamal Ibrahim (Brian Torre 68′)

Unused Substitutes: Andrew Stuart Trainor, Dylan Gavin, Gabriel Padilla, Matthew Leal, Gideon Tetteh               

Bookings: Jones (80)

Attendance: 824

www.AthloneTownAFC.ie Man of The Match: Daniel McKenna

Head-To-Head stats after last night’s game:

Meetings: 55 | Athlone Wins: 27 | Draws: 7 | Wexford Wins: 21

Match Preview: v Treaty United

Pre-Season Friendly: Athlone Town AFC vs Treaty United

Date: February 17th 2024

Kick-off: 2pm

Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Preseason preparations are well underway for both sides and this is another step in the right direction.

Ciaran Kilduff stated, “Things are going well for us.” “The girls are in a good place and now this is us trying to get player match sharp for the start of the season. The team are looking forward to it” he added.

Team News

Athlone Town AFC has had a good pre-season, getting much needed minutes into players, however, there are a couple of injury concerns, with Kayleigh Shine unavailable and Jenaya Robertson a doubt for the opening match.

Treaty United, have been active in the transfer market, recruiting well to enhance their squad depth.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town and Treaty have only played 5 times ever and each encounter offering plenty of excitement and lots of goals. With both teams looking stronger and more ambitious this season, this game is expected to be no different.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC Kate Slevin has been superb this preseason and she will be looking to put her name on the team sheet for the curtain raiser before the league campaign where Athlone Play Peamount United in the Presidents Cup.

Treaty United have recruited well but it is Cara Griffin who will be under the spotlight, she had an excellent season last year and will be looking to build on her impressive stats.

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

Referee Team
Referee:
Ryan Maher
1st Assistant Referee: Ray Conlon
2nd Assistant Referee: Dean Stenson

Match Preview: v Wexford FC

SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division: Athlone Town AFC v Wexford FC

Date: February 16th, 2024

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

As the excitement builds up for the season opener between Athlone Town AFC and Wexford FC, we are eager to see how this encounter unfolds at the Athlone Town Stadium. With the kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm, both teams are looking to start their campaign on a high note. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this much-anticipated match.

Dario Castelo stated, “It’s great to finally get going and we are happy to begin at home”. “For us it is important to put everything into practice that we worked on in preseason. The team are looking forward to it” he added.

Team News

Athlone Town AFC enter this season with high hopes and a refreshed squad. During the off-season, we’ve made several signings in key positions to bolster our ranks, aiming to improve on last year’s playoff place. The team has had a good pre-season, getting much needed minutes into players in friendly matches. However, there are a couple of injury concerns, with Jamar Campion Hinds still sidelined with injury and Ruben Candal a doubt for the opening match.

Wexford FC, on the other hand, has also been active in the transfer market, bringing in young talents and experienced players to enhance their squad depth. Their fans would have been delighted to have secured the core of last year’s squad that achieved a fourth place finish last season. A familiar face to Athlone Town Fans Thomas Oluwa signs on a permanent deal. Wexford are likely to be without Cian O’Malley who has missed most of pre-season through injury.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town and Wexford FC have had a number of closely contested encounters in the past seasons, with the teams playing four times last season and both teams winning two of their games. Historically, matches between these two have been unpredictable, offering plenty of excitement and lots of goals. With both teams looking stronger and more ambitious this season, this opening game is expected to be no different.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC, much will depend on their new signings, especially the attacking players who have impressed in pre-season games. But key for Athlone will be central defender, Dylan Hand who returned to the club after eighteen-month spell away and will be crucial in organising the backline and keeping Wexford’s attackers at bay.

Wexford FC will rely on Wexford native Mikie Rowe, who joined from Galway United. He will be under the spotlight, and we expect him to bring goals to the impressive front line of Wexford.

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

Referee Team
Referee
Chris Sheehan
1st Assistant Referee: Conor Harkin
2nd Assistant Referee: Sean Stephens
4th Official: Mark Moynihan

A Look Back in Time: Athlone Town AFC’s Historic First Official Game

February 9th, 1887 – A day etched in the annals of Irish football history, marking the debut of Athlone Town AFC on the footballing stage. In a friendly encounter that pitted the newly formed club against Castlerea FC of Co. Roscommon, the teams battled to a goalless draw, but the match was far from uneventful. It was a display of passion, skill, and the beginning of a legacy that has endured for over a century.

The game was played in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd, eager to witness the birth of a footballing institution. Despite the lack of goals, the spectators were treated to a competitive match that showcased the potential of Athlone Town AFC.

The Starting Eleven: Pioneers of Athlone Town AFC –

Goalkeeper (GK): E. Medcalf

A stalwart between the posts, his performance set a high standard for future goalkeepers at the club.

Defenders (DEF): T. Lahey – J. Medcalf – J. Halpin – L. Hogan – R. Baile

This formidable backline proved impenetrable on the day, laying the foundation for the club’s reputation for defensive solidity.

Forwards (FOR): O.R. Coote – J. Hodson – G. Bale – M. Morga – T. Langstaff

The attacking contingent, though unable to find the back of the net, showed glimpses of the flair and creativity that would become a hallmark of Athlone Town’s play.

A goalless draw that promised much more, the game against Castlerea FC was characterized by spirited competition and mutual respect. Both teams had opportunities to score, but the defenses held firm, and the goalkeepers were in fine form, ensuring the match ended 0-0.

This historic encounter was more than just a football match; it was the beginning of Athlone Town AFC’s journey in Irish football. From these humble beginnings, the club has grown into a cornerstone of the sport in Ireland, with a rich history and a passionate fan base. The players who took the field that day were pioneers, laying down a legacy that has inspired countless players and fans over the decades. Their commitment, passion, and love for the game have been the guiding principles of Athlone Town AFC.

The first official game of Athlone Town AFC on February 9th, 1887, against Castlerea FC, may have ended in a 0-0 draw, but it marked the start of a storied journey. It’s a reminder of the club’s humble origins and a testament to the enduring spirit of football. As we look back on this historic occasion, we celebrate not only the beginning of Athlone Town AFC but also the growth and development of the sport in Ireland. Here’s to many more years of footballing excellence from Athlone Town AFC.

To read more about the club’s 137 year history to date, click here.

Athlone Town AFC are delighted to announce ‘Football For All’ initiative

Special Announcement

At Athlone Town AFC, we believe football is for everyone. In our ongoing efforts to make our games more accessible and enjoyable for all fans, we are thrilled to announce an exclusive offer for our community members who are wheelchair-bound or vision-impaired.

Free Season Tickets for You and Your Carer

This season, we are offering free season tickets with access to both our men’s and women’s games to our fans who are wheelchair-bound or vision-impaired, along with an accompanying ticket for their carer. It’s our way of saying thank you and ensuring that everyone can enjoy the beautiful game.

Limited Spaces Available – Act Now

We have a limited number of spaces available due to space. To ensure you don’t miss out, please contact the club as soon as possible to reserve your place. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage you to reach out to us directly to secure your season tickets. Please Click Here and the club will contact you directly.

We are excited to welcome you and your carer to our family of fans. Your support means the world to us, and we can’t wait to share the excitement of the upcoming season with you.

Let’s make this season unforgettable – together.

2024 Home and Away kits launched

We were delighted to launch our new Home and Away kits at today’s League of Ireland launch at Vicar Street in Dublin.

Laurie Ryan represented the all black new home kit at the Women’s Premier Division launch with Senior Women’s manager Ciaran Kilduff.

Jarlath Jones kitted out in our new all white away kit at the Men’s First Division launch with Senior Men’s manager Dario Castelo.

Our traditional black and blue colours will be on our third kit this coming year.

We hope to make all of our kits available to purchase around the middle of February. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

See the gallery below for images from today’s launch:

TG4 confirm fixtures for live broadcast

TG4 have announced that they will start off the 2024 SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division season by showing four games on free-to-air television. One of which involves Athlone Town against last season’s league winners, Peamount United.

Saturday, April 13th

Athlone Town AFC v Peamount United, Athlone Town Stadium, Kick-off: 7.35pm, LIVE ON TG4

We are pleased to see TG4’s continuation of it’s coverage of women’s football in Ireland and the excellent coverage they have provided games at Athlone Town Stadium and elsewhere around the league.


How you can watch the game:

Saorview: channel 4

Sky: channel 104 

Virgin Media: channel 104  (and channel 602 for kids),

Eircom live stream

Northern Ireland – Sky: channel 163

Virgin Cable: channel 877

Freeview: channel 51.

Worldwide: TG4.ie Player, IOS App and Android App.


All of our other league games are available on LOI TV.