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Kerryanne Brown signs for Athlone Town AFC

We are absolutely delighted to confirm that Kerryanne Brown has joined Athlone Town A.F.C.

At 20 years of age, Kerryanne has already made her mark with over 70 appearances in the NI Premiership and has proudly represented the Republic of Ireland at U16 and U17 levels. Her talent and professionalism promise to bring a new dimension to our team.

As we look forward to the season ahead, we’re excited to add Kerryanne to the already impressive squad of players we have assembled ahead of the 2024 season.

Manager Ciaran Kilduff has said, “It’s great to have Kerry join our team, and she is exactly the type of player and person I want at our club. She is an exciting prospect for Irish football and I’m looking forward to getting to work with her and the squad in the coming weeks”

Welcome, Kerryanne! Your future is bright at Athlone Town, and we’re delighted to be part of your journey.

Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2024 season. Season Tickets include entry to All Home Games for Men, Women, and underage for Athlone Town AFC.

Purchase your Season Ticket before Christmas and save €30 with the Early Bird rate!

Ruban Candal signs for Athlone Town AFC

Athlone Town AFC is thrilled to announce the signing of the highly-talented Portuguese international player, Ruban Candal.

The 20-year-old dynamo, who primarily operates as a left winger and attacking midfielder, brings with him an impressive resume, having developed his skills at the esteemed FC Porto and represented the Portuguese National Team at various youth levels.

Ruban Candal’s journey to Athlone Town AFC has been nothing short of remarkable. Hailing from the renowned Portuguese football powerhouse, FC Porto, Candal honed his skills within their youth ranks, making significant contributions at U15, U17, and U19 levels. His participation in the UEFA Youth Champions League served as a testament to his exceptional abilities and potential.

Notably, Candal has also proudly donned the Portuguese National Team jersey, showcasing his talent on the international stage at U15, U17, and U19 levels. His inclusion in the national setup further underscores his status as a rising star in the football world.

Athlone Town AFC, in collaboration with the Valeo International Academy, an elite global football training organization, demonstrated its commitment to nurturing young and ambitious talent. The club’s recent success, making it to the playoffs this past season for the first time in years, has laid the foundation for a promising future.

Speaking about the signing of Ruban Candal, Athlone Town AFC’s Director of Football, Dario Castelo, said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Ruban to the Athlone Town family. His pedigree, having come through the ranks of FC Porto and represented his country at multiple youth levels, speaks volumes about his abilities. We believe he will be a crucial addition to our squad and contribute significantly to our continued growth and success.”

Ruban Candal himself expressed his excitement, saying, “I am thrilled to embark on this new chapter in my career with Athlone Town AFC. I’ve heard great things about the club’s ambition and commitment to developing young talents. I can’t wait to contribute to the team’s success and make the fans proud.”

The signing of Ruban Candal marks an exciting milestone for Athlone Town AFC as they look forward to building on their recent achievements and cultivating a bright future for Irish football.

Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2024 season. Season Tickets include entry to All Home Games for Men, Women, and underage for Athlone Town AFC.

Purchase your Season Ticket before Christmas and save €30 with the Early Bird rate!

Athlone Town AFC players selected on Women’s TOTY

The Athlone Town women’s team ended the season on a high following the dramatic victory in the FAI Women’s Cup last month, adding to their President’s Cup win at the start of the year.

During the recent PFA Ireland Awards for 2023, Dana Scheriff and her American counterpart Madison Gibson were named on the Women’s Premier Division Team of the Year.

Gibson recently committed to re-signing for the upcoming season, providing a significant boost to The Town’s plans for the 2024 campaign.

In the 2023 SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division Awards held at the end of last month, Scheriff not only secured her place on the Team of the Year but also claimed the prestigious Golden Boot award as the league’s top scorer.

Dana Scheriff picks up TOTY & Golden Boot at LOIW Awards

It was a year to remember for Dana Scheriff scored a brace at this year’s end of season awards. In just her second season at The Town, she earned herself a place in the Women’s Premier Division Team of the Year and won the league’s Golden Boot award.

Dana’s last minute equaliser in the final League game of the season against Shamrock Rovers that ended in a 4-4 draw saw her reach the 13-goal mark to beat the Hoops’ Áine O’Gorman as the season’s top scorer.

The American native was also on the scoresheet in the FAI Women’s Cup Final that helped send The Town on their way to their first ever FAI Women’s Cup and first FAI Cup for the club in 99 years.

Having spent most of her debut season out injured, Scheriff certainly made her mark this year and her key goals won’t be forgotten. Both Dana and the club will look back on 2023 as a year of great success!

ATAFC’S Mary Philips named LOI Academy WU17 Player of the Year

Congratulations to Athlone Town AFC’s u17 Women’s player Mary Philips who was named the League of Ireland’s Women’s under 17 Player of the Year. Here she is collecting her award at last month’s highest ever attended FAI Cup men’s final at the Aviva Stadium.

Mary had a great year with the u17 women’s team and played a key role in helping The Town reach the WU17 League of Ireland Cup Final. The Portlaoise native also made her senior debut this year in a 2-1 win over Wexford Youths at Athlone Town Stadium on November 4th, and was on the bench for The Town’s FAI Women’s Cup Final win over Shelbourne.

Philips also represented Ireland this year at u19 level, earning herself 3 caps for her country.

2024 Fixtures Announced

The 2024 SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division and the SSE Airtricty Women’s Premier Division fixtures have been released.

Our Senior Men’s will take on Wexford FC on the opening day of the season on Friday, February 16th at Athlone Town Stadium with a 7.45pm kick-off. The first Midlands ‘El Clasico’ will take place on Friday, March 22nd at Athlone Town Stadium, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Our Senior Women’s game will start their season in the President’s Cup against Peamount United. Fixture details TBC. Their opening league game will take place at Athlone Town Stadium against Galway United with a 7.30 kick-off time.

New Leinster Senior Cup Format Introduced

The draw for the PTSB Leinster Senior Cup has taken place. There will be four groups of four teams in the new layout for the competition. We have been drawn into Group B along with Maynooth University Town, Longford Town and Shamrock Rovers. The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarter-finals, with the group winner earning a home quarter-final.

Group B Fixtures:

Maynooth University Town v Athlone Town

Monday, January 22nd, KO: 7.45pm

Athlone Town v Longford Town

Monday, January 29th, KO: 7.45pm

Athlone Town v Shamrock Rovers

Monday, February 5th, KO: 7.45pm

Dates are subject to change and venues are to be confirmed.

Player Development LTI Applications Now Open

Athlone Town AFC have announced a start date for the Player Development course. The Local Training Initiative in association with the LWETB is due to start on the 2nd October with applications now open through the FETCH Courses Website.

The Player Development courses offers participants the opportunity to experience a full time progessional caoching environment while continuing with their education. There are several progression routes for learners, with learners progressing to third level education, vocational training, footballing scholarships in America and full-time professional football in both Ireland and abroad.

Football player development is a major feature on these long running courses, which have seen more that 100 trainees progressing to the SSE Airtricity League in recent seasons with graduates, including Katie McCabe, Matt Doherty, Enda Stephens, Alan Browne and Daryl Horgan, who have carved out full time professional careers in the UK after attending similar Local Training Initiatives around the country.

As part of the academic side of the programme learners will complete a QQI Level 5 in Sport& Recreation Studies plus an ITEC Gym Instructors Diploma and FAI Coaching Certificates.

The CAO points accumulated on this programme (up to 395 points) has allowed numerous learners to progress to Third Level Institutions in Ireland and the UK. Graduates from the FAI/ETB programme have continued to add to their educational development in a variety of degree courses delivered in Universities across the country where sports themed degree courses are very popuylar choices.

Students accepted onto the programme would be entitled to a training allowance (if elligible) through the Department of Social Protection, details of can be found here.

For more information about the course you can view the details on FETCH Courses Website or contact the Course Coordinator, Emmett Egan, at

Athlone Town are Women’s FAI Cup Champions!

Athlone Town AFC emerged as the champions of the Sports Direct Women’s FAI Cup in a thrilling and unpredictable final at Tallaght Stadium on Sunday evening.

In a captivating cup final that concluded 2-2 after extra time, Athlone sealed their historic victory in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Dana Scheriff, Chloe Singleton (named Player of the Match), Kayleigh Shine, and Jesi Rossman all successfully converted their penalties, securing a 4-3 shootout win.

The Town started strongly and dominated the first half, deservedly entering halftime with a lead thanks to Scheriff’s goal. The American capitalized on a rebound off the post from Singleton’s cross, to give us the lead half an hour in to the game.

Shelbourne presented a tougher challenge in the second half, gradually gaining momentum. Jemma Quinn, a substitute, leveled the game in the 74th minute by sweeping home a rebound after Athlone keeper Katie Keane had parried a Kerri Letmon cross.

As the match extended into extra time, Shelbourne seemed poised for consecutive cup victories, with Quinn putting them ahead with a superb finish from the edge of the box, assisted by Pearl Slattery.

Undeterred, Athlone fought back and secured a dramatic equalizer when substitute Gillan Keenan found the back of the net at the back post from a right-wing cross in the dying minutes.

The subsequent penalty shootout sealed Athlone’s destiny, as Kavanagh’s missed penalty marked the end of The Town’s 99 year long wait for FAI Cup glory.