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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

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

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!

Women’s Match Report: Shelbourne FC (H)

Gibson Super Strike Seals a Draw

Athlone Town AFC and Shelbourne is growing into a rivalry for the ages. Shelbourne have dominated this fixture in previous years but there hasn’t been much to separate them in the last twelve months. There is a great respect between the clubs but there is a real will to win also.

Athlone started brightly in the game and retained the ball well to early pressure on the Shels defence. The first chance of any significance fell to the visitors when captain Pearl Slattery got onto the end of a corner from the righthand side, and her header never gave Katie Keane much concern as it sailed over the bar.

Athlone were feeling their way back into the game and in the 14th minute, Chloe Singleton recovered possession for the hosts and passed the ball back to Kate Slevin who miscontrolled the ball and gave a way a freekick stretching to tackle Noelle Murray picking up the first yellow of the game. The resulting freekick forced Keane to make a good save by getting across to stop a great shot by Alex Kavanagh.

Athlone had created chances up to this but in the 17th minute they almost found the front, the bright Slevin linked well with Shauna Brennan who crossed well to find Roisin Molloy in the box whose header was narrowly wide of the post.

Both teams were creating opportunities, but the next noteworthy chance fell to Athlone when a Singleton pass set Molloy away on the righthand side and her weighted pass found Kerry Browne who fashioned an opening, but her shot was well saved by Amanda McQuillan.

Shelbourne went in front in the 25th minute. From an Athlone goal kick Christie Gray rose highest to win the header and the second ball was won by Rebecca Devereux who with a lovely piece of skill found Murray who’s looping shot went over Keane and put Shels 1-0 up.

Both teams were playing good football with Shelbourne going in at half time deserving their 1-0 lead.

This was a really good game of football, between two of the best teams in the country, and it was evident at the start of the second half as it was really end to end. Shelbourne could have been two in front just after the hour mark when from a corner Gray’s header from close range pulled a world class save out of Keane to keep the score at 1-0.

There was a real example of leadership from both captains shortly after this chance when there was a ball between Pearl Slattery and Laurie Ryan when both players were down for a lengthy spell after neither player gave an inch in the tackle.

Athlone started to turn the screw and pile on the pressure but there was no real significant chance that had Shelbourne goalkeeper McQuillan worried. As the game started to reach boiling point so did the players when both Keeva Keenan and substitute Madison Gibson were booked for kicking the ball at each other in the 85th minute.

Shels had a chance to put the game to bed in the 90th minute but a piece of brilliance by Murray to get time and space at the edge of the Athlone box was closed quicky but the recovering Jesi Rossman who played brilliantly throughout the game.

The home crowd was boosted by the fourth official signalling eight additional minutes. Athlone pushed forward and finally got their reward with a wonderful goal from Gibson. In the 93rd minute a Kellie Brennan cross was cleared by Shels captain Slattery but only as far as the waiting Madison Gibson who controlled the ball with her chest and her perfectly placed volley gave Athlone a share of the points.

This was a great game of football, played at a breakneck pace with neither team willing to give an inch. Cant wait to see them do it all again in August.

Following matchday three, this result sees Athlone in fifth position and Shelbourne in third. Our next outing is on the 13th of April at home to Peamount United.


Athlone Town AFC: Katie Keane, Kellie Brennan, Kayleigh Shine, Shauna Brennan, Jesi Lynne Rossman, Kate Slevin, Chloe Singleton (Gillian Keenan 73′), Casey Howe, Kerryanne Brown, Laurie Ryan (C), Roisin Molloy (Madison Gibson 50′)

Unused Substitutes: Isabel Ryan, Antea Guvo, Aoife Murphy O’Connor, Hazel Donegan, Ciara O’Neill, Maeve Wollmer, Amy Mahon

Bookings: Slevin (13′), Gibson (87′)

Attendance: 412

AthloneTownAFC.ie Player of The Match: Jesi Rossman

Women’s Match Preview: Shelbourne FC (H)

Women’s Premier Division
Date: 30th March 2024
Kick-off: 7.30pm
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium, Athlone

Athlone Town vs Shelbourne has become one of the must-see games on the fixture list in recent seasons. Both teams have faced each other in the last two FAI Cup Finals resulting in a win each. Shels have won the National League on three occasions and really established themselves as the team to beat if you want to have success in the league.

Ciaran Kilduff’s side come into this game after a brilliant comeback win on Sunday in Belfast having trailed at the break. Casey Howe scored two and really showed her potential, securing a place in the Northern Ireland European Qualifiers Squad and we wish her well. Last time out in the League Athlone came up against a very good Boh’s team and got a valuable three points on the board. Shelbourne on the other hand have had a great start to the campaign having beaten champions Peamount last week to go second in the table.


Laurie Ryan said to AthloneTownAFC.ie “We are looking forward to this game, it’s a massive game early on in the season and important that we show what we can do against one of the best teams in the country.”

Manager Ciaran Kilduff said “I’m delighted to have picked up the win last week in the All-Island Cup but it’s important to keep the momentum going in this fixture with Shelbourne, they are a really good side and it’s crucial that we play the best we can if we have any chance to come away with three points.”


Team News

Athlone Town AFC the treatment table for Athlone is becoming a problem with Maddison Gibson, Ciara Glacken and Jenaya Robertson all ruled out. Abby Ciracho has picked up a significant knee injury and likely out for months. Mary Phillips also missed training this week and is likely to miss the game.

Past Encounters

Both teams have played nine times in the league and Shels have dominated the fixture winning seven of those fixtures and scoring twenty times and only conceding four. Add in the 3 cup games and on paper it’s a difficult game for this injury hit Athlone Team.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC Katie Keane has been a superb signing from the club. The first player in modern times to be given a multi-year contract she has kept six clean sheets in her eleven appearances for the club and made some massive penalty saves along the way. She has been included in Dave Connell’s latest u19 squad and it’s only a matter of time before she gets a senior cap.

For Shels Pearl Slattery has won numerous honours with Shels including three league titles, and four domestic cups. She has been a great servant to the club and is the heartbeat of the team. She drives them on from the back and is certainly a player to watch.

Match Report: Glentoran FC 2-5 ATAFC

Athlone start All-Island Cup campaign with statement victory over NIFL double winners Glentoran.

Athlone Started the brighter of the two teams and put early pressure on the Glentoran defence. They broke the deadlock after five minutes when Gillian Keenan found Casey Howe at the edge of the box, Howe let the ball beat her and turned to rifle a shot past Ashleigh McKinnon in the Glentoran goal. Former Glentoran player Howe didn’t give the keeper any chance and it was 1-0 to Athlone.

Casey thought she had Athlone two to the good in the 19th minute when she again turned really well at the edge of the box and her shot ended up in the back of the net but the offside flag stopped any celebrations from The Town.

This seemed to wake Glentoran up who got a lot of joy down their left-hand side, a couple of nice passes had them in behind the Athlone defence and a cross from the left from Demi Vance found Kerry Beattie who had drifted between the two Athlone centre backs to turn it in to level the game.

Unfortunately, Athlone midfielder Abby Carchio picked up a nasty injury on her first start for the club, she was challenging for the ball and twisted her knee and had to be withdraw from the game we wish her well and hope its not too bad.

Glentoran took the lead on the 33rd minute from a corner, that wasn’t dealt with by the Athlone defence, fell to Nadene Caldwell in the six-yard box her effort was cleared by Jesi Rossman but the referee awarded the goal to make it 2-1 to the hosts.

Just before the half time whistle Athlone had settled into the game again and created a couple of chances but it was the hosts who went in the happier of the two sides at half time.

Athlone started the Second half brightly, and manager Ciaran Kilduff had made a couple of changes. In the 48th minute young centre back Ciara O’Neill, picked up the ball from Kellie Brennan and stepped into midfield she found a pocket of space and she found Kerryanne Browne who played the ball in behind the Glentoran defence and set Keenan away. Browne done really well to get into the box and finish with the outside of the boot down to the keepers left to put Athlone back into the game.

Athlone started to grab hold of the game and on the 60th substitute Chloe Singleton picked up the ball outside her own box and ran the length of the field and hit a shot which was just past the upright.

Howe was tackled at the edge of the box and the ref having judged Jenna McKearney to have committed the foul. Howe stepped up to blast the free from about 20 yards out finding the net with her second and Athlone’s third of the day, she hit it low and hard and McKinnon couldn’t do anything to stop it.

Things were to get better for Athlone and in the 76th minute Howe took a corner from the left and it wasn’t dealt with by the Glentoran defence, it fell to O’Neill who hit a wonderful strike into the top corner and put Athlone 4-2 ahead.

Athlone wrapped the game up in the 85th minute when Howe took a short corner to Rossman who had time and space to get the shot away blasted it past McKinnon to seal all 3 points in the All-Island Cup for Athlone. Howe was excellent and made two and scored two.

AthloneTownAFC.ie spoke to Casey Howe after the game and asked her thoughts on this evening’s game. “It was a great to come up to one of my old clubs and it’s always nice to return to get to see familiar faces. But today was great, it was a good team performance. Delighted to get on the scoresheet but it’s massive to get the three points on the board.”

Following match day one in the All-Island Cup this result moves Athlone joint top with Galway United. Our next outing in this competition is on the 21st of April at home to Sligo Rovers.


Athlone Town AFC: Katie Keane, Shauna Brennan, Jesi Lynne Rossman (C), Kate Slevin, Gillian Keenan, Casey Howe, Kerryanne Brown (Hazel Donegan 79’), Isabel Ryan (Chloe Singleton 45’), Mary Philips (Kellie Brennan 45’), Ciara O’Neill, Abby Carchio (Laurie Ryan 30’)

Unused Substitutes: Amy Mahon

Bookings: None

Attendance: Unknown

AthloneTownAFC.ie Player of The Match: Casey Howe

Match Preview: Glentoran Women vs Athlone Town AFC

All-Island Cup Group D
Date: Sunday, March 24th 2024
Kick-off: 4.30pm
Venue: Blanchflower Stadium, Belfast (BT4 2HP)

Ciaran Kilduff’s side come into this game after a mixed bag of results lately. Having been on a high after winning the President’s Cup, the Athlone Girls were taken back down to earth by Galway. Against Bohemians, Athlone were much better and got a valuable three points on the board. Switching gears, Athlone, who didn’t make it out of their group last year, are looking for a better showing this time around in the All-Island Cup. The come up against a great team in Glentoran who won the treble last year. The have a lot of international players in their squad and will be looking to kick off their season in style on Sunday.

Laurie Ryan said to AthloneTownAFC.ie “We are looking forward to it, we know the importance of a cup competitions and us players are looking hit the ground running in the group stages. They are the Treble Winners, and it will be a real test for us”

Manager Ciaran Kilduff said “I’m looking forward to another opportunity for the players to show how good they are and to test themselves against a really good side”


Team News

Athlone Town AFC come into the game with a couple of injury concerns. Madison Gibson and Jenaya Robertson have been ruled out and join Ciara Glackin on the injured list, who is hoping to return to training in the coming weeks. We have learned that Academy Graduates Ciara O’Neill, Isabel Ryan, Mary Philips and Hazel Donegan have all been included in the travelling squad.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town and Glentoran have never played before, but Athlone face a daunting task playing the treble winners in Belfast. Athlone’s defensive unit will have to be solid, as Glentoran’s attacking players present a formidable challenge.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC free scoring 16-year-old, Hazel Donegan is hoping that she can add to her superb season in 2023 and cement herself in the senior squad. She scored over 40 goals at all levels last season and is most definitely one to watch for the future. Finding it difficult to break into the International scene over the last few squads, her perseverance has been rewarded with her inclusion in the latest Ireland U19 Squad. We wish her well.

For Glentoran Demi Vance is a superb talent and a current international with Northern Ireland. In the recent UEFA Nations League Play-Off games against Montenegro she was voted Player of the Match getting herself a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win.


Match Tickets
Tickets for the game can be purchased at the gate.

Live Stream
Supporters who are not travelling to Belfast will be able to follow the game on LOITV.

Referee Team
Referee:
Louise Thompson
1st Assistant Referee: Rachel Greer
2nd Assistant Referee: Lauren Trainor
4th Official: Ben Sheperd

Three ATAFC Players Called Up to WU19 National Squad

Congratulations to Mary Philips, Katie Keane, and Hazel Donegan who were recently called up to the Ireland Women’s Under-19 squad for their upcoming UEFA Round 2 Euro Qualifiers next month!

The Girls in Green will take on:

Iceland on April 3rd

Austria on April 6th

Croatia on April 9th

Best of luck to the Mary, Katie, Hazel and the rest of the squad!

#ClubandCountry

All-Island Cup Fixtures Confirmed

The fixtures for the 2024 All-Island Cup Group Stage have been confirmed with the first round of games set to kick-off on Saturday, March 23rd.

The competition, which began last year involves 16 senior women’s teams in total. 11 from the League of Ireland and 5 from the Northern Ireland Football League make up the four groups of four teams.

The Town were drawn in Group D along with Sligo Rovers, Glentoran and last season’s winners Galway United.

The first game for Athlone will take place up North on Sunday, March 24th at Blanchflower Stadium against Glentoran FC, before a home game against Sligo Rovers, followed by a trip to Eamonn Deacy Park.

Below are the fixture details in full:

Matchday 1:

Glentoran FC v Athlone Town

Sunday, March 24th

Blanchflower Stadium

Kick-off: 4.30pm

Matchday 2:

Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers

Saturday, April 20th

Athlone Town Stadium

Kick-off: 7pm

Matchday 3:

Galway United v Athlone Town

Saturday, May 18th

Eamonn Deacy Park

Kick-off: 5pm

Should Ciaran Kilduff’s team progress past the groupstage, the quarter-finals ties will take place on the week ending June 23rd before the competition moves to the semi-finals on the week ending July 21st and then finishing with the Final on the week ending August 18th.

Match Preview: v Galway United

SSE Airtricity Women’s Premier Division: Athlone Town AFC vs Galway United

Date: March 9th, 2024

Kick-off: 7.30pm

Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

We are finally here. The season kicks off this Saturday with Athlone Town taking on Galway United. The FAI Cup champions take on the All-Island Cup champions. Athlone haven’t conceded many goals in Athlone since Ciaran Kilduff took over but Galway will be hoping for a bit of magic to unlock the Athlone defence.

Team News

Athlone Town AFC come into the game with a couple of injury concerns. Chloe Singleton is a doubt having missed training this week and Ciara Glackin is ruled out for a couple of months.

Galway United are expected to have a full squad to choose from.

Past Encounters

Athlone Town and Galway played four times last season and with only four goals coming we expect this game to be tight and the game could be decided by one goal. Galway are very dangerous from set pieces and the Athlone back line will need to be on the top of their game.

Key Players to Watch

For Athlone Town AFC Kerryanne Browne is one to watch for the season ahead and she showed against Peamount in the Presidents Cup what she is capable of. Athlone Town fans can expect to see Kerry excel in the Athlone jersey this season.

For Galway United Eve Dossen is a superb talent and recently returned from an international camp with Ireland u19’s. She can play in midfield or defence and will have a great League of Ireland career ahead of her.


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

Referee Team
Referee
: Michael Connolly
1st Assistant Referee: Kate O’Brien
2nd Assistant Referee: John Hanney
4th Official: Declan Toland