Athlone Town FC Weekly Club News Update

November 8, 2018

Athlone Town U19 continue 100% start in National league
Athlone Town’s U19s continued their perfect start to the National U19 league with a 3-1 home win over Wexford Youths at Athlone Town stadium last Sunday. After an impressive, high scoring victory over Limerick under floodlights last Tuesday night the players continued where they left off against Limerick, storming into a 3-0 by half time.
Athlone opened strongly and were on top before taking the lead after only six minutes; some great work down the left by Eoin McCormack saw him beat a couple of players on the end-line before cutting the ball back to the onrushing David Brooks, who finished forcefully to the back of the net, rewarding his supporting run from midfield. Warren Conroy was booked for what those in the stands thought was a perfect tackle, the ref adjudged it unfair, to the dissatisfaction of the 100 strong home crowd.
Town doubled their lead shortly afterwards when Ethan Keogh cushioned a long ball into the perfect position to turn and shoot first time from fully 20 yards, his shot bouncing off the inside of the post having beaten the keeper’s despairing dive. The home side continued their dominance during an excellent first half display and Eoin McCormack continued to trouble the Wexford defence as he ran at their right full back. After some good work, McCormack found himself one on one with the last defender and was clipped as he surged past him, lining up a shot on goal. The referee awarded the penalty and McCormack dusted himself off to score from the spot.
Leading at half time by three goals, Town took their foot off the pedal in the second half and despite creating a few half chances, Wexford Youths were the better side and deservedly pulled a goal back when a right wing cross was headed home. While Wexford continued to press, the home side looked dangerous on the counter and never really looked like surrendering their two goal cushion. The game petered out in the closing stages, Athlone Town emerging with a deserved 3-1 win and a 100% record from their opening three games.
Speaking after the win, manager Micky Collins expressed his delight at topping the table with a 100% record. “We couldn’t have looked for a better start really. At the start of the season we all committed to working hard and I’m delighted with the approach of the lads, it’s been a great start,“ he said, “the lads got a great buzz from playing under the lights at home against Limerick last Tueaday and even though we had to come from behind, we could have ran out more than 4-2 winners. Added to the win against Longford to open the league, it’s been perfect. We’ve created a lot of chances and scored a lot of goals but we need to keep it going now though.”
Athlone travel away to Galway United ST this Saturday night, the game having a 7pm kickoff under lights at Eamon ‘Chick’ Deacy Park [formerly Terryland Pk.]

CoOp meeting, scheduled for this Thursday postponed to Sept. 27th
The CoOperative meeting scheduled for 6.30pm this Thursday has been postponed to Thursday, September 27th at 6.30pm at Athlone Town stadium. Speaking about the decision to postpone, CEO John O’Sullivan said “there was quite a bit of interest among supporters at the stadium last Friday night, but we realised that not everyone was fully aware of the meeting, so we decided to postpone for a week to give ourselves a better opportunity to publicise it over the coming week, including at the home game to Mervue United this weekend.
Club season tickets
If you are interested in buying an Irish International season ticket for the coming season, why not do so through the club. We will receive a donation for every ticket sold through the club and you pay no extra. Details are on the website

Ireland v Germany Game
Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for Ireland v Germany at the Aviva Stadium on October 12th can do so through the club. Tickets must be paid for in advance and for details contact John O’Sullivan on 083 106 1267 or by email on or contact John Croughan courtesy of Croughan’s Centra