First
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 25, 2009
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Ref:
Att: 692
TV:

Noel McGee 79' -
Scored: 79'


Tom O'Halloran 93' -
Scored: 93'


Scored: 19'
- Colin O'Brien 19'

Scored: 31'
- David McAllister 31'

Red: 43'
- Damien Brennan 43'



Athlone Town 2 - 2 Shelbourne

Sun, Jul 26 2009
Shelbourne travelled to Lissywoollen expecting an easy win against Athlone Town who conceded five goals last week to Longford Town. However Shels were shocked when Athlone had two early chances before the Reds got to grips with the swirling wind and began to dominate the game with Peter Hynes and Richie Baker having great chances to take the lead.

Following constant pressure on the Midlander’s goal it was no surprise that a very lively Collie O’Brien scored his first goal for Shels after he demonstrated excellent ball control as he raced to the penalty area to fire past Alan O’Reilly.

Referee Keith Callanan struggled to control the game which was very physical at times and needed a firm hand. In the 26th minute he gave a yellow card to Athlone’s Brian Cleary and in the 30th minute to Shels’ Dave McGill. The Reds doubled their lead thanks to a beautiful headed goal by Dave McAllister that crashed into the net off the upright in the 31st minute.

Athlone rarely threatened the Shels’ defence until the 41st minute when a brilliant double save by ‘keeper Dean Delaney kept them at bay. Before the half time whistle, referee Callanan issued a red card to the Shels’ captain Damien Brennan for abusive language, which was fully deserved. Dermot Keely, Shelbourne’s manager, replaced Colin O’Brien with Michael Synott in reaction to the dismissal.

At the start of the 2nd half, Mark O’Brien came on for Peter Hynes as Shels prepared for the inevitable onslaught from the home side, who clearly struggled against a resolute Shelbourne defence that were happy to keep the score line at 2 – 0.

The teams continued to share yellow cards, the first for the Reds’ Stephen Quigley in the 52nd minute for a 50/50 tackle. Eleven minutes later Richie Baker raced clear from the Shelbourne half only for a tackle by Town’s Robbie Hamm from behind just short of Athlone’s penalty area resulted in a yellow card for Hamm.

In the 64th minute Town replaced Gary Murphy with Noel McGee and Robbie Hamm with Luke Hardy. Athlone slowly took control and Shels retreated deeper into their own half and in the 79th minute Noel McGee scored with a header from a tight angle. In the 81st minute Anto Flood was replaced with Dave Cassidy for Shelbourne and Athlone replaced John Mernagh with Stephen Place.

Much to the annoyance of a large and vocal away support the fourth official signalled for four minutes of injury time. Following an excellent save from Dean Delaney and, with the clock showing 93 minutes, an attempted cross by Tom O’Halloran eluded everyone and hit the back of the net, much to delight of the home support.

Athlone Town: Alex O’Reilly, Robbie Hamm (Luke Hardy, 64), David Tyrell, Brian Cleary, Des Hope, Kieran Reilly, Gary Murphy (Noel McGee, 64), John Mernagh (Stephen Place, 81), Austin Skelly, Mark Sammon, Tom O’Halloran. Subs not used: Damien Rushe, John McGuinness. Bookings: Brian Cleary, Robbie Hamm, Austin Skelly, David Tyrell.

Shelbourne: Dean Delaney, Stephen Quigley, David Crawley, Robbie Hedderman, Damien Brennan, Colin O’Brien (Michael Synott, 44), David McGill, David McAllister, Richie Baker, Peter Hynes (Mark O’Brien, 46), Anto Flood (David Cassidy, 81). Subs not used: Derek Doyle, Vinny Whelan. Bookings: David McGill, Stephen Quigley. Sending Off: Damien Brennan

Referee: Keith Callanan

Man of the Match: Dean Delaney



Athlone Town
Alex O'Reilly
Goalkeeper
David Tyrrell
0Booked: 0'
Defender
Des Hope
Defender
Robbie Hamm
0Booked: 0'
Defender
Brian Cleary
0Booked: 0'
Defender
Ciaran O'Reilly
Midfielder
Tom O'Halloran
93Scored: 93'
Midfielder
Gary Murphy
Midfielder
John Mernagh
Midfielder
Austin Skelly
0Booked: 0'
Forward
Mark Salmon
Forward

Substitutes
Damien Rushe
Midfield
Stephen Place
Forward
John McGuinness
Goalkeeper
Noel McGee
79Scored: 79'
Forward
Luke Hardy
Defender
Shelbourne
Dean Delany
Goalkeeper
Damien Brennan
Defender
43Sent off: 43'
David Crawley
Defender
Robbie Hedderman
Defender
Stephen Quigley
Defender
0Booked: 0'
Richie Baker
Midfielder
David McAllister
Midfielder
31Scored: 31'
David McGill
Midfielder
0Booked: 0'
Colin O'Brien
Midfielder
19Scored: 19'
Anthony Flood
Forward
Peter Hynes
Forward

Substitutes
David Cassidy
Midfield
Derek Doyle
Midfield
Mark O'Brien
Midfield
Michael Synnott
Defender
Vinny Whelan
Goalkeeper


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