EA Cup
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 10, 2014
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Ref: Neil Doyle
Att: 328

Scored: 71'
- Gary Shaw 71'



EA SPORTS CUP: Athlone Town 0-1 Longford Town

Tue, Mar 11 2014

Longford Town defeated Midlands rivals Athlone Town in the first round of the EA Sports Cup as Gary Shaw’s 71st minute strike settled this poor encounter at the Athlone Town Stadium on Monday night.

 

There was nothing classic about this El Clasico. Neither side really got a proper hold on proceedings but as the game wore on it did look like Longford were the more likely to score. 

 

It was Longford who had the first opportunity on goal; Kevin O’Connor’s low drive in the fourth minute hit the butt of the post, rolled along the line but Athlone were able to clear.

 

They created a few half chances after that but nothing to trouble Athlone keeper Craig Sexton. Athlone’s first real effort came in the 25th minute but Kealan Dillon ballooned his shot over the bar instead of taking the ball down before shooing.

 

Down at the other end David O’Sullivan shot over the Athlone bar and then, in the 29th minute, another great chance fell Athlone’s way. Graham Rusk found himself in a good position but Longford keeper Paul Hunt rushed out and put the player off. The chance was then gone for the home side.

 

In the 31st minute Longford’s Kevin O’Connor hit a rasping shot that got a slight deflection for a corner. Longford had the ball in the back of the net four minutes from the break but Lorcan Shannon’s effort was ruled out for offside. Unfortunately for Longford it was the right call.

 

Dillon had another opportunity in the 55th minute for Athlone; James O’Brien hit a long ball forward to Dillon who lobbed the ball over Hunt but it bounced just wide.

 

As the game wore on Longford came more into it and began to pile on the pressure. It was to pay off in the 71st minute when they broke the deadlock; Sexton could only parry O’Sullivan’s shot and the loose ball fell to Shaw who made no mistake with a powerful strike. 

 

Minutes later O’Sullivan could’ve doubled his side’s advantage but the Athlone netminder denied him with a good save.

 

In the final few minutes Athlone pressed hard to get an equaliser to bring the game to extra-time. Their best chance came one minute from time but Hunt excellently tipped O’Brien’s shot over the crossbar and from the corner Conor McMahon fired over.

 

 

Athlone Town: Craig Sexton; Neil Harney (Mark Hughes 56), Conor McMahon, Aidan Collins, Barry Clancy; Kealan Dillon, Sean Byrne (Sean Brennan 81), Alan Byrne, James O’Brien; Graham Rusk (Philip Gorman 72), Jason Marks.
Subs not used: Paul Skinner, Ian Sweeney, Declan Brennan, Derek Prendergast, David Brookes.

Bookings: Clancy (70).

 

Longford Town: Paul Hunt; Pat Sullivan, Pat Flynn, Chris Deans (Glenn O’Connor 69), Willie Tyrrell; Lorcan Shannon (Don Cowan 63), Stephen Rice, Rhys Gorman, Kevin O’Connor; Gary Shaw, David O’Sullivan.
Subs not used: David McNamara, Jamie Mulhall, Peter Hynes, Dylan Nolan, Lee Higgins.

 

Referee: Neil Doyle.

Attendance: 328

 



Athlone Town
Craig Sexton
Goalkeeper
Conor McMahon
Defender
Neil Harney
Defender
Aidan Collins
Defender
Sean Byrne
81'
81Subbed Off: 81'
Defender
James O'Brien
Midfielder
Jason Marks
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Midfielder
Kealan Dillon
56'
56Subbed Off: 56'
Midfielder
Barry Clancy
70Booked: 70'
Midfielder
Alan Byrne
Midfielder
Graham Rusk
Forward

Substitutes
Ian Sweeney
Forward
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Derek Prendergast
Defender
Mark Hughes
56'
56Subbed On: 56'
Midfield
David Brookes
Defender
Declan Brennan
Defender
Sean Brennan
81'
81Subbed On: 81'
Midfield
Longford Town
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Chris Deans
Defender 69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Pat Flynn
Defender
Pat Sullivan
Defender
Willie Tyrell
Defender
Rhys Gorman
Midfielder
90Booked: 90'
Kevin O'Connor
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Lorcan Shannon
Midfielder 63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
David O'Sullivan
Forward
Gary Shaw
Forward
71Scored: 71'

Substitutes
Don Cowan
Forward
63Subbed On: 63'
63'
Lee Higgins
Midfield
Peter Hynes
Forward
David McNamara
Goalkeeper
James Mulhall
Defender
Dylan Nolan
Midfield
Glen O'Connor
Defender
69Subbed On: 69'
69'


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