IRE D1
Date: 7:45 p.m. April 21, 2017
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Ref: Tom Dempsey
Att: 146

Walter Invernizzi 23' -
Peno Scored: 23'




League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Wexford FC

Thu, Apr 20 2017

Credit: Steve Alfred

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town are without a win in eight competitive games following their midweek elimination from the EA Sports Cup at the hands of Cabinteely as they prepare to host Wexford in Lissywollen (kick-off 7.45pm.

 

Despite Town’s terrible run they will take heart from the fact their last league win came against Wexford on matchday two.

 

Ricardo Monsanto's side showed green shoots of recovery at Waterford on Friday night as only a late penalty save from Matthew Connor stopped Athlone hauling back a two-goal deficit.

 

Monsanto will have Conor Barry and Jason Lyons available following their involvement with the Irish Colleges and Universities side during the week.

 

Barry was on the scoresheet as Ireland comprehensively beat their Scottish counterparts 6-1 in Oriam, Scotland.

 

 

WEXFORD

Wexford travel to Athlone still in search of their first competitive win of the season, and they'll see a Town side who haven't won in eight games as the ideal opportunity.

 

Damien Locke's side have scored the fewest goals in the country this season (just four in eight) but face the side who've conceded the most (22).

 

Wexford saw an early lead turn into a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Cobh Ramblers last time out, but Locke was encouraged by his young side's positive performance.

 

"The second half was possibly our best 45 minutes of the season,” Locke told the club's official website.

 

“Cobh couldn't get out of their own half, and we had numerous chances, but the ball just wouldn't break for us."

 

"We have plenty of positives to take in to the [Athlone] game as it's clear to see things are starting to click for us.

 

“Unfortunately at the moment, that little bit of luck others are getting in front of goal just isn't happening for us."

 

Locke will once again be without goalkeeper Graham Doyle – whose back injury brought to an end a run of 153 consecutive league starts – and striker Lee Duffy.

 

Midfielder Thomas Croke missed out on the Cobh clash due to illness but is fit again to take his place in the matchday squad.

 

Referee: Tom Dempsey.

 

 

MATCH STATS

Athlone and Wexford have met once so far this season, as goals from Jose Viegas and Colm Coss gave Town a 2-1 victory at Ferrycarrig Park.

 

The teams faced each other four times during Wexford Youths' 2015 First Division-winning season, with the eventual champions winning three from four.

 

The second meeting that season, at Ferrycarrig, was abandoned at half time with Wexford 2-0 up as the result of a generator fire. Wexford won the replay, also 2-0.

 

 

BETTING

Athlone Town 6/4; Draw 5/2; Wexford 6/4.

 

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 2 – 1 Wexford

 

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.

 

Wexford

Injured: Graham Doyle, Lee Duffy (both back).

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None



Athlone Town
Igor Labuts
Goalkeeper
Kirils Grigorovs
87Booked: 87'
Defender
David Brookes
Defender
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Niall Scullion
Defender
Colm Coss
Midfielder
Conor Barry
66'
66Subbed Off: 66'
Midfielder
Dragog Sfrijan
72Booked: 72'
Midfielder
Jose Viegas
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Jason Lyons
Forward
Walter Invernizzi
23Peno: 23'
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Roy King
Midfield
Ethan Keogh
Midfield
Frederico Hernandez
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Defender
Conor Gleeson
Goalkeeper
Sean McGrane
Midfield
Jason Molloy
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Midfield
Chris Rodrigues
66'
66Subbed On: 66'
Midfield
Wexford FC
Corey Chambers
Goalkeeper
Andrew O'Connor
Defender 63'
63Subbed Off: 63'
Owen McCormack
Defender
Craig McCabe
Defender
23Booked: 23'
Ross Kenny
Defender
Craig Wall
Midfielder 58'
58Subbed Off: 58'
Mark Slater
Midfielder
Sean Hurley
Midfielder
Craig Hayes
Midfielder 71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Adam Hanlon
Midfielder
Eoin Porter
Forward

Substitutes
Ricky Fox
Midfield
63Subbed On: 63'
63'
Sean Eve
Midfield
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Shane Dunne
Midfield
58Subbed On: 58'
58'
Danny Doyle
Forward
Liam Donnelly
Forward
Adam Dempsey
Goalkeeper
Thomas Croke
Midfield


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