First
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 5, 2017
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Ref: Eoghan O'Shea
Att:

Chris Rodrigues 48' -
Peno Scored: 48'


Chris Rodrigues 62' -
Scored: 62'


Red: 61'
- Chris McCarthy 61'

Scored: 90'
- Matthew Whelan 90'



League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Cobh Ramblers

Fri, May 05 2017

Stephen Christopher (left) scored twice as the Rams served Athlone a five-burger at St Colman's Park in March. Credit: Steve Alfred

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town welcome Cobh Ramblers to Lissywollen (kick-off 7.45pm) despite being under investigation by the FAI for alleged betting irregularities in their last game.

 

Athlone fell to a sixth league defeat in eight at Longford Town last Saturday as an Enda Curran hat-trick led Longford to a 3-1 win.

 

As usual, there is no team news provided by the club, but Ricardo Cravo, or Mick Dolan, or whoever's the manager this week will have to do with a further depleted squad.

 

Defender Aaron Brilly this week became the fifth squad member this season to walk out in protest at the way the club is being run, while coach Jose Ferreira has also left.

 

Jason Molloy is suspended after being sent off within two minutes of his introduction at City Calling Stadium.

 

 

COBH RAMBLERS

Cobh Ramblers climbed above Waterford to the summit of the First Division thanks to a 1-0 victory away at Shelbourne.

 

Karl Caulfield's stunning chip just after half time was the only goal of the game as the Rams profited from a draw between second and third-placed Waterford and UCD.

 

“The character of these young lads up in Tolka Park was incredible,” Cobh manager Stephen Henderson told the club's website.

 

“I’m so proud of them. The win puts us top of the perch, the last time we were there we didn’t deal with it too well. So let’s see how we deal with it this time.

 

“We have to keep going, and there has to be consistency. We’re top of the league, the question is do we have the mentality to stay there? There’s still a long way to go.

 

“But Cork City have shown that if you’re professional and you stick at it you can go on long, unbeaten runs. I know we’re capable of doing that, so let’s see if we can.”

 

Henderson is without defender Ryan Hogan, who has a knee injury, but otherwise has a fully-fit and available squad to call on.

 

Referee: Eoghan O'Shea

 

 

MATCH STATS

The sides have met once so far this season, with Stephen Henderson's side inflicting Athlone's first defeat of the season, a 5-1 win in the first game of Ricardo Monsanto's winless reign as coach.

 

The teams met four times last season. The first meeting at St Colman's Park finished 2-2 while Cobh won the three remaining games as they finished third in the league.

 

 

BETTING

Athlone Town 15/4; Draw 11/4; Cobh Ramblers 4/6.

 

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 1 – 3 Cobh Ramblers

 

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: Jason Molloy.

 

Cobh Ramblers

Injured: Ryan Hogan.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Athlone Town
Igor Labuts
Goalkeeper
90Booked: 90'
David Brookes
Defender
Kirils Grigorovs
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Defender
Cormac Raftery
85Booked: 85'
Defender
Niall Scullion
Defender
Colm Coss
Midfielder
Frederico Hernandez
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Midfielder
Ethan Keogh
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Midfielder
Jason Lyons
Midfielder
Chris Rodrigues
48Peno: 48'
62Scored: 62'
Midfielder
Ryan Gaffey
Forward

Substitutes
Conor Gleeson
Goalkeeper
Roy King
74'
74Subbed On: 74'
Midfield
Sean McGrane
Midfield
Jose Viegas
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Defender
Peter Walsh
80'
80Subbed On: 80'
Midfield
Cobh Ramblers
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Karl Caulfield
Defender 16'
16Subbed Off: 16'
Cian Coleman
Defender
James McSweeney
Defender
Ian Mylod
Defender
Stephen Christopher
Midfielder 67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Craig Donnellan
Midfielder 87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Charlie Fleming
Midfielder
Chris McCarthy
Midfielder
47Booked: 47'
61Sent off: 61'
Ross Mann
Forward
Matthew Whelan
Forward
90Scored: 90'

Substitutes
Jason Abbott
Midfield
16Subbed On: 16'
16'
Shane Lowth
Defender
Scott McCarthy
Midfield
Kyle McNamara
Defender
Darren Murphy
Midfield
87Subbed On: 87'
87'
Adam Mylod
Goalkeeper
Ben O'Riordan
Defender
67Subbed On: 67'
67'


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