First
Date: 7:30 p.m. March 24, 2018
Venue: City Calling Stadium
Att: 521
TV:

Chris Mulhall 21' -
Scored: 21'


Dean Byrne 37' -
Scored: 37'


Dean Byrne 41' -
Scored: 41'


Chris Mulhall 58' -
Scored: 58'


Evan Galvin 75' -
Scored: 75'


Scored: 1'
- Rory McCullough 1'



League Preview: Longford Town - V - Athlone Town

Fri, Mar 23 2018

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town welcome near neighbours and crisis club Athlone Town to the City Calling Stadium as Neale Fenn’s Red and Black Army will be out to rectify their mistakes of last weekend’s ill-tempered defeat away to Shelbourne at Tolka Park. (Kick-Off is on Saturday at 7.30pm).

After picking up a healthy four points from a possible six, Longford went into their last game with confidence but were eventually undone thanks to a David O’Sullivan hat-trick in Drumcondra as the “Red and Black” legend came back to haunt his former club.

With local rivals Athlone coming to town in a battle of the Midlands two most recognisable clubs, Neale Fenn will surely see this as the perfect opportunity to get back into winning ways at the very first time against the Lissywoolen side.

“De Town” head into this game with some selection issues as both Dylan McGlade and Sam Verdon miss out through suspension while Darren Meenan also misses out after suffering a hamstring strain early on in last week’s defeat to Shelbourne.

Peter Hopkins is also a doubt having suffered a dead leg in the bruising encounter last time out, whilst Alan Kehoe is also likely to be unavailable after suffering an ankle injury in the build-up to the 3-0 victory against Wexford FC at the City Calling Stadium.

While not having the glorious significance and stature of years gone by, it is clear that both Daire Doyle and Neale Fenn will not be taking this latest assignment lightly in what will be the latest instalment of the Midlands “El Clasico”.

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town’s season has gone as many would have predicted as the league’s oldest club have struggled to find their feet in what must be described as one of the most competitive First Division’s in recent memory, having suffered four defeats in as many games against recently relegated Galway United and Drogheda United, while also going down to South Dublin pairing Cabinteely and UCD in more recent encounters.

Bizarrely and or unfortunately, whichever way you would like to put it, Athlone Town are likely to head into this game for the second game running without the presence of a recognised goalkeeper in their matchday squad due to either injury and or work commitments taking centre stage for the two registered Athlone netminders.

Saying that, Luke Kelly, who deputised in goal last time out against Cabinteely acquitted himself quite well but still couldn’t prevent his side falling to a 2-1 home defeat against Cabinteely in the Athlone Town Stadium. 

Athlone are yet to provide team news, but it would be expected to see that Aaron Callaghan will opt for the same side that battled bravely against Pat Devlin’s Cabinteely.

Referee: Marc Lynch

MATCH STATS

Last time Athlone Town visited the City Calling stadium, they were on the end of a seven goals to one hammering against a re-invigorated Neale Fenn Longford Town FC side. Athlone remarkably started the game with only two available substitutes from the bench.

Longford Town are unbeaten in nine games against their bitter rivals from Westmeath, with Athlone’s last victory over their Midlands rivals coming way back in 2013 as both sides were slugging it out for promotion back to the Premier Division.

Longford Town record goal scorer David O’Sullivan scored a remarkable hat-trick of hat-tricks against Roddy Collins’ Athlone Town side last season before the former Wayside Celtic hitman decided to up sticks and swap the Midlands for a spell with Owen Heary’s Shelbourne side.

BETTING

Longford Town 1/25; Draw 9/1; Athlone Town 30/1.

PREDICTION

Longford Town 4-0 Athlone Town

Longford Town

Injured: Alan Kehoe, Darren Meenan.

Doubtful: Peter Hopkins.

Suspended: Sam Verdon, Dylan McGlade.

Athlone Town

Injured: Unknown.

Doubtful: Unknown.

Suspended: None.



Longford Town
Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Adam O'Connor
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Defender
Michael McDonnell
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Chris Mulhall
21Scored: 21'
58Scored: 58'
85'
85Subbed Off: 85'
Midfielder
Evan Galvin
75Scored: 75'
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Dean Byrne
37Scored: 37'
41Scored: 41'
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
72'
72Subbed Off: 72'
Midfielder
Karl Chambers
Forward

Substitutes
Daniel Ridge
Unknown
Shane O'Connor
Midfield
Tristan Noack Hofmann
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Defender
Jamie Hollywood
72'
72Subbed On: 72'
Midfield
Cian Byrne
Midfield
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Jackson Ryan
85'
85Subbed On: 85'
Forward
Athlone Town
Shaun O'Donnell
Goalkeeper
Craig Shortt
Defender
Cormac Raftery
Defender
85Booked: 85'
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Darren Boyle
Defender 51'
51Subbed Off: 51'
Jake O'Connor
Midfielder
Rory McCullough
Midfielder
1Scored: 1'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Ollie Hamzat
Midfielder
Steven Grogan
Midfielder
Ian Fletcher
Midfielder
Etanda Nkololo
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'

Substitutes
Martin Walshe
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Daniel O'Donovan
Defender
George Mukete
Forward
Darcy Lawless
Goalkeeper
Josh Hogan
Midfield
Barry Davies
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Aaron Williams
Forward
51Subbed On: 51'
51'


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