First
Date: 8 p.m. April 20, 2018
Venue: Ferrycarrig Park
Att: 202
TV:

Aaron Dobbs 39' -
Scored: 39'


Shane Barnes 53' -
Scored: 53'


Shane Barnes 60' -
Scored: 60'


Shane Barnes 66' -
Scored: 66'


Dean George 75' -
Scored: 75'


Aaron Dobbs 78' -
Peno Scored: 78'


Dean George 79' -
Scored: 79'




League Preview: Wexford -v- Athlone Town

Fri, Apr 20 2018

Wexford's Chris Kenny in action against Drogheda United earlier this season. Credit: Larry McQuillan

WEXFORD

In a clash of the division’s two basement clubs, Wexford host Athlone Town at Ferrycarrig Park as both sides look to salvage their disappointing starts to the season with a big win down in the south-east corner of the country (kick-off 8pm).

Since their opening day win of the season over Cabinteely, Damian Locke’s Wexford side have struggled having failed to have picked up a point since their big away day win over Cabinteely at Stradbrook Park.

Most recently, Wexford were on the end of a 4-1 beating in Éamonn Deacy Park as the Slaneysiders saw their first-half lead disintegrate against a Galway United side who upped their intensity in a strong second-half showing.

"It’s a game just as big as the others for us,” Locke told the club's media team.

“Three points on the line but we do realise we need to be getting the better of the teams around us if we want to start progressing up the table."

Wexford will be going into the game confident of pulling off a big win against the division’s basement side, but they will have to make do without the service of John Morgan and Conor Sutton due to injury, while Ross Kenny misses out through suspension.

Owen McCormack and Owen Wall are doubts for the game, but midfielder Thomas Croke looks set to return to the starting eleven after missing out on last week’s game due to illness.

 

ATHLONE TOWN

After a traumatic start to life under the guise of Aaron Callaghan which has seen Athlone Town ship some very heavy beatings, the Town will be out looking for their first win of the season over a team that are in an equally poor run of form at the moment.

After being heavily beaten 7-0 at Tolka Park, which saw Aaron Callaghan sent to the stands in Drumcondra, the Town were once again heavily beaten by Cobh Ramblers 4-1 as Jaze Kabia grabbed a brace for Stephen Henderson’s side.

Should Athlone upset the odds here at Ferrycarrig Park, as they managed to do so in the past, it would be their first league win in just under a year, when they defeated last week’s opponents Cobh Ramblers 2-1 at Athlone Town Stadium.

Athlone Town have once again not provided team news, but Brian Cabraley misses out on the trip down to the sunny south-east due to a suspension picked up in last week’s defeat against Cobh.

 

Referee: Jason Mannix

 

MATCH STATS

This game is a clash of the two worst defences in the First Division this season. The sides have already conceded an astonishing 50 goals between themselves in their opening seven and eight games.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, both sides are among the lowest goalscorers in the league as both have looked rather toothless up front at times.

Last season, both sides slugged it out at the bottom of the table as Damian Locke’s side came out on top over an Athlone Town side that had their season tarnished due to suspected match-fixing offences at the club that was subject of an FAI investigation.

 

BETTING

Wexford 1/4; Draw 7/2; Athlone Town 15/2

PREDICTION

Wexford 3 – 1 Athlone Town

 

Wexford

Injured: John Morgan, Conor Sutton.

Doubtful: Owen Wall, Owen McCormack.

Suspended: Ross Kenny.

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unknown.

Doubtful: Unknown.

Suspended: Brian Cabraley.



Wexford
Kealan Gaffney
Goalkeeper
Aidan Lehane
Defender
Sean Kelly
Midfielder
Dean Kelly
Midfielder
Sean Hurley
Midfielder
Thomas Croke
Midfielder
Mikey Byrne
Midfielder
Liam McCartan
Midfielder
Mark Slater
Midfielder
Aaron Dobbs
39Scored: 39'
78Peno: 78'
Forward
Shane Barnes
53Scored: 53'
60Scored: 60'
66Scored: 66'
Forward

Substitutes
Dean George
75Scored: 75'
79Scored: 79'
Forward
Colum Feeney
Goalkeeper
Danny Doyle
Forward
Chris Kenny
Midfield
Owen McCormack
Defender
Ryan Nolan
Forward
Aaron O'Connor
Midfield
Athlone Town
Michael Fogarty
Goalkeeper
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Craig Shortt
Defender
Jake O'Connor
Midfielder
Steven Grogan
Midfielder
Ian Fletcher
Midfielder
Ger Smyth
Midfielder
Shane Stokes
Midfielder
George Mukete
Forward
Ryan Gaffey
Forward
Martin Walshe
Forward

Substitutes
Nathan Murphy
Goalkeeper
Rory McCullough
Unknown
Darren Kavanagh
Unknown
Ollie Hamzat
Midfield
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Robert O'Leary
Defender
Aaron Williams
Forward


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