First
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 25, 2018
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Ref:
Att: 220
TV:

Aaron Brilly 20' -
Scored: 20'


Scored: 61'
- Chris Mulhall 61'

Red: 87'
- Chris Mulhall 87'



League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Longford Town

Thu, May 24 2018

Athlone are without a win in the league in over a year. Credit: Paul Dolan

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town will be looking for revenge when they host near neighbours Longford Town in the First Division after 11 successive league defeats for the League of Ireland’s oldest club (kick-off 7.45pm).

They fell to a heavy 5-1 defeat the last time the midland’s rivals played one another as Rory McCullough’s early stunner was overcome by braces from Chris Mulhall and Dean Byrne before Evan Galvin sealed the deal.

Should Athlone stun their cross-town rivals with a big win over Neale Fenn’s Longford Town side, they could potentially move to within three points of ninth-placed Wexford.

Athlone’s last win over their local rivals came all the way back in 2013 as a Barry Clancy goal sent Athlone on their way to a big win in a highly-publicised midlands derby that saw a very public war of words from both camps in the build-up.

That result set Athlone on their way to the promised land that is the Premier Division as they secured promotion as champions.

Athlone have failed to provide any team news for this latest instalment of the Midlands El Clasico.

 

LONGFORD TOWN

After playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw last weekend against Shelbourne at City Calling Stadium, Longford Town will be looking to get their promotion push back on track against local rivals Athlone.

The Red and Black Army have held the upper hand in these games throughout the last few seasons as they have won all their league games bar one against the First Division’s whipping boys.

Longford’s start to the season has been solid, yet unremarkable, so Neale Fenn and his backroom team will surely eye up this game as the perfect opportunity to get into the playoff places.

Longford come into this game with three players on the casualty list as Shane O’Connor, Alan Kehoe and Cian Byrne all miss out through injury problems which have kept the trio out of action n recent weeks.

Defensive option Adam O’Connor is also a doubt for the game at Lissywoolen with a hamstring strain.

In a welcome boost to Neale Fenn, he will have no players serving suspensions for this latest instalment of the Midlands El Clasico.

Should De Town win, they could climb up to as high as fourth in the league standings come the end of Friday night.

 

Referee: Garvin Taggart

 

MATCH STATS

In the last six games between the midlands rivals, there has been a remarkable 32 goals scored in 540 minutes, a statistic that means that a goal has been scored once every 16 minutes.

Longford’s biggest win all season came against Athlone in the last meeting between the pair as they came back from a goal behind to trounce their counterparts 5-1 at City Calling Stadium.

Athlone have, after the departure of Aaron Callaghan, improved in their recent games under the stewardship of Terry Butler but, the First Division’s basement side last win came a remarkable 385 days ago.

 

BETTING

Athlone Town 14/1; Draw 7/1; Longford Town 1/12.

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 0-3 Longford Town

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unknown.

Doubtful: Unknown.

Suspended: None.

 

Longford Town

Injured: Cian Byrne, Shane O’Connor, Alan Kehoe.

Doubtful: Adam O’Connor.

Suspended: None.



Athlone Town
Darcy Lawless
Goalkeeper
Aaron Brilly
20Scored: 20'
Defender
Robert O'Leary
Defender
Cormac Raftery
Defender
Steven Grogan
Midfielder
Ian Fletcher
Midfielder
Ollie Hamzat
Midfielder
Bashmil Nyakambili
Midfielder
Ger Smyth
Midfielder
Shane Stokes
Midfielder
Brian Cabraley
Forward

Substitutes
Ryan Gaffey
Forward
Michael Fogarty
Goalkeeper
Kevin Fitzgerald
Defender
Darren Kavanagh
Unknown
Rory McCullough
Unknown
George Mukete
Forward
Aaron Williams
Forward
Longford Town
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Tristan Noack Hofmann
Defender
Michael McDonnell
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Dylan McGlade
Midfielder
Evan Galvin
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Dean Byrne
Midfielder
Sam Verdon
Forward
Chris Mulhall
Forward
61Scored: 61'
87Sent off: 87'

Substitutes
Dean Zambra
Midfield
Jackson Ryan
Forward
Daniel Ridge
Unknown
Darren Meenan
Midfield
Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
Jamie Hollywood
Midfield
Karl Chambers
Forward


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