First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 17, 2018
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Att:
TV:

Nika Kalandarishvili 9' -
Scored: 9'


Scored: 32'
- Nathan Boyle 32'

Scored: 54'
- Nathan Boyle 54'

Scored: 82'
- Keith Cowan 82'



League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Finn Harps

Fri, Aug 17 2018

On-loan Derry City defender Sam Todd scored Harps' equaliser in last week's FAI Cup win over Bray Wanderers. Credit: Steve Alfred

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town's second-last home game of the season sees them welcome Finn Harps to Lissywollen (kick-off 7.45pm).

A 3-0 defeat to Longford Town two weeks ago extended the midlands side's winless streak in the league to 39 games (not including the walkover against Wexford in June.

Last week saw Athlone comfortable defeated by fellow First Division side Shelbourne in the first round of the FAI Cup.

An own goal from Nika Kalandarishvilli gave the Reds a half-time lead before Paddy Kavanagh, Greg Moorhouse and Lorcan Fitzgerald wrapped up a 4-0 win at Tolka Park.

Athlone Town have failed to provide any team news.

FINN HARPS

Finn Harps travel to Lissywollen on Friday night as one of only two sides to drop points to the division's bottom side on the field of play.

Michael O'Connor scored 12 minutes from time in March as Harps just about escaped from Athlone with a point.

Ollie Horgan's side have improved massively since and come into this game on the back of six wins in their last seven games in all competitions.

Last week saw Harps reach the second round of the FAI Cup thanks to an extra-time win away to Premier Division Bray Wanderers.

Sam Todd cancelled out Ger Pender's opener to force an extra 30 minutes before Mikey Place and Jacob Borg scored to secure a 3-1 win for Harps at the Carlisle Grounds.

“Our players need to be able to lift their game and forget about the fact that Athlone are bottom of the table,” Horgan told the club's website.

“They have been unlucky in some games and have run some of the top teams close in games at Lissywollen.

“Terry Butler has brought in a couple players and they are stronger now. The leaders UCD went down there not that long ago and only won 1-0 with a penalty.

“We just cannot be complacent because if we are the lads could regret it come the end of the season.”

Paddy McCourt and Adam Duffy remain absent with injury, while Ciaran Coll, Mark Coyle and Nathan Boyle are all doubts.

 

Referee: John McLoughlin

 

MATCH STATS

The two meetings between the sides this season have seen Harps take four points.

The first game at Lissywollen finished 1-1 as Shane Stokes' strike early in the second half was cancelled out by Michael O'Connor.

The return game at Finn Park was more straightforward as Jesse Devers, Ciaran O'Connor, Mikey Place and Niall McGinley helped the Donegal side to a 4-0 win.

 

BETTING

Athlone Town 14/1; Draw 7/1; Finn Harps 1/12.

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 0 – 2 Finn Harps

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.

Finn Harps

Injured: Adam Duffy, Paddy McCourt.

Doubtful: Nathan Boyle, Ciaran Coll, Mark Coyle.

Suspended: None.

Unavailable: Niall McGinley.



Athlone Town
Michael Fogarty
Goalkeeper
Ian Fletcher
Defender
Victor Ekanem
Defender
Jamie Broderick
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Josh Hogan
Midfielder
Ciaran Grogan
Midfielder
Shane Stokes
Midfielder
George Mukete
Forward
Rory McCullough
Forward
Nika Kalandarishvili
9Scored: 9'
Forward

Substitutes
Robert O'Leary
Defender
Daniel O'Donovan
Defender
Darcy Lawless
Goalkeeper
Ollie Hamzat
Midfield
Steven Grogan
Midfield
Craig Canty
Midfield
Ciaran Burns
Midfield
Finn Harps
Ciaran Gallagher
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Coll
Defender
Keith Cowan
Defender
82Scored: 82'
John Kavanagh
Defender
Sam Todd
Defender
Jakup Borg
Midfielder
Mark Coyle
Midfielder
Gareth Harkin
Midfielder
Nathan Boyle
Forward
32Scored: 32'
54Scored: 54'
Mikey Place
Forward
Tunmise Sobowale
Forward

Substitutes
Peter Burke
Goalkeeper
Jesse Devers
Forward
Aidan Friel
Midfield
Niall Logue
Defender
Paddy McCourt
Forward
John O'Flynn
Forward
Mark Timlin
Midfield


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