First
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 5, 2019
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
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Att:
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Patrick Kelly 5' -
Scored: 5'


Evan Pierce 70' -
Scored: 70'


Dean George 90' -
Scored: 90'


Scored: 54'
- Sean Roche 54'



League Report: Athlone Town 3 - 1 Wexford

Sat, Jul 06 2019

Athlone manager Terry Butler saw his side record their first win in 15 games. Credit: Steve Alfred

Gareth Cloono reports from Lissywollen

Without a win their last 14 games, Athlone were looking to quench their thirst on the back of two draws and they did exactly that as they edged out Wexford 3-1 in Lissywollen.

Patrick Kelly, Evan Pierce and Dean George were on target for Terry Butler’s side against a stubborn Wexford side who equalised early in the second half through Sean Roche.

Athlone hit the front inside five mins when a set-piece delivery found the head of Kelly at the back post and he found the net to make it 1-0.

The game went flat for the good  part of the first half, with only set pieces and miscued shots for either team for the rest of the first 45 minutes.

The second half started well for Wexford as, nine minutes in, Roche beat Aaron Myles in the Athlone goal with a sublime finish to level up the tie.

Referee Paula Brady called a one-minute halt to the game when players from both sides got into an altercation. A drop ball was the resulting decision.

Athlone regained the lead 20 minutes from time it was Pierce who did the damage from another set piece and header in the centre of the box that went over the hands of Wexford’s Corey Chambers.

Wexford had a few chances of their own, including one chance that just went slightly over the crossbar, but the equaliser wouldn’t come.

Former Wexford player George added the third goal at the death following a fumble by goalkeeper Corey Chambers, as the ball was kept in play for George to turn it home.

“Darren Meenan played well and it was a great performance. For us with the chances we had it should have been more than three,” said Butler.

Athlone Town: Aaron Myles; John Morgan, Dean Casey, Aaron Brilly; Darren Meenan, Josh Hogan, Jamie Hamilton, Ciaran Grogan, Shane Dunne; Evan Pierce (Dean George 87), Kealan Dillon (Rhys Gorman 80).

Subs not used: Gargar Ta-Uway (gk), Eoghan Morgan, Callum McKelvey, Byron Martin.

Wexford: Corey Chambers; Conor Sutton, Darragh O'Connor, Lee Costello; Andrew O'Connor, Ricky Fox, Thomas Croke (John Peare 80), Paddy Cahill, Nika Arevadze (Ryan Nolan 46); Sean Roche, Danny Doyle (Dave Corish 82).

Subs not used: Jason McGuire (gk), Andrew Farrell.

Referee: Paula Brady.

Attendance: 70 (estimate).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Darren Meenan (Athlone Town). 



Athlone Town
Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
John Morgan
Defender
Dean Casey
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Darren Meenan
Midfielder
Josh Hogan
Midfielder
Jamie Hamilton
Midfielder
Ciaran Grogan
Midfielder
Shane Dunne
Midfielder
Evan Pierce
70Scored: 70'
Forward
Kealan Dillon
Forward

Substitutes
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield
Callum McKelvey
Forward
Byron Martin
Forward
Rhys Gorman
Midfield
Dean George
90Scored: 90'
Forward
Gargar Ta-Uway
Goalkeeper
Oisin Duffy (Unk)
Wexford
Corey Chambers
Goalkeeper
Conor Sutton
Defender
Darragh O'Connor
Defender
Lee Costello
Defender
Andrew O'Connor
Midfielder
Ricky Fox
Midfielder
Thomas Croke
Midfielder
Paddy Cahill
Midfielder
Nika Arevadze
Midfielder
Sean Roche
Forward
54Scored: 54'
Danny Doyle
Forward

Substitutes
John Peare
Midfield
Ryan Nolan
Forward
Jason McGuire
Goalkeeper
Andrew Farrell
Midfield
Dave Corish
Unknown


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