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Date: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, 2013
Venue: City Calling Stadium
Att: 1,115

Scored: 33'
- Barry Clancy 33'

Live Updates for Longford Town -v- Athlone Town

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90' + 3'

FULL TIME!

It's all over here in Longford and the leaders Athlone extend their lead at the top of the table to 5 points with a massive win. Longford could've and should've got something out of the game but if you don't put away your chances you won't get anything out of the game.

90' + 1'

Another chance goes abegging for Longford. It definitely is not their night.

90'

There will be at least 3 minutes of additional time to be played here in Longford.

89'

A perfect ball in from the left from Derek O'Brien finds the head of David O'Sullivan but Skinner pulls off an excellent save to keep his goal intact.

88'

Yellow Card

Another booking for Longford; this time it's Rhys Gorman who gets his name in Keith Callanan's book.

86'

Gary Shaw's header brings a good diving save out of Paul Skinner.

83'

It has been all Longford in this half but Athlone are standing firm and defending resolutely. They have their goal and that's what matters. Possession or chances doesn't matter, the biggest stat is the scoreboard.

82'

Longford with the ball in front of goal again it eventually falls to Willie Tyrrell who whips in a neat ball but Gary Shaw just couldn't connect.

79'

A corner from Derek O'Brien is whipped in but no Longford player could get on the end of it. Athlone break down the field with Enda Curran through on goal but Longford defender Corie Tracey puts in an excellent tackle to dispossess him.

77'

Gary Shaw has a good chance for Longford but heads over.

75'

15 minutes to go here; will Longford finally break the Athlone rearguard or will Athlone hold on for a vital win?

73'

Substitution

Last change for Athlone - Garbhan Coughlan on for Philly Gorman.

73'

Yellow Card

Noel Haverty gets his name in the referee's notebook.

69'

Substitution

Longford make their final change - David O'Neill comes on for Daniel Purdy.

67'
Another half chance for Longford. This time Ryan Connolly got in a decent position but failed to test Skinner.

67'
Another half chance for Longford. This time Ryan Connolly got in a decent position but failed to test Skinner.

63'

This half has been a lot better than the first. Longford know they have to attack and have been doing that in waves with Athlone standing firm at the back.

59'

Longford are getting into good positions but their finishing is letting them down.

57'
Got a text to say that 1,115 people are here. Highest crowd in the division this season.

56'
The home side have started this second half with real purpose.

55'

Substitution

Another change for Athlone - Sean Byrne is on for Robbie Clarke.

51'
A glorious chance for Longford is just squandered by Gary Shaw. The striker was through on goal with just Skinner to beat but somehow hit the side netting instead.

46'

Substitution

Longford make their second change - a straight swap with Gary Shaw coming on for Josh O'Hanlon during the break.

46'

Second Half

Second half underway here in Longford. A huge 45 minutes for both sides.

45' + 4'

Half Time

Half-time here. It was a poor enough first half of football with Athlone the better side. Longford have had chances but failed to really trouble Paul Skinner.

45' + 1'
Josh O'Hanlon hits a weak shot at Paul Skinner.

45'

Substitution

Longford make a change with Rhys Gorman on for the injured Keith Gillespie.

43'
Athlone are passing the ball around for fun and Longford are just standing off them.

35'

As in previous derby games the first goal is always crucial. That Clancy goal is a big one and it came just after Longford had a chance to open the scoring.

33'

GOAL!

From that free Barry Clancy stepped up and beat Chris Bennion, it seemed to get a slight deflection off someone. Advantage Athlone.

32'

Yellow Card

Willie Tyrrell gets booked for a foul on Roddy Collins Jnr.

31'

Derek O'Brien with a pinpoint cross for David O'Sullivan but his diving header lacked a bit of power and Paul Skinner was able to save.

28'

Enda Curran flashes his effort wide. He could've done better with it.

25'

Substitution

Athlone are forced into a change with Aiden Collins going off injured and being replaced by Conor McMahon.

22'

The stretcher has been called for which is not good. Conor McMahon is warming up now.

21'

Athlone captain Aiden Collins is down and looks in a good bit of pain after making a good tackle on Josh O'Hanlon.

20'

We still await a nice passage of play where the ball is actually played on the ground here.

16'

Athlone keeper Paul Skinner nearly gifts Longford the opener; he made a fluff of a clearance, the ball fell to Josh O'Hanlon but instead of getting the ball down and playing it back to David O'Sullivan, he takes a shot and puts it straight across the goals.

15'

Athlone look the most composed of the two sides so far. Though neither side has really taken a hold on proceedings.

10'

Keith Gillespie gets into a decent position but his finish really lets him down as he blasts the ball well wide.

9'

Nothing else to report since that Hughes effort. Both sets of supporters are trying to make their voices heard. With the position of both teams in the table this El Clasico is the biggest one in years. 

4'

Athlone have the first real chance on goal and Longford keeper Chris Bennion is forced into making a fine save from Mark Hughes.

2'

There was a good build-up to this vital derby game during the week and comments made by Athlone manager Roddy Collins on the local radio station stirred a bit of reaction. We all know Roddy is the King of Comments and if there was a League of Ireland Panto he'd definitely be the baddie. 

1'

Yellow Card

A very early card here; Roddy Collins Jnr gets booked for a foul on Derek O'Brien.

1'

GAME ON!

The home side get this Midlands El Clasico underway here at Stadio City Calling.

0'

We are moments from the start of this massive First Division clash between Longford and Athlone. The teams are on either side and we will be kicking off presently



Photo Gallery for Longford Town -v- Athlone Town



Longford Town
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Des Hope
Defender
Noel Haverty
73Booked: 73'
Defender
Corie Tracey
Defender
Willie Tyrell
32Booked: 32'
Defender
Derek O'Brien
Midfielder
Keith Gillespie
45'
45Subbed Off: 45'
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Josh O'Hanlon
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
Forward
Daniel Purdy
69'
69Subbed Off: 69'
Forward

Substitutes
Brian McCarthy
Defender
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Rhys Gorman
45'
45Subbed On: 45'
88Booked: 88'
Midfield
Dean Ebbe
Forward
Gavin Doyle
Forward
David O'Neill
69'
69Subbed On: 69'
Midfield
Gary Shaw
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Forward
Athlone Town
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Neil Harney
Defender
Roddy Collins Jnr
Defender
1Booked: 1'
Aidan Collins
Defender 25'
25Subbed Off: 25'
Robbie Clarke
Defender 55'
55Subbed Off: 55'
Mark Hughes
Midfielder
Barry Clancy
Midfielder
33Scored: 33'
Garvan Broughall
Midfielder
Graham Kelly
Midfielder
Philip Gorman
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Enda Curran
Forward

Substitutes
Garbhan Coughlan
Forward
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Sean Byrne
Defender
55Subbed On: 55'
55'
Niall Lanigan
Midfield
Conor McMahon
Defender
25Subbed On: 25'
25'
Niall Scullion
Defender
Craig Sexton
Manager
Ian Sweeney
Forward