First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 2, 2019
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Ref:
Att:
TV:

Kealan Dillon 90' -
Scored: 90'


Scored: 2'
- Aodh Dervin 2'

Scored: 15'
- Anto Breslin 15'

Scored: 21'
- Sean Boyd 21'

Scored: 87'
- Peter Hopkins 87'

Peno Scored: 90'
- Sam Verdon 90'



League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Longford Town

Fri, Aug 02 2019

Longford's Lee Steacy Credit: Steve Alfred

ATHLONE TOWN

Seeking to arrest their most recent slide, Athlone Town welcome age-old rivals Longford Town to Athlone Town Stadium on Friday evening (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

The Blue and Black of the Midlands have lost their last three on the bunce since their encouraging three-one win over Wexford at Lissywoolen.

Paddy Kelly, Dean George and Evan Pierce were on hand to see past the challenge of the Slaneysiders on that occasion who levelled early on the second half.

Nine of Athlone’s 16 points have come at home this season, with their promising early season form tapering off in dramatic fashion.

Athlone are a side to be fearful of however, with strong showings against the likes of Shelbourne and Cobh Ramblers going unrewarded for Terry Butler’s side.

Butler’s side have only won at home once since their opening day of the season win over Wexford, with their next coming against the same opposition in July.     

Athlone have not released any team news ahead of the visit of Longford Town.

LONGFORD TOWN

Searching for their first win on the road since May 3rd, Longford Town make the short trip to Athlone on Friday evening looking to keep the pressure on champions elect Shelbourne.

While they have been imperious at home so far this season, De Town have struggled on their travels, picking up no points from their previous five away outings.

Their last win over Drogheda United saw Aaron Dobbs score a winner – his second of the season – on the stroke of half-time.

However, Longford have enjoyed the majority of the previous 14 encounters against Athlone, winning 11.

Their last defeat at Lissywoolen came in June 2013 when both sides were slugging it out for First Division glory.

Longford have scored on eight of their previous nine visits to Lissywoolen, with their last blank being drawn on their last defeat there.

Neale Fenn’s side have not released any team news ahead of the keenly-anticipated Midlands El Clasico.

Referee: David Keeler.

MATCH STATS

Athlone Town are winless against their fierce Midlands rivals since August 2013. The last time the Blue and Black of the Midlands came out on top over their Red and Black counterparts at Lissywoolen was in June of that year.

Longford Town have won eleven of the previous 14 meeting between the pair of First Division rivals, with Longford winning by over three goals on two occasions.

Terry Butler’s side have the worst home record in the First Division, only picking up 9 points from a possible 33 on offer. Longford on the other hand have not won away from home since May 3rd.  

BETTING

Athlone Town 13/2; Draw 4/1; Longford Town 2/7.

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 0 - 2 Longford Town.

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.

 

Longford Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.



Athlone Town
Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
Janabi Amour
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Darren Meenan
Defender
Dean O'Shea
Defender
Shane Dunne
Midfielder
Rhys Gorman
Midfielder
Ciaran Grogan
47Booked: 47'
Midfielder
Jamie Hamilton
Midfielder
Patrick Kelly
Midfielder
Nika Kalandarishvili
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Forward

Substitutes
Kealan Dillon
90Scored: 90'
Midfield
Nashir Ishola
Defender
John Morgan
Forward
Evan Pierce
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Forward
Jean Yves Poame
Midfield
Gargar Ta-Uway
Goalkeeper
Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Joseph Manley
Defender
Conor Kenna
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Anto Breslin
Defender
15Scored: 15'
Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Dylan Grimes
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
2Scored: 2'
Dean Byrne
Forward
Sean Boyd
Forward
21Scored: 21'
Sam Verdon
Forward
90Peno: 90'

Substitutes
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Peter Hopkins
Midfield
87Scored: 87'
Aaron Dobbs
Forward
Karl Chambers
Forward
Paul O'Conor
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu
Midfield
Dean Zambra
Midfield


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