First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 30, 2019
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
Att: 223
TV:

John Morgan 39' -
Red: 39'


Scored: 17'
- Chris Lyons 17'

Scored: 67'
- Chris Lyons 67'



League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Drogheda United

Fri, Aug 30 2019

Athlone boss Terry Butler watches on Credit: Steve Alfred

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone Town host Drogheda United in what is the penultimate home game of the season for Terry Butler’s side.

Athlone head into this game sitting ninth in the league, two points behind eighth placed Galway and six points clear of bottom of the table Wexford.

Butler’s side come into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw away to Limerick a fortnight ago.

Nika Kalandarishvili had given Athlone the lead just before half time before a 75th minute own goal from Aaron Brilly gave Limerick a share of the points.

Following a 3-1 win over Wexford last month, Athlone had then lost their five games prior to that Limerick fixture, including back to back 5-1 and 3-1 defeats in the league and FAI Cup to Longford Town.

Athlone have no suspensions for this game while team news is unknown.

DROGHEDA UNITED

Drogheda United will be hoping to prolong the First Division title race against Shelbourne when they face Athlone Town on Friday evening.

As it stands, Drogheda are second, five points behind league leaders Shelbourne with three games to play, with the two sides set to face each other in United Park in a fortnight in the penultimate game of the season.

Drogheda head into their game against Athlone off the back of a 4-0 defeat in the FAI Cup to Shamrock Rovers.

The game had been level at half time before four second half goals from Gary O’Neill, Aaron Greene, Aaron McEneff and Sean Kavanagh saw the Hoops progress to the quarter finals.

Prior to that game, the Boynesiders had been unbeaten in five games in the league and FAI Cup, winning four, and playing out a 0-0 draw against Cabinteely.

In team news, Tim Clancy may have a full-strength squad to choose from for the first time this season if midfielder Mark Hughes, who is back in training, is fit enough to return to the matchday squad.

Referee: David Keeler

 

MATCH STATS

Drogheda United have won the last eight meetings between these sides, dating back to 2-2 draw at United Park in the 2016 First Division.

Athlone’s last win over Drogheda came at Athlone Town Stadium in the Premier Division in 2014, as the home side beat the Boynesiders 6-0.

There have been 14 goals in the two games between the sides this season, with Drogheda winning the first game in Athlone 5-3 after being 2-0 and 3-1 down before beating Athlone 4-2 at United Park – having led 3-0 at half time before Athlone scored two quick fire goals to bring the score back to 3-2.

BETTING

Athlone Town 13/2; Draw 4/1; Drogheda United 3/10.

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 1-3 Drogheda United

 

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.

 

Drogheda United

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Mark Hughes.

Suspended: None.



Athlone Town
Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
Nika Kalandarishvili
Defender
Ciaran Grogan
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Adam Lennon
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Midfielder
Patrick Kelly
Midfielder
Jamie Hamilton
Midfielder
Shane Dunne
Midfielder
Kealan Dillon
Midfielder
Evan Pierce
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Forward
John Morgan
9Booked: 9'
39Booked: 39'
39Sent off: 39'
Forward

Substitutes
Jean Yves Poame
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
78'
78Subbed Off: 78'
Midfield
Dean O'Shea
Unknown
Darren Meenan
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
Midfield
Oisin Duffy
Midfield
Janabi Amour
78'
78Subbed On: 78'
Unknown
Riahan Simon
Unknown
Gargar Ta-Uway
Goalkeeper
Drogheda United
Luca Gratzer
Goalkeeper
James Brown
Defender
82Booked: 82'
Kevin Farragher
Defender
Conor Kane
Defender
77Booked: 77'
Luke McNally
Defender
Sean Brennan
Midfielder
Jamie Hollywood
Midfielder
Jake Hyland
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Mark Doyle
Forward 89'
89Subbed Off: 89'
Chris Lyons
Forward
17Scored: 17'
67Scored: 67'
Stephen Meaney
Forward 62'
62Subbed Off: 62'

Substitutes
James Clarke
Midfield
Luke Gallagher
Midfield
Luke Heeney
Forward
89Subbed On: 89'
89'
Mark Hughes
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
61Booked: 61'
Ryan O'Shea
Defender
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
Adam Wixted
Midfield
62Subbed On: 62'
62'


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