Date Time League Season
1 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Athlone and Bray share the spoils

Athlone earned their first point of the season at home to Bray Wanderers tonight following a 1-1 draw.

A goal in the first half from former Athlone man Kurtis Byrne as well as a goal in the second half from Thomas Oluwa saw that this finished level.

It didn’t take long for Bray to take the lead. In the 13th minute, Athlone got caught trying to play the ball out from the back. A lofted pass was intercepted by a Bray head in midfield, whose header set Kurtis Byrne through on goal. Byrne made no mistake upon his Lissywollen return and slotted it by Schlingermann to make it 1-0.

Four minutes later it should have been two. A cross into the box was headed down to Rob Manley who got an effort off at close range but fired over. A miss Bray would come to rue.

In the 33rd minute, Thomas Oluwa went bombing down the left wing and squared it Carlton Ubaezuono. Ubaezuono had a chance at goal but just missed his cue, as if the ball got stuck under his feet. A disappointing one to say the least.

Athlone had another decent chance in the 41st minute when Success Edogun got the ball on the right and fired a shot/cross across the face of goal, but it didn’t get the desired contact required to put it in.

Ten minutes into the second half Athlone fired a warning shot. Ubaezuono got the ball on the edge of the area and twisted in and out, but fired wide. Another disappointing miss, but a warning Bray did not heed.

Three minutes later it was all level. Thomas Oluwa was played through and took it onto his left, bending it into the bottom corner. A goal that was fair given the balance of play.

Athlone had a pair of good chances after the hour mark. Firstly, Oluwa was slipped in again after Ubaezuono was fouled on the edge of the area. The ref played a good advantage after it fell Oluwa’s way, but he fired straight at McGuinness.

About a minute later Oluwa again squared it to Ubaezuono in a good position. Ubaezuono fluffed the chance completely however and let Bray off the hook.

Athlone had some momentum around then but failed to kick on. Both sides showed a willingness to win, but neither got the breakthrough. A draw was probably fair.

  • 95'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    5 minutes added on.

  • 87'

    Athlone hit Bray on the counter but can't finish off their move.

  • 75'

    Fifteen to go. Neither side showing much.

  • 62'

    Oluwa squares it to Ubaezuono who fluffed his lines. Loads of Athlone momentum as of now.

  • 61'

    Ubaezuono is fouled on the edge of the area and advantage is played, allowing Oluwa to get a shot off. Hit it straight at McGuinness though.

  • 58'

    Goal! Oluwa is played through and works it onto his left before slotting in. Good finish.

  • 55'

    Best chance of the game for Athlone. Ubaezuono gets it on the edge of the area and twists in and out, but fires wide. Has to do better.

  • 46'

    Bray get us back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    One minute added on.

  • 41'

    Good chance for Athlone. Edogun gets it on the right and sends one across goal, but there's no takers.

  • 40'

    Karl Manahan now tries a long ranger, but his effort is well over.

  • 39'

    Fox gets on the end of a nice long range diagonal pass, but can't keep his effort down.

  • 33'

    Athlone bomb down the left wing and Oluwa eventually charges at the Bray box with it. He squares it to Ubauzuono, who never pulled the trigger on his shot. Seems like maybe the ball got caught at his feet.

  • 25'

    Laid off to Fox on the edge of the area, but he blasts over.

  • 17'

    Ball falls to Manley again from a corner. He strikes over from close, it should be 2-0.

  • 13'

    Goal! Former Athlone man Kurtis Byrne gives Bray the lead after Athlone get caught trying to play it out.

  • 9'

    It falls down to Manley in the box but he strikes wide.

  • 6'

    First half chance for either side comes as Kenny plays through Edogun. McGuinness is quick off his line however.

  • 1'

    Athlone get us underway.

  • Teams now out. Kickoff imminent.

  • Athlone are still looking for their first point of the season, the only first division side yet to register one. Tonight must feel very important for manager Martin Russell.

  • Hello and welcome to for coverage of tonight's first division encounter between Athlone Town and Bray Wanderers. I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout the match.

Athlone Town

16Micheál Schlingermann Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender
4Noah van Geenen 5 Defender
7Stephen Kenny
11Thomas Oluwa Forward 58'
14Success Edogun 6 Forward
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
20Gary Armstrong Forward
22Youri Habing 9 Midfielder
31Carlton Ubaezuonu Midfielder
30Andrew Skerritt Goalkeeper
3Derek Daly Defender
5Andy Spain 4 Defender
6Eugen Slivca 14 Midfielder
8Quincy Nkansah Midfielder
9Shane Barnes 22 Forward
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
26Isreal Kimazo Midfielder
27Cian Kelly Defender

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender
3Kevin Knight Defender 63'
5Hugh Douglas 4 Defender
8Kurtis Byrne 10 Forward 13'
9Rob Manley 24 Forward
11Paul Fox 21 Midfielder
12Jack Hudson Defender
16Callum Thompson 20 Midfielder
17Karl Manahan 28 Forward
25Dean Zambra Midfielder
25Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
4Sean Callan 5 Defender
7Keith Dalton Midfielder
10Kieran Marty Waters 8 Forward
18Zak O’Neill Midfielder
20Eoin McPhillips 16 Midfielder
21Conor Knight 11 Midfielder
24Darragh Lynch 9 Forward
28Darragh Livingston 17

Past Meetings

(Series 22)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town

(Series 13)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

(Series 4)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town

(Series 18)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Bray Wanderers

(Series 9)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Athlone Town


Athlone Town Stadium
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