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Date Time League Season
6 May 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Bolger bags winner for Cork in Athlone

Aaron Bolger was the hero for Cork tonight, scoring a screamer in injury time to win it against Athlone.

Thomas Oluwa put the hosts ahead under a minute in. Cian Murphy would equalise for Cork in the second half, after much pressure. Bolger pinged one in from 30 yards for the winner.

This one got off to a hectic start, with Oluwa going bombing down the left in the very first minute. His ball across was met by Oisin Duffy, whose effort was blocked. The ball out was crossed back in by Stephen Kenny, whose ball was met by Thomas Oluwa to give Athlone a shock lead.

This was a quiet first half for the most part. Kenny had a double chance after the half hour mark but to no avail. Bolger had a penalty shout when he was checked by Oisin Duffy down the other end, but the ref waived it away.

Athlone went down to ten five minutes after the restart. Kenny had been booked for an off the ball incident just after the restart and was then penalised for a silly late challenge on Kieran Coates. This would bring pressure the rest of the way.

Pressure started to come around the hour mark and Cork equalised in the 66th minute. They won a free on the left and Matt Healy crossed in, with Cian Murphy rising to the occasion to score.

This was nearly flipped on its head a minute later when Oluwa turned Cian Coleman in the box and won a penalty. He took it, being denied by David Harrington before missing the rebound with the goal gaping. An absolutely crucial moment.

In the 78th minute Cork nearly gifted it back. A Harrington and Coleman mix up allowed Oisin Duffy to loop a header goalwards before Coleman cleared it off the line. Bolger then cleared the ensuing corner off the line. This would not be his only heroic act.

Aaron Connolly nearly sent the place into a frenzy two minutes from time when he caught the ball on the half volley from halfway and forced Harrington to push it onto the post. The crazy ending had one last twist, however.

In the 95th minute, Bolger got it onto his right. Without any pressure, he struck it from 30 yards, finding the net. An absolute peach to win it for the league leaders, who solidify their place on top.

  • 95'

    Goal! Aaron Bolger wins it with a brilliant long range strike!

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on.

  • 88'

    Goal of the season was nearly scored here as Connolly catches it on the volley from the half way line and Harrington can only tip it onto the post. The Cork goalie gets away with it.

  • 78'

    Incredible scenes here as Coleman and Harrington have a mix up that gives Oisin Duffy a chance to loop a header in, but Coleman clears off the line. Bolger then clears one off the line from the ensuing corner.

  • 75'

    Healy forces yet another Schlingermann save.

  • 70'

    Schlingermann just tipped over a long range Healy strike. Good save.

  • 69'

    Wow! The penalty is saved and Oluwa puts the rebound over!

  • 68'

    Oluwa turns Coleman and wins Athlone a penalty.

  • 66'

    Goal! Healy whips in a free and Murphy heads it in!

  • 60'

    Matt Healy cuts inside and cracks an effort off the bar. Closest City have come.

  • 50'

    Wild start to the second half as Kenny gets a second yellow. Athlone down to ten.

  • 46'

    Athlone restart the game.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added on.

  • 41'

    Athlone continue to threaten from Daly's corners. Puts this one into the mixer and contact is made, but Harrington collects eventually.

  • 38'

    A Daly corner is met by Van Geeren but he can't steer it towards goal.

  • 33'

    Cork penalty shout. Bolger knocks it around Duffy and goes down, but ref is having none of it.

  • 32'

    Kenny with a double chance. First can't control it in the box. Then has a long range effort that Harrington deals with. Athlone dangerous on the counter still.

  • 30'

    At the half hour mark and there hasn't been a lot of action. Cork probably feeling frustrated.

  • 18'

    Gary Armstrong on.

  • 18'

    Athlone making an early sub. Andy Spain off.

  • 8'

    Murphy bursts into the Athlone box but Spain deals with it well.

  • 1'

    Wow! Athlone take an early lead through Thomas Oluwa!

  • 1'

    Cork get us underway.

  • Teams coming out now.

  • It's a clear day for it, despite the rain earlier. Conditions should have no effect on the game.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Tonight should be routine for Cork, they're in a great run of form. Athlone on the other hand have yet to win a game. Anything but three points for the visitors would be a shock.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for coverage of today's game between Athlone Town and Cork City, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout the evening.

Athlone Town

16Micheál Schlingermann 30 Goalkeeper
3Derek Daly Defender
4Noah van Geenen Defender
5Andy Spain 20 Defender
7Stephen Kenny 47'
9Shane Barnes 8 Forward
11Thomas Oluwa Forward 1'
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder 79'
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
31Carlton Ubaezuonu Midfielder
30Mark Smith 16 Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender
8Quincy Nkansah 9 Midfielder
14Success Edogun Forward
17Matthew McCarrick Forward
20Gary Armstrong 5 Forward
22Youri Habing Midfielder
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
27Osaze Irhue

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
6Ally Gilchrist Defender
8Aaron Bolger Midfielder 90+5'
10Barry Coffey Midfielder
11Cian Bargary Forward
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
15Matt Healy Midfielder
23Kieran Coates 22
24Cian Murphy Forward 66'
48'
27Mark O’Mahony 9 Forward
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
3Ronan Hurley Defender
9Ruairi Keating 27 Forward
17Darragh Crowley Forward
18Joshua Honohan Defender
19Matt Srbely Midfielder
22James Doona 23 Midfielder
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 7)
4 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 23)
2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Series 21)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 14)
2 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 12)
0 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Series 5)
2 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Series 3)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
2 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

Ground

Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town Stadium, Old Rail Trail, Garrycastle, Athlone East Rural Electoral Division, The Municipal District of Athlone — Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster, N37 N1F2, Ireland

Formerly DCU Journalism, covering mainly Athlone teams for finalwhistle.ie