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Date Time League Season
27 June 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Waterford grab eighth win in-a-row following victory in Athlone

Waterford cruised to their eighth win on the bounce with another 5-2 win over Athlone Town tonight.

Braces from Roland Idowu and Phoenix Patterson as well as one from Louis Britton handed Danny Searle his second win in as many games. Shane Barnes and Gary Armstrong scored for the hosts, but it made little difference.

This one got off to a quick start. Ten minutes in, former Athlone man Tunmise Sobowale muscled off a man on the right hand side and hit a low drilled cross. This was flicked in by Louis Britton to give the Blues the lead.

Three minutes later however Athlone had an equaliser. Cian Kelly sent in a cross and Thomas Oluwa met it. Brian Murphy also came for it but mistimed his punch away, clocking Oluwa and giving the ref no choice. Barnes stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 1-1.

Waterford heads did not bow and they had a penalty shout and a number of chances before regaining the lead. Van Geeren may have handballed from a Britton header and Britton himself came close after some nice link up play between Sobowale and Yassir El Naweh.

El Naweh himself nearly had a contender for goal of the season when he smacked the bar on the half hour mark. Waterford did not give up however.

In the 39th minute, a counter attack from an Athlone corner resulted in Patterson playing through Idowu, who slotted away. On the brink of half time, it was sealed.

Idowu and Patterson reversed roles and the Scot slammed it in off the bar. The replay shows that the ball didn’t cross the line, but it likely wouldn’t have changed the outcome. Waterford went into the break 3-1 up.

The gap widened three minutes after half time. Shane Griffin tried his luck from range and Andrew Skerritt spilled, which allowed Patterson to pounce on the rebound for a fourth.

Six minutes later however Athlone had one back from nowhere. Murphy scuffed a clearance and Gary Armstrong was alert, slotting it in low.

Just after the hour mark however Waterford reinstated the three goal lead. A cross from the right was flapped at by Skerritt, which fell to Richard Taylor. He drilled a cross to Idowu for the tap in, the game’s final goal.

Waterford gain ground on Galway who lost across the Midlands to Longford tonight. Two games, two wins for Searle in charge.

  • 93'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 89'

    Patterson again bursts at goal but shoots just wide.

  • 68'

    Great effort from Aaron Connolly, who smacks the bar from 25 yards out. Very unlucky.

  • 61'

    Goal! A cross from the right is poorly dealt with by Skerritt who can only flap as far as Taylor, who drills a cross to Idowu.

  • 56'

    Patterson cuts inside but his final effort is slightly wide.

  • 54'

    Goal! Murphy scuffs a clearance straight to Armstrong who pounces to pull one back.

  • 52'

    Patterson blazes one over from close range. Should've been a hattrick.

  • 48'

    Goal! It becomes 4-1 after Shane Griffin's long ranger is spilled by Skerritt and Patterson pounces on the rebound.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Goal! Patterson may have sealed it after he's played through and smashes one in off the bar!

  • 39'

    Goal! Waterford retake the lead after they break from an Athlone corner, which results in Idowu cutting inside a calmly slotting it in.

  • 29'

    Junior comes inside and forces a save from Skerritt. The rebound is met by En-Nayeh who hits the bar.

  • 27'

    Oluwa runs to the byline and following a Murphy save, hits the sidenet. Corner.

  • 24'

    Sobowale works the flank well and plays through En-Nayeh who fires it to Britton. His touch takes it wide however.

  • 21'

    Waterford have a penalty shout after Patterson works the left flank and sends in cross that's met by Britton. It takes a deflection off Van Geeren and they want a handball. Tough one to call.

  • 14'

    And Shane Barnes equalises from the spot!

  • 13'

    Penalty! Cian Kelly sends in a cross that Oluwa connects with and misses, but was caught late by Brian Murphy.

  • 10'

    Goal! Sobowale muscles off his man before sending in a low drilled cross that Britton flicks in!

  • 8'

    Chance! Junior smacks the crossbar after being played in by Idowu.

  • 1'

    Waterford get us underway.

  • It's a wet and windy evening in the Midlands. Not ideal match conditions.

  • Gordon Brett takes charge of Athlone tonight.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for live updates of today's First Division clash between Athlone Town and Waterford, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout the evening.

Athlone Town

30Andrew Skerritt Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender
4Noah van Geenen Defender 53'
9Shane Barnes Forward 14'
11Thomas Oluwa 14 Forward
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
20Gary Armstrong 10 Forward 54'
22Youri Habing 17 Midfielder
27Cian Kelly Defender
1Mark Smith Goalkeeper
3Gerard O’Connor
6Blake Ryan Defender
10Glen McAuley 20 Forward
14Success Edogun 11 Forward
17Osaze Irhue 22
31Mark O’Donovan

Waterford

1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
3Richard Taylor Defender
6Eddie Nolan 5 Defender
7Shane Griffin Midfielder 58'
8Yassine En-Neyah 4 Midfielder
9Louis Britton Forward 10'
11Armando Junior Quitirna 17 Midfielder
12Tunmise Sobowale 2 Defender
20Roland Idowu 18 Midfielder 39', 61'
24Killian Cantwell Defender
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder 45', 48'
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power 12 Defender
4Niall O’Keeffe 8 Midfielder
5George Forrest 6 Defender
14Kevin Joshua Defender
15Jeremie Milambo Defender
17Nigel Aris 11 Midfielder
18Callum Stringer 20 Midfielder
33Owen Oseni Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Athlone Town

(Round 1)
2 - 5
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Waterford

(1st Round)
4 - 4
FAI Cup
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Waterford

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