Date Time League Season
22 July 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Galway strike twice late to win at Athlone

Chaos in Athlone as Galway strike twice late through Lomboto and Dimas to steal the points at Athlone after the Town thought they had stolen a last-minute point.

Manley opened the scoring for the Tribesmen just before the 20th minute in what must be said was a very open entertaining match.

Galway came into the fixture as heavy favourites off the back of a hard-fought point in the top of the table clash at Turners Cross last week. Athlone would be confident however off the back of their first win in five. 

Athlone had the first chance of the game. Oluwa played in McAuley but his shot was no trouble to Kearns in the Galway net. 

Galway opened the scoring just before the twenty-minute mark. Irhue's back pass was caught out as Manley pounced for Galway to brilliantly finish off his right into the far corner past Velikin. 

Athlone looked to get back into it with Lennon having an effort from range saved but the end-to-end action would continue immediately with Galway working a big chance of their own through Hurley who’s nifty footwork worked space but Veliken was equal to his effort. 

Both sides pressed towards the end of what must be said was an entertaining first half but it remained Galway with the slender 1-0 lead at the break. 

The second half was a lot more cagey with Athlone being the better of the sides but creating no real major chances to show for their dominance on the ball. McBride had an effort that fell to his feet from a corner saved but with 20 to go Athlone still trailed. 

Athlone had a penalty shout waved away with ten to go after a potential handball was waved away by the referee to the major appeals of the town faithful with 10 to go. 

Andy Spain stepped up and smashed the ball from 25 yards to potentially rescue a point but more drama was to come….

Galway stole the game late on through Lomboto whose left-footed effort went low into the keepers' right corner amongst major protests from Athlone fans who believed there should have been a handball.

The game fell apart immediately as Dimas added a third from close range for Galway and Athlone had Connolly sent off in the aftermath for remonstrating. 

It finished Athlone Town 1-3 Galway United.

  • 92'

    GOAL GALWAY! Dimas secures the points for Galway late. Connolly is sent off for reminstrating.

  • 90'


  • 88'


  • 81'

    Athlone feel hard done by as a penalty shout was waved away for an obvious handball.

  • 80'

    Dolla for McAuley for Athlone.

  • 66'

    Walsh picks up Galways second yellow of the game.

  • 61'

    Galway changes: Lomboto Dimas and Portilla replace O'Reilly, Manley, and Waweru.

  • 60'

    Hickey booked for Athlone.

  • 56'

    First major chance of the half to Athlone. A corner fell to McBride who couldn't finish from close range.

  • 46'

    Second half underway

  • 46'

    Athlone make a double change at the break. Kelly and Spain replace Duffy and Irhue

  • 46'

    Half time here and Galway hold the slender advantage at the break.

  • 45'

    2 minutes added at the end of the half.

  • 41'

    McAuley sees his free kick well saved and parried out for a corner. Athlone with plenty of chances in this half.

  • 40'

    Oisin O'Reilly booked for stopping an attack.

  • 39'

    Duffy is up and has returned to the field of play.

  • 38'

    Play stopped as a player recieves treatment for Athlone.

  • 28'

    Hurley has a chance for Galway who are applying pressure. His nifty footwork worked space but Veliken was equal to the effort.

  • 26'

    Connolly booked for Athlone. Galway play it short and O\'Reilly flashed it across the box but no t2mmate could poke it in.

  • 24'

    Lennon sees his effort from the edge of the box saved well, a good chance for Athlone who look to get back into it.

  • 20'

    GOAL! Manley scores for Galway, finishing well off his right foot after Irhue was caught out of position covering at right back.

  • 14'

    Galway pressing forward with Van Geenen forced to commit a foul at the edge of the area. The resulting free went out for a corner with Athlone clearing their lines.

  • 9'

    Oluwa plays in McAuley whose shot is no trouble to Kearns.

  • 8'

    Galway controlling possession early on with Athlone not pressing up, happy to sit behind and snuff out the Galway attack.

  • 4'

    Athlone get the first opportunity after chaos from a corner but Galway clear their lines.

  • 1'

    Underway in Athlone!

  • The Athlone team is confirmed. Hickey and Valikin start with Mulready returning to the bench for the Town tonight;

  • Good evening, Samuel Mansfield with you reporting on Galway's visit to Athlone tonight! Galway are heavy favourites to win but Athlone are looking to move off the bottom of the table with a win.

Athlone Town

16Vladislav Velikin Goalkeeper
4Noah van Geenen Defender
7Adam Lennon Midfielder
10Glen McAuley 8 Forward
11Thomas Oluwa Forward
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder 26'
17Osaze Irhue 27
18Oisin Duffy 5 Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
20Gary Armstrong Forward
22Patrick Hickey Defender 60'
1Mark Smith Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender
5Andy Spain 18 Defender 88'
8Valerii Dolia 10
14Cameron Mulready
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
26Matthew McCarrick Forward
27Cian Kelly 17 Defender

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender 66'
4Charlie Lyons Defender
10David Hurley Midfielder
12James Finnerty Defender
18Wilson Waweru 9 Forward
21Oisin O’Reilly 6 Defender 40'
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
27Max Hemmings Midfielder
28Robert Manley 19 20'
6Diego Portilla 21 Defender
8Mikie Rowe Midfielder
9Manu Dimas 18 Forward 90+2'
15David Tarmey
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
19Francely Lomboto 28 Forward 90'
Ben Molloy Defender
20Evan O’Connor Defender
17Mark Russell Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 17)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Athlone Town

(Round 6)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 20)
1 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 11)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Athlone Town

(Series 2)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 10)
1 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(Series 1)
2 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Athlone Town


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

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