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

Match Report

Oluwa haunts Galway title hopes

Thomas Oluwa came back to haunt his former club Galway Utd and end their slim title chances. Oluwa’s 10th goal of the season decided this game at Eamon Deacy Park.

Oisin O’Reilly lost possession, Athlone broke, Killian Brouder lost the ball and Oluwa pounced to fire past Kearns.

The home side had made the perfect start to the game. Barely two minutes had elapsed when Stephen Walsh nicked the ball from Jarlath Jones and coolly fired to the net. Athlone were back on level terms in the 18th minute when Adam Lennon found the back of the net with a stunning strike.

Despite taking an early lead Galway created very little after Walsh’s goal. Ronan Manning hit a free that went wide in the 14th minute. Four minutes later Athlone drew level through Lennon.

Athlone keeper Vladislav Velikin brought off a superb save in the 33rd minute to deny David Hurley. As half-time approached Galway piled on the pressure. Killian Brouder’s header came off his team-mate David Tarmey who was on the line.

Manning’s free went wide in the 43rd minute. Max Hemmings cut inside and hit an excellent strike that just went wide in stoppage time. 

Five minutes into the second half Hemmings brought a fine save out of Velikin. McCarthy’s curling effort went wide in the 55th minute as the home side pushed to restore the lead. As the game went on Galway manager John Caulfield made changes.

Sub Oisin O’Reilly saw his shot pushed away by Velikin in the 67th minute, the ball eventually fell to Walsh but his bicycle kick went over the bar. In the 74th minute McCarthy’s long range effort just went narrowly wide. Bastien Hery did very well in the 76th minute, he played the ball to O’Reilly the ball fell to Hurley but he blasted the ball over the bar when it was easier to keep it down.

Utd were made rue not taking their chances when in the 81st minute Oluwa put Athlone ahead. Galway now have a battle on with Waterford to finish second in the table.

 

  • 90'

    Wilson Waweru booked. Very harsh

  • 86'

    Hery is booked

  • 84'

    Killian Brouder goes off

  • 84'

    Rob Manley is on

  • 82'

    Oisin O\'Reilly lost possession, Athlone broke, Killian Brouder lost the ball and Oluwa pounced to fire past Kearns

  • 81'

    Thomas Oluwa puts Athlone ahead

  • 79'

    Van Geelan does very well to win the ball from Walsh

  • 76'

    Great play from Hery, he plays the ball over to O'Reilly, ball falls to Hurley but he somehow blasts the ball over the bar. Good chance gone abegging

  • 74'

    McCarthy's long range effort just narrowly wide

  • 73'

    Conor Kearns quick off his line to clear the danger

  • 67'

    Velikin pushes away Oisin O'Reilly's effort, it eventually falls to Walsh but he hits his bicycle kick over the bar

  • 66'

    Daniel Dobbin goes off

  • 66'

    Jack Kavanagh is on for Athlone

  • 65'

    Nothing come from that corner

  • 65'

    Athlone win a corner

  • 64'

    Conor O'Keeffe is booked

  • 62'

    Aaron McBride is booked for a foul on Waweru

  • 58'

    Mikie Rowe is off

  • 58'

    Oisin O'Reilly is on

  • 58'

    David Tarmey makes way

  • 58'

    Ronan Manning goes off

  • 58'

    Bastien Hery is on

  • 55'

    Ed McCarthy's curling effort just wide

  • 53'

    Oluwa does very well and then releases the ball to Dobbin but it doesn't have enough power and Kearns saves

  • 51'

    The home side have won a corner

  • 50'

    Velikin with a save from Hemmings.

  • 45'

    Cracking strike from Hemmings, so close

  • 43'

    Manning's free goes wide

  • 42'

    Brouder's header is cleared off the line

  • 41'

    Corner for the home side

  • 38'

    Galway haven't looked like restoring their lead. Poor enough from them

  • 38'

    O'Keeffe with a cross but it sails over the bar

  • 33'

    Great strike from Hurley but Velikin was equal to the shot. Fantastic save

  • 30'

    Athlone clear the danger as Galway try to break

  • 26'

    Hickey is booked

  • 26'

    Athlone have been buoyed up by that goal

  • 23'

    Walsh hoping to restore his side's lead but Velikin reacts well

  • 18'

    Stunning strike from Lennon that Kearns could not save

  • 18'

    Adam Lennon levels the game

  • 14'

    Manning takes the free but his low effort goes wide

  • 13'

    Ronan Manning skips past a number of challenges and wins a free

  • 11'

    Athlone break but O'Keeffe puts in a fine challenge to win the ball for Galway

  • 11'

    Walsh fouled, free to Galway

  • 3'

    Walsh nicked the ball from Jones and coolly slotted home

  • 2'

    Stephen Walsh puts Galway ahead.

  • 2'

    Free from Aaron Connolly floated into the box but Hickey couldn't get a connection on it

  • 1'

    Underway here

  • Teams are now out on the pitch

  • Galway have defeated Athlone in their previous three meetings this season. In their last game it was 1-1 entering stoppage time but Galway grabbed two late goals to win the game

  • Athlone lie 8th in the table. In their previous game they drew 2-2 with their local rivals Longford Town.

  • Galway are hoping to keep pressure on leaders Cork City. With just 3 games left, Galway are six points behind the Leesiders.

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Galway Utd and Athlone Town

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender 64'
3Stephen Walsh Defender 2'
5Killian Brouder 9 Defender
8Mikie Rowe 26 Midfielder
10David Hurley Midfielder
12James Finnerty Defender
15David Tarmey 18
23Ronan Manning 17 Midfielder
27Max Hemmings Midfielder
4Charlie Lyons Defender
6Diego Portilla Defender
9Rob Manley 5 Forward
9Manu Dimas Forward
15Adam Thomas Defender
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
17Bastien Hery 23 Midfielder 86'
18Wilson Waweru 15 Forward
26Oisin O’Reilly 8 Defender

Athlone Town

16Vladislav Velikin Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin 14 Defender
4Noah van Geenen Defender
11Thomas Oluwa Forward 81'
12Adam Lennon Midfielder 18'
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder
17Charles Mutawe Defender
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Aaron McBride 62'
22Patrick Hickey Defender 26'
26Jarlath Jones
50Enda Minogue Goalkeeper
5Andy Spain Defender
7Blake Ryan Defender
14Jack Kavanagh 2 Midfielder
14Matthew Leal
20Gary Armstrong Forward
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
26Cameron Mulready
27Cian Kelly Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 26)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Galway United

(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

Ground

Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland