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14 October 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Athlone Town strike late to beat Cork in Lissywollen

Athlone Town ended their home campaign with a 3-2 comeback victory over champions Cork City tonight.

Dylan McGlade and Barry Coffey put Cork ahead early before Gary Armstrong responded. Noah Van Geenan tied it up with twenty to go, before an Aaron Connolly free with seven minutes to go won it.

It took just five minutes for City to get up and running. They passed the ball around the edge of the Athlone, with a particularly good switch from Franco Umeh being key.

The ball found its way to Dylan McGlade on the left, who cut onto his right foot and found the top corner with a sweet strike. It looked as if it would be a tough one for the hosts from here on.

It went from bad to worse for Athlone in the 16th minute. A cross from the left took a deflection and an Enda Minogue error allowed Barry Coffey to tap it in. The champions were happy campers.

Athlone wouldn’t go down without a fight however and responded just three minutes later. Gary Armstrong got the ball on the left-hand side and cut in, finding the bottom corner. The town went for it for the rest of the half, but to no avail.

The Midlanders were the better team in the second half and it ended up showing. Aaron Connolly and Thomas Oluwa had penalty shouts waved away, whilst an Oluwa effort on goal got by Jimmy Corcoran but was cleared away. It wasn’t long until their persistent pressure paid off though.

With twenty minutes left, they won a corner. A one-two on the left-hand side worked well and the eventual cross to the back post was met by Patrick Hickey. He headed it back across for Noah Geenan for a tap-in, who made it 2-2.

Cork could’ve retaken the lead in the 83rd minute when Darragh Crowley wriggled his way through the Athlone defence and curled one for the far corner. His effort was just wide, yielding a corner.

The town had the last laugh however with seven to spare. Adam Lennon won a free kick about 30 yards out and up stepped Aaron Connolly. The midfielder struck it sweetly, making it awkward for Corey Chambers. Chambers couldn’t do anything about it and Lissywollen was over the moon.

Athlone may have started the campaign poorly, but their good play in the second half of the season suggests there’s something in this squad for the future. For Cork, they prepare for next week’s trophy lift.

  • 97'

    Full time.

  • 93'

    Kavanagh misses a sitter to seal it.

  • 90'

    Five minutes added on.

  • 87'

    Goal! Athlone have the lead after a brilliant Aaron Connolly free kick! 3-2 now!

  • 83'

    Crowley works a good chance and it's just wide. Corner.

  • 70'

    Goal! A cross to the back post is met by Hickey who puts it on a plate for Van Geenan! 2-2 now.

  • 66'

    Ouwa gets through on goal and pokes it past Corcoran, but it's cleared.

  • 59'

    Lennon seizes upon a sloppy Gilchrist pass and bursts forward. He plays a ball into Thomas Oluwa, who is successfully challenged for the ball. Athlone want a penalty but it didn't look like it would've been warranted.

  • 48'

    Connolly has a shot on the edge of the box for Athlone and penalty calls for a handball follow. Referee waves such claims away.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    Two minutes added on.

  • 30'

    Been all Athlone since their goal. Making a real go of it.

  • 19'

    Goal! Athlone respond after Armstrong cuts in from the left and finds the bottom corner.

  • 16'

    Goal! Minogue makes a mess of a cross from the left and Barry Coffey is om the spot to tap it in!

  • 5'

    Goal! The champs are off to a flyer after the pass the ball outside the Athlone box for a bit, before McGlade cuts in and finds the top corner! Amazing goal.

  • 1'

    We are underway.

  • Minutes silence beforehand.

  • Athlone giving Cork a guard of honour. Kickoff is soon.

  • This is Athlone's last home game of the season, whilst it's Cork's first since they became champions. Both will be looking to impress tonight.

  • The teams are now in.

  • Hello and welcome to finalwhistle.ie for live coverage of tonight's first division match between Athlone Town and Cork City. I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Athlone Town

1Enda Minogue Goalkeeper
3Jarlath Jones
4Noah van Geenen Defender 70'
5Andy Spain Defender
7Adam Lennon 2 Midfielder
11Thomas Oluwa 6 Forward
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder 87'
71'
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
20Gary Armstrong 14 Forward 19'
22Patrick Hickey Defender
26Charles Mutawe Defender
16Vladislav Velikin Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin 7 Defender
6Matthew McCarrick 11 Forward
9Matthew Leal
10Blake Ryan Defender
14Jack Kavanagh 20 Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
27Cian Kelly Defender

Cork City

20Jimmy Corcoran 26 Goalkeeper
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
6Ally Gilchrist 28 Defender
7Dylan McGlade Midfielder 5'
42'
8Aaron Bolger 16 Midfielder
10Barry Coffey 22 Midfielder 16'
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
19Matt Srbely Midfielder
25Gordon Walker Defender
34Franco Umeh Forward
40Louis Britton 27 Forward
26Corey Chambers 20 Goalkeeper
9Ruairi Keating Forward
15Matt Healy Midfielder
16Alec Byrne 8 Midfielder
17Darragh Crowley Forward
22James Doona 10 Midfielder
24Cian Murphy Forward
27Mark O’Mahony 40 Forward
28Jonas Hakkinen 6 Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 19)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Quarter Final)
2 - 0
FAI Women's Cup
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Round 27)
6 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Round 15)
1 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(Round 9)
1 - 4
LOI Women's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Athlone Town

(Round 15)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cork City

(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