Date Time League Season
27 August 2022 7:00 pm LOI Women's Premier Division 2022

Match Report

Athlone Town come from behind to beat Sligo Rovers

Sligo Rovers suffered their third defeat in a row, losing 4-2 to Athlone Town in Lissywollen tonight.

Amy Boyle Carr gave the visitors a lead early but a Gillian Keenan brace and one from Kellie Brennan turned the tables before halftime. Paula McGrory would make it an interesting last ten minutes, but Athlone saw it through.

Sligo took the early lead after a ball to the back post met Boyle Carr all alone and she caught the ball in tidy fashion on the half volley, finding the net. Sadly for the Bit O’ Red, this was as good as it got all half, as Athlone proceeded to dominate.

Over the next ten minutes or so Sligo were very open at the back, which presented chances for the likes of Laurie Ryan and Roisin Molloy, but through some good last-ditch defending they were kept out.

Athlone tied it in the 15th minute when a long Jessica Hennessy pass was met by Kellie Brennan, who held it up. Following a one-two with Madison Gibson, her cross to the back post was headed in by Keenan. Athlone kept going from here.

The lead came seven minutes later when Gibson bombed down the left and put in a low drilled cross that was met by Keenan. Amy Mahon saved the original effort, but it was eventually bundled in. The lead at this stage was more than deserved for Athlone.

The action cooled significantly until the brink of halftime when Kellie Brennan made it three. A long ball was played for Gibson to chase and she once again sent in a low drilled cross that was met by Brennan. The 3-1 scoreline at the half reflected the game fairly 3-1 scoreline at the half reflected the game fairly.

The second half started very slowly, presumably to plan for Athlone but Sligo showed signs of fight. Emma Doherty and Roisin Molloy had good efforts saved by Niamh Coombes and Amy Mahon respectively, but goals did come eventually.

Sligo made Athlone grind it out after a lofted Gemma McGuinness cross was headed home by Paula McGrory in the 78th minute. Sligo looked dangerous, but couldn’t find a third.

Athlone killed it off in injury time when a Munroe long pass was met by Keenan, who squared it to Emily Corbet. The sub took her time, picked her spot, and slotted in, to ensure a 4-2 victory for the town.

  • 93'

    Full time.

  • 91'

    Goal! Corbet makes it four for Athlone to seal the deal!

  • 87'

    Jessica Hennessy just allowed a long ball in to bounce in the box and it almost proved fatal. Athlone eventually clear though.

  • 77'

    Goal! McGuinness lofts one to the back post that McGrory heads in. All very interesting now...

  • 75'

    An excellent through long ball is played to Molloy and she bears down on goal, but Mahon tips it off the post. Good save.

  • 70'

    Athlone have the ball in the net, but the flag goes up.

  • 66'

    First real chance of the half for either side as a ball is drilled into Emma Doherty and she hits it first time. It's straight at her, but Coombes pulls off a good save.

  • 62'

    Kate Slevin now launches a free over from distance. This half is sorely lacking in action. which is probably how Athlone planned for it to go at half time.

  • 57'

    Kelsey Munroe launches a long rage free towards the goal, but it sails over.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time now. Athlone made it 3-1 through a Kellie Brennan tap in. Muireann Devaney and Jessica Hennessy also had chanced before the interval, but good defending kept both of them out. Athlone look on course for a victory now.

  • 39'

    Athlone work their first chance in a while, with Devaney, Brennan and finally Molloy all being involved. Move ended with Molloy firing it at goal, but sending it well over.

  • 30'

    Action has cooled since Athlone took the lead. Game is now going to plan for them.

  • 23'

    Goal! Athlone take the lead after Gibson bombs down the left and puts in a cross that's bundled in by Keenan!

  • 15'

    Goal! Athlone get an equaliser that's been coming after a Brennan cross is met at the back post by Gillian Keenan!

  • 12'

    Scarlett Heron meets a Shine corner but it goes well over.

  • 12'

    Athlone work their way into the box but don't pull the trigger, always looking for that final pass. Costs them another chance.

  • 9'

    Sligo are very open at the back. Keenan works it to Molloy on the right and Mahon saves her shot before it's cleared. All Athlone since the Sligo goal.

  • 6'

    Ryan works her way into the Sligo box and has a shot saved and some pinball ensues. Sligo again deal with it.

  • 4'

    Goal! Sligo take a surprise early lead after a ball to the back post is finished by Amy Boyle Carr!

  • 2'

    Kelsey Munroe plays a long ball to Brennan and she lobs Mahon for Keenan to give chase, but Sligo get back and deal with it.

  • 1'

    And we're off.

  • There'll be a minutes silence beforehand for Des Casey.

  • Teams are out. Kickoff imminent.

  • Teams are in.

  • Sligo have lost two on the trot whilst Athlone had an unbeaten run snapped last week by Peamount. Both teams are looking to avoid stringing together more losses.

  • Hello and welcome to for live coverage of today's WNL clash between Athlone Town and Sligo Rovers, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Athlone Town

1Niamh Coombes Goalkeeper
3Kayleigh Shine Defender
5Jessica Hennessy Midfielder
6Muireann Devaney Midfielder
7Gillian Keenan Forward 15', 23'
10Kellie Brennan Forward 44'
11Laurie Ryan Midfielder
12Maddison Gibson 18 Midfielder
13Kelsey Munroe Defender
14Roisin Molloy 15 Midfielder
17Scarlett Herron 9 Midfielder
16Bonnie McKiernan Goalkeeper
9Emily Corbet 17 Forward 91'
15Lucy Jayne Grant 14 Forward
18Kate Slevin 12 Midfielder
19Evie Kelly
21Chloe Hennigan
26Aisling Mahony Forward

Sligo Rovers

16Amy Mahon Goalkeeper
2Leah Kelly 13 Defender
5Orna O’Dowd Defender
7Gemma McGuinness Forward
8Lauren Boles Midfielder
9Emma Doherty Forward
12Amy Roddy 20 Defender
14Kerri O’Hara 15 Defender
18Paula McGrory Forward 77'
19Amy Boyle Carr 25 Forward 4'
21Sarah Kiernan 17 Defender
38Farrah McDonagh Goalkeeper
6Amy Hyndman Forward
11Aoife Brennan Forward
13Katie Melly 2 Midfielder
15Fiona Doherty 14 Forward
17Lauren McLellan 21 Forward 85'
20Keela Scanlon 12 Defender
24Jessica Casey Midfielder
25Aife Haran 19 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 16)
1 - 2
LOI Women's Premier Division
The Showgrounds

Sligo Rovers v Athlone Town

(Round 8)
5 - 0
LOI Women's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Sligo Rovers

13 - 4
eLOI-Group B
Online Event

Sligo Rovers v Athlone Town


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