|27 August 2022||7:00 pm||LOI Women's Premier Division||2022|
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.
|4'||19. Amy Boyle Carr|
|7. Gillian Keenan||15'|
|7. Gillian Keenan||23'|
|10. Kellie Brennan||44'|
|73'||Amy Boyle Carr|
|77'||18. Paula McGrory|
|85'||17. Lauren McLellan|
Lucy Jayne Grant
|9. Emily Corbet||91'|
|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|