Date Time League Season
8 October 2021 7:45 pm First Division 2021

Match Report

Shels held to draw by Athlone

SSE Airtricity League First Division Champions, Shelbourne were held to a 1-1 draw at Tolka Park by play-off hopefuls Athlone Town.

A Brian McManus goal was cancelled out by a Stephen Meaney header just before half-time.

The game began at a decent pace with Athlone ‘keeper, Micheal Schlingermann being forced into action on a couple of occasions in the opening 10 minutes.

Ally Gilchrist also went close after getting on the end of a corner. However, he saw his header go just wide of Schlingermann’s goal.

The host’s pressure finally told after 23 minutes when Brian McManus won his side a corner. The subsequent kick was whipped in and McManus found himself on the end of it a few yards from goal and tapped in on the volley.

Shels took control of the game after going ahead but could not capitalise on their dominance and Athlone were level within 15 minutes of the hosts taking the lead.

Former Shels man, Glen McAuley found space on the wing and put in an inviting cross which Stephen Meaney got his head on and drew his side level.

The Reds went straight down the other end and looked certain to go ahead again but Schlingermann denied them with a wonderful double save.

Going into half-time both sides would have been expected to come out flying for the second half. However, this was not the case and the second period had the pace of what seemed like a pre-season game.

Both sides had a few half chances and shots from distance but nothing of note.

It was certainly not a performance of champions from Shelbourne who had a number of key players on the bench from the start.

For Athlone, it was hard to tell that they were fighting for a promotion spot with not a lot of action for them at the top of the pitch.

Overall, it was a disappointing game of football from two sides that we expected to offer much more.

  • 93'

    FULL-TIME: Shelbourne 1-1 Athlone Town

  • 93'

    McAuley's strike is straight at Brendan Clarke

  • 91'

    Meaney goes close after some great footwork but ultimately his shot is off target

  • 90'

    Glen McAuley strikes from a free-kick but slips and sees his effort go wide

  • 87'

    A terrible second half with both sides unable to create any clear cut chances

  • 83'

    Play resumes

  • 82'

    Derek Daly is down receiving attention

  • 76'

    Ryan Brennan and Gavin Molloy on to replace Shane Farrell and Yousef Mahdy

  • 65'

    Aidan Friel gets booked

  • 62'

    Dayle Rooney on to replace Anoaebonam

  • 55'

    Derek Daly lets fly and sees his effort go just over the bar

  • 52'

    McManus strikes from distance but it is straight at Schlingermann

  • 46'

    Shels get the second period underway

  • The players are on the pitch ahead of the second half

  • HALF-TIME: Shelbourne 1-1 Athlone Town

  • 45'

    Shane Farrell hits one on the volley but it is is well off tatrget

  • 40'

    Fantastic footwork from Mahdy ends with Schlingermann making another save

  • 37'

    Schlingermann keeps his side level at the other end making two wonderful saves

  • 36'

    Stephen Meaney gets on the end of a Glen McAuley cross and heads home

  • 36'

    Athlone are level

  • 35'

    Shels are really in control with Athlone struggling to get on the ball

  • 28'

    Sobowale drives at the Shels defence and his shot is well blocked

  • 23'

    He gets on the end of the resulting corner and volleys home from close in

  • 23'

    McManus makes a good run and wins himself a corner

  • 18'

    Ally Gilchrist heads just wide from a corner

  • 10'

    Mahdy forces another great save from Schlingermann and wins a corner

  • 8'

    Brandon McCann is on to replace Delaney

  • 7'

    Play resumes

  • 6'

    Play is stopped as Scott Delaney is down receiving treatment

  • 5'

    Mahdy is played through and goes close with his shot going just past the post

  • 2'

    Brian McManus lets fly from distance and forces a good save from Micheal Schlingermann

  • 1'

    Athlone get the game underway

  • The players are on the pitch ahead of kick-off

  • Just over ten minutes to go until kick-off

  • Athlone have made two changes from last week's win with Meaney and McAuley coming in to replace Barnes and Duffy

  • Shelbourne have made five changes from last week's win; Anaebonam, Barker, Mahdy, McManus and Kouogan are in replacing O'Connor, Brennan, Wilson, Byrne and Ledwidge

  • Kick-off is at 7.45pm with team news to come very soon

  • Paul Doolin's men will be looking to put the pressure on the teams above them and get a result against the league champions

  • Athlone are still in with a chance of finishing in a play-off spot and they come into tonight following a 2-1 victory at home to Cabinteely thanks to goal scorers James Doona and Kurtis Byrne

  • Shelbourne secured the league title and their return to the Premier Division last week after a 1-0 win at home to Treaty United courtesy of a George Poynton penalty

  • Tolka Park is the venue for tonight's game

  • Hello and welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League First Division fixture between Shelbourne and Athlone Town


1Brendan Clarke Goalkeeper
Stanley Anaebonam 18 Forward
2Michael Barker Defender 89'
3Kevin O’Connor Defender
4Ally Gilchrist Defender
5Yassine En-Neyah 9 Midfielder
11Yousef Mahdy 10 Forward
14Brian McManus Midfielder 23'
15Maxim Kouogan Defender
17Shane Farrell Forward
26George Poynton 30 Midfielder
25Jack Brady Goalkeeper
Eric Molloy Forward
Gavin Molloy 17 Midfielder
9Michael O’Connor 5 Forward
10Ryan Brennan 11 Midfielder
12Denzil Fernandes Midfielder
18Dayle Rooney Midfielder
23Luke Byrne Defender
30Alex Nolan 26 Midfielder

Athlone Town

16Micheál Schlingermann Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel Defender 65'
3Derek Daly 13 Defender
5Scott Delaney 19 Defender
6Killian Cantwell Defender
10Kurtis Byrne 4 Forward
11Stephen Meaney Midfielder 36'
14James Doona 9 Midfielder
23Tunmise Sobowale Defender
21Dylan Hand Defender
25Glen McAuley Forward
50Tommy Holland Goalkeeper
4Daniel McKenna 10 Midfielder
9Lee Duffy 14 Forward
12Jack Reynolds Forward
13David Brookes 3 Defender
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Brandon McCann 5 Midfielder
22Ray O’Sullivan
24Katiego Mashingo

Past Meetings

(Series 19)
4 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 16)
1 - 3
First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 10)
5 - 0
Women's National League
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 7)
1 - 0
First Division
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Athlone Town

(Series 1)
0 - 2
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Quarter Final)
4 - 1
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne

(Series 4)
0 - 3
Women's National League
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Shelbourne


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A journalist with an interest in sports. BA in Multimedia Journalism from the University Of Wolverhampton.