Date Time League Season
9 July 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Athlone claim much needed win

Athlone earned their first win in six games away to Cabinteely tonight, as a Derek Daly strike early on was enough to seal the three points for the visitors in a 1-0 win at Stradbrook Road.

It proved to be the Midlanders only clear cut chance and unlike in their previous encounters, they took it.

For the hosts on the other hand, a failure to seriously threaten all night long means the result is fair.

The first half proved to be the crucial one in this affair. Athlone sought to pressure Cabinteely with long range passing, but couldn’t break through them. Their first real chance came just before the ten minute mark, when a dangerous free kick from Derek Daly whipped in with his left foot begged for a touch, any kind of which would’ve sent it in. Adam Wixted came closest, but just couldn’t get anything on it.

Bray responded with a decent chance of their own. After it fell to him on the edge of the area, Eoin Massey tried his luck and sought the bottom left corner. Schlingermann in the Athlone net had other ideas however, and got down to tip his effort around the post.

Then the breakthrough came. After some impressive link up play on the left flank, Derek Daly fired a pass to Stephen Meaney in the area and followed his ball. Stephen Meaney, who was a late addition to the starting XI, held off his man well and offloaded the ball back to Daly, who after one touch fired his effort into the roof of the net. An excellent finish which must’ve been a sight to behold for manager Adrian Carberry.

Cabinteely tried their luck for the rest of the half but to no avail. Luke McWilliams tried to meet a cross from the right after storming from left back himself, but his leader lacked composure and flew over.

Just after the half hour mark, Massey again tried one from the edge of the area, but sent it well over. Their best chance came via Vilius Labutis, who on the brink of half time met a cross from the left with a nice glancing header. The effort hit the bar and went over and that was as close as it got for the hosts.

There was only one chance worthy of mention in the second half. On the 54th minute , Eoin McPhilips stood over a dead ball and attempted a left footed curler from just beyond the D. His effort glanced wide of the post. Athlone hardly threatened the rest of the way, but that was enough as neither did Cabinteely.

A good night for Athlone and Carberry. Areas to work on, but a win is a win and it feels good when it’s your first in six. Daly was deserving of man of the match, not just for the winner, but also for how he threatened Cabo with his passing ability.

For Cabinteely, it’s disappointing. They can’t complain about the result, as they never really threatened. Pat Devlin may be concerned, as they now only have one goal in four. Results elsewhere mean that the promotion challenge for both these teams however, is far from over.


25Harry Halwax Goalkeeper
2Daniel Blackbyrne Defender
3Kevin Knight Defender 56'
4Jack Hudson Defender
8Zak O’Neill 7 Midfielder
10Kieran Marty Waters 29 Forward
11Sean McDonald 9 Forward
15Eoin Massey 18 Midfielder 68'
16Vilius Labutis Midfielder
19Luke McWilliams Defender
20Eoin McPhillips 34 Midfielder
45Michael Quinn Goalkeeper
6Alex Aspil Midfielder
7Keith Dalton 8 Midfielder
9Luke Clucas 11 Forward
18Conor Knight 15 Midfielder
27Jack O’Reilly Defender
29Jem Campion 10 Forward
33Mitchell Byrne Defender
34Ben Feeney 20 Forward

Athlone Town

16Micheál Schlingermann Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel Defender
3Derek Daly Defender 19'
4Daniel McKenna Midfielder
7Adam Wixted Midfielder
8Jamie Hollywood Midfielder
10Kurtis Byrne Forward
11Stephen Meaney 19 Midfielder 68'
13David Brookes Defender 81'
17Garry Comerford
21Dylan Hand Defender 58'
1Kayleum Rice Goalkeeper
9Lee Duffy Forward
15Donal Curtin Midfielder
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Brandon McCann 11 Midfielder
20Tumelo Tlou Defender
22Ray O’Sullivan
25Shane Nealon Forward
  • Full time in Dublin and it's an Athlone win. An early Derek Daly strike was enough for visitors and they were never really pressured the rest of the way. A fair result, given the game.

  • 89'

    Hudson tries one from way out but it's an easy one for Schlingermann. Rush of blood from the centre half late on.

  • 85'

    He's replaced by McCann.

  • 85'

    First sub late on for Athlone. Meaney makes way.

  • 81'

    Brookes is booked for a late challenge.

  • 79'

    They are replaced by Conor Knight and Feeney.

  • 79'

    Final rolls of the dice for the hosts. Massey and McPhillips are off.

  • 71'

    They are replaced by Clucas, Campion and Dalton.

  • 71'

    Triple sub for Cabo. McDonald, Waters and O'Neill make way.

  • 68'

    Meaney also goes into the book for his reaction.

  • 68'

    Massey booked for a push and shove with Meaney after he fouled him.

  • 64'

    Just after the hour mark and it's been less entertaining in this half. Cabinteely have had more of the ball and the better chances, but have yet to seriously threaten Athlone.

  • 58'

    Athlone now have a player in the book after Dylan Hand was booked for a foul. Cabinteely provided pressure after the ensuing free, but nothing came of it.

  • 56'

    Knight gets the first booking for either side. Seemed to be for dissent.

  • 54'

    McPhillips hits a free kick from just beyond the D with his left, but just hits it wide of the post. Closest effort of the second half so far.

  • 46'

    Underway again. Cabinteely start the second half.

  • Half time and it's been an entertaining affair in Stradbrook. Both teams playing good football, but an excellent piece of link up play has the visitors ahead. Daly has emerged as an early man of the match candidate, with his deliveries also looking good. Massey and Labutis have had the hosts best chances thus far, but those efforts were met by a fine save by Schlingermann and met by the woodwork, respectively. Both players unlucky. Still all to play for in the second half.

  • 45'

    Cabo come ever so close to tying it up before half time. A cross from the left is met with a glancing header from Labutis, which hits the bar before bouncing over.

  • 40'

    Approaching half time and Athlone have cooled the mild Cabinteely pressure well. Daly still looks dangerous and is proving to be Athlone's main threat tonight.

  • 33'

    McDonald meets a Massey cross from a few yards out but sends it over. Didn't matter however, as the flag went up.

  • 31'

    Massey again tries his luck with an attempt from the edge of the area but sends it sailing over. Cabinteely have had chances since going behind, but none have been clear cut.

  • 23'

    This time it's the Cabinteely left back trying his luck. Burst into the box to meet an O'Neill cross, but couldn't quite get the header right and sends it well over.

  • 19'

    Daly bursts through from left back to break the deadlock. Played a one two with Stephen Meaney, who held off his man well whilst returning it to Daly, who rifled the ball into the roof of the net with his left foot from inside the area.

  • 14'

    Best chance of the game so far for Massey, who sees his effort from the edge of the area tipped wide by Schlingermann. Cabinteely starting to come into it now.

  • 9'

    A free kick whipped in by Daly begged a touch for an Athlone goal. The visitors seem to be dangerous from set pieces

  • 5'

    Athlone have threatened early. Trying to use long range passing to punish the Cabo defence. Have already had half chances from corners twice.

  • Here we go. Athlone get us underway.

  • Kickoff is imminent.

  • Cabinteely's starting XI is unchanged. Keith Dalton, Jack O'Reilly and Michael Quinn are changes to the bench, however.

  • Team news for both sides is out now.

  • Cabo team news is expected shortly.

  • The two sides come into tonight's game level on points and three adrift of Bray in fifth. However, the goal difference makes it unlikely that either side can potentially move into that playoff spot tonight. Both teams are still in contention nonetheless and a loss for either side accompanied by a Bray win in Turners Cross could prove detrimental to their promotion hopes.

  • Hello and welcome to for tonight's coverage of Cabinteely vs Athlone Town in the League of Ireland First Division, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be taking you through tonight's events.

Past Meetings

(Series 6)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cabinteely

(Series 11)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division

Cabinteely v Athlone Town

(Series 2)
1 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Cabinteely


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Kevin O’SullivanBrian Fenton
Darren Carey
Gavin Colfer


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