Date Time League Season
3 September 2021 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2021

Match Report

Trio of goals helps Cork to home win

A fine first half from Cork City saw them claim all three points at home to Athlone Town, leapfrogging them in the First Division table in the process.

Early goals from Barry Coffey and Cian Murphy followed by a screamer from Dylan McGlade did the business. Kurtis Byrne got one for the visitors at the start of the second half, but they never built on it.

Cork wasted absolutely no time getting to work in this one. Two minutes in they got a throw and employed the services of long range throw in expert Cian Bargary. Bargary launched one in and after two flicked on headers, the ball found itself at the feet of Barry Coffey, who fired it into the roof of the net from close range.

They sustained the pressure on Athlone and were rewarded again barely five minutes later. Killian Cantwell got lackadaisical with the ball and attempted to play it back to Micheál Schlingermann in goals. His pass was well under-hit and Cian Murphy latched onto the loose ball before calmly slotting it past Schlingermann. Not even ten minutes had gone and it was starting to look like it would be an unforgettable night for both sides, for different reasons of course.

Cork kept the pressure up the entire first half and found their third reward in the 26th minute. Dylan McGlade received the ball way out on the left hand side and cut in to his right before letting fly. His effort from twenty yards out found the top corner and sent Turners Cross into absolute ecstasy. It stayed this way into the break.

Less than two minutes after the restart, Athlone made the game interesting. The ball fell to Kurtis Byrne on the edge of the area and with a first time strike he found the bottom corner with an outside of the foot shot. The goal was totally against the run of play and really surprised the home support.

The Midlanders gained momentum from this goal but couldn’t capitalise. Dangerous play from Byrne and James Doona occurred, but nothing concrete happened. City on the other hand failed to find their first half form. McGlade kept Athlone guessing, but despite this, neither side had any real chance after Byrne’s goal.

Alas, it did not matter for Cork as they managed another win. It takes them above Athlone in the table and it keeps their current run of fine form going, now moving to seven unbeaten in the league.

Cork City

1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Ronan Hurley Defender
7Dylan McGlade Midfielder 26'
8Cian Coleman Midfielder
11Cian Bargary Midfielder
14Barry Coffey 16 Midfielder 2'
17Darragh Crowley Forward
24Cian Murphy Forward 6'
25Gordon Walker Defender 82'
27Jack Walsh 9 Forward
33Aaron Bolger Midfielder
13David Harrington Goalkeeper
20Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 27 Forward
15Dale Holland Midfielder
16Alec Byrne 14 Midfielder
19Luke Desmond Midfielder
23Sean Kennedy Midfielder
26Jamie Wynne Forward
29Issa Kargbo Defender

Athlone Town

16Micheál Schlingermann Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel Defender
3Derek Daly 13 Defender
5Scott Delaney 17 Defender 16'
6Killian Cantwell Defender 45'
7Adam Wixted 20 Midfielder
9Lee Duffy 11 Forward
10Kurtis Byrne Forward 47'
14James Doona Midfielder
23Tunmise Sobowale Defender
25Glen McAuley Forward
50Tommy Holland Goalkeeper
11Stephen Meaney 9 Midfielder
12Jack Reynolds Forward
13David Brookes 3 Defender
17Garry Comerford 5
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
20Tumelo Tlou 7 Defender
21Dylan Hand Defender
22Brandon McCann Midfielder
  • 93'

    Full time. City claim the points and move up the table.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 75'

    Tempo has drastically died down. Cork have been nowhere near as good but Athlone have not punished them. The home fans have not stopped singing however and have been behind their team the entire way.

  • 60'

    Byrne with a great effort but McNulty pulls off the save. The Cork keeper was furious with his defenders. Athlone have applied pressure since their goal, so this mightn't be as easy for City as it looked at half time.

  • 54'

    McGlade after some excellent play out left tees up Coffey whose effort is saved. Cork's number seven has given the visitors absolute fits tonight.

  • 49'

    Weird one. Athlone somehow unknowingly took a free given to them before Cian Murphy realised their error and took the ball from them. Schlingermann promptly saved his effort before furiously scolding his defenders.

  • 47'

    Goal! Kurtis Byrne hits it from outside the area with the outside of his right foot and finds the bottom corner. Totally against the run of play but the visitors will take it.

  • 46'

    Athlone start the final 45.

  • 45'

    Half time. Cork go in cruising and Turners Cross is absolutely hopping.

  • 45'

    Cantwell booked.

  • 34'

    First bright spark for Athlone comes from some good play out left by James Doona. Forces a corner that nothing came from however.

  • 26'

    What a goal! McGlade makes up for his earlier miss and cuts onto his right foot and finds the top corner from twenty yards! This one is only ending one way.

  • 24'

    Schlingermann puts the ball out for a corner whilst attempting to play it out. Was fortunate nothing came from the ensuing corner.

  • 21'

    More great play from Murphy down the right. Put it into McGlade whose effort goes over. Should've been a third for City.

  • 16'

    Delaney booked for a late challenge on Cian Bargary.

  • 6'

    Goal! Another Cork one through Cian Murphy who capitalises on a Killian Cantwell error.

  • 2'

    Goal! Cork take an early lead through Barry Coffey after he smashed it in following a long throw.

  • 1'

    Cork get us underway.

  • It's cloudy in the real capital but with little chance of rain. Conditions shouldn't play a huge role tonight.

  • Athlone lineup is now also in.

  • The Cork City lineup is now in.

  • Hello and welcome to for coverage of tonight's First Division encounter between Cork City and Athlone Town, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you on tonight's events.

Past Meetings

(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

2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town AFC v Cork City FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City FC v Athlone Town AFC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town AFC v Cork City FC


Turner's Cross
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