League Report: Cork City 6 – 1 Athlone Town

Dylan O’Connell reports from Turner’s Cross

A hat-trick from Barry Coffey helped Cork City to a 6 - 1 victory over Athlone Town at Turner’s Cross on Friday evening. 

The midfielder’s tally was complimented by goals from Cian Coleman, Ruairi Keating and Josh Honohan in front of 2,669 fans. 

This was an open game inside the first ten minutes as Cian Murphy and Adam Lennon both had chances. 

On 14 minutes Dylan McGlade released Coffey just outside the area and he finished neatly with the inside of his right boot for the opener.

The midfielder got his second of the night two minutes later when McGlade danced into space inside the box and squared to him. 

After tapping in from close range, City went 2-0 up and Athlone had no response to the home side. 

A corner from Matt Healy found Cian Coleman and City closed out the first half by going 3-0 up. 

The midfielder put another corner just after the break and this one was knocked in by Honohan. 

A collision between Murphy and Velikin led to referee Declan Toland giving City a penalty and Ruairi Keating put the spot kick into the bottom right corner of the goal. 

Coffey completed his hattrick on the hour mark when he put in a low shot and the Athlone goalkeeper fumbled the ball on the line. 

Colin Healy made a number of chances following this with Louis Britton, Uniss Kargbo, and James Doona all coming on for the Leesiders. 

There were two minutes added time and the final kick of the match saw Valeri Dolia guide the ball in for late consolation goal for Athlone. 

Cork City: David Harrington; Cian Coleman, Dylan McGlade, Aaron Bolger (Matt Srbely 55), Ruairi Keating (Louis Britton 63), Barry Coffey, Kevin O’Connor (Uniss Kargbo 67), Matt Healy, Darragh Crowley (Gordon Walker 55), Josh Honohan, Cian Murphy (James Doona 63). 

Subs not used: Jimmy Corcoran; Oran Crowe, Jonas Hakkinen, Franco Umeh. 

Booked: Uniss Kargbo 

Athlone Town: Vladislav Velikin; Jarlath Jones, Noah van Geenen (Valeri Dolia 45), Adam Lennon, Shane Barnes, Thomas Oluwa (Jack Kavanagh 82), Oisin Duffy (Matthew Leal 82), Aaron McBride (Andy Spain 65), Gary Armstrong (Daniel Dobbin 65), Patrick Hickey, Cian Kelly. 

Subs not used: Enda Minogue; Daniel Dobbin, Precious Omochere, Charles Mutawe, Matthew McCarrick. 

Booked: Gary Armstrong, Noah van Geenen. 

Referee: Declan Toland 

Attendance: 2,669

extratime.com Player of the Match: Barry Coffey