1 - 2
FT

Dean Casey 80' -
OG: 80'


Scored: 43'
- Niall Barnes 43'

Scored: 69'
- Ben Hanrahan 69'


League Report: Athlone Town 1 - 2 Cabinteely

Mon, May 03 2021

Kevin Dooney reports from Lissywoolen

For the second year in a row a Cabinteely number 12 named Barnes scored to help Cabo take three points in Athlone.

But it was Niall Barnes’ turn as the previous shirt wearer Shane found himself on the losing side of a highly entertaining game in the Midlands.

Both teams entered the match in contrasting form with Athlone unbeaten in their first five sitting atop the First Division while an injury hit Cabo squad were looking for a return of the form that saw them win their opening two matches.

On a still night under blue skies, Athlone started brightly with Dan Blackbyrne putting in a captain’s performance at centre back and clearing all around him. Wide players looked a threat with Adam Wixted and James Doona cutting in from the right and left respectively but they were unable to threaten goalkeeper Adam Hayden in the opening exchanges

The Town’s best chance of the half came on 22 minutes when Kurtis Byrne was in space in the middle of the Cabo box after a quick free kick found Adam Wixted on the right flank. Hayden however reacted quickly to tip the strikers right footed effort over the bar.

Despite Athlone being on top Cabo did look a threat on the break with Marty Waters twisting and turning to cause great discomfort in the Athlone defense. Micheal Schlingermann’s quick reactions on the half hour mark saw him save at close range when Waters found himself through on goal.

Athlone did still offer plenty of threat with Byrne often taking up good positions in the box but just as often not making solid contact with his shots.

Cabo’s efforts on the break paid dividends on the stroke of half time as Ben Hanrahan’s ball from the right was cleared by Cantwell at the front post only to find Niall Barnes who had time to take a touch and finish with confidence on the half volley to register his first goal for the club and give Cabo perhaps an unexpected half time lead.

The second half followed the pattern of the first with Athlone applying pressure on the Cabo goal once more with Byrne often finding himself in good positions yet unable to make the most of his opportunities. Cabo’s defense, with Eoin Massey and Mitchell Byrne coming into the squad, kept their shape and discipline throughout.  

Cabo did show their own promise on 53 minutes when Marty Waters slipped in an on rushing Ben Hanrahan, Schlingermann was once again alert to the danger, coming quickly off his line to save Hanrahan’s attempt.

Athlone’s best chance to equalise came soon after on 55 minutes when James Doona’s corner was flicked on by Byrne at the near post before sailing untouched through the six yard box to find Cantwell open at the back post. The centre back failed to make good contact and sent the ball over the bar much to Hayden’s relief.

Athlone continued to apply the pressure with Hayden called on to make two saves in quick succession. Firstly he denied Byrne with his feet from close range after a Wixted back heel played the striker through on 67 minutes. Hayden was in action a minute later with James Doona forcing a low save after good build up play.

Athlone would rue these missed opportunites as Hayden’s distribution was again accurate to find Niall Barnes on the left wing. Barnes passed to Labutis who played a short ball to Ben Hanrahan close to thirty yards out with his back to goal. Hanrahan used his first touch to create space and turn and with his second unleashed a thunderbolt into the top right corner. A goal perhaps against the run of play but of such quality that few could begrudge it.

Athlone efforts were rewarded as the Midlanders pulled a goal back ten minutes later when Derek Daly’s long ball caused confusion at the heart of the Cabinteely defense. With Adam Wixted applying pressure Dean Casey was unlucky to see the ball rebound off him and into his own net.

The next ten minutes made for nevry watching for the Cabo faithful as Athlone continued to look for an equaliser. The Cabo defense, which had been tested in recent weeks, stood strong. Jordan Payne’s ability to win two free kicks and Marty Waters’ hold up play were crucial for Cabo as they used all their experience to keep the ball away from Athlone and secure a very welcome three points for the side.

 

Cabinteely: Adam Hayden; Eoin Massey, Daniel Blackbyrne (c), Mitchell Byrne, , Dean Casey; Jordan Payne, Zak O'Neill, Vilius Labutis (Alex Aspil 76’), Niall Barnes; Kieran Marty Waters, Ben Hanrahan (Eoin McPhillips 76’)

Subs not used: Ben Clark, Deane Watters, Conor Knight, Joe Hyland, Sean McDonald


Athlone Town: Micheal Schlingermann, Oisin Duffy (Brandon McCann 72’), Derek Daly, Kilian Cantwell, Dylan Hand; Adam Wixtead (Jack Watson 90’), Daniel McKenna, Jamie Hollywood, James Doona; Kurtis Byrne (c), Shane Barnes

Subs not used: Kayleum Rice, Scott Delaney, David Brookes, Jonathan Carlin, Tumelo Tlou, Tristan Noack Hofmann, Stephen Meaney


Booked: Kilian Cantwell (26’), Daniel McKenna (69’), Derek Daly (86’)

Referee: Alan Carey


Athlone
DJune 25, 2021
Athlone 0 - 0 Bray
DJuly 2, 2021
Wexford 4 - 4 Athlone
WJuly 9, 2021
Cabinteely 0 - 1 Athlone
LJuly 16, 2021
Athlone 1 - 3 Shels
DJuly 23, 2021
Athlone 4 - 4 Waterford
Mícheál Schlingermann 16
Goalkeeper
Dylan Hand 21
Defender
Killian Cantwell 6
Booked: 26'
Defender
Daniel McKenna 4
Booked: 71'
Defender
Jamie Hollywood 8
Midfielder
Oisin Duffy 18
73'
73Subbed Off: Brandon McCann 73'
Midfielder
James Doona 14
Midfielder
Adam Wixted 7
89'
89Subbed Off: Jack Watson 89'
Midfielder
Lee Duffy
Forward
© Kurtis Byrne 10
Forward
Shane Barnes 28
Forward

Substitutes
Scott Delaney 5
Defender
Jonny Carlin 15
Defender
David Brookes 13
Defender
Brandon McCann
73'
73Subbed On: Oisin Duffy 73'
Forward
Stephen Meaney 11
Forward
Tristan Noack Hofmann 24
Defender
Kayleum Rice 1
Goalkeeper
Tumelo Tlou 20
Defender
Jack Watson 22
89'
89Subbed On: Adam Wixted 89'
Midfield
Cabinteely
LJune 25, 2021
Cabinteely 1 - 2 UCD
LJuly 2, 2021
Shels 1 - 0 Cabinteely
LJuly 9, 2021
Cabinteely 0 - 1 Athlone
LJuly 17, 2021
Cobh 1 - 0 Cabinteely
LJuly 23, 2021
Wexford 3 - 0 Cabinteely
1 Adam Hayden
Goalkeeper
Mitchell Byrne
Defender
2 Daniel Blackbyrne ©
Defender
15 Eoin Massey
Defender
22 Dean Casey
Midfielder
OG: 80'
12 Niall Barnes
Midfielder
Scored: 43'
16 Vilius Labutis
Midfielder 78'
78Subbed Off: Alex Aspil 78'
Jordan Payne
Midfielder
10 Marty Waters
Midfielder
14 Ben Hanrahan
Forward
Scored: 69'
78'
78Subbed Off: Eoin McPhillips 78'
8 Zak O'Neill
Forward

Substitutes
23 Joe Hyland
Midfield
9 Luke Clucas
Midfield
35 Ben Clarke
Goalkeeper
24 Lloyd Buckley
Defender
6 Alex Aspil
Defender 78'
78Subbed On: Vilius Labutis 78'
18 Conor Knight
Midfield
11 Sean McDonald
Midfield
20 Eoin McPhillips
Midfield 78'
78Subbed On: Ben Hanrahan 78'
28 Deane Watters
Forward

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. April 30, 2021

Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Referee: Alan Carey

Attendance: Unknown

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