1 - 1
FT

Brian McManus 24' -
Scored: 24'


Scored: 36'
- Stephen Meaney 36'


League Report: Shelbourne 1 – 1 Athlone Town

Fri, Oct 08 2021

Shane Farrell of Shelbourne controls the ball against Athlone Town Credit: Paul Dolan

Cahal Mc Auley reports from Tolka Park

Athlone Town secured a massive point away to newly crowned First Division champions Shelbourne in a 1-1 draw at Tolka Park on Friday evening.

A deft header from Stephen Meaney equalised proceedings and was enough to keep Athlone’s playoff hopes alive after Brian McManus had opened the scoring for the home side.

The Reds started the game on the front foot, almost breaking the deadlock on three occasions in the early stages.

Brian McManus had a shot from just outside the box saved by Micheal Schlingermann in the opening couple of minutes. This chance was followed up minutes later by Yoyo Mahdy who pulled his shot wide of the post after being played through by Yassine En-Neyah.

Mahdy was denied a goal once again after ten minutes as a delicate shot looked destined to roll into the far corner, but Schlingermann got down to his left-hand side to produce a fine fingertip save. 

Aly Gilchrist came even closer from the resulting corner directing a shot towards goal, but an Athlone player was on hand to block his shot and deflect it over the bar.

The visitors seemed to have weathered the early storm and began to get more possession, but Shels continued to turn the screw and look threatening from corner balls.

Gilchrist rose highest once again but his glancing header drifted just wide, but Athlone’s luck finally ran out after 24 minutes as Brian McManus managed to get free of his man and coolly direct a half volley home.

Athlone’s promotion hopes were now hanging by a thread, but they steadied themselves and got an equaliser ten minutes before the break through Stephen Meaney.

Glen McAuley floated a dangerous ball into the box from the right wing and Meaney leaped to direct a precise header past Brendan Clarke from the visitors’ first half chance of the evening.

The equaliser spurred the Reds back into action as they raced forward in an attempt to immediately retake the lead, but Schlingermann ensured that he and his defence wouldn’t be beaten again with a string of important saves.

Georgie Poynton unleashed an effort from the edge of the box which stung the palms of the ‘keeper while Shane Farrell’s follow up attempt was blocked away.

Farrell almost got on the scoresheet moments later, getting on the end of a well-placed backheel from Mahdy, but Schlingermann made himself big and sent his side in level at the break after a half full of big stops.

The tempo of the game dropped dramatically after the interval with both sides looking fatigued from the outset.

Derek Daly flashed a long-range effort over the bar from distance for Athlone but neither side could create anything of significance as the game petered towards a draw.

Shels understandably lacked sharpness after securing the league title last week, but the Reds looked far from champions as they and Athlone struggled to put together any sequence of passing.

Athlone mounted a late charge as a McAuley free-kick and a Meaney shot came close to winning them all three points, but the Westmeath side will be content with a point which allows them to fight another day in the playoff race.

Athlone face another difficult test away at playoff rivals Treaty United next week while Shelbourne will continue their victory tour with a trip to Cobh Ramblers.

Shelbourne: Brendan Clarke; Kevin O'Connor, Maxim Kouogun, Ally Gilchrist, Michael Barker; George Poynton (Alex Nolan 84), Brian McManus, Shane Farrell (Gavin Molloy 76); Yoyo Mahdy (Ryan Brennan 76), Yassine En-Neyah (Michael O'Connor 84), Stanley Anaebonan (Dayle Rooney 63).
Subs not used: Jack Brady, Luke Byrne, Eric Molloy, Denzil Fernandes. 
Booked: Michael Barker (88). 
Athlone Town: Mícheál Schlingermann; Dylan Hand, Aidan Friel, Scott Delaney (Brandon McCann 8), Killian Cantwell; Tunmise Sobowale, James Doona (Lee Duffy 77), Derek Daly (David Brookes 84); Stephen Meaney, Glen McAuley, Kurtis Byrne (Daniel McKenna 84).
Subs not used: Tommy Holland, Ray O'Sullivan, Oisin Duffy, Katlego Mashigo, Jack Reynolds. 
Booked: Aidan Friel (65) . 

Referee: Oliver Moran

Extratime.com Player of the match: Micheal Schlingermann (Athlone Town)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Shelbourne
WSept. 24, 2021
Cabinteely 0 - 2 Shels
WOct. 1, 2021
Shels 1 - 0 Treaty United
DOct. 8, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 Athlone
LOct. 15, 2021
Cobh 2 - 0 Shels
DOct. 29, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 UCD
Brendan Clarke 1
Goalkeeper
Kevin O'Connor 3
Defender
Maxim Kouogun 15
Defender
Ally Gilchrist 4
Defender
Michael Barker 2
Booked: 88'
Defender
George Poynton 26
84'
84Subbed Off: Alex Nolan 84'
Midfielder
Brian McManus 14
Scored: 24'
Midfielder
Shane Farrell 17
76'
76Subbed Off: Gavin Molloy 76'
Midfielder
Yoyo Mahdy 11
76'
76Subbed Off: Ryan Brennan 76'
Forward
Yassine En-Neyah
84'
84Subbed Off: Michael O'Connor 84'
Forward
Stanley Anaebonan
63'
63Subbed Off: Dayle Rooney 63'
Forward

Substitutes
Dayle Rooney 18
63'
63Subbed On: Stanley Anaebonan 63'
Midfield
Michael O'Connor 9
84'
84Subbed On: Yassine En-Neyah 84'
Forward
Alex Nolan
84'
84Subbed On: George Poynton 84'
Unknown
Eric Molloy
Midfield
Gavin Molloy
76'
76Subbed On: Shane Farrell 76'
Midfield
Denzil Fernandes 12
Midfield
Luke Byrne 23
Defender
Ryan Brennan 10
76'
76Subbed On: Yoyo Mahdy 76'
Midfield
Jack Brady 25
Goalkeeper
Athlone
LSept. 24, 2021
Athlone 0 - 2 Wexford
WOct. 1, 2021
Athlone 2 - 1 Cabinteely
DOct. 8, 2021
Shels 1 - 1 Athlone
DOct. 15, 2021
Treaty United 1 - 1 Athlone
LOct. 29, 2021
Athlone 1 - 2 Cobh
16 Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
21 Dylan Hand
Defender
2 Aidan Friel
Defender
Booked: 65'
5 Scott Delaney
Defender 8'
8Subbed Off: Brandon McCann 8'
6 Killian Cantwell
Defender
Tunmise Sobowale
Midfielder
14 James Doona
Midfielder 77'
77Subbed Off: Lee Duffy 77'
3 Derek Daly
Midfielder 84'
84Subbed Off: David Brookes 84'
11 Stephen Meaney
Forward
Scored: 36'
Glen McAuley
Forward
10 Kurtis Byrne
Forward 84'
84Subbed Off: Daniel McKenna 84'

Substitutes
21 Jack Reynolds
Forward
Ray O'Sullivan
Defender
4 Daniel McKenna
Defender 84'
84Subbed On: Kurtis Byrne 84'
Brandon McCann
Forward 8'
8Subbed On: Scott Delaney 8'
Katlego Mashigo
Midfield
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
18 Oisin Duffy
Midfield
Lee Duffy
Forward 77'
77Subbed On: James Doona 77'
13 David Brookes
Defender 84'
84Subbed On: Derek Daly 84'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland First Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 8, 2021

Venue: Tolka Park

Referee: Unknown

Attendance: Unknown

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