First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 25, 2020
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
0 - 4
FT

Lee Duffy 74' -
Red: 74'


Scored: 11'
- Rob Manley 11'

Peno Scored: 69'
- Sam Verdon 69'

OG: 76'
- Scott Delaney 76'

Scored: 90'
- Karl Chambers 90'


League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Longford Town

Fri, Sep 25 2020

None Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

ATHLONE TOWN

Adrian Carberry’s Athlone Town will be hoping that his Athlone Town side can win the Midlands El Clasico for the first time in sixteen attempts when they welcome Longford to Lissywoolen this evening (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

Carberry’s young guns come into the game fresh off the back of two successive league wins on the spin.

Their most recent league win came over Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park – with Jack Reynolds’ second-half strike the difference between the sides.

The win away to Wexford came just three days after Athlone won their first league game in over a year.

Last Friday, Athlone came from behind to defeat Cobh Ramblers at Lissywoolen.

Ben O’Riordan gave the Rams the lead before they were pegged back straight away by Reynolds’ equaliser.

And it got even better for Athlone in the 83rd minute, as in-form Ronan Manning slotted home a spot-kick to secure a vital three points for Athlone.

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town will be hopeful of consolidating their position in the First Division playoffs this evening when they travel to face Athlone Town this evening.

De Town come into the game following a morale-boosting three-one win over UCD at Bishopsgate last time out.

And despite dominating much of the play in the first-half, Town fell behind through Evan Weir’s first ever strike in senior League of Ireland football.

The youngster was fed in by Jack Keaney who played a through ball to Weir and his shot from a tight angle hit the roof of the net.

Town reacted well and levelled in the 55th minute when Adam Evans’ cross was finished to the net by Shane Elworthy who got in between two UCD players.

in the 75th minute they took the lead when Sam Verdon headed home from close range before Rob Manley wrapped up the three points in the 86th minute with a close-range finish.

In terms of team news for Longford this evening, both Dylan Grimes and Lido Lotefa are expected to miss out with injuries.

 

Referee: Eoghan O’Shea.

 

MATCH STATS

Longford Town are unbeaten in their previous 16 games against Athlone Town – with their last defeat versus their Midlands rivals coming all the way back in 2013.

Adrian Carberry’s side have only won once at home all season – with their recent win over Cobh Ramblers at Lissywoolen ending a barren run of over a year without a home league win.

The Blue and Black of the Midlands have scored the same amount of goals as Longford Town in the league this season, although, they have conceded 17 goals more than Daire Doyle’s charges.

BETTING

Athlone Town 7/2; Draw 11/4; Longford Town 4/7.

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 1 - 2 Longford Town

 

Athlone Town

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.

 

Longford Town

Injured: None.

Doubtful: Dylan Grimes, Lido Lotefa.

Suspended: None.


Athlone Town
Aaron Myles 1
Goalkeeper
David Brookes 2
Defender
© Scott Delaney 5
OG: 76'
Defender
Tumelo Tlou 19
Defender
Mark Birrane
Midfielder
Taner Dogan 10
Midfielder
Ciaran Grogan 16
Midfielder
Adam Lennon 12
Midfielder
Ronan Manning 9
Midfielder
Dean George 8
Forward
Jack Reynolds 21
Forward

Substitutes
Jordan Carroll 28
Midfield
Lee Duffy
Sent Off: 74'
Forward
Isreal Kimazo 23
Midfield
Paddy Martin
Goalkeeper
John Morgan 17
Forward
Evan O'Connor 4
Defender
Evan White 3
Midfield
Longford Town
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
2 Shane Elworthy
Defender
4 Dylan Hand
Defender
22 Joseph Manley
Defender
5 Michael McDonnell
Defender
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
11 Adam Evans
Midfielder
10 Sam Verdon
Midfielder
Peno Scored: 69'
6 Dean Zambra ©
Midfielder
8 Rob Manley
Forward
Scored: 11'

Substitutes
19 Karl Chambers
Forward
Scored: 90'
18 Luke Dennison
Unknown
32 Joe Gorman
Defender
15 Aaron McCabe
Forward
21 Aaron McNally
Defender
17 Matthew O'Brien
Midfield
24 Callum Warfield
Forward