First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 2, 2020
Venue: United Park
0 - 2
FT

Peno Scored: 70'
- Ronan Manning 70'

Scored: 84'
- Taner Dogan 84'

Live Updates for Drogheda United -v- Athlone Town

Updates by

90' + 4'

Yellow Card

Hugh Douglas (Drogheda United) is booked.

90'

FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Drogheda United and Athlone Town.

90'

Time's up. Huge result for Athlone. A corollary of tonight's scoreline is that the top spot of the First Division is anyone's game. 

89'

Substitution

Bradley Okaidja (in) - Adam Lennon (out) (Athlone Town).

89'

Substitution

Isreal Kimazo (in) - Taner Dogan (out) (Athlone Town).

Athlone 

87'

This is the title race that doesn't stop, the gift that keeps on giving. Drogheda will be kicking themselves. 

86'

Substitution

Evan White (in) - Jack Reynolds (out) (Athlone Town).

85'

Incredible, INCREDIBLE. Dogan has just scored a goal from a yard inside the Drogheda half. He spotted Odumosu off the line and it just floated right in. WHAT A STRIKE! 

84'

GOAL!

Taner Dogan (Athlone Town) scores.

82'

Yellow Card

Shane Nealon (Athlone Town) is booked.

81'

Corner Kick

Jack Reynolds (Athlone Town) takes a corner-kick.

80'

Speculative shot from Doyle is well wide. Drogheda are wilting as we face down the final 10 minutes. 

78'

"Lift it!" is the call from James Brown, now wearing the captain's armband. Drogheda need something big, fast. 

75'

Substitution

Shane Nealon (in) - Dean George (out) (Athlone Town).

74'

This was NOT part of the script for Drogheda. Athlone are pushing on after Manning's penalty. 

73'

Substitution

Stephen Meaney (in) - Jake Hyland (out) (Drogheda United).

72'

That penalty was all Mark Birrane. He beat several Drogheda players with his mazing run before chopping the ball inside. The spot kick was won by Taner Dogan. 

70'

ASSIST!

Taner Dogan (Athlone Town) provides the assist.

70'

PENALTY SCORED!

Ronan Manning (Athlone Town) scores from the penalty spot.

70'

Penalty Athlone!

67'

Game becoming more volatile again. Bermingham tries to get a shot off in the Athlone area but is blocked down comprehensively. 

65'

Substitution

Richie O'Farrell (in) - Luke Heeney (out) (Drogheda United).

65'

Odumosu pulls off an excellent reaction save to deny Manning, but the Athlone man is flagged for offside regardless. 

63'

Bermingham's shot is decent, but it never looked like it was going to test Myles. 

62'

Free Kick

Brandon Bermingham (Drogheda United) takes a free-kick.

61'

The nippy tempo of the opening minutes of the second has died out somewhat. Lots of messy football, not a lot of room in midfield. 

57'

Mannning sets off George, who stumbles into the Drogheda area. His deflected shot is collected with ease by Odumosu. 

55'

Yellow Card

Mark Doyle (Drogheda United) is booked.

54'

Jack Reynolds is free to meet Manning's corner, and his shot goes frightening close. Athlone want a piece of the action. 

53'

Corner Kick

Ronan Manning (Athlone Town) takes a corner-kick.

51'

Another Drogheda chance. Brown's cross-cum-shot is high and wide. The home side are really pressing however -- the greater intensity in their game is palpable.  

48'

Should be 1-0. Mark Doyle skies one over the bar from 6 yards out. Drogheda coming out of the blocks fast. 

47'

Jack Tuite does everything to try to reach a Hyland corner, but Athlone defend well. 

46'

Substitution

Brandon Bermingham (in) - James Clarke (out) (Drogheda United).

46'

SECOND HALF

The second half between Drogheda United and Athlone Town has started.

45'

Half time. An intensely mediocre first half of football. A couple of half chances for both teams, but not much more. Second half coming up. 

45'

HALF TIME

It is half-time between Drogheda United and Athlone Town.

44'

Yellow Card

Taner Dogan (Athlone Town) is booked.

43'

Yellow Card

Ciaran Grogan (Athlone Town) is booked.

43'

Decent attempt on goal from Hyland just there. His free kick is wide. 

42'

The passing and build-up from Drogheda is great to look at at times, but arguably, they've looked liked more of a threat when they've been more direct. Sixty yard passes don't win games. 

41'

Adam Lennon finds himself on the six yard box and gets a shot off, but the save is good from Odumosu. Gaps appearing in the Drogheda defence that really should not be there. 

38'

Yellow card for Tim Clancy on the sideline. Seems he's being a bit too loud for the referee's liking. 

37'

A clash of heads puts an abrupt end to a Drogheda attack. Scott Delaney and Doyle are both back on their feet. 

35'

George gets in behind the Drogs defence and should do better! Put out for a corner, but nothing comes of it. 

34'

Hyland's low shot is driven wide. 

33'

Brown is taken down by Reynods outside the area fro another Drogheda free in a tasty position. 

29'

Big chance. Brown did exceptionally well to bring down a huge pass from the Drogheda defence, but he can't get his shot on target once he finds himself in the box. Groans from the Drogheda faithful lucky enough to be in attendance. 

27'

Defending on set pieces from both sides has been excellent so far. Corners have been totally ineffectual as an offensive threat. 

24'

Brown is making moves on the wing again. Mark Doyle connects with the full-back's cross, but can't direct the shot. 

22'

Save -- this time, Dean George is testing David Odumosu. After setting off down the wing, George shoots across his body, producing a low save from Odumosu. Corner is cleared by Drogheda. 

18'

Game is definitely loosening up a bit here. Pockets of space are popping up around the pitch.There's a goal brewing. 

17'

Athlone have a half-chance of their own. Jack Reynolds swings one in from the left, but the resultant header flies over the crossbar. 

15'

Kane and James Brown are having plenty of opportunity to push forward on the flanks. The latter produced an inviting delivery from the wing, but the Drogs can't finish the move. 

12'

Jake Hyland is a calming presence in this Drogheda side. He looks at home with the ball at his feet, and his passing has been impeccable thus far. 

9'

First test on Athlone keeper Aaron Myles. Conor Kane finds Lyons in a decent position, who forces a one-handed parry from Myles. Good shot. 

6'

Drogheda definitely enjoying more of the ball in the opening passages. Some deft passing on show, but nothing in the ways of goal threats yet. 

3'

Jack Tuite meets the deliverly, but he's flagged for offside. 

2'

Drogheda win a free kick early on. Hyland to take.

0'

GAME ON!

The game between Drogheda United and Athlone Town has kicked off.

0'

Ready to go. Some season ticket holders in attendance tonight. Might have a bit of an atmosphere on our hands!

0'

Athlone are languishing at the moment. Last week, they lost heavily to their Midlands rivals, Longford Town, and currently sit just one point off the bottom of the SSE Airtricity League Division 1 table. Tonight's test won't be any easier than last week, either. 

0'

Teams just finished the warm up. We'll be getting underway in 10 minutes or so. 

0'

Tonight will mainly be about Drogheda keeping their title charge on track. Just a single point seperates the Boynesiders from their closest challengers, Bray Wanderers. Bray are away at UCD tonight (updates for that one also available right here: https://www.extratime.com/fixtures/detail/41924/1/)

0'

If you fancy it, here's some light pre-match reading: Extratime.ie's Andrew Dempsey previewed tonight's match so you don't have to!

https://www.extratime.com/matches/detail/41923/0/

 

0'

And Athlone:

0'

Here's some team sheets to get the ball rolling. Drogheda:

0'

Hello! A warm welcome to United Park in Drogheda, Co. Louth. I'm Fiachra Gallagher, and I'll be bringing you all the action from Drogheda United v Athlone Town this evening. Kick off is in 30 minutes. 



Photo Gallery for Drogheda United -v- Athlone Town



Drogheda United
David Odumosu 23
Goalkeeper
Jack Tuite 4
Defender
Conor Kane 3
Defender
Hugh Douglas 6
Booked: 90'
Defender
James Brown 2
Defender
Chris Lyons 9
Midfielder
© Jake Hyland 11
73'
73Subbed Off: Stephen Meaney 73'
Midfielder
Mark Hughes 45
Midfielder
James Clarke 22
46'
46Subbed Off: Brandon Bermingham 46'
Midfielder
Luke Heeney 21
65'
65Subbed Off: Richie O'Farrell 65'
Forward
Mark Doyle 14
Booked: 55'
Forward

Substitutes
Ross Treacy 1
Goalkeeper
Killian Phillips
Unknown
Ryan O'Shea 25
Defender
Richie O'Farrell 10
65'
65Subbed On: Luke Heeney 65'
Defender
Stephen Meaney 15
73'
73Subbed On: Jake Hyland 73'
Forward
Brandon Bermingham 16
46'
46Subbed On: James Clarke 46'
Forward
Adam Wixted 7
Midfield
Athlone Town
1 Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
5 Scott Delaney ©
Defender
10 Taner Dogan
Defender
Booked: 44'
Scored: 84'
89'
89Subbed Off: Isreal Kimazo 89'
8 Dean George
Defender 75'
75Subbed Off: Shane Nealon 75'
9 Ronan Manning
Defender
Peno Scored: 70'
Mark Birrane
Midfielder
16 Ciaran Grogan
Midfielder
Booked: 43'
12 Adam Lennon
Midfielder 89'
89Subbed Off: Bradley Okaidja 89'
19 Tumelo Tlou
Midfielder
17 John Morgan
Forward
21 Jack Reynolds
Forward 86'
86Subbed Off: Evan White 86'

Substitutes
28 Jordan Carroll
Midfield
23 Isreal Kimazo
Midfield 89'
89Subbed On: Taner Dogan 89'
Paddy Martin
Goalkeeper
18 Shane Nealon
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Dean George 75'
Booked: 82'
4 Evan O'Connor
Defender
20 Bradley Okaidja
Midfield 89'
89Subbed On: Adam Lennon 89'
3 Evan White
Midfield 86'
86Subbed On: Jack Reynolds 86'