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Date: 7:45 p.m. Oct. 27, 2020
Venue: Athlone Town Stadium
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Scored: 44'
- Ryan Graydon 44'


League Preview: Athlone Town -v- Bray Wanderers

Mon, Oct 26 2020

None Credit: Al Robinson

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone will be looking to end Bray Wanderers’ slim title hopes on Tuesday evening when they welcome the Seagulls to Lissywoolen (kick-off is at 7.45pm).

Barring an incredible goal swing, a win or draw for Athlone will end Bray’s fading title hopes.

The Blue and Black of the Midlands will also be hoping that that they can build up some much-needed momentum ahead of Saturday’s FAI Cup quarter-final tie at home to Shelbourne.

Adrian Carberry’s side have impressed at times this season, so this will be by no means an easy win for their visitors on Tuesday evening.

Athlone have yet to provide team news but do have no players on the suspension list at least.  

BRAY WANDERERS

After their late injury-time defeat at home to Galway United, Bray Wanderers must now better Drogheda’s result away to Cabinteely should they wish to claim the First Division title.

Should they win and Drogheda lose on the final day, they will be champions. They could also clinch it if they draw and Drogs lose by four or more goals away to Cabo.

“It’s easy for coaches, players and people from the outside to say that we’ve got to take it as a normal game, but the reality is that it is a different one,” Bray boss Gary Cronin admitted after his side’s defeat on Saturday.

“I’ve been there as a player and there’s different feelings inside you. It takes a certain kind of performance and character to come through that.

“We know that we have to go and win. Our players know that we have to win now to have any chance of winning.

“That pressure and type of nerves to win a must-win game are on Drogheda now, it’s not on us and it’s up to them what way they handle that.

“If they do, they win the league, if they don’t, we’ll hopefully be there to take it from them.”

The Seagulls have yet to issue team news but are expected to have a fully-fit squad to pick from.

Referee: Kevin O’Sullivan.

 

MATCH STATS

Bray Wanderers have scored 11 in their previous three league outings against Athlone Town – and have only conceded once.

Athlone Town have only failed to score at home twice in the First Division this season – drawing blanks against Shamrock Rovers II and Longford Town.

BETTING

Athlone Town 10/1; Draw 5/1; Bray Wanderers 1/6.

PREDICTION

Athlone Town 1 - 4 Bray Wanderers

 

Athlone Town

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.

 

Bray Wanderers

Injured: N/A.

Doubtful: N/A.

Suspended: None.


Athlone Town
Aaron Myles 1
Goalkeeper
© Scott Delaney 5
Booked: 43'
81'
81Subbed Off: Shane Nealon 81'
Defender
David Brookes 2
Booked: 90'
Defender
Tumelo Tlou 19
81'
81Subbed Off: Evan O'Connor 81'
Defender
Ronan Manning 9
Midfielder
Adam Lennon 12
Midfielder
Ciaran Grogan 16
Midfielder
Taner Dogan 10
65'
65Subbed Off: Evan White 65'
Midfielder
Mark Birrane
Midfielder
Dean George 8
65'
65Subbed Off: Lee Duffy 65'
Forward
Jack Reynolds 21
22'
22Subbed Off: John Morgan 22'
Forward

Substitutes
Paddy Martin
Goalkeeper
Lee Duffy
65'
65Subbed On: Dean George 65'
Forward
Jordan Carroll 28
Midfield
John Morgan 17
22'
22Subbed On: Jack Reynolds 22'
Forward
Shane Nealon 18
81'
81Subbed On: Scott Delaney 81'
Midfield
Evan O'Connor 4
81'
81Subbed On: Tumelo Tlou 81'
Defender
Evan White 3
65'
65Subbed On: Taner Dogan 65'
Booked: 72'
Midfield
Bray Wanderers
Brian Maher
Goalkeeper
2 John Ross Wilson
Defender
Booked: 73'
Sean McEvoy
Defender
Booked: 41'
90'
90Subbed Off: Tristan Noack Hofmann 90'
4 Kilian Cantwell
Defender
5 Aaron Barry
Defender
3 Dylan Barnett
Defender
Callum Thompson
Midfielder
6 Paul Keegan ©
Midfielder
11 Derek Daly
Midfielder 79'
79Subbed Off: Jack Watson 79'
10 Gary Shaw
Forward 46'
46Subbed Off: Darragh Lynch 46'
7 Ryan Graydon
Forward
Booked: 37'
Scored: 44'

Substitutes
12 Jack Watson
Midfield 79'
79Subbed On: Derek Daly 79'
14 Tristan Noack Hofmann
Defender 90'
90Subbed On: Sean McEvoy 90'
Marlon Marishta
Defender
26 Cian Maher
Defender
19 Darragh Lynch
Forward 46'
46Subbed On: Gary Shaw 46'
70'
70Subbed Off: Joe Doyle 70'
1 Adam Hayden
Goalkeeper
9 Joe Doyle
Forward 70'
70Subbed On: Darragh Lynch 70'