4 - 4
(2 - 4)


FT with Penos

Glen McAuley 75' -
Peno Scored: 75'


Stephen Meaney 83' -
Scored: 83'


Glen McAuley 88' -
Peno Scored: 88'


Glen McAuley 120' + 3' -
Scored: 120'


Garry Comerford 122' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 122'


Glen McAuley 124' -
Shootout Peno Scored: 124'


Jack Reynolds 126' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 126'


Dylan Hand 128' -
Shootout Peno Missed: 128'


Scored: 40'
- Anthony Wordsworth 40'

Scored: 53'
- Shane Griffin 53'

Red: 68'
- Anthony Wordsworth 68'

Scored: 90'
- Greg Halford 90' + 1'

Scored: 120'
- George Forrest 120' + 2'

Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
- Shane Griffin 121'

Shootout Peno Scored: 123'
- Cameron Evans 123'

Shootout Peno Scored: 125'
- Isaac Tshipamba 125'

Shootout Peno Scored: 127'
- John Martin 127'


FAI Cup Report: Athlone Town 4 - 4 Waterford (Waterford win 4-2 on penalties)

Sat, Jul 24 2021

Athlone Town goalkeeper Kayleum Rice could do nothing to keep out this Waterford shot during the FAI Cup match at Athlone Town Stadium on July 23rd, 2021. Credit: Gerry Shanahan

Simon O’Gorman reports from Athlone Town Stadium

Glen McAuley’s stunning last-second strike wasn’t enough for Athlone Town as they were edged out in a penalty shoot-out by Waterford following a drama-packed FAI Cup first round tie.

The striker sealed his hat-trick with a spectacular strike directly from the kick-off to force penalty kicks as the First Division side came up just short in Lissywollen.

McAuley scored twice from the spot, either side of Stephen Meaney’s equaliser, after goals from Anthony Wordsworth and Shane Griffin had put the Blues 2-0 up.

Greg Halford netted late for force extra time and the home side looked to have won it thanks to George Forrest, only for McAuley to level it up with virtually the last kick of extra time.

The opening twenty minutes was played at a blistering pace with both teams fully engaging in the spirit of a Cup tie.

Straight out of the blocks Athlone burst forward with Shane Barnes and the new signing from Shelbourne, McAuley, forcing an early corner.

That willingness to chase every ball became McAuley’s calling card but as early as the fourth minute we also saw telling hesitancy in the home defence and, while they escaped on that occasion, they would not be so fortunate later on.

Derek Daly, always a threat on Athlone’s left wing, took a heavy touch when through on six minutes, allowing Eddie Nolan to get across and cover.

It was Waterford’s turn to threaten shortly after when Wordsworth’s snapshot from the edge of the box drew an excellent full-length save from Kayleum Rice.

Halfway through the opening period the tempo dropped, which suited the visitors more. Waterford were happier to build patiently while Athlone, robbed of a tempestuous atmosphere, found it harder to initiate attacks.

Gradually the tally of half-chances swung Waterford’s way. Griffin hammered a shot narrowly wide after 34 minutes and four minutes later Junior Quitina had a fine mazy run ended inside the box with a firm challenge.

But five minutes from the interval Waterford hit the front. A diagonal ball in from the left was intended for striker Cian Kavanagh but a weak clearance delivered the ball to Wordsworth’s feet.

He took a touch, 15 yards from goal, picked his spot and curled a lovely shot around Rice and into the Athlone net.

What Athlone needed was to re-establish the high tempo with which they started the game and they did this admirably as soon as the second half began.

Within a minute McAuley had forced a corner and, although it was cleared, the home side’s dander was clearly up.

A minute later McAuley went down inside the box and, although no penalty was given, it was perhaps a portent of things to come. But for the moment it was Waterford who seized the initiative.

Dylan Hand displayed uncertainty in defence, losing track of a weak cross from Quitina. but keeper Paul Martin was alert enough to dive on the loose ball.

Two minutes later, though, Quitina played Griffin into the inside-left channel and he blasted the ball high into the net to put the visitors two up.

All of Athlone’s energy now seeped out of their game and it looked for a long while as if Waterford were home and dry. Not so.

With 22 minutes remaining, Wordsworth was harshly shown a second yellow for kicking the ball away and the Blues were down to ten men.

Offered this reprieve, Athlone resolutely launched themselves back into the game with a triple substitution that would have a dramatic effect of proceedings.

Within a minute one sub, Oisin Duffy, had hit the post. Within three minutes another sub, Stephen Meaney, had been fouled inside the box.

This time Damien McGraith obliged and McAuley rammed home the penalty to bring the home side back into it.

Eight minutes later, and with just seven left on the clock, a goalmouth scramble ended with Meaney hooking a shot into the Waterford net off the far post.

Suddenly Athlone were not only on level terms but looking odds on to go on and win it. This impression hardened when, with just two minutes left, McGraith awarded another penalty after Darragh Power appeared to be penalised for a hand ball.

Whatever the reason for it, McAuley obliged, hammering his second spotter into the exact same corner of the Waterford net.

It was now, surely, all over, yes? No. Not at all. In added time Waterford won a corner on the left which Griffin delivered to the back post where Greg Halford , yet another substitute, looped his header beyond the despairing reach of Rice.

Breathlessly, we entered extra-time and for 30 minutes the players fought heroically for that one moment, that one opening, which might win the game.

No one succeeded until the second minute of added time when Waterford won another corner. Just as at the end of normal time it was delivered deep into the goal area. This time two Waterford players got their heads to it, bouncing it along the goalmouth for all the world like the set up for a volleyball smash, until it reached George Forrest who nudged it over the line and into the net.

But it still wasn’t over. Incredibly, with the alotted added time up, Athlone tipped off. The ball was tapped to McAuley and he just leathered it.

Up it went, into the night sky, descending only after it had cleared Paul Martin’s grasp and landed in the goal.

The ground went berserk and a penalty shootout followed. All succeeded with their kicks until young Jack Reynolds saw his effort saved by the foot of the post.

John Martin scored his for Waterford and so Dylan Hand had to score or the Blues would go through.

Hand’s kick was also saved and the most extraordinary cup tie I have ever seen ended in victory for the Premier Division side.

Athlone Town:); Keyleum Rice (gk); Aidan Friel (Ray O’Sullivan 101), Dylan Hand, Garry Comerford, David Brookes (Killian Cantwell 61); Jack Reynolds, Daniel McKenna, Jamie Hollywood (Stephen Meaney 71), Derek Daly (Oisin Duffy 71); Glen McAuley, Shane Barnes (Brandon McCann 71).

Subs Not Used: Tommy Holland (gk), Scott Delaney, Tumelo, Tlou.

Booked: Jack Reynolds (97).

Waterford: Paul Martin (gk); Darragh Power (Tunmise Sobowale 101), George Forrest, Eddie Nolan, Jeremie Milambo (Greg Halford 51); John Martin, Anthony Wordsworth, Cameron Evans ,Shane Griffin; Junior Quitina (Max Hutchinson 75), Cian Kavanagh (Isaac Tshipamba 81).

Subs Not Used: Kyle Cook (gk), Katlego Mashigo, Jack Stafford.

Booked: Anthony Wordsworth (22).

Sent Off: Anthony Wordsworth (68).

Referee: Damien McGraith.

Attendance: TBC

Extratime.com Player of the Match: Glen McAuley (Athlone Town).


Athlone
WSept. 10, 2021
Bray 0 - 1 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
Kayleum Rice 1
Goalkeeper
Aidan Friel 2
101'
101Subbed Off: Ray O'Sullivan 101'
Defender
Derek Daly 3
71'
71Subbed Off: Oisin Duffy 71'
Defender
Garry Comerford
Shootout Peno Scored: 122'
Defender
Daniel McKenna 4
120'
120Subbed Off: Tumelo Tlou 120'
Defender
Jamie Hollywood 8
71'
71Subbed Off: Stephen Meaney 71'
Midfielder
Dylan Hand 21
Shootout Peno Missed: 128'
Midfielder
David Brookes 13
61'
61Subbed Off: Killian Cantwell 61'
Midfielder
Jack Reynolds 21
Booked: 97'
Shootout Peno Missed: 126'
Midfielder
Shane Barnes 28
71'
71Subbed Off: Brandon McCann 71'
Booked: 116'
Forward
Glen McAuley
Peno Scored: 75'
Peno Scored: 88'
Scored: 120'
Shootout Peno Scored: 124'
Forward

Substitutes
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Oisin Duffy 18
71'
71Subbed On: Derek Daly 71'
Midfield
Scott Delaney 5
Defender
Killian Cantwell 6
61'
61Subbed On: David Brookes 61'
Defender
Brandon McCann
71'
71Subbed On: Shane Barnes 71'
Forward
Stephen Meaney 11
71'
71Subbed On: Jamie Hollywood 71'
Scored: 83'
Forward
Ray O'Sullivan
101'
101Subbed On: Aidan Friel 101'
Defender
Tumelo Tlou 20
120'
120Subbed On: Daniel McKenna 120'
Defender
Waterford
WSept. 24, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Drogheda
DOct. 2, 2021
Sligo 1 - 1 Waterford
WOct. 15, 2021
Waterford 4 - 1 Harps
LOct. 22, 2021
Bohs 1 - 0 Waterford
WOct. 25, 2021
Bohs 1 - 2 Waterford
30 Paul Martin
Goalkeeper
15 Jeremie Milambo
Defender 51'
51Subbed Off: Greg Halford 51'
5 George Forrest
Defender
Scored: 120'
3 Cameron Evans
Defender
Shootout Peno Scored: 123'
2 Darragh Power
Defender 101'
101Subbed Off: Tunmise Sobowale 101'
7 Shane Griffin
Midfielder
Scored: 53'
Shootout Peno Scored: 121'
46 Eddie Nolan
Midfielder
11 Junior Quitirna
Midfielder 75'
75Subbed Off: Max Hutchison 75'
8 Anthony Wordsworth
Midfielder
Booked: 22'
Scored: 40'
Booked: 68'
Sent Off: 68'
12 John Martin
Forward
Shootout Peno Scored: 127'
10 Cian Kavanagh
Forward 81'
81Subbed Off: Isaac Tshipamba 81'

Substitutes
16 Katlego Mashigo
Midfield
17 Max Hutchison
Midfield 75'
75Subbed On: Junior Quitirna 75'
20 Greg Halford
Defender 51'
51Subbed On: Jeremie Milambo 51'
Scored: 90'
30 Kyle Cooke
Goalkeeper
18 Tunmise Sobowale
Midfield 101'
101Subbed On: Darragh Power 101'
19 Jack Stafford
Defender
21 Isaac Tshipamba
Midfield 81'
81Subbed On: Cian Kavanagh 81'
Shootout Peno Scored: 125'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 FAI Cup First Round

Date: 7:45 p.m. July 23, 2021

Venue: Athlone Town Stadium

Referee: Damien MacGraith

Attendance: Unknown

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