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Longford Town put 5 past Athlone Town in El Clasico

Sun Aug 4th 2019

Match Report by James Donnelly (Full report on sseairtricityleague.ie)

Longford Town ran riot in the El Clasico as they put five past Athlone at the Athlone Town Stadium on Friday night.

Three first-half goals from Aodh Dervin, Anto Breslin and Sean Boyd had the visitors in firm control with the home side threatening little apart from the odd chance from Shane Dunne.

Town started as they meant to go on with Dervin scoring from long range after just two minutes of play.

They made it two after 15 when Anto Breslin marched through one on one to put it past Myles, and loanee Sean Boyd got his second goal in as many games for the club on 22 minutes when Dylan Grimes played him in after a huge lapse in the Athlone defence.

The remaining 10 minutes of the second half saw Longford get their fourth through Peter Hopkins.

Athlone got a consolation through Kealan Dillon but Longford hit straight back from the penalty spot from Sam Verdon to make it 5-1 to the Red and Black.

Team Line-up 

Longford Town: Lee Steacy, Joe Manley, Conor Kenna (C), Shane Elworthy (Peter Hopkins ’72), Anto Breslin, Michael McDonnell, Dylan Grimes (Karl Chambers ’80), Aodh Dervin, Dean Byrne, Sean Boyd (Aaron Dobbs ’66), Sam Verdon.

Subs not used: Jack Menton, Aaron Dobbs, Paul O’Conor, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Dean Zambra.

Pictures by Ken Keenan 

El Clasico on Saturday night!

Tue May 21st 2019

Saturday night. It’s the one everybody has been waiting for. 👀

The battle for ruler of the Midlands is upon us. 🙌

It’s El Clasico! ⚽️

Longford Town FC v Athlone Town AFC 🥅

Kick off: 7:30PM. 🕢

City Calling Stadium. 🏟

(Poster by James Donnelly)

MATCH PREVIEW: Athlone Town v Longford Town

Thu Mar 21st 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

The first ‘El Clasico De Midlands’ of the 2019 season takes place this Friday night at the Athlone Town Stadium with the game getting under way at 7.45pm.

After a couple of horrendous seasons, Athlone Town have started this campaign in whirlwind fashion as they are third in the First Division just behind Bray and Shels on goal difference, with the top three having accumulated nine points out of twelve from their opening four matches.

Athlone’s only loss was a two-nil home defeat to Shels, but last weekend, they came away from the Carlisle Grounds with all three points after an impressive one-nil triumph over Bray at the Wicklow venue.

Man-of-the-Match and club skipper Aaron Brilly scored the crucial goal that secured the victory over Bray as he finished off a move that involved three former Longford players.

Darren Meenan joined Athlone from Longford in the close season and he supplied the pass to another ex Longford player, Keelan Dillon, and he inturn played the ball to skipper Brilly who slotted home past Bray keeper Sava.

Action from one of Longford Town’s games against Athlone Town last season.

Longford Town are the only unbeaten side in the first division with one victory and two draws in their opening three games as they are currently fifth on five points, however, the ‘Red & Black’ do have a game in hand over the teams above them after last week’s game at home to Galway Utd was postponed.

The last outing for Neale Fenn’s charges was the one all draw away to Cabinteely with Sam Verdon on target for Longford.

Last season, Longford won five-one and three-nil at the City Calling Stadium, while the other league encounter at the Athlone Town Stadium ended in a one all draw.

As well as Brilly, Meenan, and Dillon, Athlone have two other former Longford players in their ranks. Rhys Gorman who won the First Division Title with Longford back in 2014 and Kaleem Simon are also now playing for the opposition.

On the team news front, apart from Carlton Ubaezuono, all other squad members are available for selection.

Finally, for those that cannot make the game, Kieran Burke and Jon Brier’s Between The Stripes will be broadcasting live coverage of the big match on mixlr.com/betweenthestripes/

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