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PostSubject: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:58 am

Just wondering lads, is our game against ye on the Friday 12th or Saturday 13th? A bit of confusion around here.
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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:12 am

Friday the 12th

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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:18 pm

Don't suppose there's any of your lads travelling from and back to Dublin on the night? There's one of our lads needs a lift.
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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:13 am

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Don't suppose there's any of your lads travelling from and back to Dublin on the night? There's one of our lads needs a lift.

half the team are from dublin!! might get a lift with roddy Laughing


i dont know anyone that would anyway
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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:06 am

Hah, I'll tell him to give Roddy a shout alright. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:57 pm



Team Lineup
Paul Skinner (G)
Neil Harney (D)
Aidan Collins (D)
Robbie Clarke (D)
Barry Clancy (D)
Conor McMahon (D)
Mark Hughes (M)
Ryan Coombes (M)
Garvan Broughall (M)
Philip Gorman (F)
Garbhan Coughlan (F)
Brian Gill (Sub)
Lee Dixon (Sub)
Jonathan Kelty (Sub)
Tzee Mustapha (Sub)
Niall Scullion (Sub)
Craig Sexton (Sub)
Ian Sweeney (Sub)



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Athlone Town 1 - 0 Finn Harps
by Chris McNulty
Fri, Apr 12 2013



Garbhan Coughlan’s goal twenty minutes from time handed Finn Harps a first defeat of 2013.



Coughlan powered home from close-range after Philly Gorman had headed down a magnificent delivery from Barry Clancy to earn a result that moves the Midlanders level on points with the Donegal men.



This was a night that will have left Peter Hutton with some questions to ponder when a bold team selection didn’t conjure the magic it had intended.



Hutton sprung two surprises with wingmen Michael Funston and Marc Brolly dropping to the bench. Matt Harkin came in on the right for a first appearance since the 4-1 League Cup win in Mayo, while the 20-year old Mícheál Doherty was handed a first start on the other flank.



The hairline fracture of his ankle that forced him out of last week’s scoreless draw with Wexford meant that Thomas McMonagle could not be included. It robbed Harps of a player who had played every minute of the 2012 campaign and his presence was sorely missed.



It had been an attack-minded team sent out by Harps, but there was nothing penetrative about their play, a shot under pressure by Kevin McHugh that was easily collected by Paul Skinner the best they could manage in the opening half.



Athlone hadn’t been much more adventurous in that opening period, but the hosts did have the slightly better plays.



After 90 seconds, Robbie Clarke delivered a teasing free-kick on top of Ciaran Gallagher from the right-hand touchline, but the Harps netminder gathered after Philly Gorman narrowly failed to get a boot on it.



Gorman returned from suspension to take his place in the starting XI and his was a presence worth watching by Harps.



In the main the chances were restricted to set plays, though Ryan Coombes had an attempt 20 yards out that he just couldn’t keep down.



Full-back Neil Harney, restored to the line-up in place of the suspended Roddy Collins Junior, curled a free over the bar after Keith Cowan had barged into Gorman.



Harps had a real scare when they failed to deal with a Harney delivery, eight minutes into the second half, and Gallagher had to be brave to come and palm away with Gorman intently lurking. Harps came into the game for the first time with McHugh slipping to McVeigh, only for his cleanly struck effort to come off the inside of the post.



Through the middle Harps didn’t manage to muster much in the way of a threat and an effort by Michael Doherty that came off the post in the 58th minute was the best they had when it came to chances.



Doherty showed flashes but moments after an over-the-top challenge on Coughlan, he was replaced in the 66th minute, having taken a heavy hit himself.



Without Sean McCarron Harps’ attack again lacked that unpredictable spark the Derryman can create and it was a night when their attacks broke down frustratingly at will.



It was a game that from its early minutes had the feel of one that would be decided by its first goal.



That arrived with the clock in its 70th minute as Coughlan rifled home. From there, it was Roddy Collins’ team who looked the most likely. Coombes went close, but was denied by Gallagher and Gorman deflected a powerful pass from the substitute Ian Sweeney narrowly wide.



It’s a win that hauls Athlone neatly up the ladder, but after a hugely encouraging start by Harps the Ballybofey brigade has now taken just two points from nine and they haven’t found the net now in 209 minutes.



With back-to-back home games with Salthill and Waterford to follow they have chances for redemption.





Athlone Town: Paul Skinner; Neil Harney, Conor McMahon, Aidan Collins (Niall Scullion ’59), Robbie Clarke; Garbhan Coughlan (Ian Sweeney ’80), Garbhan Broughall, Mark Hughes, Barry Clancy; Ryan Coombes, Philly Gorman.

Unused subs: Jonathan Kelly, Lee Dixon, Brian Gill, Craig Sexton.

Booked: Mark Hughes (37), Ryan Coombes (44).





Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher; James Doherty, Damien McNulty, Keith Cowan, Matthew Crossan; Matt Harkin (Michael Funston ’73), Shaun McGowan, Thomas McBride (Thomas Bonner ’81), Mícheál Doherty (Marc Brolly ’66); Paul McVeigh, Kevin McHugh.

Unused subs: Mark Forker, Johnny Bonner Aaron O’Hagan, Sean Patton.

Booked: M. Doherty (55).



Referee: John McLoughlin.

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Barry Clancy (Athlone Town)



thought we desreved the points tonight, expected harps to be better to be honest! when we get the ball down and try to play we look decent and i think this will get more down to watch us, disappointed with the crowd, after the saltill crowfd i expected more!!
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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Sat Apr 13, 2013 10:13 pm

One of the worst Harps performances I've seen in years to be honest. Not just saying this because we lost, but I've never seen a more dejected looking bunch of Harps fans in a long time, and we've had some pretty bad years of late.

It was clear from the off that we were missing our key players badly with 4 big injuries costing us badly, while McHugh and McGowan hadn't trained in 3 weeks.

To be honest, I'd expected a better Athlone team too, but Roddy has a lot of work to do there before building a team capable of promotion in my view.

Best of luck with the season lads, hope to see a few of ye in Finn Park later in the season.
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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:04 am

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One of the worst Harps performances I've seen in years to be honest. Not just saying this because we lost, but I've never seen a more dejected looking bunch of Harps fans in a long time, and we've had some pretty bad years of late.

It was clear from the off that we were missing our key players badly with 4 big injuries costing us badly, while McHugh and McGowan hadn't trained in 3 weeks.

To be honest, I'd expected a better Athlone team too, but Roddy has a lot of work to do there before building a team capable of promotion in my view.

Best of luck with the season lads, hope to see a few of ye in Finn Park later in the season.

he sure has a lot of work to do, and i dont see us challenging for promotion this yr myself, but i would be happy enough if we arent too far away from the top 2 or 3, unlike previous seasons when weve finished miles away from the leading pack!!(points wise) Rolling Eyes

its early days yet i know but both sides look like TRYING to play football in the right manner, and not just hoofin it when out of ideas Cool though there is always a time when hoofing is required Laughing
best of luck to harps too ..... in an ideal world both of us will go up to the premier for 2014 Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Sun Apr 14, 2013 3:21 am

I have to disagree. I can see us pushing top 2. Who else is there. Longford will probably win the league. I see Harps and Athlone battling for second and Waterford 3rd. Mervue will fade away. and as for cobh wexford and salthill. well they will be battling out bottoms 3.

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PostSubject: Re: Athlone town v Finn Harps   Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:34 am

On the first series of games in my opinion having seen every team so far except for Salthill.

Longford - aren't up to much. Not a great side and tactically they're all over the place. We beat them without getting out of first gear.
Mervue - Strangely, the most impressive team I've seen yet tactically. Strength in depth will be their problem.
Harps - Not the start we'd hoped for. Impressive in pre-season, but hit by a few injuries to key players. Still won't worry too much yet, but we've been poor so far.
Athlone - Not what I'd expected at all. Won't be too far off the top 3, but I don't see promotion being realistic unless there are a few changes.
Waterford - Going through a really tough spell. Were not great against us, but they'll come back much stronger.
Wexford - I'm surprised they're so far down to be honest. Seem a decent side.
Cobh - Will be disappointed with where they're sitting. Excellent attacking. Awful defending. Mid table will be the best they can hope for.
Salthill - Haven't seen them yet..but seem to be stronger than recent years even though they're still reportedly terrible.


To be perfectly honest..at this stage, I can't see a huge amount of changes in the league table come the end of the season. Mervue might fade off slightly, Waterford will lift up a bit, and Cobh might pick up a few places.

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