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Preview | Athlone Town V Galway United (First Division)

“We have to keep battling.” – John Caulfield, Manager

Galway United travel to Lissywollen this Friday to face Athlone Town at 7.45pm.

United take on a struggling Athlone Town outfit this week at the Athlone Town Stadium. The Tribesmen will be targeting another victory to heap more pressure on Shelbourne after defeating the league leaders last week at Eamonn Deacy Park. Shane Doherty, Killian Brouder and Ruairi Keating hit the Shels net before the away side scored a consolation goal to secure an impressive 3-1 win over Ian Morris’ side. 2nd placed United are now seven points off Shels with eight games to go.

Athlone Town will be under new stewardship for Friday’s fixture after Paul Doolin replaced Adrian Carberry as manager earlier this week. Athlone were defeated 6-0 by UCD at the UCD Bowl in their most recent First Division outing which leaves them in 6th place on the table, eight points off playoff positions.

United manager John Caulfield wants no complacency from his team as they prepare for their clash with Athlone Town on Friday evening.

“The most important game for us is Athlone this week,” Caulfield told the club’s media team.

“Every week is a different challenge. We can’t be complacent when we go to Athlone on Friday. We won’t take the points if we are not at our best.

“As I have said from the start, the league will come down to the last six or seven games as we turn into the final third of the season. We have to keep battling away and make sure we stay in the playoff positions.

“It was a good win last week but we are concentrated on the Athlone game now. We are in the business end of the season with eight games to play.”

John Caulfield is sponsored by McGinn’s Hophouse, Woodquay, Galway.

Galway United 2021 Squad

Conor Kearns, Luke Dennison, Conor O’Keeffe, Stephen Walsh, Gary Boylan, Killian Brouder, Maurice Nugent, Christopher Horgan, Alex Murphy, Joe Gorman, Dean O’Shea, David Hurley, Shane Doherty, Mikie Rowe, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Caoilfhionn O’Dea, Mikey Place, Conor McCormack, Ronan Manning, Ruairi Keating, Padraic Cunningham, Wilson Waweru, Francely Lomboto, Colin Kelly, Thomas Oluwa.

Team News

Francely Lomboto and Ronan Manning remain unavailable due to long-term injuries.

Carlton Ubaezuonu also remains out of action due to injury.

Ruairi Keating, Mikie Rowe and Shane Doherty face late fitness tests after picking up knocks.


Galway United Goalscorers

Ruairi Keating – 8

Wilson Waweru – 6

Padraic Cunningham – 4

Killian Brouder – 3

Shane Doherty – 2

David Hurley – 1

Maurice Nugent – 1


Athlone Town V Galway United

Athlone Town Stadium, 7.45pm

Referee: Gavin Colfer

Assistant 1: Darren Carey

Assistant 2: Shane O’Brien

Fourth Official: Paul Norton


Last Meeting (First Division)

11 June 2021 | Galway United 2-1 Athlone Town

Galway United Goalscorers: Ruairi Keating, O.G.

Athlone Town Goalscorer: Shane Barnes


The game will be live-streamed on the new LOITV platform. For all those supporters with Season Passes, LOITV will issue a new voucher code, which you must redeem at the new site. You must go through the registration process again before you can redeem the code. Click on First Division Pass where you will find Add Voucher and you can enter your code to access the pass. Non-pass holders can purchase a First Division pass for €49 or purchase a game pass for €5.