Sunday, April 16, 2017
Blues 2, Athlone Town 1 (14/4/17, RSC, Waterford)
Whatever it is about Athlone this season they seem to save their best for the Blues and for all of the first half and much of the second in this game they looked good enough to take at least a point. The Blues struggled to get on top in this game.
Mark O'Sullivan was the main man scoring two goals in the second half, taking his tally for the season to four, all in the league. He hit his first just after the break and his second just after the hour. However thoughts of a comfortable last 25 minutes were banished when Athlone pulled a goal back and it took a top class penalty save a few minutes later by Matt Connor for the Blues to hold on to their lead. Conor Whittle was the culprit in giving a lifeline to the visitors but big Matt guessed right in going low to his left to pull off the save.
O'Sullivan could easily have hot a hat-trick, were it not for a top class display by the Athlone keeper.
A bumper crowd of just under 2,000 filled the RSC for this game and all in all they all went home having seen a great contest played in near perfect conditions. Mr. Power will be well pleased.
Apart from O'Sullivan and Connor, Kenny Browne and Garry Comerford caught the eye.
Next up in the league come Cabinteely at Stradbrook.
C'mon the Blues!
Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle (Dave Mulcahy 75'), Derek Daly, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Kenny McEvoy (Tom Smith 67'), Anthony McAlavey, Shane O'Connor, Garry Comerford, Dean O'Halloran, Mark O'Sullivan. Unused subs: Matt Sheehan, Gary Delaney, Jack Lynch, Dean Walsh, Owen Wall.