Monday, June 5, 2017

Athlone Town 1, Blues 6 (2/6/17, Lisseywoollen, Athlone)

It took half of the league season but the Blues finally handed out a proper thumping and how fitting it was that Athlone, the only side to take three points from the Blues this season, were on the receiving end when it finally happened. Three goals in each half did the job and to be honest it could have been twelve, such was the number of chances created and spurned.

The stand out on the night was young John Martin who finished the game with a hat trick. He scored his first two goals early in the game and he converted a penalty in the second half. What a night he had. His performance was top drawer and he is fast becoming a key performer for the Blues. The future beckons brightly for him.

Mark O'Sullivan rounded the keeper to score the third before the break. Davie McDaid got the fourth shortly after the break and Dean Walsh rounded the keeper to score the last very late.

Derek Daly was all action. Matt Connor as usual was rock solid. Dean Walsh looked good when he replaced Mark O'Sullivan late in the game and both full backs, Whittle and O'Connor, impressed.

Athlone did have chances....they hit the frame twice during the second half and threatened on a number of other occasions and despite the fact that they were comprehensively outplayed from start to finish, they could have scored another couple in addition to the late consolation goal they got. The big problem for them was the form of the Blues on the night. Their game finally came together and at times they looked as if they could score every time they attacked. It was a sight for sore eyes.

The weather was perfect but the attendance was dreadful. A smaller than usual contingent of Blues' fans travelled. Roddy was in good form despite the hiding. Two points clear at the top. Happy days!

No game next weekend. Round 3 resumes with the visit of Cabinteely to the RSC on Friday week.

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Matt Connor, Conor Whittle, Patrick McClean, Kenny Browne, Shane O'Connor, Garry Comerford, Anthony McAlavey, John Martin (Gary Delaney 75'), Derek Daly (Kenny McEvoy 69'), David McDaid, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh 52'). Unused subs:  Jack Lynch, Robin Dempsey, Tunmise Sobawale, Matt Sheehan.

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