Refreshments in the lovely town of Athlone took the shape of a really nice plate of cod and chips at the Genoa Restaurant. This was preceded by a visit to the Malt House pub where this Pieman enjoyed a large glass of Chieftan IPA brewed by Franciscan well in Cork.
The football club moved from St Mel’s Park to the Athlone Town Stadium in 2007. It takes a little over ten minutes to walk from the town centre to this venue. The only spectator facilities in the ground are located in the covered seated stand that runs the full length of the pitch. A total of 2024 spectators can be accommodated in the stand. This structure houses the changing rooms, two sets of toilets for spectators and a café/shop. In the latter, a selection of programmes and photographs from the club’s past are on prominent display.
This season Athlone Town FC has been struggling, with just two draws to show for their efforts. Visitors Wexford FC were just above them in the table on nine points. Therefore, this match presented a good opportunity for the home side to restore some pride. Of course the same applied to the visitors and it was Wexford that had the little bit of quality to win the match and extend the gap between the two sides.
|The decisive strike|
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