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The season resumes for Wexford FC after the mid season break with a trip to the midlands to face Athlone Town on Friday evening. Its the first visit of the season to Lissywollen for us and although the sides have met once in the League already this season, there'll be plenty of new faces in the home side line up so its difficult to know what to expect on the night (over the break the Town released over ten players from their squad and signed three with more to follow).

Athlone currently sit bottom of the First Division with just two points after 17 games (draws with Finn Harps and most recently Longford Town) and have had a miserable few years since been relegated from the Premier Division back in 2015. This year alone Roddy Collins resigned from his General Manager role while Team Manager Aaron Callaghan has also recently left the club leaving Terry Butler with the responsibility of turning Irelands oldest club around. 

Like ourselves they've faced some heavy defeats this year (most recently a 5-0 loss in their last home game against Shelbourne at the start of the month) but have put in some good performances of late to give encouragement to their fans, a share of the points against Longford in May and a narrow away defeat to Cobh Ramblers in their last match before the break.

They have struggled to score goals (7) and have conceded the most in the League (61) in their 17 games so far but will see Friday night as an ideal opportunity to grab their first win of the season. Currently Wexford FC sit just one place above Athlone with a 7 point gap between the sides. Last season both teams were in similar positions at the end of their campaigns, Wexford finishing 2 points above Fridays opponents. Our two trips to Westmeath last year saw just a one point return, we were defeated 1-0 there in our first encounter last season but Dean Kelly was on target in a 1-1 draw in our last visit to Lissywollen back in August 2017.

As mentioned above, the sides met at Ferrycarrig back in April of this year, a 7-0 win for Wexford FC with a hat trick from Shane Barnes (who has since left the club) and two each from Aaron Dobbs and Dean George. It was Wexfords FCs first ever victory against Athlone in five attempts.

Since then there's been some positive performances in our recent run of games, draws with Finn Harps at Ferrycarrig and last time out against Galway United with some narrow away defeats to Cobh Ramblers and Drogheda United. 

There were a number of injury problems for Damian Locke to contend with over that period but the game on Friday could see the return of a number of those players, captain Ross Kenny and Aaron Dobbs included. Mark Slater and Aaron O'Connor have been ruled out for the Athlone game however through injury while AJ Lehane is still a long term absentee after his recent operation.

Kick off at Athlone Town Stadium is set for 7:45pm on Friday evening.


League of Ireland First Division

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Longford Town 0 0 0
1 Shelbourne 0 0 0
1 Wexford FC 0 0 0

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Women's National League

    Pld +/- Pts
1 Peamount United 0 0 0
1 Shelbourne LFC 0 0 0
1 Wexford Youths Women 0 0 0

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