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ūüďł Tough one to take tonight. But heads up, back in action in seven days time at home to Bray. https://t.co/fzHLG5y1JU

Another frustrating result for Wexford FC last night, Athlone Town scoring two late goals to add to their narrow half time lead for a 3-0 win, a flattering scoreline for the hosts after a largely competitive contest in Lissywoolen. Athlone are now two points clear on top of the First Division table after their unbeaten start to the season, Wexford remain bottom. In an unforgiving League chances need to be taken when they come and the hosts took theirs on the night.

Success Edogun started for the first time after impressing in last week's home defeat to Cobh, Karl Fitzsimons the only other change with Dan Tobin and Harry Groome dropping to the bench. It was a much changed Athlone side from last season, the midlanders investing heavily in the off season and ending up with one of the strongest squads in the First Division. The Town certainly made the most of the prize money received from last years FAI Cup run that saw them get to the semis.

Adrian Carberrys men had the better start, two good chances falling to Adam Wixted early on both of which were glancing headers that narrowly missed the target but Jamie Hollywood gave them a deserved lead in the 16th minute with a well struck right foot shot into the corner. Wexford responded well to going behind and almost found an immediate equaliser through Paul Fox who dragged his left foot effort across goal in the 19th minute. There was an enforced change for Wexford in the 26th minute, Jimmy Corcoran having to withdraw with a hand injury, Tom Murphy taking his place. Wexford continued to grow more and more into the game and although clear cut chances were hard to come by, they kept the home defence on their toes as further opportunities fell to James Carroll who headed over from a free kick in the 28th minute and Jack Doherty who fired a left foot shot wide in the 32nd minute. Most of the game at this stage was been played in the Athlone half, occasional groans coming form the home support who were unhappy with their teams performance despite the early goal advantage. Wexford looked the most likely to score as the half wore on looking particularly dangerous down the left, Fox a constant threat but despite their best efforts Brian O'Sullivan's team went in at the break a goal down.

The Slaneysiders began the second half on the front foot, Fox again in the thick of it with a blocked volley in the 50th minute and another wicked low cross to Edogun that was scrambled clear shortly after. Carberry made changes to try regain control of the game, the most important been the introduction of former Wexford FC striker Shane Barnes in the 56th minute. The changes seemed to work as the home team finally started to cause major problems for the visitors, mainly from quick counter attacks that required some desperate last second interventions from Paul Cleary and Luke Turner. O'Sullivan brought on Jack Larkin, Harry Groome and Kyle Robinson as the game entered the final quarter but it was the ever lively Fox who came closest to finding the elusive Wexford goal, Daniel McKenna recovering well to block the wingers left foot effort in the 70th minute. When the second goal for Athlone arrived it was very much against the run of play, James Doona extending their lead in the 76th minute with a left foot strike after a super initial save from Tom Murphy. Kyle Robinson had one final opportunity to get Wexford back in the game in the 80th minute after running straight through on goal but Schlingermann made a brilliant point blank save to deny him. Barnes added a third for Athlone four minutes before the end, another clinical finish on the break, this time the young striker lifting the ball over Cleary before volleying past Murphy.

It doesn't get any easier for Wexford, a home game against an unbeaten UCD side is next on Friday followed by two tough away games against Cork and Galway.

Wexford FC: Jimmy Corcoran (Tom Murphy 26'), James Carroll, Paul Cleary, Luke Turner, Alex O'Hanlon, Karl Fitzsimons (Harry Groome 65'), Conor Crowley, Karl Manahan (c) (Jack Larkin 73'), Paul Fox, Jack Doherty and Success Edogun (Kyle Robinson 73').  Subs Not Used: Dan Tobin, Evan Farrell, Charlie Smith, Daniel Dobbin and Kevin McEvoy.

Athlone Town: Micheál Schlingermann, Derek Daly (Jonny Carlin 82'), Daniel McKenna (David Brookes 89'), Killian Cantwell, Adam Wixted (Brandon McCann 89'), Jamie Hollywood, Kurtis Byrne, Stephen Meaney (Shane Barnes 56'), James Doona, Oisin Duffy and Dylan Hand.  Subs Not Used: Kayleum Rice, Scott Delaney, Tumelo Tlou, Jack Watson and Tristan Noack Hoffmann.

 

 

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