Athlone Town make the long journey south to play Cobh Ramblers tomorrow, Saturday 13th August, looking to put an end to a run of 4 straight defeats.
Their last win back on July 8th against Shelbourne by a solitary goal which is also their only win since they returned from the mid-season break.
Last weekend despite taking an early lead over Waterford in the RSC the experience of Waterford United came through who scored a three without reply and the game ended 3-1 with ex Athlone Town player Philly Gorman netting the 3rd for Waterford and in turn getting to the 100 League of Ireland goal mark in his career.
Cobh secured three points last week against Cabinteely 3-1 in Stradbrook which got them back to winning ways after two consecutive draws following their 2-0 defeat to Limerick.
Since October 1994 the clubs have met on 52 occasions with Cobh winning 27, Athlone Town on 13 occasion while the other 12 have ended in draws. In those games there were 134 goals scored with 81 for Cobh and 53 for Athlone Town averaging just over 2.5 per game.
Over that period of time St Coleman’s Park has never been a happy hunting ground for Athlone Town with only 3 wins from the 25 games scored along with 6 draws. On the goals front Athlone in those 25 games have conceded 1.8 goals per game while only scoring a .88 average.
Games this season between the sides have ended in a 2-2 draw in the corresponding fixture in series one while in series two Cobh won by 201 in Athlone Town Stadium.
Athlone Town last won in Cobh during the league winning season of 2013 when Cobh finished the game with 10 men after a second half sending off. That win was Athlone Town first in St Coleman’s Park since a 4-0 win back in September 2001.
Colin Fortune has no suspensions but faces into a mounting injury list with long term injured Craig Shortt and Tom O’Halloran still missing out. Colin can now add to that list Jack Quinn who was injured in last weekend’s loss to Waterford, Aidy Byrne who suffered an injury at training during the week while Claudio Silva is rated less than 50/50 to make the squad.
Kick off in St Coleman’s Park is scheduled for 7.45pm.