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Not long until the Champions first pre season game away to Longford. 7th of February in City Calling Stadium

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PostSubject: extratime.ie preview   Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:09 pm



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Last season: 8th (First Division)

In: Robbie Kelleher (Ballynanty Rovers), Brian McCarthy (Limerick), Garvan Broughall (Limerick), Ross Kenny (Ballina Town), Darren Coleman (Killavilla)

Out: Michael Schlingermann (Monaghan United)

Manager: Mike Kerley

Stadium: Athlone Town Stadium (Lissywoollen)

This will be a really tough season for Athlone. They've a very young squad, with a concentration on developing players from their U19 and U17 panels. Boss Mike Kerley will be operating off a shoe string with just the small budget in the league to pay players, only just about having the funds to cover their travel expenses.

Notoriously the first division is a bit of a slog at the best of times so this season will be as tough as it gets for Athlone. Eased at least of the burden of their stadium debt - after a mystery donor came forward last November and donated €500,000 - Athlone can concentrate on getting the best as they can from limited resources.

With the new format of just eight teams in the division, they’re likely to be in the bottom two or three but if they can pick up a few wins at home in Lissywoollen, then they should be able to stay above an improving SD Galway and a very weak looking Wexford Youths side.

The addition of Garvan Broughall and Brian McCarthy from Limerick will be a bit of a boost but the loss of goalkeeper Michael Sclingermann to Monaghan United will also come as a bit of a blow. Would be absolutely thrilled with a top-half finish but it seems a bit unlikely.

ExtraTime.ie Prediction: 6th.

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PostSubject: Re: extratime.ie preview   Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:43 pm

Just about sums it up, thought we had more new signings than that though.

Any news on goalkeeper, would hate to be talking about it with a half a dozen matches played.
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PostSubject: Re: extratime.ie preview   Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:25 am

Oh No wrote:
Just about sums it up, thought we had more new signings than that though.

Any news on goalkeeper, would hate to be talking about it with a half a dozen matches played.

apparently there is to be 3 keepers announced today!!!


Damien Milton Currently 2 senior keepers signed. The 3rd will hopefully be signed tomorrow and announced when processed.
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