Athlone Town fell to a very disappointing 4-1 home defeat to Shelbourne on Saturday night, but the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.
The home side took the lead early in the first half after new Uruguayan striker Walter Invernizzi scored his first goal for the club. James English equalised ten minutes later, before the game changed completely before half-time.
Niall Scullion got himself sent off just before the break, and unfortunately for Athlone, they capitulated in the second half.
First-team coach Colin Fortune told us, “Yeah We were very disappointed with the performance and result on Saturday evening.”
“The sending off was a big factor in the game, it was 1-1 coming up to half time and the game was there for whoever wanted it more.”
“It’s difficult enough playing 11 V 11, but to be down to 10 for 50 minutes was to prove to difficult for us.”
“Again, collective and individual mistakes are costing us, but we have continue try to take some positives from the game. Its easy to point fingers and blame this and blame that, but what we need to do is knuckle down, work hard and try cut down on our mistakes.”
We asked him about their new Uruguayan striker, “On a positive note, it was nice to see Walter Invernizzi get off the mark for us. He is from Urugauy but has played most of his football in the lower leagues in Italy.”
Here’s a YouTube clip of the striker;
“He is a forward who has a proven goalscoring record in Italy and is very experienced, he is 36 next month. He is a very clever player who sees things a second or two ahead of other players.”
“We hope going forward that he can pass on a lot of his experience to the younger players in the squad, particularly young Jason Lyons who has been very good for us so far this season.”
Athlone face a difficult few weeks ahead, with tough games against a rampant Cabinteely next followed by games against UCD and Waterford.