Athlone Town produced a remarkable comeback last Friday night, as they came from 3-1 down to a rampant Cabinteely side, to score twice in added time as the game finished 3-3.
It was a very big result for Athlone, coming on the back of some heavy defeats to Longford, Cobh and Shelbourne.
They fell behind early on as goals from Evan Galvin and Jack Watson had Cabinteely in command after only quarter of an hour. Argentinian Walter Invernizzi scored his second of the season to pull a goal back for the hosts just before the hour mark.
When Kevin ‘marty’ Waters tucked away a spot kick only moments later it looked like the points were heading back to the capital.
But, in the 90th minute Athlone were awarded a penalty of their own, which Conor Barry scored, and five minutes later up popped Substitute Jason Lyons to score his first goal for the club, to spark wild celebrations.
Athlone’s Colin Fortune was delighted with his charges, “We were very pleased with the players resolve last night in coming back from 3-1 down so late in the game.”
“After recent results and with confidence so low at the minute, the players deserve great credit to have kept going and deservedly get a point from the game.”
“Hopefully this late comeback might give the players the belief and confidence to kick on and get back to winning ways.”
Here’s an interview with goalscorer Jason Lyons and Manager Ricardo Monsanto after the game, compliments of Rob Ralph at Athlone;
Defender Aaron Brilly was thrilled after making his first start for Athlone against his previous club, “It was great for me last night to make my first start. It was unusual at the same time to make it against so many lads who I am good friends with from the time I spent at Cabinteely.”
“We conceded two early goals but we felt towards the end of the first half we picked it up a bit. We went in at half time, had a good chat, got ourselves prepared and were in no way going to give up.”
“We went out and put on a display of heart. passion and quality in the second half that got us that result.”