“If you switch off you get punished” says Athlone’s Colm Coss

Colm Coss of Athlone Town

Athlone Town were looking for back-to-back victories over Waterford, after their opening day win in the RSC, when they hosted them in the Athlone Town stadium on Friday night.

However it wasn’t to be, as Waterford came out on top 2-1. Two goals early in the second half by Mark O’Sullivan had the visitors 2-0 up, but substitute midfielder Christope Rodrigues-Silva got the midlanders back in it moments later.

It was almost 2-2 just minutes later when Conor Barry had a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Matthew Connor saved it. O’Sullivan missed out on a hat-trick late on when keeper Labuts got down to push his effort wide.

Coss said, “Yeah we were disappointed not to get anything from the game Friday night. Waterford are a very strong side and that’s why they’re up at the top of the table.”

“We kept our shape well on Friday and worked very hard to keep them out, however if you switch off against a team of Waterford’s quality you get punished and that’s what happened to us.”

“However, I think there are some positives to take from the game that we can built on, and we need to cut out the lapses of concentration.”

He’s pleased to be playing his part this season, “Personally the season started off really well for me, scoring in both games and the team getting two wins. I was just happy to be back playing as I missed most of the pre-season with an achilles injury.”

“I’ve been playing more of a holding role since our third game against Longford. Whether its a holding or box to box role I’m just happy to be fit and playing games. I’ve been working hard in training to improve all aspects of my game.”

“Hopefully we can get that much needed win soon. It will give us a massive lift and a platform to build on for the remainder of the season.”