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Cabinteely remain nine clear of Athlone after draw while Wexford stun Shels at Tolka Park

Cabinteely ‘keeper Michael Kelly made two fine saves to deny Athlone a crucial three points.

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CABINTEELY EMERGED FROM Athlone Town Stadium with an important point after a tight SSE Airtricity League First Division affair.

Athlone broke the deadlock through target man Jason Lyons after a mesmerising run from the halfway line by new recruit Liam McCartan, formerly of Limerick. After collecting a pass through the legs of a defender from McCartan, Lyons rounded Cabinteely ‘keeper Michael Kelly and applied the finish.

The Dubs returned fire during an impressive second half, however, and winger Joe Doyle turned home a low ball into the area which wasn’t dealt with by the home defence.

Cabo ‘keeper Kelly was in fine form, producing two quality saves to ensure the away side came away with a point – the latter to deny Athlone right-back Niall Scullion in the dying moments.

The result leaves Athlone second from bottom on 16 points, while the visitors stay one place above them but with nine points to spare.

Over at Tolka Park, struggling Wexford FC turned the form table on its head with a stunning 2-1 victory over Shelbourne.

Second-half goals from Thomas Croke and Mikey Byrne earned the bottom side a massive three points, as Damien Locke’s men recovered from 1-0 down following James English’s opener. Wexford stay bottom but close the gap on Athlone to a single point, while Shels climb to fourth ahead of Longford, who have a game in hand.

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