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Shels hit Longford for six as table-toppers UCD seal unwanted LOI record for Athlone

Athlone have now gone 39 league games without a win, breaking a 23-year-old record.

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Athlone 0-1 UCD

ATHLONE TOWN HAVE set a League of Ireland record for most games without a win, per league statistician Karl Reilly.

UCD’s 1-0 win thanks to an 11th-minute penalty from Gary O’Neil keeps the Students comfortably top of the First Division, but also saw to it that bottom club Athlone have broken a 23-year-old record set by Kilkenny City in going 39 league fixtures without victory.

Three wins from their remaining five games will see UCD secure the First Division title.

Galway 3-2 Cabinteely

Galway United battled through a tense finish to take all three points in a thriller at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Joe Doyle cancelled out Eoin McCormack’s 1st-minute strike to draw the visitors level with five minutes to go until the interval, but a Conor Barry brace on either side of half-time seemed to have United cruising with 35 remaining.

Marty Waters struck on 86 minutes to leave the home fans’ hearts in mouths, but Galway hung tough to move within three points of Finn Harps in fourth place.

Shelbourne 6-1 Longford

Karl Moore’s arrival could scarcely have been christened in greater style as the former Bohs man hit a hat-trick for Shels in their 6-1 destruction of play-off-chasing Longford.

Shels were 3-1 up thanks to goals from David Mulcahy, Moore and David O’Sullivan respectively – Sam Verdon had levelled at one apiece for the visitors – when Jamie Doyle received his marching orders for Longford on 71 minutes.

The hosts made the most of their man advantage as they rouded off a resounding victory with three late strikes, two of which came from Moore. James English put the cherry on top from the spot as Shels overtook Finn Harps in third spot, though the Donegal club still have a game in hand.

Wexford 0-0 Drogheda

Second-placed Drogheda were held to a stalemate by second-from-bottom Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park, this despite a red card for Sean Kelly – a second bookable offence – just after the 50-minute mark.

Both sides had their opportunities, and Wexford might even have taken an unlikely lead while down to 10 men were it not for Paul Skinner’s save from Dean Walsh.

Despite a late Drogheda siege upon Wexford’s goal, the hosts held on for a point well earned, a result which affords UCD even more margin for error atop the First Division table.

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