The second season should be a little more predictable for Athlone Town, or at least they know what to expect.

Tommy Hewitt, and his backroom staff, did a fine job in their debut season in 2020. Over 20 League games they celebrated three victories and one draw to finish ahead of two other teams. That was seriously impressive for a brand new squad.

Now the task is to take the next step forward. That has been somewhat hindered by the exits of goalkeeper Niamh Coombes, captain Paula Doran, and the talented Heatherington twins (Allie & Robyn). But new recruits have the opportunity to prove that they can take over.

Arriving from Galway WFC, Abbiegayle Royanne should become the starting goalkeeper and she will feel that there is a lot to prove at this level. In front of her, the experienced Catherine Hyndman should provide defensive cover, while Leitrim native Muireann Devaney is the pick of the new bunch having made the switch from Sligo Rovers' Under-17 team.

There is still a strong core of locally-produced players forming the backbone of this squad and that is good news for Hewitt. The manager will once again be expecting big things from Leah Brady, Kayleigh Shine, Kayla Brady and Katelyn Keogh, while hopes will be high that Kellie Brennan can reignite her eye-catching form from last term.

Last Season: 7th
Key Player: Kayla Brady
One To Watch: Muireann Devaney


Manager: Tommy Hewitt
Backroom Staff: Anto Fay (Assistant Manager), Alan Corboy (First-Team Coach), Alan Loftus (Coach), Kevin Rohan (Goalkeeping Coach), Sarah Lloyd O'Neill (Analyst), Mike Keogh (Equipment Manager), Dave Harrington (Physio)

Players In: Abbiegayle Royanne, Ria McPhilbin, Ciara Glackin, Catherine Hyndman, Kelsey Munroe, Karley Leavy, Ava Dolan, Muireann Devaney, Laurie Ryan, Roisin Molloy, Melissa O'Kane, Mo Nerney, Emily Corbet

Players Out: Niamh Coombes, Amanda Ryan, Paula Doran, Jessica Turner, Zara Lawless, Chloe McNamee, Angelina de Rosa, Orlaith White, Sinead Farrell, Robyn Heatherington, Allie Heatherington, Ava Gowran

Goalkeepers: Abbiegayle Royanne, Ria McPhilbin, Ciara Glackin
Defenders: Fiona Owens, Emma Donohoe, Leah Brady, Catherine Hyndman, Kayleigh Shine, Kelsey Munroe, Karley Leavy, Ava Dolan
Midfielders: Muireann Devaney, Kayla Brady, Laurie Ryan, Roisin Molloy, Amy Hyndman, Aoife Haran, Roisin Jacob, Jess Hennessy, Melissa O'Kane, Ciara McManus
Forwards: Katelyn Keogh, Kellie Brennan, Mo Nerney, Emily Corbet