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Laois soccer player signs for League of Ireland club for the remainder of the season

A Laois soccer player has signed for a League of Ireland club for the remainder of the season.

Garry Comerford, who previously played for Shamrock Rovers, Cobh Ramblers, Waterford and Cork City, has signed for Athlone Town in the First Division.

Comerford signed for the Westmeath club when the transfer window opened on July 1.

He had previously signed for Stradbally Town in the CCFL but Covid had limited his playing time for his home club – albeit that he signed off with a hat-trick in a game against Portlaoise Rovers last week.

Comerford’s debut arrived on Friday evening last when Athlone travelled to Ferrycarrig Park to take on Wexford Youths.

They trailed 2-0 when Comerford was introduced after 50 minutes – but they found themselves 4-2 down after 86 minutes.

However, late goals from Shane Barnes and Adam Wixted sealed a dramatic 4-4 draw.

Athlone Town currently sit sixth in the table, three points off Bray Wanderers who occupy the final playoff place.

But with still more than 20 games to play, there is plenty of time for Comerford and co to climb the table.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.