Athlone Town recorded their first home win in five games when they beat Shelbourne by a single goal at Lissywoolen with three players receiving their marching orders in the second half
In a scoreless opening half Athlone had the better chances with Ronan Frawley and Paul McTiernan coming closest to breaking the deadlock in a dour contest.
Shelbourne had the first chance of the game inside the opening sixty seconds when Brian Gartland's overhead kick was saved.
Ronan Frawley for Athlone headed Colin Fortune's corner kick just wide after 32 minutes with the home side dominating proceedings as the half progressed.
Town winger Steven Gavin had a goal disallowed on 39 minutes while the home side's Paul McTiernan shot wide just before the half time break.
The home side grabbed the winning goal five minutes into the second half when Ian Rossiter scored from the penalty spot after goalkeeper James Hussey had fouled Eric Lavine following a corner kick.
Lavine was sent off on the hour mark for an off-the-ball incident and the game threatened to boil over in the closing stages when two Shelbourne players were also red carded in the space of three minutes.
Alan Murphy soon followed Glen Lacey to the dressing room as the visitors finished the game with nine men.
In a half of few clear-cut chances, Kieran Harte had Shelbourne’s last chance to grab an equalising goal in stoppage time but shot just wide of the post leaving the Dublin side still searching for their first away win of the league season.
ATHLONE TOWN: Kelly, Rossiter, Young, Frawley, McCarthy, Fortune, Gavin (McGee 80 mts), Harty, Lavine, McTiernan (O’Dowd 73 mts), Heffernan (Carberry 68 mts).
SHELBOURNE: Hussey, O’Reilly, McEniff, Rafferty, Gartland, Murphy, Lacey, Harte, Leech, Chambers, O’Neill (Byrne 79 mts).
REFEREE: P Sutton.