Athlone Town have finally won a First Division game, 19 matches into the season, after last week's opponents Wexford were penalised for fielding an ineligible player.

Wexford brought on midfielder Thomas Croke as a substitute in the 65th minute, despite him being under suspension for picking up five yellow cards.

That means that last placed Athlone, who had previously earned just two draws 17 games, will be awarded a 3-0 victory.

Second from bottom Wexford will maintain a seven-point gap over their rivals despite the reversal of the result.

In a statement on their website, Wexford accepted the punishment and said "human error" was responsible.

"We as a club had been properly advised of this but due to human error, this message was not picked up by team management, and the mistake was made. As a result, the club has lost the points and will receive a fine.

"To say that we are deeply disappointed is an understatement. In a season when wins have been few and far between, it is a crushing blow to lose this one off the field of play.

"However, the issue was due to an internal communications break down and we wish to apologise unreservedly to players, supporters, and all who love Wexford FC. We are taking steps to ensure no such communications break down can happen in the future."