The stats don't lie and they paint quite a picture when it comes to Athlone Town's recent form, which has been achieved thanks to the performances from captain Laurie Ryan.

Athlone have won five of their last six games - only a narrow loss to Peamount United spoiling their run - to move up to fourth place in the SSE Airtricity Women's National League.

The victories have been secured due to a massive team effort from Tommy Hewitt's outfit, but there is no denying the influence that midfielder Ryan has had on those games.

The Clare native is winning more duels, making more interceptions and completing more passes than ever before.

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