Ultimately, they succumbed to a 4-2 defeat.
Athlone Town were back in friendly action last night.
Their fifth behind closed doors friendly saw them travel to Premier Division champions Dundalk.
Two goals down inside the first twenty minutes, the midlanders pulled one back before half-time through a header from Oisin Duffy.
Attempting to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the 2nd half, Adrian Carbury's charges found the net for a second time with a strike from Donal Curtin.
However, it finished up 4-2 in favour of the Premier Division side.
Starting line ups:
Athlone Town: Myles, Delaney, Nealon, Clarke, Grogan, Morgan, O'Brien, Trialist A, Trialist B, Duffy, Curtin.
Dundalk: McCarey; Dummigan, C Jones, Quinn, J Jones; Dogan, Mountney; Gatt, Patching, Oduwa, G Kelly