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Match Report: Cobh Ramblers FC 0-0 Longford Town FC

Sat Apr 20th 2019

Match Report by James Donnelly

 

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Cobh Ramblers FC 0-0 Longford Town FC

Saturday 20th April 2019, 7PM, St. Colman’s Park

 

Ramblers and De Town played out fairly even 0-0 draw at St. Colman’s Park in Cobh tonight in a game that neither team fully deserved to win.

With Sam Verdon ruled out through injury, Dean Byrne slotted into the team with Carlton Ubaezuonu taking a place on the bench for the first time this season.

Both teams opened the game cautiously, creating little in the opening minutes. It was Longford with the first chance though as Conor Kenna’s header from a corner was tipped over the bar by Mylod in the Cobh goal.

On 33 minutes Dean Byrne almost opened the scoring for De Town. Shooting from just outside the box, his shot was saved by Mylod who tipped it out for a corner. Only a few minutes later, Byrne had an opportunity again but his shot inside the box was blocked by a Cobh body.

Cobh had the best chance of the first half on 40 minutes. A dangerous free kick floated in by former Town player Shane O’Connor was cleared but only as far as another Cobh man, the ball was whipped back in and headed on for Jaze Kabia who stuck a leg onto the end of it, it hit the Town post and was collected by Lee Steacy.

The second half was pretty much the same. Peter Hopkins had a chance on 52 minutes when he turned his man inside the box and shot but his left foot strike was the wrong side of the post and it went out for a goal kick.

Town goalkeeper Lee Steacy was deemed to have handled the ball outside the box on 71 minutes. The resulting free kick came to nothing and Cobh were left to rue their chances.

On a major positive note, Carlton Ubaezuonu made his debut for Longford, coming on in place of Adam Evans. The former Galway and Dundalk man caused problems for Cobh on the left wing.

Cobh forced a save out of Lee Steacy on 78 minutes but that proved to be the final major chance of the game for the home side.

Carlton went close for De Town in the dying minutes, forcing a save out of Mylod but it wasn’t to be as both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Cobh Ramblers: Mylod, Taylor, McSweeney, O’Riordan, O’Connor, O’Connor, Kenny, Turner, Hurley, Fernandez, Kabia.

Subs: Hunt, O’Rourke, West, O’Leary, O’Driscoll.

 

Longford Town FC: Steacy, Elworthy, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Hopkins, Dervin, Zambra, Byrne, Brennan, Evans.

Subs: Menton, Ubaezuonu (Evans), O’Conor (Brennan), Hollywood, Noack-Hofmann, Chambers, Manley.

 

Attendance: 140 est.

Match Preview: Cobh Ramblers FC v Longford Town FC

Sat Apr 20th 2019

Match Preview by James Donnelly

 

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Cobh Ramblers FC v Longford Town FC

Saturday 20th April 2019, 7PM

St. Colman’s Park

 

The red and black make the long trip to Cork today to take on Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park with a 7PM kick off in the seaside town.

Neale Fenn’s side come into tonight’s game unbeaten and having only conceded twice since the start of the season. A dominant display against Bray last weekend saw De Town earn a comfortable 2-0 win at the City Calling Stadium. Impressive form has seen Longford climb the league table and should we get another win tonight, the team will remain on top for another week.

Cobh have had an ok start to the season but have been impressing lately and will prove worthy opponents tonight as Stephen Henderson’s men look to continue their decent run of form. They had a great victory away to Galway last week, winning 2-1 courtesy of goals from the in-form Jaze Kabia and Maurice Nugent. They also had fine wins over Shels, Limerick (league cup) and Wexford since the start of the season and will be looking to gain a bit of consistency now with a performance against Longford tonight.

LTFC Manager Neale Fenn spoke to Tony Ghee last week about the upcoming fixture against Cobh;

“The few times we’ve gone down there, or since I’ve gone down there, we’ve found it difficult but you know, there’s no easy games in this league, you know. As long as we take care of ourselves, respect the opposition, we should be ok.”

In terms of injury news, Aaron Dobbs is out for Longford.

Longford Town FC Underage News (14-04-2019)

Sun Apr 14th 2019

WEEKEND RESULTS

SSE Airtricity Under 19 National League Northern Elite Division

Sunday, April 14th 2019
Longford Town 0-3 St. Patrick’s Athletic
City Calling Stadium | 14.00

SSE Airtricity Under 17 National League Northern Elite Division

Sunday, April 14th 2019
St. Patrick’s Athletic 5-1 Longford Town
IT Blanchardstown | 14.00
Ethan Delaney scored for the Town, who played the last 70 minutes with ten players.

SSE Airtricity Under 15 National League Group 1

Saturday, April 13th 2019
Sligo Rovers 4-1 Longford Town
Sligo IT | 14.00
Ethan Mills on the mark for Longford.

SSE Airtricity Under 13 National League Group 1

Saturday, April 13th 2019
Longford Town 1-5 Sligo Rovers
City Calling Stadium  | 13.00
Alex Sheerin with the Town goal.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

SSE Airtricity Under 15 National League Group 1

Saturday, April 20th 2019
Longford Town v Derry City
City Calling Stadium | GAME POSTPONED


Pictures from last night’s superb home 2-0 victory against Bray Wanderers

Sun Apr 14th 2019

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

Goal no. 1 for de Town tonight, Michael McDonnell doing the business.

Peter Hopkins fired in goal no. 2 to secure all three valuable points on what was a bitterly cold night but a heart warming performance.

This was a spirited and classy display by De Town who go top of the table tonight. Well deserved too.

The players salute the crowd and we salute the players…thanks lads for a wonderful night’s entertainment.



MATCH REPORT: Longford Town 2-0 Bray Wanderers

Sat Apr 13th 2019

Town go top after victory over Bray

Longford Town moved back to the top of the SSE Airtricity First Division as goals from Mick McDonnell and Peter Hopkins earned the Midlanders a comfortable two-nil victory over Bray Wanderers at the City Calling Stadium.

The Town took the lead in the eighth minute when Breslin’s corner picked out the Towering McDonnell whose downward header found the back of the Bray net.

The next decent opportunity arrived on twenty-eight minutes when Adam Evan’s effort from a tight angle on the left was saved by Bray keeper Gabriel Sava.

The Town doubled their advantage on thirty-three minutes when a sumptuous defence-splitting pass from Aodh Dervin put in winger Hopkins, he zoomed in on goal, calmly rounded Bray keeper Sava and slotted in the home side’s second goal.

Bray almost pulled a goal back on forty-three minutes but Killian Cantwell’s shot flashed just wide of the Town post.

The ‘Red & Black’ almost went three up on seventy-eight minutes. A superb reverse pass from Sean Brennan found Sam Verdon in space on the edge of the Bray box, but his curling strike which seemed destined for the bottom right-corner of the net was brilliantly saved by Sava.


TEAM LINE-UPS

Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Zambra, Hopkins, Brennan, Dervan, Evans, Verdon.
Substitutions: Byrne for Evans (81 minutes), O’Connor for Brennan (87 minutes), Chambers for Hopkins (89 minutes).

Bray Wanderers: Sava, Nolan, Douglas, Heaney, Barnett, McGlade, Purdy, Cantwell, Keegan, Daly, O’Halloran.
Substitutions: Lovic for Heaney (72 minutes), McCann for Purdy (82 minutes).

Referee: Jason Mannix

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