Report by: Rachael McKeon
On Saturday afternoon Longford Town U19’s played host to mid table Monaghan Utd. The home side came into this game in good form after a draw and a win in their last two games and they started well with Siode leading the line. His strength caused some problems for the Monaghan defence but when he found his way through on goal he was finding a keeper in no humour to give up his clean sheet easily.
It took the away side a while to get going but on the 18 minute a ball played from the right found their striker but his shot went wide. Two minutes later Boateng was harshly booked for a challenge just outside the box but from the resulting free kick the Monaghan player failed to hit the target. This spurred on the home side and they began to play some nice football. For long periods however they lacked the killer punch in the final third. On 35 minutes Town keeper Devlin was called upon and made a superb reaction save from a snap shot just inside the box by the Monaghan number 10. This was to be the last chance of note until the 44th minute when it was the home side that opened the scoring when Carberry and Clinton worked the ball up the left flank to Siode who played the ball through to Rossiter who placed it past the out coming keeper. This saw the Town going in 1-0 up at the break.
The second half was slow to get going and it was to be the home side that got the first chance after the restart when Flannery played a ball forward towards the Monaghan box to Siode, Monahan’s keeper came out and missed the ball at the edge of the box and Siode poked it to Rossiter but his shot was blocked by a defender in the box. Minutes later an almost identical situation arose only this time the keeper was lucky not to have been punished when he seemed to have brought down Siode but the referee saw it as a fifty fifty challenge and play went on. Monaghan got the next chance on 68 minutes when a mix up in the Town defence gifted Reynor with the chance to poke the ball home and he duly accepted to equalise for his side. After this chances were few and far between and it looked as if the game was going to end in a draw but on 87 minutes Mc Guinness rounded two Town defenders and shot past Devlin in the home goal to win it at the death for the away side. This was hard on the Town as on reflection of the chances in the game they will no doubt be left wondering how this game got away from them.
Next up for Longford is an away game in Ballybofey against expectant league winners Finn Harps on Sunday week.
The Longford Town U19 team and management would like to thank Spar Express on the Dublin Rd. in Longford for their kind sponsorship.
Longford Town: Conor Devlin, Patrick Clinton, Stephen Boateng, Shane O’Connell, Cillian Glacken, Leo Araujo, Dean Cosgrave, Sean Flannery, Mark Rossiter, Efe Siode, Darren Carberry.
Subs: Paddy Cheevers for Rossiter (70mins), Ciaran Fagan for Siode (890mins), Padraig Gallagher for Araujo (82mins).
Not Used: Tommy Cooney.