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Match Preview: Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town FC

Tue Apr 24th 2018


Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town FC
Tuesday 24/04/18 | Tallaght Stadium | 7.45pm

by Andrew Dempsey

Longford Town have the perfect opportunity to shake off their disappointing two-nil home defeat against a Georgie Kelly inspired UCD side by kicking off their EA Sports Cup campaign in mouth-watering fashion with a fascinating away tie to Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium this evening (Kick-off is at 7.45pm).

After losing our unbeaten home run against the “Students” last time out, Neale Fenn must prepare his Longford Town side for a fantastic opportunity to write the wrongs of last weekend’s defeat at the City Calling Stadium with a big win at Tallaght Stadium.

Coincidentally, “Town” were in fact unfortunately knocked out of last season’s version of the EA Sports Cup with a defeat in the Quarter-Final against Stephen Bradley’s side while under the stewardship of previous boss Alan Matthews as the “Hoops” went on to reach the final, where they lost to Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium.

After a solid start to our season, we currently lie in 4th place in the First Division following some excellent wins over Cabinteely and Athlone Town at home which has kept the “Red and Black” well in contention for the promotion places come the end of the season while playing an entertaining brand of football at the same time.

Our Premier Division opponents currently lie in 5th place of an incredibly competitive and fiercely contested league and have had some big wins over Bray Wanderers and Derry City in recent weeks at Tallaght Stadium.

However, the last few weeks haven’t been kind at all to Stephen Bradley’s charges having gone on a four-game winless run that is not typical of a Shamrock Rovers side that have so much quality within their ranks.

Neale Fenn will have to contend without the services of right-full back Shane Elworthy, dangerous midfield star Peter Hopkins, the industrious Shane O’Connor and former Bray Wanderers man Alan Kehoe this evening as injury issues all have ruled the quartet out of the exciting trip to Tallaght Stadium this evening.

Longford Town v UCD Match Preview

Thu Apr 19th 2018

Preview by Tony Ghee

After the disappointment of conceding a last gasp equaliser away to Drogheda United last weekend, to come away from United Park with just a point when all three points seemed to have been in the bag, Longford Town host new league leaders UCD at the City Calling Stadium this Saturday night with the big game getting underway at 7-30pm.

Longford Town are unbeaten at home this season with three wins and a draw from their four home league contests to date. The Town drew 2-2 with Cobh in their opening home game, but since then they have beaten both Wexford FC and Cabinteely FC 3-0, and they also emphatically accounted for Athlone Town winning the Midlands Derby 5-1.

On the road, UCD have won two of their three games, winning 3-1 at Athlone and 2-0 in Cobh before suffering that 2-0 reverse away to Drogheda.

UCD bounced back from their 2-0 loss to Drogheda with an entertaining 3-2 win at home to Finn Harps last weekend courtesy of a Georgie Kelly hat-trick which sent them to the top of the table.

Last season, College held the upper hand against the Town as they remained unbeaten in their four league encounters with two wins and two draws against the City Calling Stadium side.

UCD have plenty of quality in their ranks with Max Kouogun in defence, Greg Sloggett and Gary O’Neill in midfield, and strikers Georgie Kelly (last season’s First Division top scorer), Daire O’Connor and Jason McClelland, all top class players. A lot of the UCD team contain players who tasted Third level success this year as they won the prestigious Collingwood Cup with a late,late winner from Daire O’Connor to beat Queen’s University 2-1 in the final, despite playing the entire second-half with just ten players after Georgie Kelly’s dismissal.

The Town will be making at least two changes from the team that drew last week away to Drogheda, as both Shane Elworthy (ankle) and Peter Hopkins who had to be substituted are out through injury. Shane O’Connor and Alan Kehoe are also out through injury. However, towering centre-half, Mick McDonnell and Darren Meenan are both available again after missing out last weekend.

Darren Meenan, available again for selection.

MATCH PREVIEW: Drogheda United v Longford Town

Thu Apr 12th 2018

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

This Friday night sees fourth place Longford Town travel to United Park to face league leaders Drogheda United for a 7-45pm Kick-off. Only four points separate the top five sides but fifth place Galway on nine points do have a game less played than the top four. Drogheda lead a three-way tie at the top-of-the table on thirteen points ahead of Shelbourne and UCD on goal difference, with Longford Town two points further back on eleven points.

Drogheda and Longford Town have both lost one of their opening six matches to date with nine-men Longford losing 3-2 away to Shelbourne at Tolka Park courtesy of a last minute penalty converted by former star player and club record goalscorer, David O’Sullivan, which completed his hat-trick in his first match against the Town since leaving the club in the summer.

Drogheda’s only defeat was a surprise 3-2 loss away to Cabinteely two weeks ago, but the Louth men are on fire infront of goal in this year’s first division campaign as they have scored two goals plus in each of their six league outings to date. Indeed, they ran riot at Ferrycarrig Park registering an 8-1 victory away to Wexford FC and they also put six past Athlone Town in a 6-0 home triumph, so the Town defence will have their hands full in their bid to keep a third consecutive clean sheet, after an impressive nil-all draw away to Galway and last week’s 3-0 home win against Cabinteely.

During the week, the Drogs advanced to the second round of the EA Sports Cup beating Leinster Senior League side Saint Mochta’s 3-2 at United Park with former Longford Town players Kealan Dillon playing the full ninety minutes in midfield and striker Lee Duffy an unused substitute. Another former Town player, keeper Paul Skinner, will probably start in goal for the home side on Friday night.

As well as the former Longford Town players, Drogheda possess plenty of experience and talent in their ranks with the likes of Sean Brennan, Richie Purdy, Jake Hyland, and Chris Lyons all capable of doing damage, while Mark Doyle, Gareth McCaffrey and youngster Eoin McPhillips are also quality players to watch out for.

Longford Town are not quite at full strength as Alan Kehoe and Shane O’Connor will both miss Friday’s encounter, but Dylan McGlade is available again after serving his suspension and his return to the squad is very welcome. Centre-half Daniel O’Reilly is fit for selection after receiving seven stitches in last week’s contest that resulted in his sixteenth minute substitution and that is a further boost for Neale Fenn.

Town’s Chris Mulhall has been in electrfying form this season…

Although he did not score against Cabinteely, striker Chris Mulhall has been in electrifying form this season for the ‘Red & Black’, while Dean Zambra, Sam Verdon, and Daniel O’Reilly will be key to the visitors cause.

Also in excellent form for Longford Town this season are the two local players Aodh Dervin in midfield and Tristan Noack-Hofmann at left-full back, which is a massive boost for the club, the fans, and the locality’s underage players with both Longford Town FC and the Longford and District Schoolboys and Schoolgirls Soccer League.

MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Cabinteely

Wed Apr 4th 2018

Match Preview by Kieran Burke

Unbeaten in four of the five opening First Division games this season, Longford Town will be looking to continue their good start to the campaign with a home win against Dublin based Cabinteely.

The Stradbrook outfit come into this away tie off the back of a shock 3-2 win against free-scoring Drogheda United. Former Shamrock Rovers and Bray Wanderers star, Kieran ‘’Marty’’ Waters is the main man in Pat Devlin’s ‘’Cabo’’ team and the diminutive forward got his season up and running with a goal just five minutes into that triumph over the County Louth side. Midfielder, Stephen Ball bagged himself a brace and he will have to be closely marshaled by Dean Zambra and co on Saturday night at the City Calling Stadium.

Local lad, Aodh Dervin was the top performer in ‘’De Town’s’’ fine away performance in Galway last Friday night, as the Midlanders claimed a valuable point thanks to a scoreless draw at Eamon Deacy Park. However, had Longford’s finishing been sharper, especially in the second half with the likes of Sam Verdon and Chris Mulhall missing glorious one on one opportunities, Neale Fenn’s charges could have left the West with all three points.

Local lad Aodh Dervin, hoping to have another influential game for Town.

Despite the missed chances, Neale Fenn and his coaching staff will be extremely delighted with the efforts at the back with Mick McDonnell again standing out for the ‘’Red and Black’’. The towering centre-half, who is experiencing his first ever League of Ireland season having signed from Paul Perth’s Newbridge Town, has been a fine addition alongside last seasons team of the year member, Dan O’Reilly. Throw in the eye-catching displays from new shot-stopper Mick Kelly, who of course played for Cabinteely last season, and Neale Fenn will be hopefully of a third clean sheet of the season on Saturday night.

Town custodian, Mick Kelly, who could be facing his old side, Cabinteely on Saturday

Target man, Chris Mulhall will collect his Supporters Club Player of the Month award before the Cabinteely game and should he replicate his scoring form from the recent meetings with Athlone Town and Wexford FC, there’s a very good chance the home faithful will leave City Calling Stadium happy on Saturday night. Kick-off at the Strokestown Road venue is 7.30pm with admission just €10 for adults, €8 for students/OAPS and €5 for children under 12. Bring a friend!


Injured: Darren Meenan (hamstring), Alan Kehoe (ankle)


Dylan McGlade is still serving a 3 game ban following his sending off v Shelbourne.

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Longford Town Squad List

No. Player Position
1 Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2 Shane Elworthy Defender
3 Alan Kehoe Defender
4 Tristan Noack-Hofmann Defender
5 Daniel O’Reilly Defender
6 Dean Zambra Midfielder
7 Peter Hopkins Forward
8 Shane O’Connor Midfielder
9 Chris Mulhall Forward
10 Sam Verdon Midfielder
11 Evan Galvin Forward
12 Adam O’Connor Defender
14 Michael McDonnell Midfielder
15 Cian Byrne Midfielder
16 Aodh Dervin Midfielder
17 Jamie Hollywood Midfielder
18 Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
19 Karl Chambers Midfielder
20 Dean Byrne Forward
21 Darren Meenan Forward
22 Ryan Jackson Midfielder
23 Dylan McGlade Midfielder
24 Daniel Ridge Midfielder
25 Uri Keller Goalkeeper