Match Report

MATCH REPORT: Longford Town 1-1 Cabinteely (Cabinteely win 3-1 on penalties)

Sat Oct 12th 2019

Match Report by Andrew Dempsey

Cabinteely have continued their fairy-tale promotion hunt with a dramatic penalty shootout win over Longford Town – with Stephen McGuinness’ heroics sealing their passage to face Drogheda next week.

For Longford, their season is over despite a gallant effort, with its ending coming in the most cruel way possible via a penalty shootout.

Full match report on extratime.ie

Team Line-Ups

Longford Town: Lee Steacy; Shane Elworthy (Joe Manley ‘104), Conor Kenna, Michael McDonnell; Jack Doherty, Dylan Grimes (Peter Hopkins ’75), Paul O’Conor; Dean Byrne (Sam Verdon ’72), Aaron Dobbs, Adam Evans (Aodh Dervin ’95)

Subs not used: Sean Boyd, Karl Chambers, Luke Dennison

Booked: Conor Kenna (’49), Adam Evans (’87)

Sent off: None

Cabinteely: Stephen McGuinness; Jack Tuite, Eoin Massey, Conor Keeley, Keith Dalton (Yuta Sasaki ’87); Jack Hudson, Paul Fox, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters (Luke Clucas ‘112); Zak O’Neill (Shane Barnes ‘110), Rob Manley, Karl Manahan (Daniel Blackbyrne ’62)

Subs not used: Peter Quinlan, Dean Casey, Jonny Carlin

Booked: Rob Manley (’31), Zak O’Neill (’90), Yuta Sasaki (‘120+2)

Sent off: None

Referee: Alan Patchell

Attendance: 992

FIRST DIVISION PLAYOFFS FIRST LEG: Cabinteely 0-0 Longford Town

Sat Oct 5th 2019

Match report by Andrew Dempsey (Full match report on extratime.ie)

Ten-man Cabinteely held firm against Longford Town in the first-leg of their First Division Playoff with a scoreless draw.

Kevin Knight was dismissed late on with a poor challenge on Michael McDonnell – as both sides will feel as if they have a real chance ahead of next week’s second leg in the Midlands.

In the playoffs for the first time in their brief League of Ireland history – Cabinteely made eight changes from their most recent league win over Wexford at Ferrycarrig Park, with Rob Manley returning to the starting XI for the Green and Whites.

Longford on the other hand, who were in the First Division Playoffs for the first time since 2013 made three alterations themselves from their win away to Cobh Ramblers – as Sam Verdon made his return to the fold after missing out on the win over the Rams.

Despite having a raft of key players out missing, the visitors started very well, with Adam Evans and Jack Doherty causing all sorts of issues for the hosts back four.

Dylan Grimes’ corner-kick was then just about turned away from goal, with confusion reigning supreme as certain sections of the ground believed the ball hit the back of the net, but referee Alan Carey was unmoved.

Grimes and Aaron Dobbs soon saw shots just go wide – before the hosts fashioned an opening of their own, with nobody able to turn home Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters cross into the box.

Longford Town captain Dean Zambra saw his cross from the left-flank met by a header from Sam Verdon, but he could only direct the ball at the Cabinteely shot-stopper.

Arguably the chance of the half came hallway through the opening period. Dobbs was fed in by a lovely through ball by Evans, but he could only shoot straight at Stephen McGuinness with a weak enough effort.

After a slow start, Cabinteely began to fight back as the half wore on, with Keith Dalton breaking the visitor’s line for the first time – forcing Lee Steacy into a fine save with his feet as Daire Doyle’s side hung on.

Cabo continued to press, but they were unable to turn their territory into chances, with both teams going in at the break scoreless – an outcome that both would have taken at the start of the game

In a second half that took its time in coming to life, Longford fashioned the first chance of the half, with Dobbs going close – but the former Drogheda netminder was on hand to avert the danger.

However, Cabo rallied and should have really tested Steacy in the Longford goal, but they were unable to score via the head of sub Yuta Sasaki – who could not get on the end of ‘Marty’ Waters’ inch-perfect cross.

Winger Paul Fox then saw a goal ruled out for offside – as he turned home a brilliant ball from the right by Eoin Massey as the assistant waved his flag despite looking onside.

The remaining quarter of the game was a naturally tense affair, with neither side willing to push forward in fear of conceding on the counter-attack.

Former Longford Town full-back Kevin Knight was then dismissed with just under five minutes of normal time to play – with a poor tackle on McDonnell going punished by referee Carey.

However, both teams will be pleased with the result, with the second leg well and truly set up for a dramatic showdown at City Calling Stadium next week.

TEAM LINE-UPS

CABINTEELY: Stephen McGuinness; Conor Keeley, Kevin Knight, Eoin Massey, Jack Tuite; Keith Dalton (Yuta Sasaki, 65), Paul Fox (Jack Hudson, 89), Vilius Labutis (Shane Barnes, 89), Zak O’Neill, Kieran ‘Marty’ Waters; Rob Manley.

Subs not used: Daniel Blackbyrne, Luke Clucas, Karl Manahan, Peter Quinlan.

Booked: Vilius Labutis (83).

Sent off: Kevin Knight (86).

LONGFORD TOWN: Lee Steacy; Conor Kenna, Joseph Manley, Michael McDonnell; Jack Doherty, Dylan Grimes (Peter Hopkins, 72), Paul O’Conor, Sam Verdon (Aodh Dervin, 76), Dean Zambra; Aaron Dobbs, Adam Evans.

Subs not used: Sean Boyd, Karl Chambers, Aaron McCabe, Tristan Noack Hofmann, Luke Dennison.

Booked: Joseph Manley (45+1), Michael McDonnell (81), Aodh Dervin (90+2).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Alan Carey.

Pictures by Ken Keenan

[gallery ids="22567,22561,22562,22563,22564,22565,22566"]

MATCH REPORT: Cobh Ramblers 1-3 Longford Town

Sat Sep 21st 2019

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Cobh Ramblers 1 (Cian Leonard ’32)
Longford Town 3 (Adam Evans ’24, ’58, Dean Byrne ’48)

Longford Town ended the regular league season with a three-one victory over Cobh Ramblers at St. Colman’s Park, to finish in third place, just behind second placed Drogheda on goal difference in the final league table.

The victory ensures second leg home advantage for the Town ahead of their October play-off against fourth placed Cabinteely who ended the regular season with a win away to Wexford FC.

Longford Town took the lead on twenty-four minutes with the game’s first real opportunity courtesy of a fine finish from winger Adam Evans.

A right-wing cross from Peter Hopkins was brilliantly controlled by Evans just inside the Cobh box, he danced to the right past defender Fleming and superbly drilled a low shot to the bottom left corner of the Cobh net.

The home side equalised on thirty-two minutes when striker Cian Leonard converted a penalty, after Town defender Joe Manley had brought down Ian Turner.

The Town regained the lead just three minutes after the resumption, after a fine flowing move
resulted in Dean Byrne firing home a brilliant shot from the edge of the Cobh box from a Hopkins left-wing cross.

The Midlanders increased their lead on fifty-eight minutes when Evans scored his second goal of the contest, heading home from Hopkins inswinging corner, to put the visitors three-one up.

The Town should have gone further ahead on sixty-eight minutes. A sublime, quick-footed move involving Byrne, Jack Doherty, Evans and Hopkins, ended with Evans cross being headed narrowly wide at the back post by Hopkins.

Longford Town’s promotion play-off first leg away to Cabinteely FC will take place at Stradbrook on Friday, October 4th, while Longford will host the second leg at the City Calling Stadium on Friday, October 11th.

Team Line-Ups

Cobh Ramblers (4-4-1-1): Hunt, Fleming, O’Riordan, Lyons, Taylor, Henry, Hurley, Turner, Lamb, Foley, Leonard.
Substitutes: Murphy for Lamb (64 minutes), Cronin for Foley (64 minutes)

Longford Town (4-2-1-2-1) or (4-3-3): Steacy, Manley, Kenna, Noack-Hoffman, Zambra, O’Connor, Doherty, Byrne, Hopkins, Evans, Dobbs.
Substitutes: McCabe for Doherty (79 minutes), O’Neill for Hopkins (85 minutes), Ubaezuonu for Dobbs (89 minutes)

Longford Town 1-2 Bray Wanderers

Sun Sep 15th 2019

Bray Wanderers defeated nine men Longford 2-1 tonight at the City Calling Stadium.

A goal from John Martin and a penalty from Dean Williams in the 88th minute saw Gary Cronin’s side steal it in Longford after a defiant Town team held out with 10 men before Shane Elworthy fouled in the box for Bray’s winner.

Longford took the lead through Dean Byrne on 10 minutes when he pounced on a loose ball in the box from Luka Lovic and slotted it by Hayden in the Bray goal.

Karl Chambers was harshly sent off for a second yellow 25 minutes in and that gave Longford an uphill battle. The seagulls got their equalizer right before half time taking advantage of the extra man, John Martin finished up a well worked move when he tapped in from close range.

Bray dominated possession in large parts of the second half but Longford held strong and could have taken the lead through Jack Doherty and Dean Byrne.

Bray finally got their winner n 88 minutes when Shane Elworthy was deemed to have pushed a Bray man in the penalty area. Anto Breslin was sent off in the aftermath and Dean Williams converted the spot kick to give Bray all three points.

(Match report by SSE Airtricity League website)

Team Line-Ups

Longford Town: Lee Steacy, Anto Breslin, Shane Elworthy, Conor Kenna, Karl Chambers, Jack Doherty, Dylan Grimes (Adam Evans ’70), Michael McDonnell, Dean Zambra, Dean Byrne, Sean Boyd (Peter Hopkins ’63).

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

[gallery link="file" ids="22468,22466,22465,22464,22463,22462,22461,22460,22459,22458"]

2019 SSE Airtricity League First Division

Markets Field

Bishopsgate

Stradbrook

Athlone Town Stadium

Bishopsgate

Ferrycarrig Park

Bishopsgate

St. Colman's Park

Bishopsgate

United Park

Bishopsgate

Eamonn Deacy Park

Bishopsgate

Tolka Park

Bishopsgate

Bishopsgate

Carlisle Grounds

Bishopsgate

Markets Field

Bishopsgate

Stradbrook

Bishopsgate

Athlone Town Stadium

Bishopsgate

Ferrycarrig Park

Bishopsgate

St. Colman's Park

Like Us On Facebook

@LongfordTownFC Tweets


2019 First Division Table

PosClubPWDLPts
127193560
227163851
327163851
427148550
527144946
6271061136
727871231
827751526
927461718
1027252011
© 2019 LONGFORD TOWN FC | All rights reserved | Web Design: Padraig Stapleton