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MATCH REPORT: Galway United 1-4 Longford Town

Sat Aug 18th 2018

MATCH REPORT BY TONY GHEE

Two goals each from Jamie Doyle and Dylan McGlade helped Longford Town to inflict the heaviest defeat of the season on Galway Utd as they romped to a four goals to one victory over the Tribesman at Eamon Deacy Park.

This crucial victory ends the Westerners play-off hopes, but keeps the ‘Red & Black’ firmly in the promotion hunt just two points behind fourth placed Drogheda.

Longford were missing two quality players from last week’s squad that dumped Premier Division Sligo Rovers out of the FAI Cup as both Sam Verdon and Shane Elworthy failed to recover from last week’s respective injuries. The Town also suffered another injury towards the end of the contest as Jamie Hollywood was stretchered off.

The Midlanders played the better football in the opening half and created the better chances and fully merited their one goal interval advantage.

In the twelfth minute, Dylan McGlade cut in from the left and fired a twenty-two yard shot that Galway keeper Tadhg Ryan tipped over the bar and on fourteen minutes, a Karl Chambers long range effort flew over the Galway Bar.

The Town took a deserved lead on the quarter-hour mark with a superbly worked goal. Jamie Doyle knocked the ball into the path of McGlade who switched the play to Darren Meenan on the right wing, and his pin-point cross found the inrushing Doyle who buried the ball into the back of the Galway net from close range.

Galway’s only decent first-half effort came in the twenty-ninth minute when Ryan Connolly’s quickly taken free-kick caught out the Town rearguard but a lunging shot from Stephen Walsh went just wide.

The visitors should have increased their advantage just before half-time when an unmarked Doyle headed badly wide from a Meenan right-wing cross.

Longford doubled their lead just six minutes into the second-half. A clever back-heeled flick from Meenan on the right picked out Jamie Hollywood in space, and he passed to Doyle who rifled home a powerful shot to the net off Galway keeper Ryan.

Longford sealed all three points just four minutes later as McGlade raced in from the left after receiving a great pass from Doyle and somehow he powered a shot to the bottom right corner of the Galway net from a very tight angle.

The irresistible McGlade almost made it four on sixty-nine minutes but his shot that seemed destined for the top corner was magnificently saved by Ryan.

Ryan again produced a stunning save just two minutes later as he kept out Daniel O’Reilly’s close range header.

The Town completed the rout when McGlade scored his second on seventy-eight minutes with a low, crisp drive that flew past Ryan and nestled in the bottom left corner.

Galway grabbed an injury time consolation with the last attack of the match as substitute Carlton Ubaezuono scored from a tight angle on the left.


TEAM LINE-UPS

Galway Utd: Ryan, Horgan, Williams, Walsh, Ludden, Barry, Conway, Byrne, Russell, Connolly, McCormack.
Substitutions: Melody for Conway (half-time), Ubaezuono for Russell (64 minutes), Coyne for McCormack (84 minutes).

Longford Town: Kelly, Chambers, McDonnell, O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Zambra, Dervin, Hollywood, Meenan, Doyle, McGlade.
Substitutions: O’Connor for Chambers, Dillon for Doyle (both 76 minutes), Ryan for Dervin (81 minutes).

MATCH PREVIEW: Galway United v Longford Town

Thu Aug 16th 2018

MATCH PREVIEW BY ANDREW DEMPSEY

Longford Town know that is certainly win or bust when they make the trip west to face playoff chasing Galway United at Éamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening. Kick-Off is at 7.45pm at the Dyke Road venue.

After picking up a morale boosting back-to-back wins against near neighbours Athlone Town and Sligo Rovers, Neale Fenn’s Red and Black Army have found a little bit of momentum since the defeat at Tolka Park with four goals and two clean sheets.

Knowing full well that a win can all but end Galway’s promotion hopes, De Town can really catapult themselves back into contention with a big win at Éamonn Deacy Park. Currently in 5th, just four points off Drogheda United and Shelbourne, a win could see Longford just go one point behind one of those playoff chasing sides.

[caption id="attachment_18834" align="aligncenter" width="752"] The current First Division table before our game v Galway United (Screenshot: RTE.ie)[/caption]

Last time we met Galway United in a league game, Neale Fenn masterminded an epic three-two success over the then Shane Keegan managed Tribesmen with ten-men at the City Calling Stadium after Darren Meenan’s dismissal.

Local star Aodh Dervin set the Red and Black of the Midlands on their way with a superb strike from distance as Sam Verdon and Karl Chambers sealed the three points despite being a man down.

[caption id="attachment_18832" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Aodh Dervin, celebrating his goal against Town’s last home match v Galway at City Calling Stadium.[/caption]

Former Town defender Stephen Walsh scored a late consolation goal for Galway, but it was to no avail as we held firm to secure a valuable three points on a fantastic weekend for the club which also saw a 4-2 win away to Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

During our last visit to Galway, the Tribesmen came away from the game with a slightly fortuitous point as Longford were unable to find the back of Tadgh Ryan’s net on frustrating night in the West while Aodh Dervin announced his arrival on the scene with a typically brilliant display in the middle of the park.

[caption id="attachment_18833" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Action from Town’s previous match v Galway, a 3-2 win for De Town.[/caption]

Currently, Galway have three former Town players on their books as Ryan Connolly, Stephen Walsh and Sean Russell have all enjoyed prior stints at the City Calling Stadium.

Connolly played under Tony Cousins way back in 2013 while Sean Russell, son of former Bray manager Martin Russell, played for De Town in 2014 as Walsh had a brief stint in the Red and Black during the 2017 season.

On the other hand, no current Longford Town player has played for Galway in a competitive outing. Our most recent ex Galway players were Enda Curran and Stephen Walsh who both lined out for the club in 2017.

In terms of team news for Friday night’s game, Jamie Doyle returns to the fold following suspension while Dean Byrne must sit out the game with a long-term injury. Also, Sam Verdon won’t feature after his injury in Sligo last week.

Barring any late change to the official’s overseeing the game, David Keeler will be the man in the middle while he will be assisted by Eoin Harte and Ricky Crean. Jason Mannix has been handed the role of the 4th official.

FAI Cup Second Round Tie Confirmed: Longford Town v Shelbourne

Mon Aug 13th 2018

The Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Second Round draw was made earlier on RTE TWO’s Soccer Republic. Longford Town will take on Shelbourne at City Calling Stadium, on Saturday 25th August at 7.30pm.

Here’s the rest of the FAI Cup Second Round ties.

CIE Ranch v UCD
Galway United v Bohemians
Derry City v St. Patrick’s Athletic
Dundalk v Finn Harps
Cork City v Maynooth University Town
Drogheda United v Waterford FC
Limerick v Cabinteely
Longford Town v Shelbourne

 



Supporters’ Club Notes (12/08/2018)

Sun Aug 12th 2018

CUP JOY

The weather in the north west wasn’t too good but beating Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup yet again, certainly made up for the dismal Sligo wind and rain. We travelled up the N4 in great numbers more in hope than expectation. We managed to beat them last season, surely, this time they’d be out for sweet revenge on their home sod.

If our hosts thought they were in for a handy win, they hadn’t reckoned on a skilled, spirited performance from De Town. It was a real tough cup tie with Jamie Hollywood’s second half strike being enough for a sweet Town victory. In a game where all the players stood tall and proud, it was a hard task trying to pick any single player of the game. Mick Kelly brought off some excellent saves, Aodh Dervin ran himself ragged and Dylan McGlade tortured the opposition all night but it was a superb team performance. We had a bit of luck too but at the final whistle, many home fans were quick to acknowledge that we deserved to be in the pot for the next round. Indeed many home fans were loud in their disappointment at their own performance. They may have a much larger budget than us but money doesn’t always buy success. Once again, the travelling support was excellent even without the aid of a drum . Pity poor Kieran Burke who was about 36,000 ft in the clouds jetting homewards but we were happy to be on cloud 9. The romance of the Cup…there’s nothing quite like it.

[caption id="attachment_18790" align="aligncenter" width="1500"] Jamie Hollywood celebrates Town’s winner against the Bit O’Red (Picture by The Bit O’ Red Photography on Facebook)[/caption]

PERFECT PRESSIE

The FAI Cup win was the perfect birthday gift for one of the Town’s hardest working and most loyal supporters, Liam Healion. Due to a secrecy clause, we’re not allowed to reveal his age but a smiling Mags said he was like a 30 year old later on. Birthday wishes also to supporter Ben Hussey who celebrated his birthday, earlier in the week, with an official announcement on RTE radio.

MEL’S RETURN

It was great to see Mel Devlin back in the City Calling Stadium recently following a spell in hospital. Everyone was delighted the jovial Mel back and looking forward to seeing that smile again at our next home game.

GALWAY AWAY

We’re away to Galway United in a massive game this Friday, August 17th at 7.45pm. All of our remaining games are like cup finals; victory is vital, simple as that. If we can reproduce the display against Sligo, we should be fine. Anything less is no good. Once again, it looks like we’ll have a decent crowd making the journey west. Hopefully we’ll be smiling on the road home.



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