Pre-Season Friendly

MATCH REPORT | Longford Town 0-1 Limerick

Sun Feb 11th 2018

Match Report by James Donnelly

Longford played host to Limerick on Saturday last at City Calling Stadium in the clubs only home pre season friendly.

The Limerick side ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of Billy Dennehy on a cold, dark afternoon at the Strokestown Road venue.

The first half was fairly uneventful for both sides. Shane Elworthy and Peter Hopkins combining on the right hand side for Longford caused a few problems for Limerick. Shane O’Connor had the first real chance for De Town after his strike from outside the box just went over the bar.

Mark O’Sullivan rattled the crossbar for Limerick with a powerful header in the 12th minute which saw the Premier Division outfit retain most of the possession thereafter.

Elworthy was in the thick of it again not too long after when a wayward cross almost found its way into the back of the Limerick net but Brendan Clarke recovered well to keep it out.

Limerick marched back up the field only 3 minutes later with Daniel Kearns gaining possession before laying it off to Billy Dennehy who fired it into the bottom corner to put the Shannonsiders 1-0 up after 35 minutes.

Neale Fenn made two changes at half time, goalkeeper Jack Brady was replaced by Michael Kelly and Karl Chambers came on in place of Shane Elworthy. Chambers was straight into the action, putting in a few good crosses but nobody was there to connect with them. Daniel O’Reilly then played in a diagonal ball to Sam Verdon but it was just above his head. Verdon played a key role in midfield and will no doubt be one of our key players this season.

The second half, although slightly more entertaining than the first, showed no real signs of picking up. The rain and wind were a major factor and both teams struggled with the conditions.

Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Michael McDonnell, Aodh Dervin, Evan Galvin and a trialist all also got a run out with playing time before Limerick eventually ran out winners.

Next up is a friendly versus Ashbourne United on Tuesday where Neale will be looking to finalize his starting 11 and get a win in what will hopefully be a great season for Longford Town.

Longford Town: Jack Brady (GK), Shane Elworthy, Alan Kehoe, Adam O’Connor, Dan O’Reilly, Dean Zambra (Captain), Peter Hopkins, Shane O’Connor, Chris Mulhall, Sam Verdon, Darren Meenan.

Subs: Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Karl Chambers, Michael McDonnell, Evan Galvin, Aodh Dervin, Andy O’Reilly, Michael Kelly, Nika Kalandarishvili (Trialist)

Attendance: 100

Pre-Season Friendlies Announcement

Thu Jan 25th 2018

We’d like to bring you news of some fascinating forthcoming friendlies.

First up are Sure Sports FC, of the Maryland Major Soccer League in the USA, 7.30pm on Tuesday February 6th at City Calling Stadium.

Our other friendlies are against Ashbourne United, who play at Milltown Road, Ashbourne, Co. Meath and Leinster Senior League team, Newbridge Town, who play at the home of former League of Ireland side, Kildare County. There’s a great Town connection, through the manager, Paul Perth, who played for Town in the late 90’s with his brother, Vinny. On their books is another Town legend, Sean Prunty. Some intriguing friendlies ahead, we’d love your support!

 

Longford Town v Sure Sports FC

Venue: City Calling Stadium
Date: Tuesday 6th February 2018
Kick-off: 7.30pm

Ashbourne United v Longford Town

Venue: Milltown Road, Baltrasna, Ashbourne
Date: Tuesday 13th February 2018
Kick-off: 8.15pm

Newbridge Town v Longford Town

Venue: Station Road, Newbridge
Date: Saturday 17th February 2018
Kick-off: 7.00pm

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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