League of Ireland U19: Monaghan/Cavan 2-1 Longford Town

Sun Apr 2nd 2017

Match report by Graham Kane

Longford Town started the game well and controlled large periods of the first half. We dominated the first half of the game from a possession point of view but we were poor in the final third of the pitch. Credit to Monaghan they had a game plan in the first half to be compact and defended really well in the first half making it difficult for us to play through them and were very dangerous on the counter attack. Despite controlling the first half we found ourselves 1-0 down from our own set-piece Monaghan broke in numbers after winning the ball and scored. We changed a few things at half time but our principles stayed the same we needed to stick to our game plan and we would eventually score.

We equalised just after half-time from a corner with Sean Bregazzi scoring with a volley that went in on off the crossbar. From there on in, we looked like the team that was going to go on to win the game, but was always cautious of Monaghan hitting us on the counter attack. Aodh Dervin was excellent for us on the day, worked really hard in the middle breaking up a lot of play and getting us on the attack quickly. He controlled the midfield for us and showed great desire to encourage rest of the team to go on and get the winning goal. 2nd goal came from Jerry Idahor who anticipated the rebound from the keeper and finished to make it to 2-1. Dan Beya showed flashes of brilliance throughout the game and is very strong one v one. Overall very happy with the performance of the team and also showed great character to get back into the game. Next week we play Finn Harps at home which will be a tough game for us but we will train well this week and prepare for that game.

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