LTFC U19: Longford Town 1-3 St. Patrick’s Athletic

Tue Oct 27th 2015

Town's U19s went down 3-1 to a classy St. Pat's team last night at City Calling Stadium. Two early first half goals, one of which was a retaked penalty and a stunning late free kick were enough to see the Saints remain top and unbeaten.

The visitors were on the front foot from the go and where ahead early after some good build up play down the left was tapped in at the back post. Midway through the half it was two. Again it was good play down the left. The ball was played into centre forward Aherne's feet & Ciaran McGuinness bundled him over for a cheap penalty. Despite McGoey making the save there was an infringement & there was no mistake second time round with the retake. Despite the two goal deficit, our lads grew into the game and the longer the half wore on began to cause the visitors some problems. Just before the break Daryl Carrigy squandered a great chance as he raced through one on one with the keeper but shot straight at him.

Town seemed to have a little more about them second half and started well. Carrigy had an effort from just outside the area well saved and on 58' Luke Walsh pulled a goal back with a great volley from the penalty spot after a corner was only half cleared. Game on! Town where applying good pressure but Pats showed just why there unbeaten all season and soaked up the pressure well. The visitors always looked dangerous once Town committed bodies forward and once the game opened up began to create chances. McGoey made a good save with his feet in a one one one and then went down low to his right to save from distance. A wonderful 79' free kick sealed it for the Saints. They broke out of defence well as Town pushed for an equaliser and a foul just outside the box brought a free kick which was brilliantly bent up and over the wall to leave a final result of 3-1.

LTFC U19 manager Mark Connors
"I think is important to recognise the quality of the opposition. There a top top team. Technically very good, pass it very well and are well organised. For us it was all about playing to our maximum tonight but we gave away poor goals from our point of view so it makes it very difficult. I got our set up wrong from the start and felt we done much better when we changed it but you learn from it. The boys gave everything they could and I certainly couldn't question there work or commitment. "

Line-up

18. D Mc Goey
12. D Doherty
14. L Walsh
4. C McGuinness
5. K Beirne
6. S Kennedy (68' D Harper )
17. J Roe
10. K Chambers
21. G Naghten (72' R Carberry )
9. C Fay(79' D Smith)
19. D Carrigy

Subs not used

1. D Henderson
2. J Hanly
16. A Murray
23. D McGrath

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