LONGFORD TOWN 2-1 COBH RAMBLERS
City Calling Stadium
Saturday 17th June 2017
Longford Town got their second half of the season off to a cracking start last Saturday, defeating Cobh Ramblers 2-1 on a beautifully sunny evening at City Calling Stadium.
Longford had the first chance of the game when Cobh’s Ben O’Riordan played a pass back to former Town keeper Paul Hunt who failed to control it, Dylan McGlade took possession and attempted to round Hunt in the box before getting his shot off but Hunt got down well to make the save and put it out for a corner. Jake Kelly swung the ball out to Kevin O’Connor on the edge of the box but his shot was mishit, it fell to Noel Haverty in the box but he failed to connect. Noel hadn’t started a game since the opening game of the season where he picked up a bad injury v Shels at Tolka. A few moments later, Kealan Dillon picked up the ball in midfield, rounded his man and played through a precision pass to Jake Kelly who flicked it by Hunt, who came rushing out, but it was too far ahead and went out wide.
Cobh had their first chance of the game when Dean Zambra foulded McCarthy about 25 yards out. The resulting free was hit over. Karl Chambers was lively, him and Kealan Dillon were finding gaps in the Cobh team and were putting some nice 1-2 passes together. Town had another chance in the 36th minute when full back Aidan Friel shot from 30 yards, the ball narrowly missing Hunts right hand post. Cobh replied by breaking down the left with McNamara, his cross was met by Christopher but his shot was deflected out for a corner. Longford finally broke the deadlock on 46 minutes when Karl Chambers opened the scoring. Kealan Dillon laid it off to Dylan McGlade on the left wing, McGlade cut inside on to his right and put in a wonderfully weighted cross which Chambers made no mistake in heading into the top corner leaving Hunt hopeless.
Longford had the better of starts for the second half. Dylan McGlade trying an audacious attempt from 40 yards almost lobbing Hunt. Kealan Dillon and Kevin O’Connor were opening the game up from midfield and Dillon was also trying from long range. Cobh didn’t back down however and kept pushing for an equalizer. Jason Abbott found himself on the end of a cross but his header back across the box failed to meet a Cobh man. Noel Haverty then came to the rescue for Longford in the 73rd minute intercepting a pass that, had it have been met in the box, most likely would have ended up in the back of the Town net. Cobh finally got their equalizer in the 85th minute. McSweeney broke down the right wing and cut inside, calls for a goal kick were ignored and his cross was put in off the crossbar. Noack-Hofmann and Walsh were incensed but the ref said the goal stood.
Longford didn’t give up, neither did Cobh. Both teams pushed on for a winner in the closing minutes. Cobh were attacking when Stephen Walsh put in a ferocious tackle, winning back possession, he played it off to Dylan McGlade who broke down the stand side who won a free. The free was cleared but it fell to Don Cowan who won a free on the right hand side about 30 yards out. Up stepped Jake Kelly. His free was hit in with pace into the box, no player latched onto it and it bounced straight into the net! A last minute winner and 3 vital points for Longford Town. The club are now 1 point behind 4th place Cabinteely. We play Athlone next Friday 23rd June in Athlone.
LONGFORD TOWN: Paul Skinner, Aidan Friel, Noel Haverty, Stephen Walsh, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Dylan McGlade, Dean Zambra, Kevin O’Connor, Kealan Dillon, Jake Kelly, Karl Chambers.
Subs: Jack Brady, Don Cowan (replaced Chambers), Rhys Gorman, Aodh Dervin, Dan Beya, Cody Mulhall, Enda Curran (replaced Dillon)
COBH RAMBLERS: Paul Hunt, Charlie Fleming, Kyle McNamara, Ben O’Riordan, James McSweeney, Chirs McCarthy, Stephen Christopher, Craig Donellan, Matthew Whelan, Jason Abbot, Ian Mylod.
Subs: Michal Sadys, Dean Swords (replaced Christopher), Shane Lowth, Anthony O’Donnell, Scott McCarthy, Darren Murphy (replaced Mylod)
Referee: Marc Lynch