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Match Report: Cork City FC 1-3 Longford Town FC

Sat Feb 2nd 2019

Match Report by James Donnelly

 

Longford Town sealed their first victory of the year with an impressive 3-1 win over Premier Division maestros Cork City at the Lotamore grounds today.

An own goal and goals from Paul O’Conor and Adam Evans saw the Red and Black take the win home following the ‘home’ sides opener.

Both teams started the game slowly with Cork having the better of the opportunities in the opening 20 minutes. Goalkeeper Jack Menton was forced to pull off a couple of great saves early. Aaron Dobbs held up the ball well for Longford and played a central role in the attacks for De Town.

Cork looked the more likely to score first and they did on 23 minutes when Sean McLoughlin headed past Menton from a corner after he wasn’t picked up at the back post.

Credit to Longford, they battled back and immediately began to press John Caulfield’s side. Karl Chambers and Shane Elworthy linked up well on the right hand side and caused problems for Cork throughout the first half.

It wasn’t long before we got the equalizer. A stroke of luck for us and misfortune for Cork, saw a backpass bobble in front of McNulty in goal and go straight under his legs and into the back of the net on 34 minutes to put De Town back on level terms.

The new-look Longford side didn’t stop there and immediately went on the attack again. Some nice, fast flowing football had Cork on the backfoot and it didn’t take long before Longford got their second. A counter attack saw Karl Chambers break down the right wing before playing it in to Paul O’Conor who laid it off to Adam Evans on the left flank. Evans swung in a wide cross and O’Conor was on the end of it to make it 2-1 to De Town.

Cork had the chance to equalize only moments later when they were awarded a penalty. Town goalkeeper Jack Menton had other ideas and stopped the shot brilliantly.

[caption id="attachment_20196" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Aodh Dervin pictured last season against Cork City during the FAI Cup match at City Calling Stadium.[/caption]

Longford’s third goal came just before half time when another swift counter attack saw Aaron Dobbs take the ball down just outside the centre cirlce before laying it off to O’Conor who played Adam Evans in behind the Cork defence where he made no mistake in slotting it by McNulty who made it 3-1 to De Town.

The second half saw a lot of changes for both sides with each using all of their respective subs. Cork began the second half with intent and bombarded Longford with pressure. Goalkeeper Lee Steacy was forced into a couple of good saves early on.

Cork tried but couldn’t break through the Longford defence. Tristan Noack-Hofmann and Michael McDonnell cleaned up in the centre while Anto Breslin and sub Tumelo Tlou impressed.

The game finished 3-1 to Longford and although it’s only pre-season, this was a fantastic result for Neale Fenn’s side and should be a major confidence booster going into Tuesday’s friendly with league and cup champions Dundalk at Oriel Park.

LINE-UPS

Cork City: McNulty (GK), Phillips, Casey, Barry, McLoughlin, Griffin, McCormack, Morrissey, Buckley, Tilley, Rainsford.

Subs: Harrington, Horgan, McCarthy, Bennett, Kavanagh, Hurley, Comerford, O’Connor, Cummins, Coughlan.

Longford Town: Menton (GK), Breslin, Manley, Kenna, Chambers, Dervin, Zambra, Elworthy, Dobbs, O’Conor, Evans.

Subs: Steacy (GK), Noack-Hofmann, Doyle, O’Sullivan, Fitzsimons, Tlou, O’Neill.

Watch match highlights of the game on our YouTube channel. 

LTFC Pre-Season Friendlies 2019

Thu Jan 3rd 2019

Longford Town FC Pre-Season Friendlies 2019

Longford Town FC will play at least 4 pre-season friendlies before the upcoming 2019 SSE Airtricity League First Division season begins.

The first three announced are against Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians and Double Champions; Dundalk FC.

Neale Fenn’s men will take on Shamrock Rovers at Roadstone on Saturday, 26th January 2019 with a kick off time of 11.30am.

Three days later on Tuesday, 29th January, they will take on the Red and Black of Bohemians at the AUL with that game kicking off at 7.30pm.

The Pride of the Midlands will then take on the mighty Dundalk at Oriel Park on Tuesday, 5th February at 7.45pm.

Three competitive fixtures for De Town with more to be announced over the coming weeks!

#CmonDeTown

MATCH PREVIEW: Drogheda United v Longford Town

Thu Sep 13th 2018

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town travel to United Park in Drogheda tomorrow (Friday) for a crunch league clash with play-off rivals Drogheda United, where an away victory will gaurantee Neale Fenn’s charges a promotion play-off spot.

However, a home win will see Drogheda leapfrog Longford into the final play-off berth with just one round of matches to go, a draw will mean that Longford and Drogheda will fight it out on the final day of the regular season in their respective games against UCD and Cobh, with Longford holding a one point advantage.

So far this season, Longford are unbeaten against the Louth side. A Sam Verdon goal assisted by Dylan McGlade gave the ‘Red & Black’ all three points at the City Calling Stadium.

However, the goal that could come back to haunt the Town in the final shake-up, could be Ciaran Kelly’s last kick-of-the-match equaliser when the sides clashed at United Park to cancel out Dean Byrne’s lead goal for Longford.

The game finished in a one-all draw, but Kelly’s goal resulted in a three point swing, and means that if the Town had held on for victory, they would be four points clear of Drogheda instead of just one.

While Drogheda had no game last weekend due to the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Quarter-Finals, Longford will be looking to bounce back in style from last Week’s Cup mauling at home to double champions Cork City.

Morale is excellent in the Longford camp and last week’s result has firmly been consigned to ‘Room 101’ and will have no bearing on tomorrow’s outcome.

On the team news front, Darren Meenan and Shane Elworthy are suspended, while Dean Byrne and Jamie Hollywood are both definitely out injured. Sam Verdon is not fit for a starting place, but may be fit enough for a place on the bench.



MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Shelbourne FC (FAI Cup 2nd Round)

Tue Aug 21st 2018

Match Preview by James Donnelly

Longford Town FC v Shelbourne FC

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup 2nd Round

Saturday 25th August 2018 / 7.30pm / City Calling Stadium

Longford Town FC welcome Owen Heary’s Shelbourne to the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night for the Second Round of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup. In what is sure to be a high tempo game, Neale Fenn and Longford will be seeking revenge after suffering a heavy loss at Tolka Park in the league only a few weeks ago.

Shelbourne took on Athlone at home in the first round. Gifted their first goal through an OG from Athlone’s Nika Kalandarishvili, Shels went on to score 3 more in the second half to go through convincingly. Athlone kept Shels at bay with a limited number of chances in the first half with Greg Moorehouse causing problems for the midlands side. Paddy Kavanagh got Shels’ second on the hour mark when he easily tapped in from close range after being left unmarked in the box. The North Dublin side followed this up with Moorehouse getting on the scoresheet on 84 minutes followed by Lorcan Fitzgerald in injury time to make it 4-0. A comfortable win for Shelbourne who now know they face a tougher challenge on Saturday night when they come to the Strokestown Road venue.

Longford faced a tougher task in the opening round of this cup, travelling to the Showgrounds to take on Sligo Rovers. Having knocked out Sligo in the same round of the competition this time last year, Neale Fenn and co had nothing but confidence going into the game. Maybe it was a bit of naivety on Rovers part but they didn’t take the challenge of Longford seriously and ended up losing 1-0 to De Town. Dylan McGlade and goalkeeper Michael Kelly were the stars of the show but it was Jamie Hollywood’s vital goal that sent Longford through to the next round. Town had to do without the ever present Sam Verdon (who is out for the season now) after he went off injured in the opening 20 minutes and was replaced by Peter Hopkins who performed greatly but then picked up an injury of his own.

The previous meetings between Longford and Shelbourne have been fiery encounters this season and not without controversy or incidents. Back in March, Shels ran out 3-2 winners thanks to hat-trick from former Town star Daivd O’Sullivan. In a game marred with controversy, Shels took the lead early when former Town player Shane O’Connor brought down O’Sullivan in the box who was awarded a penalty to which he easily dispatched past Kelly in goal. Sam Verdon equalised for Longford only a minute later when he capitalized on a loose ball at the edge of the box to drill home our first goal. Shels got their second on 72 minutes when O’Sullivan got between O’Reilly and McDonnell and headed home to put the home side in control again. Town were reduced to 10 men when Dylan McGlade was sent off for an off the ball altercation minutes later. Not to be undone, Sam Verdon got his second of the night and De Town’s equalizer on 87 minutes when in a similar position, Verdon pounced on a loose ball to blast it into the net. The controversy wasn’t over yet. Late into injury time, Shelbourne were awarded a penalty after Peter Hopkins was deemed to have handled the ball in the box. A harsh decision considering he was on the ground already and was trying to manoeuvre out of the way. Sam Verdon was then sent off for a second yellow for dissent and David O’Sullivan rounded off his hat-trick by converting the penalty. A tough result for Longford to take but a game many felt they should have won.

[caption id="attachment_18471" align="aligncenter" width="703"] Sam Verdon celebrates scoring Longford’s equaliser during our previous league game with Shelbourne in July.[/caption]

The league game just under a month ago in July was not without it’s moments also. A game that Shelbourne won comfortably on a flattering 6-1 scoreline, Town had to play with 10 men for the majority of the second half after former Shelbourne player Jamie Doyle was given a straight red for dissent. Trailing 1-0 at half time thanks to a Dave Mulcahy header on the half hour mark, Longford failed to take their chances, Jamie Doyle going close on a number of occasions along with Sam Verdon and Dylan McGlade. The second half saw Longford come out on the attack and it wasn’t long before the equaliser came. Sam Verdon tapping in from close range after a Michael McDonnell header wasn’t dealt with by the Shels defence. Shels took the lead again on 68 minutes when new signing Karl Moore found space on the left side after a cross and easily slipped it past Kelly in goal. Shels got their third goal through David O’Sullivan only 2 minutes later. Daniel O’Reilly was working it out from the back when he chose to turn right and lay it off to the waiting Sam Verdon. Somehow, referee John McLaughlin ended up in the path of the ball, it ricocheted off him and into the path of a Shels player who then slipped O’Sullivan in behind the defence and he made no mistake in scoring although Michael Kelly did get a hand to it. The games next controversial moment came soon after when Jamie Doyle was given a straight red for dissent. Doyle, who won a challenge clearly, was deemed to have fouled a Shels man and immediately showed his frustration at the decision. Up until that stage, Longford still had a good chance of getting something from the game. With the extra man, Shelbourne took full advantage and went on the attack. 3 more goals for the Dublin side, Karl Moore got two more to get his hat-trick and a soft penalty awarded in the dying moments saw James English get in on the action. Throughout all the madness, Assistant Manager Daire Doyle was sent to the stands also and will only return to the dugout on Saturday night after serving his suspension.

Longford go into Saturdays game off the back off a fantastic 4-1 away win over Galway United. A game that De Town were never in danger of losing from the get go, the returning Jamie Doyle scored twice along with Dylan McGlade who stamped his mark on top scorer of the season. Jamie Hollywood went off injured late into the second half with what looked like a nasty injury so he is doubtful for the game.

Shelbourne come to the City Calling Stadium following a 2-1 victory away to Wexford last week. Wexford took the lead but two goals in the second half from Greg Moorehouse saw the Red’s leave Ferrycarrig with all three points.

If we go by this season alone, Saturday’s game will no doubt be another entertaining clash. Town will have to do without the pivotal Sam Verdon who is now on the injury list along with Dean Byrne while Jamie Hollywood and Peter Hopkins remain doubtful.

Longford last won the FAI Cup back in 2004, a second cup title in successive years while the last time De Town competed in the final for the Cup was a 2007 loss to Cork. Shels last won the Cup way back in 2000. Both teams will be looking to continue on a good cup run as the league winds down. With only a few games remaining, Shels are only 4 points ahead of Longford in the hunt for a play off promotion spot.



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