Pictures by Tiernan Dolan
Goal no. 1 for de Town tonight, Michael McDonnell doing the business.
Peter Hopkins fired in goal no. 2 to secure all three valuable points on what was a bitterly cold night but a heart warming performance.[gallery link="file" ids="20798,20799,20800,20801,20802"]
This was a spirited and classy display by De Town who go top of the table tonight. Well deserved too.[gallery link="file" ids="20803,20804,20805,20806,20807,20808,20809,20810,20811,20812,20813,20814"]
The players salute the crowd and we salute the players…thanks lads for a wonderful night’s entertainment.
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Town go top after victory over Bray
Match Report by Tony Ghee
Longford Town moved back to the top of the SSE Airtricity First Division as goals from Mick McDonnell and Peter Hopkins earned the Midlanders a comfortable two-nil victory over Bray Wanderers at the City Calling Stadium.
The Town took the lead in the eighth minute when Breslin’s corner picked out the Towering McDonnell whose downward header found the back of the Bray net.
The next decent opportunity arrived on twenty-eight minutes when Adam Evan’s effort from a tight angle on the left was saved by Bray keeper Gabriel Sava.
The Town doubled their advantage on thirty-three minutes when a sumptuous defence-splitting pass from Aodh Dervin put in winger Hopkins, he zoomed in on goal, calmly rounded Bray keeper Sava and slotted in the home side’s second goal.
Bray almost pulled a goal back on forty-three minutes but Killian Cantwell’s shot flashed just wide of the Town post.
The ‘Red & Black’ almost went three up on seventy-eight minutes. A superb reverse pass from Sean Brennan found Sam Verdon in space on the edge of the Bray box, but his curling strike which seemed destined for the bottom right-corner of the net was brilliantly saved by Sava.
Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Zambra, Hopkins, Brennan, Dervan, Evans, Verdon.
Substitutions: Byrne for Evans (81 minutes), O’Connor for Brennan (87 minutes), Chambers for Hopkins (89 minutes).
Bray Wanderers: Sava, Nolan, Douglas, Heaney, Barnett, McGlade, Purdy, Cantwell, Keegan, Daly, O’Halloran.
Substitutions: Lovic for Heaney (72 minutes), McCann for Purdy (82 minutes).
Referee: Jason Mannix
Longford Town FC are delighted to announce the signing of Conor Kenna to the first team.
The highly experienced defender joins Neale Fenn’s squad after impressing during pre season games.
Conor has spent time with Drogheda, St. Patrick’s Athletic (who he won the league with), Shamrock Rovers and most recently at Bray Wanderers where he was captain.
Welcome to the club Conor! 🔴⚫⚽️
Please note the venue change and new kick-off time in our friendly vs Bray Wanderers, on Friday 27th January.
Bray Wanderers v Longford Town
Venue: AUL Complex
Date: Friday 27th January 2017
Kick off: 7.30pm