Match Pictures by Tiernan Dolan
Whatever Neale Fenn said at half time following a scoreless first half certainly worked, as De Town netted 4 times without reply in the second period. Goals from Dean Byrne (x2), Sean Boyd and Joe Manley sent the De Town crowd home happy.[gallery link="file" ids="22102,22103,22104,22105,22106,22107,22108,22109,22110,22111,22112,22113,22114,22115,22116,22117,22118"]
A few more pics from our 4-0 win v Galway.[gallery link="file" ids="22119,22120,22121,22122,22123,22124,22125,22126,22127,22128,22129,22130,22131,22132,22133,22134,22135,22136,22137,22138,22139"]
Before and after the game at City Calling Stadium.[gallery link="file" ids="22141,22142,22143,22144,22145,22146,22147,22148,22149,22150,22151,22152"]
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Pictures by Tiernan Dolan
It took Dean Byrne just 11 minutes to find the back of the Galway net this evening.[gallery link="file" ids="21600,21601,21602,21603,21604,21605"]
7 minutes later, it was Sam Verdon who put us 2 up. It looked then like the floodgates might open but in a tight and tense finish, we secured all 3 vital points with a 2-1 scoreline.[gallery link="file" ids="21606,21607,21608,21609,21610,21611"]
A few more pics from this evening’s win versus Galway.[gallery link="file" ids="21612,21613,21614,21615,21616,21617,21618,21619,21620,21621"]
Being a mascot is something really special…treated better than royalty and rightly so…a great evening for great memories.[gallery link="file" ids="21624,21622,21623,21625,21626,21627,21628"]
MATCH REPORT BY TONY GHEE
Longford Town moved back to the top-of-the First Division as a Lee Steacy penalty save and a stunning Dean Byrne goal earned the ‘Red & Black’ a narrow one-nil victory over Limerick FC at the City Calling Stadium.
The first half provided very little excitement with shots being blocked or fired well wide by both sides.
However, the Town came close to taking the lead on thirteen minutes when Mick McDonnell’s header from Anto Breslin’s corner was saved by Limerick keeper Jack Brady, the ball came back out to Adam Evans but his close range shot was cleared off the line by a Limerick defender and then Sam Verdon completely missed connecting with his rebound effort from just six yards out.
Limerick missed a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock on fifty-two minutes when they were correctly awarded a penalty.
Sean McSweeney threaded a perfect pass through to Conor Ellis who was upended inside the Town box by Shane Elworthy and referee Alan Patchell pointed to the spot. Up stepped Shane Tracy but his low spot kick towards the bottom left corner was superbly saved by Town keeper Steacy.[caption id="attachment_20819" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Lee Steacy superbly saved a penalty in this game.[/caption]
Limerick’s woes continued seven minutes later when they were reduced to ten players as striker McSweeney was shown a straight red card for a two footed lunge on Elworthy.
Longford Town made use of their extra man to take the lead on seventy-four minutes with an exquisite move that was brilliantly finished by substitute Dean Byrne.
Carlton Ubaezuono won possession just inside his own half and exchanged passes with Sean Brennan, Brennan cleverly switched play to the right wing where he found Byrne, and the substitute swapped passes with Elworthy, stepped inside and rifled a twenty yard shot to the Limerick net.
Longford Town (4-1-4-1): Steacy, Elworthy, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Zambra, Ubaezuono (Chambers 80 minutes), Dervin, Brennan, Evans (Byrne 57 minutes), Verdon (Dobbs 71 minutes).
Limerick FC (4-2-3-1): Brady, Kelly, Williams, Brouder, Fitzgerald, Tracy, Murphy, Ellis, Hughes, O’Sullivan (Hanlon 85 minutes), McSweeney.
Match Report by James Donnelly
SSE Airtricity League First Division
Cobh Ramblers FC 0-0 Longford Town
Saturday 20th April 2019, 7.00pm, St. Colman’s Park
Ramblers and De Town played out a fairly even 0-0 draw at St. Colman’s Park in Cobh tonight in a game that neither team fully deserved to win.
With Sam Verdon ruled out through injury, Dean Byrne slotted into the team with Carlton Ubaezuonu taking a place on the bench for the first time this season.
Both teams opened the game cautiously, creating little in the opening minutes. It was Longford with the first chance though as Conor Kenna’s header from a corner was tipped over the bar by Mylod in the Cobh goal.
On 33 minutes Dean Byrne almost opened the scoring for De Town. Shooting from just outside the box, his shot was saved by Mylod who tipped it out for a corner. Only a few minutes later, Byrne had an opportunity again but his shot inside the box was blocked by a Cobh body.
Cobh had the best chance of the first half on 40 minutes. A dangerous free kick floated in by former Town player Shane O’Connor was cleared but only as far as another Cobh man, the ball was whipped back in and headed on for Jaze Kabia who stuck a leg onto the end of it, it hit the Town post and was collected by Lee Steacy.
The second half was pretty much the same. Peter Hopkins had a chance on 52 minutes when he turned his man inside the box and shot but his left foot strike was the wrong side of the post and it went out for a goal kick.
Town goalkeeper Lee Steacy was deemed to have handled the ball outside the box on 71 minutes. The resulting free kick came to nothing and Cobh were left to rue their chances.
On a major positive note, Carlton Ubaezuonu made his debut for Longford, coming on in place of Adam Evans. The former Galway and Dundalk man caused problems for Cobh on the left wing.[caption id="attachment_20328" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Carlton Ubaezuonu, who made his competitive debut for De Town tonight.[/caption]
Cobh forced a save out of Lee Steacy on 78 minutes but that proved to be the final major chance of the game for the home side.
Carlton went close for De Town in the dying minutes, forcing a save out of Mylod but it wasn’t to be as both teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Cobh Ramblers: Mylod, Taylor, McSweeney, O’Riordan, O’Connor, O’Connor, Kenny, Turner, Hurley, Fernandez, Kabia.
Subs: Hunt, O’Rourke, West, O’Leary, O’Driscoll.
Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Hopkins, Dervin, Zambra, Byrne, Brennan, Evans.
Subs: Menton, Ubaezuonu (Evans), O’Conor (Brennan), Hollywood, Noack-Hofmann, Chambers, Manley.
Attendance: 140 est.