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Longford Town v Drogheda United match pictures

Sun Jul 14th 2019

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

Dylan Grimes’ delicious back heel v Drogheda to make it 1-1.

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Sam Verdon headed a real peach of a winning goal with just minutes of normal time remaining.

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The celebrations were certainly justified…coming from behind..we deserved the win but we don’t always get what we deserve…..3 vital points and back to second place- yes, for sure, the celebrations were justified.

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A few more pics from an action packed game on a warm summer’s evening.

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6 long anxious minutes were added – it was helter skelter as the kitchen sink was thrown at us – but this time we held firm for those 3 vital points.

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The relief and joy at the sound of the final whistle was clear to see on the faces of players, management and supporters…

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Aoife and Ciara Smith were on hand to present Anto Beslin with his June player of the month trophy- two former Town legends were in attendance as well as 2 UEFA officials (hopefully they were suitably impressed with our facilities) and then a few other random pics with which to finish tonight’s photographic round up.

C’mon De Town!!!

MATCH REPORT: Longford Town 2-1 Drogheda United

Sat Jul 13th 2019

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Longford up to second after crucial win over Drogheda

Longford Town moved above Drogheda into second place in the SSE Airtricity League First Division, as goals from Dylan Grimes and Sam Verdon secured a two-one victory over the Boynesiders at the City Calling Stadium.

Longford are now just five points behind leaders Shelbourne with seven matches remaining as automatic promotion is now back on track for Neale Fenn’s charges ahead of next week’s crucial top four clash away to Cabinteely.

The visitors had the first opportunity on thirteen minutes when Meaney’s twenty-five yard shot flew just wide of the Town post.

Longford dominated possession in the opening half-hour but failed to breach the Drogheda rearguard.

On eighteen minutes, Longford almost scored when striker Aaron Dobbs outpaced defender Luke Gallagher, cut inside from the left and rifled a shot from a tight angle that was saved by the feet of Drogheda keeper Luca Gratzer, while Jack Doherty’s rebound effort was blocked away by a visiting defender.

Four minutes later, the Town created another chance down the left side. This time, Anto Breslin charged into the Drogheda box but his angled strike whistled just wide of the far post.

On the half-hour mark a shot on the turn from Longford new boy Grimes was saved by Drogheda keeper Gratzer.

Totally against the run of play, the Boynesiders took the lead on thirty-two minutes with a very soft goal.Mark Doyle poked the ball across to Meaney who somehow managed to squeeze a weakly hit sixteen yard effort through a crowded penalty area to the Longford net.

Drogheda came close to extending their lead on thirty-seven minutes when the unmarked Gallagher headed a Sean Brennan free-kick onto the top of the Longford net.

The home side deservedly equalised on thirty-nine minutes when Doherty found Grimes inside the Drogheda box, he brilliantly shielded the ball before cleverly back-heeling the ball into the bottom left corner of the Drogheda net.

On fifty-four minutes, Drogheda left-back Conor Kane ran onto a pass from James Clarke and raced into the Town box before unleashing a shot that just cleared the Longford bar.

In the eighty-fourth minute, a Conor Kenna header from a Dean Zambra free-kick was just too high, much to the relief of the visitors’ defence.

However, Drogheda’s relief was short-lived as the ‘Red & Black’ hit the front just a minute later as substitute Verdon headed home Breslin’s left-wing cross to secure three valuable points for Longford Town.

Longford Town (4-1-4-1): Steacy, Elworthy, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Zambra, Grimes, Dervin, Doherty, Chambers, Dobbs.
Substitutes: Hopkins for Grimes (64 minutes), Verdon for Doherty (77 minutes), Evans

Drogheda Utd (4-2-3-1): Gratzer, Heeney, Gallagher, McNally, Kane, Brennan, Hyland, McPhillips, Clarke, Doyle, Meaney.
Substitutes: Adeyemo for McPhillips (45 minutes), O’Shea for Clarke (77 minutes)

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MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Drogheda United

Sat Jul 13th 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town host Drogheda United at the City Calling Stadium tonight at 7.30pm in a crucial promotion play-off six pointer, as third host second.

After last night’s victory for Bray against Limerick, and Shelbourne’s draw with Cabinteely, De Town are guaranteed to be at least third in the table after tonight’s contest. However, if Longford can make it a hat-trick of league wins over the visitors this evening, the Midlanders will move above Drogheda into second place and to within five points of leaders Shelbourne.

Last weekend, Drogheda recorded a fine 4-2 victory at home to Cobh, while Longford Town endured a disappointing three-one defeat away to Limerick.

Longford won both of the previous league encounters between the sides. Back in March, second-half goals from Dean Byrne, Aaron Dobbs and Peter Hopkins, earned Longford a three-nil triumph at the City Calling Stadium. Then at United Park in early May, Dobbs was again on the mark with the only goal of the match to secure three valuable points for Neale Fenn’s charges.

Longford’s two new signings, Jack Doherty and Dylan Grimes made their Town Debuts against Limerick last weekend, with Doherty starting before being replaced by Grimes on seventy-three minutes.

Town keeper Lee Steacy and defenders Conor Kenna and Anto Breslin have been ever present for the first team this season and will continue to lead the defence tonight with Shane Elworthy and Mick O’Donnell completing the back five.

Carlton Ubaezuonu who was an unused substitute last week is out through injury and Paul O’Connor remains unavailable through injury.

Action from our previous league match v Drogheda United at United Park in May which we won 1-0.


Match Preview: Drogheda United FC v Longford Town FC

Thu May 2nd 2019

SSE Airtricity League First Division
Drogheda United FC v Longford Town FC
Friday 3rd May 2019

United Park | Kick-off 7.45pm

Match Preview By Kieran Burke (@kieranBTS)

Longford Town travel to County Louth on Friday night looking to banish the demons of last season, as De Town fell at the finish in the race for the play-offs against Drogheda United, Fridays hosts. A come from behind 2-1 win in the penultimate game of last season effectively secured the Drogs position in the play-offs, where Tim Clancy’s charges missed out on promotion after a dramatic two-legged tie against Shelbourne, who went on to lose in the final against Finn Harps.

With all that in mind, it has been a dramatic shift in form for both Longford and Drogheda United to start to 2019 First Division campaign with Longford Town currently the only unbeaten side in the League of Ireland, while Drogheda have struggled for consistency at times, leaving the 2007 Premier Division champions sitting in 4th place, four points behind Neale Fenn’s league leaders.

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Drogheda United had a fantastic win on the road last weekend, traveling all the way down to St.Colman’s Park and coming away with an ultra-impressive 4-1 victory over Cobh Ramblers, while Longford showed their battling qualities in a scrappy 1-0 home triumph over a stubborn Limerick side. Dean Byrne was the match winner last Saturday for De Town and the former Hardwicke star will be hoping his stunning strike can kick start his 2019 campaign, having only returned to full fitness after a long term layoff last season.

In fact, Byrne was on the score-sheet with yet another sublime long range strike at United Park last season in a game De Town really should have won, conceding a 94th minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw. Ciaran Kelly was the Drogheda hero that night and the departure of the talented full back to St.Patrick’s Athletic has been a very difficult challenge for Tim Clancy and co to overcome at the start of this campaign. Double goal scorer in that crucial 2-1 win at the tail end of last season, Gareth McCaffrey has also since departed United Park and the strikers absence has clearly left Drodgeda lacking some cutting edge up front at times this year.

All in all, given Longford Town’s record breaking start to the 2019 season, many will fancy Neale Fenn’s team to repeat the win claimed over Drodgeda at City Calling Stadium earlier this season, a 3-0 victory that time, but having only lost at home once this season, Droghda will be yet another major test of De Town’s title credentials going forward.

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