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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Match Report by James Donnelly
SSE Airtricity League First Division
Longford Town 4-0 Galway United
Saturday 27th July 2019 • Kick-off: 7.45pm
City Calling Stadium
Longford Town secured a vital 3 points at the expense of Galway United at the City Calling Stadium last night. Four goals in the second half completed a professional performance from De Town but the visitors didn’t make things easy for us.
The first half saw chances from both sides with Sean Boyd going close for Longford on 21 minutes when he was played through by Dean Byrne but his shot was straight at Horgan in the Galway goal.
Galway could have opened the scoring only moments later when Conor Layng raced through one on one but Lee Steacy was out quick and pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Tribesmen.
Anto Breslin almost broke the deadlock just after the half hour mark when his curling free kick was palmed away by the outstretched Horgan.
Vinny Faherty had a chance for Galway but his shot never really troubled Steacy in goal and both teams went in all square at the break.
De Town started the second half brightly and Breslin had a chance again on 52 minutes but his low shot was easily saved by Horgan.
Boyd had another chance also as he pounced on a mistake in the Galway defence by former Town player Stephen Walsh but Boyd failed to take full advantage and dragged his shot narrowly wide.
The opening goal finally game on 68 minutes when Breslin played it to Dean Byrne after a run down the left wing before the Dubliner coolly shot past Horgan to put De Town in control.
From then on it was all Longford Town and just 2 minutes later, Sean Boyd finally got his goal when a brilliant move by substitute Aaron Dobbs saw the former Wexford man lay it off to his new team-mate in the box before Boyd expertly slipped it past Horgan for an easy goal.[caption id="attachment_22075" align="aligncenter" width="616"] Dean Byrne celebrates scoring his first goal of the night v Galway United. Pic: Tiernan Dolan.[/caption]
Galway sat back and on 84 minutes, Byrne got his second and Longford’s third when Aaron Dobbs, again, like a work horse won the ball on the edge of the Town box before running straight at the Galway defence before playing a through ball into Byrne who’s finish past Horgan into the far corner will be up there as a contender for Longford Town Goal of the Season.
Three minutes into injury time and Joe Manley popped up with a header to make it 4-0 to De Town and cement the win. His first goal for the club, Joe was left unmarked during a corner and he headed in the loose ball after it was initially put back towards goal by Conor Kenna.
Longford now sit in second and are level on points with Drogheda United as the push for promotion intensifies.
Longford Town: Lee Steacy, Shane Elworthy, Mick McDonnell, Joe Manley, Conor Kenna (C), Anto Breslin, Dylan Grimes (replaced by Aaron Dobbs), Aodh Dervin, Dean Byrne, Sam Verdon (replaced by Peter Hopkins), Sean Boyd (replaced by Dean Zambra).
Subs not used: Jack Menton, Karl Chambers, Carlton Ubaezuonu, Paul O’Connor
Galway United: Kevin Horgan, Chris Horgan (replaced by Conor Melody), Marc Ludden (replaced by Dara Costelloe, Stephen Walsh, Maurice Nugent, Iarfhlaith Davoren, Vinny Faherty, Colin Kelly (replaced by Conor Barry), Killian Brouder, Donal Higgins, Conor Layng.
Subs not used: Cian Mulryan, Adam Rooney, Cian Murphy, Joe Collins.
Match Preview by James Donnelly
Longford Town FC v Galway United FC
Saturday 27th July 2019 • Kick-off: 7.45pm
City Calling Stadium
Longford Town FC welcome Galway United to the City Calling Stadium tonight in what is a must win game for the Red and Black if they are to keep the pressure on Shelbourne, Drogheda and Cabo in the race for promotion.
Galway’s last win in the league was all the way back in May against us! A 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Vinny Faherty saw Alan Murphy’s side gain all 3 points at Eamonn Deacy Park. Since then, they’ve had a tough time at home and away. With losses against Bray, Drogheda, Longford, Limerick, Cobh, and Shelbourne, Galway sit third from bottom, even with a few good draws against Athlone, Wexford and Bray. At home to Bray last week, they had to come from behind twice to earn a draw. Conor Layng and talisman Vinny Faherty got the all important goals after Bray went ahead, first through an OG from Kevin Horgan in goal on seven minutes and then through Dylan McGlade on fifty minutes. Galway left it late but got their equalizer with six minutes remaining on the clock to gain a share of the spoils.[caption id="attachment_22061" align="aligncenter" width="567"] Sam Verdon pictured celebrating his goal last time out when Longford Town defeated Galway United 2-1 at the City Calling Stadium.[/caption]
De Town suffered a disappointing setback last week against Cabinteely in Stradbrook. Neale Fenn’s men just couldn’t break down the home side’s big defensive line and Pat Devlin’s young side took full advantage and scored two good goals to seal the victory. Cabo sit one point ahead of Longford after their draw away to Drogheda last night so the Town can go two points clear of them and go back into third with a win against Galway tonight at the City Calling Stadium.
Both clubs have a win over each other with Galway winning 2-1 at Eamonn Deacy Park back in May and Longford winning by the same scoreline in June thanks to goals from Dean Byrne and Sam Verdon.
Galway announced the signing of centre back Killian Brouder from Limerick FC today and the 20 year old goes straight into the squad for tonight’s game.
Jack Doherty is doubtful for Longford while Jamie Doyle is unavailable.
Come out and support De Town in what is a huge game for the club!
Come on the Town!
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"]