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Shane Elworthy and Jamie Hollywood play for Ireland in front of a home crowd in 2-1 victory over France

Tue Jun 12th 2018

It was a huge day for two Town players Shane Elworthy and Jamie Hollywood who donned the green jersey of Ireland at the City Calling Stadium. Ireland played France in a Colleges & Universities International Friendly. Ireland won 2-1 and both Town players played a significant part in the victory… congrats and well done lads.

Match report: http://thirdlevelfootball.ie/news/item/1205/first-win-for-irish-over-france/

Ireland: Matthew Connor (Cathal O’Hanlon 68); Shane Elworthy, Conor Keeley, Liam Scales, Conor Kane (Darragh Gibbons 24) (Pierce Phillips 63); Jonny Bonner (Jamie Hollywood 68); Dáire O’Connor (Carlton Ubaezuonu 64), Georgie Poynton, Anthony McAlavey, Shane Daly Butz (Adrian Delap 82); Georgie Kelly (Jack O’Keeffe 64).

France: Anthony Lefebre (Bastien Rempp h-t); Gabriel Melis (José Machado h-t), Jacques-Antoine Pelletier (Alex Marchadier h-t), Roméo Vendiambu (Ryan Ebene Talla h-t), Clément Bassin (Clement Tourtelot h-t); Mick Dash Hatime (Tanguy Guerineau h-t), Tidiane Keita (Léo Servanton h-t), Brian Feneuil (G Guerineau h-t), Mathieu Blasco; Sami Ayachi (Florian Chavanon h-t), Kevin Cardinali (Vincent Roux h-t).

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan



Match Report: Longford Town FC 3-2 Galway United

Sat Jun 2nd 2018

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Longford Town FC 3-2 Galway United

Friday 1st June 2018
City Calling Stadium |  7:45PM

Match Report by James Donnelly

 

19 year old local star Aodh Dervin shined brightly at the City Calling Stadium last Friday night as Longford Town ran out 3-2 winners over Galway United. Dervin, alongside man of the match Sam Verdon and Karl Chambers all picked up a goal each to earn Neale Fenn’s men all 3 points in what was an exciting back and forth encounter. Two goals also for Galway, a missed penalty and a sending off for Longford Town made the game one to remember for the 410 there to witness it at the Strokestown Road venue.

Longford started the game brightly with Dervin missing a chance just a few minutes in. Dylan McGlade’s cross was poorly cleared by former Town defender Stephen Walsh and it fell to Dervin on the edge of the box who blasted it over the bar. He made up for that miss not too long after when Dean Byrne found him near enough in the same position and this time he made no mistake, bending the ball into the far corner of the Galway net to put Longford Town 1-0 up with less than 10 minutes gone on the clock. A brilliant goal and a memorable one for the young Longford man’s first at senior level.

Galway almost immediately equalized straight after, a long throw in from the left side was headed on by Eoin McCormack to Gary Shanahan but his impressive effort was brilliantly saved by the fingertips of Town goalkeeper Michael Kelly who went on to make a number of key saves during the game.

The every lively Dylan McGlade created problems for Galway throughout and his crosses in the first half caused major headaches for Shane Keegan’s men, Tristan Noack-Hofmann going close with a header as a result of a McGlade corner.

Longford Town’s Shane Elworthy pictured in action during De Town’s 3-2 victory over Galway at the City Calling Stadium. Pic: Tiernan Dolan

Gary Shanahan and Eoin McCormack linked up again for Galway on 32 minutes, Shanahan beating Noack-Hofmann on the right side before putting in a cross that met the feet of McCormack who had gotten between the two centre backs Daniel O’Reilly and Michael McDonnell, but his shot from 5 yards out was hit high and over as Town escaped a possible equalizer for the tribesmen.

Town pressured Galway and didn’t allow them much time on the bal in the first halfl. The westerners struggled to clear and Darren Meenan gaining possession in the corner, played it across to Dean Byrne who’s shot was blocked by Walsh at the last second.

Aodh Dervin could have had his second of the night on 40 minutes when McGlade broke down the right wing before laying it inside to Noack-Hofmann who slipped it to Dervin but his shot was straight into the hands of Gleeson in goal.

Galway still managed to create chances with Eoin McCormack going close again on 42 minutes, this time for 30 yards out, his shot narrowly going wide of Michael Kelly’s right hand post.

It could have been 2-0 to Longford immediately after when centre back Michael McDonnell went up for a Darren Meenan free on the right hand side but his looping header was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Gleeson.

Town eventually got their second just before half time when Sam Verdon struck low into the bottom right corner. A brilliant header by McGlade landed at the feet of Dean Byrne who slipped Verdon in behind the Galway defence and he made no mistake in slotting it by Gleeson to put Longford ahead, much to the delight of the home support who were loud throughout.

Longford suffered a major blow right at the half time whistle when Darren Meenan was given a straight red on what appeared to be a reckless challenge on Galway’s Conor Barry. No contact was made but referee Thomas Dempsey deemed it serious enough to issue the Dublin man a red card.

With Longford down to 10 men, Galway came out all guns blazing and proceeded to rain down attacks on the Town defence. Alex Byrne going close in the opening minutes, his shot from the edge of the box going wide after being deflected off his fellow team-mate McCormack.

Sam Verdon who scored Longford’s second, pictured alongside former Town player Stephen Walsh.

Dean Byrne missed a glorious opportunity to put the game to bed when on 50 minutes, he intercepted a bad pass from Galway’s Robbie Williams, went by the defender and ended up 6 yards out from goal but his left footed shot was blazed over the bar, much to the relief of the travelling Galway support.

Galway got one back on 56 minutes when Dylan McGlade, who had been playing superb, was caught in possession by McCormack, the ball fell to Conor Barry who went through on goal and expertly put it past Michael Kelly to make it 2-1. A lapse in concentration that luckily didn’t cost Longford in the end.

Again, McCormack was in the thick of it for Galway, this time winning a soft free kick against Longford’s McDonnell. The resultant free kick however, was straight into the hands of Kelly. Only minutes later, Marc Ludden went close for the Connaught side, his dragging shot going wide of the post.

Galway were given a very generous lifeline on 64 minutes when former Town player Ryan Connolly was awarded a penalty. The number 10 jumped up between Longford’s two centre backs after a botched clearance and fell hard on the ground which saw Dempsey blow his whistle, much to the astonishment of the Town players and supporters. Up stepped Alan Murphy who sky rocketed his shot high over the bar.

Ludden went close for Galway again, this time a 1-2 between McCormack and Connolly saw the ball land at the feet of Ludden in the box who’s shot brought a fine save from Kelly in the Longford goal. Kelly, proving invaluable during the game.

Longford finally got their third goal on 79 minutes when some lax defending from Galway saw the ball fall to substitute Jamie Hollywood on the edge of the box, he played it into Sam Verdon who laid it off to Karl Chambers who chested it down and volleyed it low past Gleeson, hitting the post, it came back out and hit Williams before ending up in the back of the net. Some would call it an own goal but we’re giving it to Chambers!

Galway got their second eight minutes later when a high ball wasn’t dealt with, the ball landed to Stephen Walsh who made no mistake hitting a powerful shot low into the bottom corner to make it 3-2 with 5 minutes remaining, hearts in their mouths for Longford fans.

Daniel O’Reilly almost made it 4-2 in injury time, his free kick from the edge of the box was saved by Glesson before Hollywood missed the rebound. Summing up Galways night, The free had been awarded after Gleeson had mistakenly walked outside his box while holding the ball, although no yellow card was issued.

The final whistle blew and City Calling Stadium erupted. A well needed win for Longford Town which puts them right back in contention for a promotion spot. Manager Neale Fenn said he was delighted with the team’s performance and result but stressed how important it is to follow it up with a good result in Finn Park on bank holiday Monday when Town travel to Ballybofey to take on Finn Harps.

Longford Town: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy, Michael McDonnell, Daniel O’Reilly, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Dylan McGlade (replaced by Karl Chambers), Dean Zambra (C), Aodh Dervin, Darren Meenan (red card), Sam Verdom (replaced by Evan Galvin), Dean Byrne (replaced by Jamie Hollywood)

Subs not used: Jack Brady, Daniel Ridge, Jackson Ryan.

Galway United: Conor Gleeson, Maurice Nugent (replaced by Conor Melody), Robbie Williams, Stephen Walsh, Gary Shanahan, Alex Byrne (replaced by Stephen Kenny), Alan Murphy, Ryan Connolly ©, Marc Ludden, Conor Barry (replaced by Carlton Ubaezuonu), Eoin McCormack

Subs not used: Arek Mamala, Conor Layng, Ronan Manning.

Referee: Thomas Dempsey

Attendance: 410

Red Cards: (1) – Darren Meenan/Longford Town FC

MATCH PREVIEW: Athlone Town v Longford Town – ‘El Classico’

Thu May 24th 2018

SSE Airtricity League First Division
Athlone Town v Longford Town FC
Athlone Town Stadium • Friday 25th May • 7.45pm

Match Preview by James Donnelly

The second ‘El Classico De Midlands’ of the 2018 season sees Longford Town make the short journey over to Athlone on Friday night to face bottom of the league Athlone. In what used to be a game revelled by many, it has now become a normal league game, one in which many would expect Longford Town to win comfortably.

The first meeting between the teams ended in a 5-1 thrashing in favour of Longford Town. Although Athlone started the game brightly, scoring in the 1st minute courtesy of a brilliant finish from Rory McCullough, Longford went on to dominate the game with goals coming from Chris Mulhall (x2), Dean Byrne (x2) and Evan Galvin.

Since then, Athlone have parted ways with Aaron Callaghan and are now being managed by Terry Butler. Butler has brought some form of stability, albeit not in terms of results but in their way of playing. They narrowly lost out to Drogheda on a 1-0 scoreline at home before losing out to league leaders UCD. UCD were only winning 1-0 until they scored 2 more in injury time. It will be interesting to see the difference in this Athlone team compared to the one that suffered that heavy defeat a couple of months ago.

Longford Town’s Michael McDonnell and Aodh Dervin pictured in action against Athlone earlier in the season.

Longford Town go into Friday night’s game off the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw with Shelbourne FC. In a game that both teams needed to win, a magnificent solo effort from Longford’s Dylan McGlade was enough to cancel out former Town striker David O’Sullivan’s header.

Longford have scored 21 goals so far this season whereas Athlone have struggled in that area, only scoring 6. Longford have also been fairly sound defensively only conceding 12 goals but Athlone have conceded a massive 46 goals in the league so far.

Town will possibly look to wingers Dylan McGlade and Peter Hopkins to open up the play. The return of Aodh Dervin last week was a massive boost and Town fans will be interested to see what role he plays in the derby.

On the team news front, Cian Byrne, Shane O’Connor and Alan Kehoe are all still out on the injury list. Adam O’Connor is doubtful.

Match Report: Cobh Ramblers 2-0 Longford Town (EA Sports Cup)

Wed May 9th 2018

EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER FINAL

Cobh Ramblers 2-0 Longford Town FC
Tuesday 8th May 2018 / 7.30pm
St. Colman’s Park

Match Report by James Donnelly

Cobh got their revenge for their 1-0 league loss from Saturday night against Longford Town on Tuesday evening. A 2-0 victory over De Town saw Stephen Hendersons men progress to the semi finals of the EA Sports cup for the first time. A beautiful free kick from Darren Murphy just before half time and second in the later stages of the second half from Andrew Wall was enough to see the Cork men through.

Town started the game positively and made an impact within seconds. A corner led to Tristan Noack-Hofmann heading the ball back towards goal to which Dean Byrne slotted it home however he was ruled to be offside although Cobh’s James McSweeney seemed to have been playing him on and didn’t protest the goal which seems to suggest he thought so also.

Town almost opened the scoring on 16 minutes. A good ball from Darren Meenan to Dylan McGlade saw the Town winger in space, he played in Evan Galvin who whipped in a low cross that was met by Dean Byrne but his shot was just wide of the post.

Cobh had the chance to take the lead only 7 minutes later when David Hurley raced past the Town defence to go through on goal but Longford Captain Dean Zambra raced back in time to get a great tackle in and block the shot. The resulting corner caused a problem but Town defender Daniel O’Reilly was on hand to clear it away with a header.

A much more physical game than the previous Saturday night’s league encounter, Longford found themselves limited in creating chances in the first half. A questionable free awarded to Cobh against Karl Chambers just before half time saw the Cork men open the scoring. Beautifully placed, there was nothing Jack Brady could have done to prevent it from going in.

Darren Meenan pictured in action against Cobh on Tuesday in the EA Sports Cup 1/4 Final. Photo Credit: Steve Alfred/Extratime.ie

Town could have equalized just after the start of the second half. Karl Chambers getting in behind the Cobh defence but he failed to connect with Evan Galvins cross.

Cobh nearly got their second on 77 minutes when a cross from Stephen Christopher just went over the bar, almost catching out Longford.

De Town had the majority of possession in the last 15 minutes but failed to capitalize. While it did look like Longford would get the equalizer and force it to extra time, the goal never came. Chris Mulhall coming closest in the last few minutes, he got onto the end of a long ball and raced through one on one with Mylod in the Cobh goal but his touch took it away from him and Mylod easily gathered.

Cobh got their second immediately after, breaking from Mulhall’s chance, David Hurley played in substitute Andy Wall who cooly rounded Brady in the Longford goal and slotted it home.

Cobh, fully deserved of the win, closed out the game and progress into the semi finals, much to the delight of the small crowd present.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Cobh Ramblers: Adam Mylod, James McSweeney, Ben O’Riordan, Adam O’Sullivan, Kevin Taylor, Stephen Christopher, Darren Murphy, David Hurley, Pierce Phillips, Cian Leonard, Anthony McAlavey.

Subs: Paul Hunt, Peter Callanan, Jaze Kabia, Michael Sadys, Andy Wall, Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh.

Longford Town: Jack Brady, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Daniel O’Reilly, Dean Zambra (Captain), Sam Verdon, Evan Galvin, Michael McDonnell, Dean Byrne, Karl Chambers (subbed: Ryan), Darren Meenan Subbed: Mulhall), Dylan McGlade (Subbed: Elworthy).

Subs: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy, Peter Hopkins, Chris Mulhall, Jackson Ryan, Daniel Ridge, Uli Keller.

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