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Photos from Longford Town’s victory over Limerick at the City Calling

Sat Apr 27th 2019

Pictures and words by Tiernan Dolan

Dean Byrne’s 74th minute screamer of a goal was enough for all three valuable points in tonight’s tough encounter with Limerick.

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Lee Steacy’s penalty save proved crucial in tonight’s win…..and chalked up another clean sheet.

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A few yellow cards and a red were flashed by a busy ref in a game which saw the red and black left black and blue.

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Some more pics from tonight’s clash.

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The clash of the keepers….an amazing scene in the final minute when Limerick’s keeper Jack Brady took on De Town’s Lee Steacy……Lee beat the Shannonsider.

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Irish international star Stephanie Roache was a huge and popular hit with the Killoe girls U10 team who won the indoor soccer community games Leinster final today. The girls met Stephanie at tonight’s game.Meanwhile the Killoe U10 boys strutted their stuff at half time in a very entertaining game. Great to see so many from Killoe at tonight’s game.

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And where would we be without our mighty and loyal supporters, young and not so young as well as our incredible hard working volunteers. But really, we could do with many more supporters coming out to support this talented bunch of players.

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MATCH REPORT: Longford Town 1-0 Limerick

Sat Apr 27th 2019


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.

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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 PREVIEW: Longford Town v Limerick

Thu Apr 25th 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town go into Saturday’s home clash against Limerick FC in second place in the First Division. Last weekend’s draw away to Cobh leaves Neale Fenn’s charges a point behind league leaders Cabinteely, however, the Midlanders do have a game in hand.

Longford Town are the only unbeaten team in the league with five wins and three draws from their opening eight fixtures, while Limerick despite losing two-nil away to Shelbourne, are just four points off top spot in fifth place.

The earlier meeting between the clubs ended in a scoreless stalemate at the Markets Field with former Town keeper, Jack Brady making some crucial saves between the Limerick sticks to prevent the Town grabbing the winner.

Limerick were outplayed by the Town in the first half but were vastly improved in the second half and came close to scoring in the sixty-seventh minute only for Town stopper Steacy to brilliantly save a stinging effort from Kieron Hanlon.

Longford should have scored on eighty-four minutes after a brilliant move. Peter Hopkins weaved his way past several defenders and sprayed the ball out to Dean Byrne, his pin-point cross to the back post was headed back by Paul O’Connor to Dobbs, but the Town striker’s close-range shot was incredibly saved by Jack Brady with the Town striker firing the rebound wide.

Last week against Cobh, Longford Town were missing the services of strikers Dobbs, Doyle, and Verdon with Verdon and Doyle late withdrawals from the squad due to a slight knock and a dental appointment respectively. Verdon is expected to be out for two weeks, however, Doyle and Dobbs should both be available for selection.

It was great to see Carlton Ubaezuono making his Town debut last week after a lengthy spell out injured and he posed the Cobh defence numerous problems during his substitute appearance and he could prove to be a vital weapon in the Town’s armoury for the remainder of the season.

Carlton Ubaezuonu made his Town debut last week and available for this weekend’s game v Limerick.

MATCH REPORT: Limerick 0-0 Longford Town

Fri Feb 22nd 2019

Town earn a point in League opener away to Limerick

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Longford Town came away from the Markets Field with a point after a goalless draw away to Limerick FC in their opening game of the 2019 First Division campaign.

Limerick came very close to opening the scoring on five minutes when Karl O’Sullivan headed just over from a Darren Murphy corner, while Town striker Aaron Dobbs blazed well over from a good position on twelve minutes.

The Town tested Limerick stopper Jack Brady in the fourteenth minute but Adam Evans thirty yard thunderbolt was tipped over by the former Longford keeper.

Limerick were the better side in the early stages of the second-half and almost took the lead on fifty minutes, as O’Sullivan ran onto McSweeney’s superb headed flick-on, only to fire his shot into the Longford side-netting.

Longford came back into the contest to create a chance on fifty-five minutes. Anto Breslin charged down the left and whipped in a brilliant cross to pick out Dobbs but his glancing header failed to find the Limerick net.

The home side almost caught the Town defence napping on sixty-seven minutes when a long clearance found Kieron Hanlon but his stinging shot was brilliantly saved by Steacy.

Longford should have scored on eighty-four minutes after a brilliant move. Peter Hopkins weaved his way past several defenders and sprayed the ball out to Dean Byrne, his pin-point cross to the back post was headed back by Paul O’Connor to Dobbs but the Town striker incredibly shot wide from close range.


Limerick FC: (4-2-3-1) Brady, Kelly, O’Connor, Williams, Treacy, Hughes, Murphy (Fitzgerald 89 minutes), O’Sullivan, McSweeney (Hanlon 61 minutes), Russell (Walsh-O’Loughlin 84 minutes), Ellis.

Longford Town: (4-3-2-1) Steacy, Chambers, McDonnell, Kenna, Breslin, Elworthy (Byrne 78 minutes), O’Connor, Dervin, Zambra, Evans (Hopkins 66 minutes), Dobbs (Doyle 83 minutes)

Referee: Jason Mannix

Match pictures by Ken Keenan Photography

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POST MATCH INTERVIEW with Town forward, Dean Byrne

James Donnelly caught up with LTFC forward Dean Byrne after De Towns opening game of the 2019 season ended in a 0-0 draw in Limerick.


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