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Aodh Dervin hoping to emulate cup heroes of 2004…

Tue Aug 13th 2019

Interview by James Donnelly

Longford Town’s Aodh Dervin hoping to emulate Cup heroes of 2004…

Longford Town’s homegrown midfield maestro, Aodh Dervin was just 4 years old when his club retained the FAI Cup way back in 2004 with a dramatic 2-1 win over Waterford United at the old, iconic Landsdowne Road.

A Town fan from birth, the 20 year old spoke fondly of his vivid memories of the time, recalling seeing the Longford players arrive at the stadium all suited up and ready for action.

“I was only four years old but I remember all the players, Sean Prunty, Eric Lavine…I remember them all coming out in suits and it was really professional and it was a moment that’s stuck with me since then and it drives me on in a way…”

Now, 15 years later, one of the brightest prospects’ that the midlands club has produced in recent years, is hoping to emulate his old heroes by going all the way and winning the coveted cup in the Aviva Stadium and fulfilling a boyhood dream.

“I think anyone that has any ambition of being a footballer (in Ireland) dreams of that so it’s obviously always been a goal of mine and it would be even more special to do it with Longford especially with our history.”

Longford have a rich history in this competition, having won it twice in the early 2000’s and been finalists four times. Having had a decent run last year under the guidance of manager Neale Fenn, Longford had some terrific wins in the cup, beating Sligo Rovers in the first round for the second consecutive year and defeating Shelbourne at home in the second round before bowing out to a superior Cork City side in the quarter final although an early sending off didn’t help the Red and Black. A crowd of over 1100 were in attendance and while the final result was one to forget for Dervin, his performance for the Town showed everyone that he’s capable of playing at the top level in our league. However, with the Town chasing promotion and welcomign Shelbourne to the City Calling only 4 days after their cup game on Tuesday, potential opponents and revenge isn’t on the mind of the young player.

“We all know that promotion is our main aim but I think these cup games are good, we want to keep the momentum going and the only way we can do that is by playing and winning…obviously you’d want to get revenge on Cork and you always want to play against the best players but I haven’t really thought about it. We’ve Athlone on Tuesday and that’s our main focus.”

With tomorrow’s game being the fourth ‘El Clasico’ of 2019 and with Longford having won the last three and obtaining a 5-1 win only last week, Dervin is aware that the midlands derby is not quite what it used to be but insists that he and the team will still prepare the same way as usual.

“Obviously the rivalry isn’t what it was a few years ago when Athlone were doing well, I remember going to games as a fan and busses of Athlone fans would be travelling but it doesn’t matter, we treat Athlone the same as any other team. I motivate myself by not wanting to lose any game as I hate losing and I’m a sore one at that but beating Athlone will always feel that bit sweeter for me and always will.”

[caption id="attachment_22270" align="aligncenter" width="732"] Aodh Dervin pictured in action against Cork City last year during our FAI Cup quarter final clash at the City Calling Stadium.[/caption]

With league leaders Shelbourne losing out to Cobh last week, their lead at the top is down to 5 points. They will travel to Longford on Saturday night in what could be both clubs biggest game of the season, just a few days Longford are in cup action. When asked if he still believed ‘De Town’ could win the league, Dervin revealed the team are just taking it one game at the time.

“This is the biggest game of the season for us, and with Shels slipping up in Cobh, we’re looking to close the gap even more by beating them. Then there will only be 2 points between us so we just need to take it game by game and see how it folds out..”

Kick off at the City Calling Stadium tonight is 7.45pm.



Match Preview | FAI Cup | Longford Town v Athlone Town

Sat Aug 10th 2019

Match Preview by James Donnelly

Extra.ie FAI Cup First Round

Longford Town FC v Athlone Town AFC

Saturday 10th August 2019 • Kick-off 7.30pm

City Calling Stadium

The final El Clasico of 2019 sees Athlone Town come to the City Calling Stadium tonight, still feeling the effects of their 5-1 league defeat at the hands of the Red and Black last week.

With goals coming from Aodh Dervin, Anto Breslin, Sean Boyd, Peter Hopkins and Sam Verdon, De Town easily dispatched of our near neighbours with Athlone pulling back the single consolation goal due to a mistake by Verdon in injury time, a mistake he made up for by scoring Longford’s fifth goal from the penalty spot only moments later.

The turn-around time between games may not be enough for Athlone to change things up and possibly pull off a win tonight, unless Town boss Neale Fenn opts to rest key players ahead of our huge league game at home to Shelbourne next week. Anything can happen in the cup so don’t expect a similiar game to last week in Athlone.

Going on recent form, De Town are clear favourites with our win last week and a good win over Galway United the previous week, whereas Athlone have struggled in the league and had their last win at the start of July over Wexford FC at home.

[caption id="attachment_22183" align="aligncenter" width="658"] Longford Town players celebrate Aodh Dervin’s opening goal during last week’s El Clasico in which De Town defeated Athlone 5-1. Pic: Ken Keenan[/caption]

Speaking to LTFC.ie ahead of tonight’s big cup clash, Manager Neale Fenn stated how important it was to not dwell on last week’s game, as anything can happen in the cup.

“It’s gonna be difficult you know, forget the result last week, we might have caught them on an off day, it’s gonna be a difficult game, Athlone came at us last week for a period and gave us a little bit of trouble.”

Since Longford Town’s foundation, we have met Athlone four times in the FAI Cup, with two of those ties going to replays. Out of the six games in total, De Town have won five games with Athlone winning one. Our biggest FAI Cup win over Athlone came in 2004 in the quarter final replay when we won 3-0 away thanks to goals from Shane Barrett, Alan Murphy and Phillip Keogh.

Team news: Jack Doherty is OK to feature and could be on the bench tonight after recovering from his ankle injury. Other than that, Longford have a full selection to choose from.



Match Report: Longford Town 4-0 Galway United

Sun Jul 28th 2019

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.

Team Line-Ups

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 Report: Cabinteely FC 2-0 Longford Town FC

Sat Jul 20th 2019

Match Report by James Donnelly

Longford Town missed out on all three points last night thanks to a Robert Manley brace that sealed the victory for Cabinteely in a tightly contested affair in Stradbrook.

De Town started the game brightly with Aaron Dobbs having the first major chance of the game after just 6 minutes. A long ball over the top was brought down by Sam Verdon who did well to play it into Dobbs in the box but his half-volley was straight at Stephen McGuinness in the Cabo goal who palmed it away to safety.

The home side pressured Longford and had a chance of their own on 24 minutes when a high ball was flashed across the box but Paul Fox’s connected header was high and over, much to the relief of Lee Steacy in goal.

Longford could have opened the scoring only minutes later when Conor Kenna snuck in un-marked at the back post and headed towards goal but it was easily gathered by McGuinness.

Cabinteely eventually got their goal after a period of sustained pressure on the Longford backline. Rob Manley got in between the defence and had his initial shot saved well by Lee Steacy but he recovered to slot it home from a tight angle to put Pat Devlin’s side in the driving seat after 36 minutes.

Town could have been on level terms just before half time when Karl Chambers played in Aaron Dobbs in the box but the Wexford’s man shot was blocked when it seemed destined for the goal.

The second half saw a number of changes for Longford with Aaron Dobbs and Karl Chambers being replaced by Dean Byrne and De Town’s newest signing, Sean Boyd. (On loan from Shamrock Rovers)

Sam Verdon had a chance on 58 minutes when he did well down the right side, getting into the box before shooting on goal, but again, it was straight at McGuinness.

[caption id="attachment_22018" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Aodh Dervin, who put in a man of the match performance against Cabo. Pic: Ken Keenan[/caption]

Verdon almost got an assist in the hour mark when he played in Sean Boyd. A brilliant move started by Aodh Dervin in midfield resulted in a expertly placed through ball releasing Verdon on the right before he squared it for Boyd in the box but the Rovers loanee hit the post from close range before it bounced off McGuinness’ back and was eventually cleared.

Cabo could have been two up when a ball over the top caught Mick McDonnell out and bounced over his head for Rob Manley to race onto but Town keeper Lee Steacy was quick off his line to smother the ball to safety.

Eight minutes from time, Verdon had a chance to level again but his header from an Anto Breslin corner was saved by McGuinness.

With 5 mins remaining, Longford threw everybody forward but it was the home side who would get the second goal of the game deep into injury time. Some sloppy play in defence led to Cabo sub Sasaki saw him play in Manley who did well to work it past Steacy to seal the win for the south Dublin side.

A disappointing result for De Town who are now in 3rd place in the league and face Galway United at the City Calling Stadium next Saturday night in a must win game in the promotion race.

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