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MATCH REPORT | Longford Town 2-0 Shelbourne

Sat Mar 30th 2019

Town up to second after victory over Shels

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Goals from Peter Hopkins and Karl Chambers helped Longford Town to a two-nil victory over title favourites Shelbourne at the City Calling Stadium, a result that moves the ‘Red & Black’ up to second in the table just one point behind leaders Bray.

The Town took the lead on nineteen minutes after a dreadful mistake by Shelbourne keeper Delany. The visiting goalie’s throw was intercepted by Town winger Peter Hopkins, he waltzed past the challenge of central defender Luke Byrne, and drilled a low shot into the bottom right corner of the Shel’s net from the edge of the box.

It was almost two-nil to the home side just sixty seconds later, only for Delany to superbly tip-over Dean Zambra’s twenty-five yard thunderbolt.

MATCH PICTURES BY KEN KEENAN

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Nine minutes into the second-half, a superb pass from the right from Shane Elworthy picked out Dobbs just inside the Shel’s box but his angled shot was well saved by Delany.

Shelbourne almost levelled the contest on fifty-eight minutes when Ryan Brennan’s downward header from a Lorcan Fitzgerald corner was headed off the line by Town winger Hopkins.

The visitors put the Town under severe pressure for the rest of the second-half but failed to test home keeper Steacy and deep into injury time, substitute Chambers sealed the three points with a fine strike that went in off the post.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy, Kenna, McDonnell, Breslin, Zambra, Hopkins, Dervin, Verdon, Byrne, Dobbs.

Substitutes: Chambers for Hopkins (79′), Doyle for Dobbs (81′), O’Connor for Verdon (89′).

Shelbourne: Delany, Ross-Wilson, David Byrne, Luke Byrne, Fitzgerald, Oscar Brennan, Conan Byrne, Noone, Ryan Brennan, Moore, Kilduff.

Substitutes: Rooney for Conan Byrne (19′), English for Noone (59′)

Talk of the Town match programme out this Saturday!

Thu Mar 28th 2019

TALK OF THE TOWN | 🔴⚫️📖

In this weeks issue:
• Hear from Manager, Neale Fenn
• Captain’s Notes from Dean Zambra
• Andrew Dempsey interviews Lee Steacy
• Kieran Burke reports on the opposition
• Take a trip down memory lane with Marty Stapleton
• and much more!



MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Shelbourne

Thu Mar 28th 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town take on joint title favourites Shelbourne at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night with the big match getting underway at 7.30pm.

Longford are the only unbeaten team in the first division with wins at home to Drogheda and last week’s crucial away victory over a vastly improved Athlone Town, while Neale Fenn’s charges have also earned away draws with Limerick and Cabinteely.

Sam Verdon’s match winning goal in last week’s ‘El Classico De Midlands’ means that the Town are just one point behind the leading trio of Shelbourne, Bray and Athlone Town who all lost last weekend.

Bray were surprisingly beaten by bottom placed Wexford, while Shelbourne lost 2-1 away to Cobh.

Shelbourne also lost at home to Cabinteely but they have recorded three victories. They came back from two down to win three-two away to Galway, they impressively won two-nil away to Athlone Town, and also earned a three-nil home triumph over Wexford.

Last season, Shels won two of the three league meetings between the sides. The Dubliners won the opening encounter three-two at Tolka Park with Longford having two players dismissed late in the second-half. The second clash at the City Calling Stadium ended in a one-all draw, while Shels hammered Longford five-one in the final meeting at Tolka Park.

Shels have a lot of quality players in their ranks with Dean Delaney in goals, Derek Prendergast and Luke Byrne in defence, Ryan Brennan and Conan Byrne in midfield, and potent goalscoring threats in Karl Moore and the division’s joint top goalscorer Ciaran Kilduff.

The visitors will be without the suspended Greg Moorhouse after his injury time dismissal in last week’s defeat to Cobh, while Longford’s only absentee is the injured Carlton Ubaezuono.



Supporters’ Club Notes (26/08/2018)

Sun Aug 26th 2018

EXCELLENT WIN

It was a grand evening for football and a right good crowd was in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday to witness De Town progress to the next round of the FAI Cup. With so many old familiar faces  back in the crowd, it was like the old times again. The best part of the night was the determined spirit with which the team played. Shels, on numerous occasions tried to play the ball out of defence but were harried non stop. It was an excellent team display from start to finish. With Mick Kelly outstanding once again between the sticks, each Town player in front of him played their part in the uplifting 2-0 win. It looked like  we’d go in on level terms but when Dylan Mc Glade fired home an added time penalty (we don’t get too many), there was a sense that justice was done.

We expected the visitors to emerge with all guns blazing and hoped that a certain former player wouldn’t find the back of our net. But it was the hosts who upped the tempo and took complete control of the game. Daniel O’Reilly smashed home a real cracker to soothe whatever nerves there may have been.

Some visiting supporters said they were happy to be out of the cup so that they could concentrate on promotion. Fake news. They beat us 6-1 in our last game and genuinely expected to beat us, if not by that same margin. If we can maintain the present momentum, we’d be a match for any premier side in the next round.

“Stand up if you’re Longford Town” rang out from the stands in the final minutes. Hopefully, that chant will become  familiar again- just like the old days.

CABINTEELY AT HOME

We have yet another vital game at home this Saturday. Cabinteely are our visitors, with kick off on Saturday September 1st at 7.30. While they may be 12 points between us, that’ll matter for nothing come kick off time. They’ve proved to be tricky opponents before but hopefully we’ll pull a few tricks out of the bag ourselves to keep the pressure on Drogheda. This Friday night, the Drogs face league leaders UCD at home . Hopefully the students can do us a favour up there.

But what we really, really need is a huge and vocal home support on Saturday night. We can only concentrate on our own games and get as many as possible out to support the effort. See you there, on Saturday night.

A BIT OF COVERAGE

You could be forgiven to believe that the FAI Cup is a state secret with its lack of decent coverage in the national media, particularly on our national broadcaster. Thankfully there are a number of social media platforms which are doing a pretty good job. Following our Saturday night win, the dedicated sports forum The 42 had a very good and detailed account of the win. They also included 3 top class photos from the INPHO agency. Contrast that to the 7 seconds on RTE Radio sport.

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