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Match Preview: UCD v Longford Town

Thu Jun 28th 2018

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town will continue their promotion push when they resume league action away to league leaders UCD at the Bowl on Friday night with the game getting underway at 7.45pm.

UCD are seven points clear of second placed Drogheda and third placed Shelbourne while nine points is the gap to Longford Town in fourth, so a victory for Neale Fenn’s charges is a necessity if title ambitions are to remain realistic.

College are unbeaten at home all season with their three league defeats all on their travels as they lost away to Drogheda, Galway, and Cabinteely. At the Bowl, UCD have won seven of their eight league games with only Galway Utd escaping with a point after a one all draw.

Longford Town have lost just one of their last seven outings when losing 1-0 away to Cabinteely, however, three successive victories over top six rivals, Galway Utd, Finn Harps, and the crucial 1-0 home victory over Drogheda before the break have given the Town a massive boost ahead of this titanic clash.

UCD are the only team to outplay Longford this season as they gave the Midlanders a footballing lesson in their two-nil victory at the City Calling Stadium earlier in the season and are the best side the Town have played.

A brace of goals from star striker Georgie Kelly secured the victory for UCD against Longford that night with his opening goal around the hour mark resulting from a clever one-two with O’Neill, and his second on seventy-seven minutes was a close range strike that was set-up by a rampaging McClelland run down the left-wing.

Action from our last encounter v UCD at City Calling Stadium

Indeed, UCD should have won by more as they missed a plethora of chances due to a combination of poor finishing and superb goalkeeping from Mick Kelly, while the Town only produced one shot on target in the entire match.

Form between the two teams would suggest that a draw would be the most likely outcome. Georgie Kelly, Greg Sloggett, Jason McClelland and Collingwood Cup player of the season Daire O’Connor will be formidable opponents, however, Longford have plenty of quality in their ranks as Aodh Dervin, Dylan McGlade, Sam Verdon, Shane Elworthy and Karl Chambers should all pose a significant threat to UCD.

Longford Town will be missing five players on Friday night as Peter Hopkins, Alan Kehoe, Dean Byrne, Cian Byrne, and Daniel Ridge are all out injured. In transfer news, Shane O’Connor and Evan Galvin have both departed the club.

Aodh Dervin on the importance of our travelling support

Tue Jun 26th 2018

Town’s young midfield dynamo, Aodh Dervin on our supportive Town fans. The importance of our travelling support cannot be underestimated, so lend your voices for Town’s away match against UCD on Friday.

Text only to 0831670304 to book a seat for the bus going there. #cmondetown


Wed May 2nd 2018

Match Report by James Donnelly

Longford Town progressed into the next round of the Leinster Senior Cup last night with a 2-1 victory over UCD in Belfield. Jackson Ryan got both goals for De Town in the second half after Ben Hanrahan had opened the students account early in the first.

Both managers made big changes to their starting eleven coming into the game, for UCD, the stand-out missing man was star striker Georgie Kelly while Longford Town were without the services of midfield maestro Aodh Dervin who is out for at least a month after picking up a nasty injury against Finn Harps last week. Centre backs Daniel O’Reilly and Michael McDonnell were rested, both starting the game on the bench. Adam O’Connor and Daniel Ridge started in their place.

The first chance of the game came to Longford’s Tristan Noack-Hofmann. A slack UCD clearance fell to the Arvagh man about 30 yards out but his shot went over and didn’t trouble Conor Kearns in the UCD goal.

Evan Galvin played in Dylan McGlade not too long after but his shot only stung the hands of Kearns and it eventually ended up out for a corner. Dean Byrne also went close when he got onto the end of a cross from Darren Meenan but his volley was blasted high into the sky.

UCD wasted an opportunity on 15 minutes when Kevin Coffey was played in but he dragged his shot wide past Jack Bradys right post.

However, the students eventually opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Some lax passing from Longford saw Yoyo Mahdy pick the ball up on the left wing, he played in Ben Hanrahan who managed to get himself between Towns two centre backs and he blasted it past Jack Brady in the Longford Town goal.

Longford had a chance to equalize on 38 minutes when a corner from Darren Meenan was met in the air by Adam O’Connor but his header bounced inches wide.

Town started the second half with a purpose and it was only 3 minutes in when they equalized. Tristan Noack-Hofmanns header from a corner wasn’t dealt with, Conor Kearns in the UCD goal palming the ball out but into the path and off Longford’s Jackson Ryan who was in the right place at the right time as the ball ricocheted off his leg and into the UCD net.

UCD’s Yoyo Mahdy swung in a cross from the left on 49 minutes and it was met mid-air by Hanrahan but his shot was wide of the mark.

Jackson Ryan, who was Longford’s man of the match, almost got his hat-trick on the half hour mark when a cross from Darren Meenan went over the head of the UCD defenders but he failed to connect properly and his shot went over the bar.

[caption id="attachment_17204" align="aligncenter" width="346"] Jackson Ryan, scorer of Town’s two goals on the night.[/caption]

Evan Galvin was on the receiving end of a crunching tackle and had to be replaced. Neale Fenn will be hoping it’s not another addition to Longford’s ever growing injury list. Although on the bright side, Shane Elworthy and Peter Hopkins are expected back soon.

Michael McDonnell went close on 74 minutes when he got in behind the UCD backline but his header was over the bar.

Longford finally got the breakthrough they deserved on 80 minutes when a quick break saw Chris Mulhall lay it off to Dean Byrne 30 yards out, he turned and gave it to Jamie Hollywood who played in a perfect pass to the waiting Jackson Ryan who had gotten in between the two centre backs where he easily rounded Kearns and passed it into an empty net to put De Town into the lead.

UCD had one more chance on goal in the dying seconds of the game when substitute Jason McClelland rattled the cross bar from outside the box but it wasn’t enough as Longford Town edged out the game and progressed to the next round.


UCD: Kearns, Corcoran, Osam (sub: Dignam), Farrell, Boore, Crowley, Doyle, McDonald, Mahdy, Coffey (sub: McClelland), Hanrahan.
Sub not used: Williams, Tobin, O’Neill.

Longford Town: Brady, Noack-Hofmann, O’Connor, Galvin (Zambra), Hollywood, Chambers (sub: McDonnell), Byrne, Meenan (sub: Mulhall), Ryan, Ridge, McGlade.
Subs not used: Keller, O’Reilly, Verdon,

Attendance: 60 (est)


Mon Apr 30th 2018

Match Preview by Andrew Dempsey

Longford Town will, at long last, get their 2018 Leinster Senior Cup campaign up and running with a second trip to the capital within as many weeks as Neale Fenn’s Red and Black Army descend on the capital in the 4th round of the provincial competition to face Collie O’Neill’s First Division table toppers UCD at the UCD Bowl on Tuesday evening. (Kick-Off is at 7.45pm)

Town come into this game on the back of a heart-breaking two-one home defeat to promotion rivals Finn Harps at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday evening despite having much of the play at the Strokestown Road venue as Sam Todd popped up with a cruel blow right at the death.

However, Neale Fenn will take plenty of positives from the game as he knows that his squad are more than capable of holding their own against the division’s elite while playing an entertaining brand of open and attacking football.

On our last trip up to the capital, it was a night to remember for “De Town” as Neale Fenn and his players masterminded a fantastic one-nil victory at Tallaght Stadium as the captain on the night, Daniel O’Reilly scored the all-important winner at the Tallaght venue, which secured our first ever victory at Tallaght Stadium against Shamrock Rovers senior side.

UCD on the other hand have had enjoyed a fantastic start to their First Division campaign this season as the “Students” lie top of the pile after nine games, with some impressive wins over Shelbourne and Cabinteely aiding their cause along the way.

Last time the two sides met, it was Collie O’Neill’s clinical charges that came out on top as Georgie Kelly popped up with a brace as the in-form Donegal man brought the points back to Belfield.

In both of the sides last venture into the Leinster Senior Cup, Longford Town exited at the first hurdle against Firhouse Clover at Tallaght IT while UCD departed the competition in devastatingly cruel fashion in the semi-final against Dundalk via a penalty shootout.

Town, while never winning the competition previously did reach the final back in 2014 as we fell to a 2-1 defeat against Premier Division side St Patrick’s Athletic at the City Calling Stadium as current Town star, Sam Verdon helped Liam Buckley’s charges on their way to the title.

On the injury front, Shane O’Connor and Alan Kehoe remain side-lined with injuries sustained earlier on this season while Shane Elworthy and Peter Hopkins are also likely to miss out with injury problems. Local star Aodh Dervin is a doubt for the game having come off injured on Saturday night against Finn Harps while Cian Byrne is also likely to miss out.

Action shot from our previous league meeting with league leaders, UCD

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