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VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Longford Town v Wexford FC

Mon Mar 12th 2018

Video highlights by James Donnelly

Highlights of the 3-0 victory over Wexford FC on Saturday night at the City Calling Stadium, plus a post match interview with Town manager, Neale Fenn speaking to Tony Ghee.


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MATCH REPORT: Longford Town 3-0 Wexford FC

Sun Mar 11th 2018

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Longford Town moved into second place in the First Division after a 3-0 victory over Wexford FC at the City Calling Stadium as Chris Mulhall’s brace and a goal from Dylan McGlade sealed all three points for the Midlanders. Galway, Longford Town, UCD and Cobh all have four points at the top of the table after the first two rounds of matches.

The Town unlocked the Wexford defence on six minutes when brilliant play from Mulhall and Meenan created an opportunity for O’Connor who shot just wide from just inside the box.

The Town’s passing let them down as several promising moves petered out and then Wexford almost equalised on the twenty minute mark. An excellent pull-back from near the end-line by Kenny picked out Hurley who whipped in a cross but Dobb’s glancing header was straight at Town keeper Kelly.

Four minutes later, Wexford had another chance to rattle the Town net when Slater ran onto a long diagonal ball over the top of the Town defence and turned inside his marker to create the space for a shot, however, Town stopper Kelly dived bravely at his feet to push the ball away to safety.

In the twenty-seventh minute the Town had the visitors under severe pressure as they earned four successive corners, the last of which resulted in O’Reilly heading O’Connor’s corner just over the Wexford bar.

Longford took the lead on thirty-seven minutes when Elworthy’s fine cross was side-footed to the Wexford net by striker Mulhall for his second goal in two games for the ‘Red & Black’.

Neale Fenn’s charges were unlucky not to be two-up at the interval as a thirty-yard thunderbolt from Town midfielder Verdon struck the butt of the Wexford post.

Five minutes into the second-half, Dobbs beat the Town offside trap but Town Keeper Kelly raced out of his box to superbly clear the danger ahead of Dobbs.

Two minutes later, a Mulhall effort was smothered brilliantly by Wexford keeper Bolger.

The home side had a very lucky escape on fifty-five minutes when a stunning twenty-five yard shot from Dean Kelly sailed over the stranded Town keeper Michael Kelly only to comeback off the woodwork.

In the sixty-fourth minute, Bolger produced an outstanding save from Hopkin’s fifteen yard shot to keep his side in the game, and ten minutes later Hopkins again came close to doubling the Town’s lead only for his rasping twenty-two yard strike to crash against the Wexford post after a poor clearance from Wexford keeper Bolger.

The Town deservedly went two-nil up on eighty minutes when Mulhall slotted home his second goal of the contest after superb play from substitute McGlade.

Longford Town sealed the victory on eighty-five minutes with their third goal. Wexford defender Kenny headed a cross against his own post and McGlade pounced to hammer home the rebound.

It was nearly four-nil in stoppage time as a Hopkins cross was fired towards the roof of the net by substitute Byrne only for Bolger to tip the shot over the bar.

Next up for Longford Town is a trip to Tolka Park next Friday to take on Shelbourne who include Longford Town’s all time highest goalscorer Davy O’Sullivan in their squad.


Longford Town: Kelly, Elworthy, McDonnell, O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Zambra, Hopkins, Verdon, O’Connor, Meenan, Mulhall.

Substitutions: McGlade for Meenan (63 minutes), Byrne for O’Connor (71 minutes), Dervin for Verdon (88 minutes)

Scorers: Mulhall (’37, ’80) McGlade (’85)

Wexford FC: Bolger, McCormack, Ross Kenny, Sean Kelly, Hurley, Slater, Croke, Byrne, Dean Kelly, Chris Kenny, Dobbs.

Substitutions: Wall for Croke (71 minutes), Doyle for Kenny (81 minutes).

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

(via Longford Town Supporters’ Club Facebook page)

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Match Preview: Longford Town v Wexford FC

Thu Mar 8th 2018

SSE Airtricity League First Division
Longford Town FC v Wexford FC
City Calling Stadium
Saturday 10th March 2018 | Kick-off: 7.30pm

Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS/@BetweenStripes

Surprise winners on the opening day away to many peoples fancies as a dark horse this season, Cabinteely, Damien Locke’s Wexford FC could prove to be surprise packages in their own right after an underwhelming 2017 season.

With much upheaval both on and off the pitch at Ferrycarrig last season, little was expected of Wexford FC, who were taking part in their first ever League of Ireland season, replacing Wexford Youths, who ceased to exist following relegation from the top flight in 2016.

Losing the likes of Danny Furlong and Graham Doyle, two of the most experienced and highly rated players in their respective positions, new boss Damien Locke was always likely to opt for a young playing squad given the lack of financial power Wexford FC could muster compared to the divisions more established sides.

Only winning on four occasions in the league last season, the South-East club’s humiliating FAI Cup exit to non-league Crumlin United compounded Wexford’s misery. However, a positive run of form towards the tail-end of 2017 offered fresh hope, mainly thanks to the arrival of a number of clearly talented youngsters in Aaron Dobbs, Dean Kelly and Danny Bolger.

Having secured the services of striker, Dobbs on a full-season loan this time around, much more is expected of the player and his Wexford FC team-mates, despite the fact the 2018 First Division is being touted as the most competitive in League of Ireland history.

With a strong pre-season under their belts, which included an impressive 3-0 win over Bray Wanderers at the Carlise Grounds, the positives vibes felt towards the end of last year have carried on and been multiplied by the dozen thanks to that opening day win over Cabinteely.

Sean Hurley bagged his first ever League of Ireland goal to seal the 1-0 triumph in the Capital a fortnight ago and the former Bray Wanderers and Waterford United youngster will have to be marshaled closely with the midfielders confidence at an all-time high, thanks to not only that match winner but a strong college football campaign during the off-season.

Elsewhere, the threat posed by Shamrock Rovers loanee and Wexford native, Aaron Dobbs should not be underestimated by Neale Fenn’s side. The pacey striker offers powerful running in behind the defensive line, while the number nine is also very strong in the air despite his diminutive stature.

Longford Town will be looking to call on the experience of last seasons 5-0 win at this very ground over Wexford, but as ever expect the visitors to set up quite deep and look to frustrate their Midland opponents.

While Damien Locke’s men did lose three of the four head to head meetings with Longford last season, Wexford FC did manage to record a scoreless draw in the very first league meeting of 2017 and the South-East club will look to approach this latest meeting in similar fashion.

Another quick start, as seen in the opening game against Cobh Ramblers, would be very useful for tonight’s hosts, however, patience may prove key given the visitors potentially defensive set-up and Town manager, Neale Fenn is sure to stress that to his players before the walk out onto the hallowed City Calling Stadium turf.

Enjoy the game!

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