Longford Town U19’s suffered their second defeat of the season at the hands of Shamrock Rovers yesterday in Tallaght Stadium.
Town had to make the trip to the capital without Daryl Carrigy and skipper Keith Beirne who were out injured, as well as David Harper who was missing through illness. This was to set the tone for the game as Luke Walsh was replaced by Giordano Cinelli after only 6 minutes due to an injury.
Rovers created the majority of the games finer openings with their first coming through Cian Kavanagh who forced a great save from De Town Keeper Dylan McGoey. McGoey came to De Towns rescue again shortly after as Dean Kivlehan was slotted through 1 on 1 by a weighted pass from Shane Hanney but his best effort was no match for the Longford net minder.
Longford looked to be very dangerous on the break but the longer the first half wore on Rovers seemed to be dictating the game and could have been two or three up if not for some superb saves from McGoey.
James Donna broke the deadlock for Rovers on the 37th minute when Longford failed to push out quick enough form a cleared Rovers corner allowing a Rovers player to be onside, who cleverly squared the ball to Donna who taped in form 6 yards out.
The second half was a similar affair, with Rovers having the bulk of the chances. Rovers have only conceded 1 goal so far in there league campaign and their keeper Mickey Quinn was forced into pulling off two great saves from De Towns Malike Benrougroubi to ensure the collected all 3 points and kept a clean sheet. De Town didn’t give up and went in search of an equaliser till the final whistle but couldn't unlock the door and in the end it was a narrow defeat for our lads.
De Town manager Mark ‘Sparky’ Connors had the following to say after the full time whistle:
“Didn't think we were at our best today but in saying that we were still in there fighting at the end for an equaliser.Very disappointed with the goal we gave away and in the end it's what's cost us and that's the difference the higher up levels you go. Felt we just lacked a little bit of imagination in our attacking play & that's something we will certainly look to address over the coming weeks but couldn't have asked anymore from the lads in terms of effort. They kept going right till the end so that was pleasing.”
18. D McGoey,
12. D Doherty(c)
4. C McGuinness
16. A Murray
14. L Walsh (3. G Cinelli 6')
17. J Roe (6. S Kennedy 70')
20. N Swan
10. K Chambers
7. M Benrougroubi (23. D Mc Grath 78')
9. C Fay (22. R Carberry 62')
21. G Naghten (11. D Smith 62')
Subs not used:
1. Dan Henderson
Next up Longford face an undefeated Shelbourne side in City Calling Stadium, Sunday the 20th September, with kick off at 1.00pm. All support welcome & greatly appreciated!