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Date: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, 2020
Venue: Bishopsgate Bishopsgate

Sam Verdon 40' -
Scored: 40'


Sam Verdon 42' -
Scored: 42'



League Report: Longford Town 2 - 0 Athlone Town

Sat, Aug 08 2020

Deniese O’Flaherty reports from Bishopsgate Stadium

A first-half brace from Sam Verdon earned Longford Town the bragging rights in the Midlands El Clasico, moving them up to third in the table; behind second place Drogheda United on goal difference.

This was Longford’s first win since the resumption of the league after dropping points away to UCD (draw) and at home to Bray Wanderers (lost).

The result was better than the previous one against Bray Wanderers and the performance was somewhat improved, but it wasn’t excellent.

The opening 30 minutes was a poor affair with a lot of scrappy football. Athlone gave Longford an early scare when a poor pass from Sam Verdon on 21 minutes found Dean George, but the player should’ve done better with his shot.

Down the other end Athlone defender Evan White very nearly gave Longford the lead when he got a touch to Shane Elworthy’s cross and nearly directed his header into his own net.

The home side broke the deadlock on 41 minutes when Lido Lotefa found Sam Verdon and he shot low to the net.

Minutes later Verdon was on the scoresheet again to double Town’s advantage when he finished Rob Manley’s pass to the net.

Longford enjoyed a lot of possession in the second half and should’ve added to the scoreline. They had half chances after the interval that they should’ve done better with.

Athlone keeper Aaron Myles saved early efforts from Lido Lotefa and Rob Manley.

Athlone had a chance in the 55th minute but Jack Reynolds fired over the bar when he really should’ve done better.

On 62 minutes Sam Verdon squandered an opportunity to grab his hat-trick when he ran out of space after getting in a good position.

Longford defender Dean Hand forced a save out of Myles in the 71st minute. The Athlone keeper pulled off a fantastic save in the 81st minute to deny Rob Manley from close range. Manley should’ve done better minutes later after a mistake by Athlone’s Scott Delaney.

Athlone tried to muster up something in terms of testing Lee Steacy as the clock ticked down.

They did have the ball in the net in the 90th minute through former Longford player Lee Duffy but it was ruled out for offside.

 

Longford Town: Lee Steacy; Michael McDonnell, Joseph Manley, Dylan Hand, Shane Elworthy; Dean Zambra, Sam Verdon (Karl Chambers 73), Dylan Grimes (Aaron McCabe 90), Aodh Dervin (Matthew O'Brien 90); Rob Manley, Lido Lotefa (Aaron McNally 79).

Subs not used: Callum Warfield, Joe Gorman, Luke Dennison.

Booked: Shane Elworthy (74).

Sent off: None.


Athlone Town: Aaron Myles ; David Brookes , Ciaran Grogan ; Mark Birrane , Taner Dogan , Adam Lennon (Darren Meenan 70) , Ronan Manning , Evan White ; Dean George (Lee Duffy 54) , Jack Reynolds (Jordan Carr 80) .

Subs not used:  Jordan Carroll, Darcy Lawless, John Morgan, Tumelo Tlou.

Booked: David Brookes (69), Ronan Manning (75).

Sent off: None.


Referee: Eoghan O'Shea

Attendance: 110.

ExtraTime.ie Player of the Match: Sam Verdon (Longford Town). 


Longford Town
Lee Steacy 1
Goalkeeper
Michael McDonnell 5
Defender
Joseph Manley 22
Defender
Dylan Hand 4
Defender
Shane Elworthy 2
74Booked: 74'
Defender
Dean Zambra 6
Midfielder
Sam Verdon 10
40Scored: 40'
42Scored: 42'
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Midfielder
Dylan Grimes 7
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin 16
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Midfielder
Rob Manley 8
Forward
Lido Lotefa
79'
79Subbed Off: 79'
Forward

Substitutes
Callum Warfield 24
Forward
Matthew O'Brien 17
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Midfield
Aaron McNally 21
79'
79Subbed On: 79'
Defender
Aaron McCabe 15
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Forward
Joe Gorman 32
Defender
Luke Dennison 18
Unknown
Karl Chambers 19
73'
73Subbed On: 73'
Forward
Athlone Town
1 Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
2 David Brookes
Defender
69Booked: 69'
5 Scott Delaney ©
Defender
16 Ciaran Grogan
Defender
Mark Birrane
Midfielder
10 Taner Dogan
Midfielder
12 Adam Lennon
Midfielder 70'
70Subbed Off: 70'
9 Ronan Manning
Midfielder
75Booked: 75'
3 Evan White
Midfielder
8 Dean George
Forward 54'
54Subbed Off: 54'
21 Jack Reynolds
Forward 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'

Substitutes
25 Jordan Carr
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
28 Jordan Carroll
Midfield
Lee Duffy
Forward
54Subbed On: 54'
54'
30 Darcy Lawless
Goalkeeper
7 Darren Meenan
Midfield
70Subbed On: 70'
70'
17 John Morgan
Forward
19 Tumelo Tlou
Defender