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League Report: Longford Town 0 - 0 Finn Harps

Wed, Apr 21 2021

Aaron O'Driscoll of Longford Town FC with Sean Boyd of Finn Harps, during the Longford Town v Finn Harps, SSE Airtricity, Premier Division match at, Bishops Gate, Longford. Credit: Gerry Shanahan

Longford Town ended a run of three straight defeats when they held Finn Harps to a scoreless draw at Bishopsgate on Tuesday night.

Harps dominated large parts of the game but failed to put away their chances. They were thwarted on a number of occasions by Town keeper Mick Kelly. Joe Gorman was immense throughout in the heart of the Town defence.

Town came into this game buoyed up by their performance in their defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Saturday. Manager Daire Doyle made three changes; Shane Elworthy, Aaron Bolger and Aaron Dobbs dropped to the bench and were replaced by Joe Manley, Sam Verdon and Rob Manley.

For the visitors they made two changes from their defeat to Sligo Rover; Karl O’Sullivan and Ryan Shanley made way for Tony McNamee and former Town player Sean Boyd. 

After a sluggish start the home side created the opening chance of the game on 10 minutes; Dylan Grimes played a neat pass to Sam Verdon but his low shot went inches wide, with Harps keeper Mark McGinley beaten.

Nothing much of note was created until the 26th minute when Harps carved out their first opportunity to open the scoring; Barry McNamee played in his brother Tony and he in turn crossed for Sean Boyd but he had too much power on his header and  directed it over the bar.

Harps began to enjoy more possession and in the 29th minute Town keeper Mick Kelly brought off an excellent save to deny Boyd from close range. Tony McNamee pounded on the rebound but blasted it over.

Kelly was called into action in the early minutes of the second half saving Ethan Boyle’s effort as the visitors pressed to break the deadlock.

Verdon wasted an opportunity when blasted over in the 53rd minute but the home side didn’t create too many chances of note and McGinley was rarely called into action.

On 75 minutes, Barry McNamee’s free was punched away by the Town netminder, it fell to Ryan Shanley on the edge of the box but he fired over.

Minutes later Shanley’s low drive was deflected off Aaron Dobbs for a corner as Harps piled on the pressure in hope of getting that opening goal but it didn’t come as the home side held firm.

Longford Town: Mick Kelly; Joe Manley, Aaron O’Driscoll, Joe Gorman, Paddy Kirk; Aaron Robinson, Aodh Dervin; Karl Chambers, Sam Verdon, Dylan Grimes (Conor Davis 79); Rob Manley (Aaron Dobbs 71).

Subs: Lee Steacy, Shane Elworthy, Mick McDonnell, Aaron Dobbs, Callum Thompson, Aaron Bolger, Matthew O’Brien, Ben Lynch, Conor Davis.

Booking: Aodh Dervin 74

Finn Harps: Mark McGinley; Shane McEleney (Stephen Folan, ‘18), Ethan Boyle (Stephen Doherty 89), Kosovar Sadiki, Dave Webster; Tony McNamee (Mark Russell 73), Mark Coyle, Will Seymore, Barry McNamee; Sean Boyd (Ryan Shanley 73), Adam Foley. 

Subs: Luke McNicholas, Niall McGinley, Ryan Rainey, Tuzde Olowabi, Karl O’Sullivan.

Bookings: Mark Coyle 51, Ethan Boyle 56

Referee: Derek Tomney (Dublin)

Extratime Player of the Match: Joe Gorman (Longford Town)

 


Longford
DJune 25, 2021
Harps 1 - 1 Longford
LJuly 3, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Sligo
DJuly 10, 2021
Longford 1 - 1 Drogheda
DJuly 18, 2021
Bohs 1 - 1 Longford
WJuly 24, 2021
Bangor 0 - 5 Longford
Michael Kelly 30
Goalkeeper
Aaron Robinson 4
Defender
Aaron O'Driscoll 12
Defender
Joseph Manley 22
Defender
Patrick Kirk 3
Defender
Joe Gorman 32
Defender
Dylan Grimes 7
Midfielder
© Aodh Dervin 16
Booked: 74'
Midfielder
Rob Manley 8
Forward
Karl Chambers 19
Forward
Sam Verdon 10
Forward

Substitutes
Callum Thompson 11
Midfield
Lee Steacy 1
Goalkeeper
Matthew O'Brien 17
Midfield
Michael McDonnell 5
Midfield
Ben Lynch
Midfield
Shane Elworthy 2
Defender
Aaron Dobbs 9
Forward
Conor Davis 25
Forward
Aaron Bolger 14
Midfield
Finn Harps
DJune 25, 2021
Harps 1 - 1 Longford
LJuly 2, 2021
Drogheda 3 - 1 Harps
LJuly 9, 2021
Harps 0 - 1 Waterford
LJuly 17, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 0 Harps
WJuly 24, 2021
Fairview 0 - 3 Harps
1 Mark McGinley
Goalkeeper
16 Shane McEleney
Defender
24 Ethan Boyle
Defender
Booked: 56'
89'
89Subbed Off: Stephen Doherty 89'
4 Kosovar Sadiki
Defender
5 David Webster
Defender
11 Barry McNamee
Midfielder
26 Tony McNamee
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: Mark Russell 73'
14 Mark Coyle
Midfielder
Booked: 51'
28 Will Seymore
Midfielder
19 Adam Foley
Forward
9 Sean Boyd
Forward

Substitutes
18 Niall McGinley
Midfield
57 Stephen Folan
Defender
21 Stephen Doherty
Midfield 89'
89Subbed On: Ethan Boyle 89'
32 Luke McNicholas
Goalkeeper
7 Karl O'Sullivan
Midfield
45 Tunde Owolabi
Forward
22 Ryan Rainey
Midfield
17 Mark Russell
Defender 73'
73Subbed On: Tony McNamee 73'
29 Ryan Shanley
Forward

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. April 20, 2021

Venue: Bishopsgate

Referee: Derek Tomney

Attendance: Unknown

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