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Date: 5:45 p.m. May 7, 2021
Venue: The Brandywell
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James Akintunde 90' + 1' -
Scored: 90'


Scored: 74'
- Rob Manley 74'


League Report: Derry City 1 – 1 Longford Town

Fri, May 07 2021

James Akintunde celebrates after his late equaliser Credit: John-Paul McGinley

Deniese O’Flaherty reports from the Brandywell

James Akintunde struck late to earn Derry City a share of the spoils against Longford Town at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium on Friday evening.

As the clock entered into the final minute of injury time a long ball was played into the box, Town failed to clear it and Akintunde picked it up to shoot home. 

It was a draw the home side deserved and they’ll be disappointed not to have won the game such was the amount of chances they created throughout the game. On the other side, Town will be disappointed not to have held on for the win. It’s the second game in a row where they dropped two points having led.

Despite being under pressure for a lot of the game Longford took the lead in the 74th minute, against the run of play. Dean Zambra played a good ball into Rob Manley; he did well to hold off his marker before shooting to the net. They saw victory snatched from them with seconds remaining on the clock. 

In what was a poor and scrappy first half it was Derry City who had the better of the chances. Four minutes had gone on the clock when Eoin Toal forced Town ‘keeper Mick Kelly to tip his header over the bar. Ten minutes later and Toal came close again to breaking the deadlock but his header was cleared off the line by Zambra.

The visitors slowly began to get into the game. Their first chance came just before the half hour mark when Shane Elworthy’s pinpoint cross met the head of Aaron Robinson but his weak effort was straight at Derry netminder Nathan Gartside.

Down the other end Akintunde should’ve done better with his effort in the 31st minute and in the 40th minute David Parkhouse’s low drive just went inches wide as Derry continued to carve out chances.

It was Parkhouse who tested the reflexes of Kelly within the opening minute of the second half. The home side continued to dominate while the Town didn’t do much to test Gartside.

Another Parkhouse effort was by Kelly in the 54th minute and in the 66th minute they had claims for a penalty waved away when Akintunde went down on the box. Despite their possession and chances created Derry went behind in the 74th minute when Manley broke the deadlock. 

Derry tried to get back on level terms and in the first minute of stoppage time Kelly pulled off an excellent save to deny sub Patrick Ferry. But with time almost up Akintunde was able to pick the ball up and rescue a point for his side. 

Derry City: Nathan Gartside; Ciaran Coll, Cameron McJannet, Eoin Toal, Ronan Boyce; Ciaron Harkin (Patrick Ferry 80); James Akintunde, Jack Malone, Will Patching, Will Fitzgerald (Caolan McLaughlin 75); David Parkhouse

Subs not used: Jack Lemoignan, Mark McChrystal, Darren Cole, Danny Lupano, Daniel Lafferty, Joe Thomson, Brendan Barr

Booked: Will Patching (83)

Longford Town: Mick Kelly; Shane Elworthy, Mick McDonnell, Aaron O’Driscoll, Karl Chambers; Aaron Robinson (Aaron Bolger 67), Aodh Dervin Dean Zambra; Dylan Grimes, Dylan Grimes, Dean Byrne (Callum Thompson 60); Rob Manley

Subs not used: Lee Steacy, Aaron McCabe, Matthew O’Brien, Luke Dennison, Sam Barnes, Joe Manley, Sam Barnes

Booked: Aaron Robinson (81)

Referee: Rob Harvey

extratime.com Player of the Match: Mick Kelly (Longford Town)


Derry City
Nathan Gartside 13
Goalkeeper
Ciaran Coll 3
Defender
Ronan Boyce 15
Defender
Cameron McJannet 21
Defender
© Eoin Toal 6
Defender
Ciaron Harkin 4
80'
80Subbed Off: Patrick Ferry 80'
Midfielder
Jack Malone 29
Midfielder
Will Patching 10
Booked: 83'
Midfielder
William Fitzgerald 7
75'
75Subbed Off: Caolan McLaughlin 75'
Forward
James Akintunde 11
Scored: 90'
Forward
David Parkhouse 9
Forward

Substitutes
Patrick Ferry 31
80'
80Subbed On: Ciaron Harkin 80'
Forward
Darren Cole 20
Defender
Brendan Barr 36
Defender
Daniel Lafferty 24
Defender
Jack Lemoignan 30
Goalkeeper
Danny Lupano 23
Defender
Mark McChrystal 24
Defender
Caolan McLaughlin 32
75'
75Subbed On: William Fitzgerald 75'
Midfield
Joe Thomson 8
Midfield
Longford Town
30 Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
4 Aaron Robinson
Defender 67'
67Subbed Off: Aaron Bolger 67'
12 Aaron O'Driscoll
Defender
5 Michael McDonnell
Defender
2 Shane Elworthy
Defender
6 Dean Zambra ©
Midfielder
7 Dylan Grimes
Midfielder
16 Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
8 Rob Manley
Forward
Scored: 74'
19 Karl Chambers
Forward
20 Dean Byrne
Forward 60'
60Subbed Off: Callum Thompson 60'

Substitutes
11 Callum Thompson
Midfield 60'
60Subbed On: Dean Byrne 60'
1 Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
17 Matthew O'Brien
Midfield
15 Aaron McCabe
Forward
22 Joseph Manley
Defender
Ben Lynch
Midfield
18 Luke Dennison
Goalkeeper
14 Aaron Bolger
Midfield 67'
67Subbed On: Aaron Robinson 67'
Booked: 81'
Booked: 81'
Sam Barnes
Midfield