1 - 3

Aaron Dobbs 48' -
Peno Scored: 48'

Scored: 41'
- Robbie Benson 41'

Scored: 63'
- Matty Smith 63'

Scored: 81'
- Rónán Coughlan 81'

League Report: Longford Town 1 - 3 St Patrick's Athletic

Sat, Jun 12 2021

Robbie Benson opened the scoring for the Athletic with a glancing header just before the break. Credit: Martin Doherty

Andrew Dempsey reports from Bishopsgate

Longford Town’s winless run continued on Saturday evening as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to St Patrick’s Athletic in front of 200 supporters.

The Athletic were full value for their win as goals from Robbie Benson, Matty Smith and Ronan Coughlan sealed the three points against the league's bottom side.

They did, however, have a sticky patch after Aaron Dobbs’ second-half equaliser, but they eased any fears with a good reaction to secure just their second win in seven.  

The Red and Black came into the game off the back of a late 1-0 defeat at home to Shamrock Rovers – with Rory Gaffney breaking Longford hearts in injury time.

They were forced into a change from that defeat, the most notable being on the touchline as Daire Doyle and John Martin who were forced to watch from the stand as they served a ban.

The Saints came into the game with a similar issue to contend with, as their head coach Stephen O’Donnell missed out with a suspension of his own.

And they made two changes from their 2-0 defeat at home to Dundalk before the break, with Ronan Coughlan returning in place of late withdrawal Jamie Lennon.

The Athletic made the better start of the two sides, and they forced a good early save from Steacy through Paddy Barrett’s header.

West Ham United loanee Alfie Lewis went close from just outside the penalty area, but he curled his strike over the bar after some good hold up play from Coughlan.

Coughlan then forced a world-class save from the busy Steacy from a free kick in the 10th minute.

The former Shelbourne keeper was sprung into action as Coughlan’s effort looked set to nestle in the top corner, but he clawed it away from the net.

The hosts did however show signs of life after a difficult start, with Dylan Grimes at the heart of some good attacking play, although he could not pierce open the Saints defence.

Barrett then went close himself for the visitors before the half-hour mark – but he could only head wide at the back post.

But they would not be denied before the break as Robbie Benson headed home just four minutes before half time.

The former Dundalk midfielder found himself free at the front post and saw his glancing header nestle in the back of the Longford net as the hosts’ defence finally buckled.

Town started each half with a real zip and intensity – and it proved its weight in gold as Longford grabbed an equaliser through Aaron Dobbs.

Rob Manley was felled by Alfie Lewis inside the Pats penalty area after a poor clearance from Jaros, and Dobbs sent the Liverpool loanee the wrong way to level matters.

That goal did not stem the flow of the visitors attack, however, with Chris Forrester going close after dancing through the Longford defence.

The former Peterborough midfielder was denied on this occasion by a combination of Steacy and Aaron O’Driscoll.

And that pressure once again told just past the hour as Matty Smith made amends for earlier misses as he slotted home after pouncing on a Longford mistake.

Aaron Robinson’s wayward pass fell to Forrester and, though his shot was batted clear by Steacy, Smith was on hand to score.

The Saints had opportunities to make the game safe through Forrester, Barrett and Smith, but none of the Saints’ three could make the most of some good openings.

The game was then made safe with just under ten minutes to play as Coughlan headed home from a Darragh Burns cross.

The result sees the Saints move to within three points of the top after Sligo Rovers’ home defeat to Drogheda, while Longford remain rooted to the foot of the table on seven points.  

Longford Town: Lee Steacy; Patrick Kirk, Michael McDonnell, Aaron McNally, Aaron O'Driscoll; Aodh Dervin, Dylan Grimes (Callum Thompson 46), Aaron Robinson (Dean Byrne 69), Dean Zambra (c); Aaron Dobbs (Conor Davis 76), Rob Manley (Aaron McCabe 84).

Subs not used: Karl Chambers, Michael Kelly, Ben Lynch, Joseph Manley, Matthew O'Brien.

Booked: Aaron O'Driscoll (10), Aaron Robinson (25), Dylan Grimes (31), Aodh Dervin (43).

St. Patrick's Athletic: Vitezslav Jaros; John Mountney, Lee Desmond, Ian Bermingham (c), Paddy Barrett; Alfie Lewis, Billy King (Darragh Burns 64), Chris Forrester (Ben McCormack 90), Robbie Benson; Matty Smith (Jason McClelland 90), Rónán Coughlan.

Subs not used: Daniel Norris, Barry Murphy, Thomas Lonergan, Josh Keeley, Kian Corbally.

Booked: Ian Bermingham (37) ,Alfie Lewis (48) Paddy Barrett (50).

Referee: Derek Tomney.

Attendance: 200 (official).

Extratime.ie Player of the Match: Chris Forrester (St Patrick’s Athletic).

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
LJuly 31, 2021
Longford 0 - 2 Derry
Lee Steacy 1
Patrick Kirk 3
Michael McDonnell 5
Aaron McNally 21
Aaron O'Driscoll 12
Booked: 10'
Aodh Dervin 16
Booked: 43'
Dylan Grimes 7
Booked: 31'
46Subbed Off: Callum Thompson 46'
Aaron Robinson 4
Booked: 25'
69Subbed Off: Dean Byrne 69'
© Dean Zambra 6
Aaron Dobbs 9
Peno Scored: 48'
76Subbed Off: Conor Davis 76'
Rob Manley 8
84Subbed Off: Aaron McCabe 84'

Dean Byrne 20
69Subbed On: Aaron Robinson 69'
Karl Chambers 19
Conor Davis 25
76Subbed On: Aaron Dobbs 76'
Michael Kelly 30
Ben Lynch
Joseph Manley 22
Aaron McCabe 15
84Subbed On: Rob Manley 84'
Matthew O'Brien 17
Callum Thompson 11
46Subbed On: Dylan Grimes 46'
St. Pats
LJuly 2, 2021
Bohs 3 - 2 St. Pats
WJuly 9, 2021
St. Pats 1 - 0 Derry
WJuly 16, 2021
St. Pats 2 - 0 Drogheda
WJuly 23, 2021
St. Pats 6 - 0 Bray
LJuly 30, 2021
Shamrock R 3 - 1 St. Pats
1 Vitezslav Jaros
2 John Mountney
5 Lee Desmond
3 Ian Bermingham ©
Booked: 37'
29 Paddy Barrett
Booked: 50'
16 Alfie Lewis
Booked: 48'
15 Billy King
Midfielder 64'
64Subbed Off: Darragh Burns 64'
8 Chris Forrester
Midfielder 90'
90Subbed Off: Ben McCormack 90'
7 Robbie Benson
Scored: 41'
12 Matty Smith
Scored: 63'
90Subbed Off: Jason McClelland 90'
10 Rónán Coughlan
Scored: 81'

27 Daniel Norris
21 Barry Murphy
18 Ben McCormack
Midfield 90'
90Subbed On: Chris Forrester 90'
16 Jason McClelland
Midfield 90'
90Subbed On: Matty Smith 90'
Thomas Lonergan
25 Josh Keeley
31 Kian Corbally
17 Darragh Burns
Midfield 64'
64Subbed On: Billy King 64'


Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:30 p.m. June 12, 2021

Venue: Bishopsgate

Referee: Derek Tomney

Attendance: Unknown