1 - 2
FT

Aaron McNally 18' -
Scored: 18'


Michael McDonnell 84' -
Red: 84'


Scored: 17'
- John Martin 17'

Scored: 48'
- Eric Molloy 48'


League Report: Longford Town 1 - 2 Waterford

Tue, Jun 22 2021

Deniese O'Flaherty reports from Bishopsgate

Goals from John Martin and Eric Molloy helped Waterford claim a big win over Longford Town in the battle to avoid the drop to the First Division.

In what was a dismal night for Longford Town they finished the game with 10 men after defender Mick McDonnell was sent off in the 84th minute for kicking out at the excellent Adam O’Reilly.

The win sees Waterford move four points clear of bottom side Longford Town. It was a fine performance from Waterford who bounced back from their heavy defeat to Shamrock Rovers on Friday evening.

Town came into the game buoyed by their performance and result away to Dundalk on Friday night but their inability to put back to back solid performances together has cost them this season.

The win is Waterford’s fourth this season while Town’s winless run was extended to 16; they haven’t won a game since their opening game of the season. 

Some of the play throughout was terrible and it was evident why both sides are occupying the bottom two positions in the table. 

It was Waterford who started the game better and they opened the scoring in the 17th minute; good play involving Eric Molloy and Adam O’Reilly ended with John Martin powerfully heading the ball home.

The lead didn’t last long. A wayward pass from Darragh Power in the 18th minute was picked up by Aaron McNally, he raced through, getting past Waterford players before shooting low to the net. It was his second goal in two games. 

One minute later and McNally very nearly got his and Town’s second; Dylan Grimes played the ball to him and he hit a stunning effort from about 30 yards out that just went over the crossbar. 

McNally caused problems for Waterford in the first half. Both sides enjoyed possession but couldn’t muster up anything in the way of troubling either keeper. In the 40th minute Eric Molloy’s cross from the right met the head of Kyle Ferguson but he directed the ball straight at Lee Steacy. 

Three minutes after the interval Waterford regained the lead. Aaron McNally was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball and a free was awarded. The Town players switched off and Jamie Mascoll whipped in the free from the left, the ball fell nicely to Molloy at the far side and he made no mistake. 

Town huffed and puffed as they tried to get back into the game but as the clock ticked down it looked increasingly like Waterford would hold on for the win. Town were dealt a huge blow in the 84th minute when defender Mick McDonnell was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Adam O’Reilly as the two clashed on the sideline after Town were awarded a throw.

In the final minutes Waterford were happy to sit back while Town offered very little and the visitors left Bishopsgate with a huge win.

 
Longford Town: Lee Steacy; Patrick Kirk, Michael McDonnell, Aaron McNally, Aaron O'Driscoll; Dylan Grimes, Aodh Dervin, Dean Zambra (c) (Aaron Dobbs 73); Karl Chambers, Dean Byrne, Rob Manley (Aaron McCabe 81).
Subs not used: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy, Conor Davis, Joseph Manley, Matthew O'Brien, Aaron Robinson, Callum Thompson.
Booked: Karl Chambers (84).
Sent off: Michael McDonnell (84).

Waterford: Brian Murphy; Kyle Ferguson, Jamie Mascoll, Darragh Power, Jack Stafford; Shane Griffin, John Martin, Eric Molloy, Niall O'Keeffe, Adam O'Reilly; Prince Mutswunguma (Cian Kavanagh 89).
Subs not used: Cian Browne, Kyle Cooke, Cameron Evans, Liam Kervick, Katlego Mashigo, Tunmise Sobowale, Callum Stringer.
Booked: Jamie Mascoll (76) John Martin (90).
Sent off: None

Referee: Ray Matthews
Attendance: 200.
extratime.com Player of the Match: Adam O'Reilly (Waterford).
 
 

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
LJuly 31, 2021
Longford 0 - 2 Derry
Lee Steacy 1
Goalkeeper
Patrick Kirk 3
Defender
Michael McDonnell 5
Sent Off: 84'
Defender
Aaron McNally 21
Scored: 18'
Defender
Aaron O'Driscoll 12
Defender
Dylan Grimes 7
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin 16
Midfielder
© Dean Zambra 6
73'
73Subbed Off: Aaron Dobbs 73'
Midfielder
Karl Chambers 19
Booked: 84'
Forward
Dean Byrne 20
Forward
Rob Manley 8
81'
81Subbed Off: Aaron McCabe 81'
Forward

Substitutes
Michael Kelly 30
Goalkeeper
Shane Elworthy 2
Defender
Aaron Dobbs 9
73'
73Subbed On: Dean Zambra 73'
Forward
Conor Davis 25
Forward
Joseph Manley 22
Defender
Aaron McCabe 15
81'
81Subbed On: Rob Manley 81'
Forward
Matthew O'Brien 17
Midfield
Aaron Robinson 4
Midfield
Callum Thompson 11
Midfield
Waterford
LJuly 2, 2021
Derry 2 - 0 Waterford
WJuly 9, 2021
Harps 0 - 1 Waterford
WJuly 18, 2021
Waterford 1 - 0 Sligo
DJuly 23, 2021
Athlone 4 - 4 Waterford
WJuly 30, 2021
Drogheda 1 - 2 Waterford
1 Brian Murphy
Goalkeeper
6 Kyle Ferguson
Defender
15 Jamie Mascoll
Defender
Booked: 76'
2 Darragh Power
Defender
19 Jack Stafford
Defender
7 Shane Griffin
Midfielder
12 John Martin
Midfielder
Scored: 17'
Booked: 90'
10 Eric Molloy
Midfielder
Scored: 48'
14 Niall O'Keeffe
Midfielder
8 Adam O'Reilly
Midfielder
23 Prince Mutswunguma
Forward 89'
89Subbed Off: Cian Kavanagh 89'

Substitutes
Cian Browne
Midfield
30 Kyle Cooke
Goalkeeper
3 Cameron Evans
Defender
10 Cian Kavanagh
Forward 89'
89Subbed On: Prince Mutswunguma 89'
Liam Kervick
Midfield
16 Katlego Mashigo
Midfield
18 Tunmise Sobowale
Midfield
26 Callum Stringer
Unknown

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 7:45 p.m. June 21, 2021

Venue: Bishopsgate

Referee: Ray Matthews

Attendance: Unknown

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