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

Sam Verdon 40' -
Scored: 40'


Sam Verdon 42' -
Scored: 42'



League Preview: Longford Town -v- Athlone Town

Fri, Aug 07 2020

Boyhood Longford fan Aodh Dervin is a player who knows this fixture more than most Credit: Gerry Shanahan

LONGFORD TOWN

After suffering a dismal defeat at home to Bray Wanderers on Monday evening, Longford Town are back in action on Saturday night when they host near neighbours Athlone Town (kick-off is at 7.30pm).

Daire Doyle’s promotion hunters are unbeaten in their previous 15 against Athlone and will be hoping they can capitalise on any potential slip-ups from the side’s around them in the table.

If anything, Longford know that they must turn in a much-improved performance than the one they produced on Monday against Bray.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the fourth minute when Dylan Barrett’s corner was headed home by Gary Shaw.

Just twenty minutes later Shaw was to beat Steacy again when he got his and his side’s second of the game; Joe Doyle’s cross met the head of Shaw at the near post and he made no mistake.

The result was never in doubt after Longford’s slow start – as they found themselves five points behind Cabinteely after just four games.

In terms of team news for De Town, the duo of Thomas McLaughlin and Dean Byrne remain side-lined.

ATHLONE TOWN

Winless in their previous 15 competitive games against Longford Town, Athlone Town will be hoping for a positive result on Saturday evening when they make the visit to Bishopsgate.

The Blue and Black of the Midlands come into Saturday’s encounter off the back of an encouraging 2-2 draw away to Galway United.

However, Athlone boss Adrian Carberry was wary of the challenges that Longford pose to his young side earlier this week with extratime.com.

“Longford are flying, and they’ve got a good squad that’s doing very well – fair play to them.

“We’re different in the sense that we’re building and at a different stage at this moment in time. We’re trying to get to there and push on and it’s coming slowly.

“We’re getting great backing by the club and are getting there slowly. We’re a bit behind Longford on paper but it’s like everything else when it’s a derby game.

“It’s one you look forward to. You’d prefer to be at home than away but… if we can go over there and play the same way we did against Galway we have every chance.

“It’s a local derby and the games are great to be involved in again – I remember playing in them years ago but it’s great to be back involved in some way.

“We’re trying to follow suit so we’re heading as underdogs, but we don’t mind that. That takes pressure off us and hopefully we can go give a good account of ourselves.”

In terms of team news for Athlone, they are likely to be able to call upon the services of new recruit Lee Duffy and captain Darren Meenan ahead of Saturday’s derby.

Referee: Eoghan O’Shea.

 

MATCH STATS

Athlone Town boss Adrian Carberry has history in this fixture as a player, scoring a winner for Athlone in a FAI Cup quarter-final replay during extra-time in 1998.

Longford boss Daire Doyle has only seen his side win at home once since he took charge of the Red and Black in August 2019 following Neale Fenn’s shock departure.

In the previous decade, Athlone Town only won twice away from home in the Midlands Derby, with their most recent coming in 2013.

Longford Town have won ten of the previous twelve games between the pair of Midlands rivals.

BETTING

Longford Town 1/7; Draw 9/2; Athlone Town 12/1.

PREDICTION

Longford Town 2 - 0 Athlone Town

 

Longford Town

Injured: Dean Byrne, Thomas McLaughlin.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Athlone Town

Injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 


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