First
Date: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, 2020
Venue: Bishopsgate
2 - 6
FT

Rob Manley 6' -
Scored: 6'


Adam Evans 33' -
Scored: 33'


Scored: 44'
- Marc Ludden 44'

Scored: 46'
- Marc Ludden 46'

Scored: 58'
- Carlton Ubaezuonu 58'

Scored: 62'
- Carlton Ubaezuonu 62'

Scored: 79'
- Wilson Waweru 79'

Scored: 80'
- Carlton Ubaezuonu 80'


League Preview: Longford Town -v- Galway United

Sat, Oct 03 2020

None Credit: Gerry Shanahan

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town will be acutely aware that it is very much a must-win scenario this evening as they welcome Galway United to Bishopsgate (kick-off is at 7.30pm).

Town come into the game fresh from a 4-0 win away to local rivals Athlone Town – while Athlone did Town a real favour last night.

Adrian Carberry’s side incredibly defeated Drogheda United at United Park by two goals to nil, leaving the door wide open for Longford to roar back into the title race.

However, despite their recent upturn in results, Town defender Joe Manley insists that both he and his teammates are focusing on one game at a time ahead of the final four games of the season.

“We’re really looking forward to the game on Saturday,” the central defender said ahead of the game.

“We bounced back well from the defeat in Bray and there’s a real feel-good factor in training and all around the place.

“I think Galway will be a different animal to what we faced down there.

“When we played them last time they impressed me and I thought they were a good side but since the new manager has come in they’ve been in a great run of form. It will be a really good game.”

In terms of team news, Lido Lotefa has returned to full training and is expected to make the squad while both Dylan Grimes and Thomas McLaughlin continue to miss out with injuries.

GALWAY UNITED

After the disappointment of last week’s defeat to Cobh Ramblers – Galway United must make the difficult trip to the Midlands to take on Longford Town.

Galway are winless at the Strokestown Road venue in their previous four league outings, and their manager John Caulfield is hoping that his side can bounce back from their latest setback to earn a win this evening.

“Longford have been challenging and Daire Doyle has done a fantastic job,” Caulfield told his club’s media team.

“They’ve largely kept the same team as last season, with a real backbone of experience with the likes of Zambra and Verdon in midfield.

“Longford will be targeting automatic promotion this season. For ourselves, we’re looking forward to the game.

“We were disappointed with our performance last week against Cobh, we’ll hope to do better on Saturday.

“It will be difficult, but up to last week, we’ve been playing exceptionally well and we want to get back to winning ways.”

Joshua Smith, Conor Melody and Kevin Horgan miss out through injury.

Timmy Molloy, Maurice Nugent and Enda Curran will undergo late fitness tests.

 

Referee: Alan Patchell

 

 

MATCH STATS

Longford Town ran out 1-0 winners the last time the sides met at Eamonn Deacy park, as Aaron McCabe netted a late winner for Daire Doyle’s charges.

Galway United have a poor recent run of form against Longford Town away from home, winning once in their previous five visits to Strokestown Road.

Longford Town could move to within a point of Drogheda United should they win this evening.

BETTING

Longford Town 11/10; Draw 23/10; Galway United 2/1.

PREDICTION

Longford Town 2 - 1 Galway United

 

Longford Town

Injured: Dylan Grimes, Thomas McLaughlin.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

 

Galway United

Injured: Joshua Smith, Conor Melody, Kevin Horgan.

Doubtful: Timmy Molloy, Maurice Nugent, Enda Curran.

Suspended: None.


Longford Town
Lee Steacy 1
Goalkeeper
Joseph Manley 22
Booked: 12'
Defender
Dylan Hand 4
Defender
Shane Elworthy 2
Defender
Aodh Dervin 16
Midfielder
Michael McDonnell 5
Booked: 30'
Midfielder
Dean Zambra 6
Midfielder
Rob Manley 8
Scored: 6'
Forward
Adam Evans 11
Scored: 33'
Forward
Aaron McCabe 15
Forward
Sam Verdon 10
Booked: 62'
Forward

Substitutes
Joe Gorman 32
Defender
Luke Dennison 18
Unknown
Karl Chambers 19
Forward
Dean Byrne 20
Forward
Niall Barnes 12
Midfield
Aaron McNally 21
Defender
Matthew O'Brien 17
Midfield
Galway United
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Marc Ludden
Defender
Scored: 44'
Scored: 46'
Killian Brouder
Defender
Jack Lynch
Defender
Shane Duggan ©
Midfielder
Conor Barry
Midfielder
Maurice Nugent
Midfielder
Sam Warde
Midfielder
Shane Doherty
Forward
Stephen Christopher
Forward
Wilson Waweru
Forward
Scored: 79'

Substitutes
Francely Lomboto
Midfield
Christopher Horgan
Midfield
Donal Higgins
Midfield
Vinny Faherty
Forward
Booked: 90'
Matthew Connor
Goalkeeper
Alan Murphy
Midfield
Carlton Ubaezuonu
Midfield
Scored: 58'
Scored: 62'
Scored: 80'