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League Preview: Longford Town -v- Shamrock Rovers

Fri, May 28 2021

Mick McDonnell Credit: Paul Dolan

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford are seeking just their second win of the season when they welcome champions Shamrock Rovers to Bishopsgate on Saturday afternoon (kick off 4pm).

Town have lost three in a row in the league but face a Rovers side that have just one point from their last three games.

The two clubs faced each other in the First Division last year when the Rovers II side competed in the second tier but you have to go back to 2007 to a game in Tallaght for Town’s last league win over the Hoops first team (and it is 2005 since their last Premier Division home win over Rovers).

Daire Doyle’s men are just one point above Waterford who prop up the Premier Division table and after Friday’s fixtures De Town trail a trio of clubs by ten points (Derry, Dundalk and a Bohs side who face Waterford at home on Saturday).

A win or indeed a point would at least leave Longford in a better frame of mind going into the mid-season break.

Fans will be returning to grounds across the League of Ireland soon, in small numbers at first, and De Town will want to stay in contact with the teams above them for when they will get the boost of supporters backing them on their return to Bishopsgate.

SHAMROCK ROVERS  

Having been invincible in the league last year, gone on the longest unbeaten run in the history of the League of Ireland, the last week has seen the Hoops lose twice – first away to Dundalk and then at home to Sligo. 

They haven’t lost three in a row in the league since April 2018 and they will be focused on getting three points against second from bottom Longford so that the can cut the deficit to league leaders Sligo Rovers to just a point going into the break.

The Hoops were unlucky to lose to the Lilywhites but it was a poor enough performance against the Bit O’ Red on Monday. 

“The players have been brilliant for two years and we've had a bad week,” admitted Hoops Head Coach Stephen Bradley speaking on the eve of the game in Longford. “That's football, that's what happens. We move on and get on with it.

"We're very disappointed because there was nothing in the game,” said Bradley about losing to Sligo at home – their first home league defeat since June 2019. 

“Neither team created any clear-cut chances. It had all the hallmarks of a draw really, but we gave away a really poor goal and Sligo go and take three points. Their goal is offside, there's no doubt about that but it's not about the officials. 

“They're going to get some decisions wrong, you have to accept that. We still made really bad mistakes leading up to the goal so it's not about the officials. It's about us making those wrong decisions.

“We had one bad game against Sligo and although we lost in Dundalk you take that performance every day of the week and you win quite comfortably. They've been fantastic. Yes, we have injuries but no excuses. We've had a bad night against Sligo and we move on." 

The Hoops will remain without Sean Kavanagh, Neil Farrugia, Joey O’Brien and Ronan Finn (who underwent an operation this week and will be out for a few weeks).

"There's no getting away from it, we've had injuries. We've got a lot of injuries at the same time but that's football. That's the way it goes and there's no issue. The players have been outstanding for the best part of two years. We've had a bad week. 

Danny Mandroiu is available for the Hoops as he won’t fly out to meet up with the Republic of Ireland senior squad until after Saturday’s game. “I'm delighted for Danny and his family because he's worked really hard and he's been excellent since he's come in. He's developed as a player and a person and long may it continue. He's delighted and we're all really proud of him." 

Referee: Ray Matthews

MATCH STATS

Longford’s most recent win over Rovers was an EA Sports Cup second round clash in Tallaght in April 2018. Daniel O’Reilly got the only goal of the game that day. 

Longford left Tallaght Stadium feeling hard done by when they last met the Hoops. Having taken a seven minute lead through Dylan Grimes, Rovers equalised through Graham Burke on 54 minutes and three minutes into injury Sean Gannon got the winner.

PREDICTION
2-0 away win

Longford Town

Injured: Callum Warfield

Doubtful: Sam Verdon, Shane Elworthy

Suspended: None

Shamrock Rovers 

Injured: Sean Kavanagh, Neil Farrugia, Joey O’Brien, Ronan Finn, Dylan Watts

Doubtful:  None

Suspended: None

 

 

 


Longford
WSept. 11, 2021
Longford 1 - 0 Dundalk
LSept. 24, 2021
Derry 3 - 0 Longford
LOct. 2, 2021
Longford 1 - 4 Bohs
LOct. 15, 2021
Drogheda 2 - 0 Longford
LOct. 23, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Shamrock R
Lee Steacy 1
Goalkeeper
Aaron O'Driscoll 12
Defender
Aaron McNally 21
57'
57Subbed Off: Karl Chambers 57'
Defender
Patrick Kirk 3
Defender
© Dean Zambra 6
Midfielder
Callum Thompson 11
56'
56Subbed Off: Dylan Grimes 56'
Midfielder
Aaron Robinson 4
Midfielder
Michael McDonnell 5
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin 16
Midfielder
Rob Manley 8
Booked: 4'
90'
90Subbed Off: Joseph Manley 90'
Forward
Aaron Dobbs 9
Booked: 43'
76'
76Subbed Off: Dean Byrne 76'
Forward

Substitutes
Matthew O'Brien 17
Midfield
Aaron McCabe 15
Forward
Joseph Manley 22
90'
90Subbed On: Rob Manley 90'
Defender
Michael Kelly 30
Goalkeeper
Dylan Grimes 7
56'
56Subbed On: Callum Thompson 56'
Midfield
Conor Davis 25
Forward
Karl Chambers 19
57'
57Subbed On: Aaron McNally 57'
Forward
Dean Byrne 20
76'
76Subbed On: Aaron Dobbs 76'
Forward
Aaron Bolger 14
Midfield
Shamrock R
WOct. 1, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 1 Derry
LOct. 8, 2021
Dundalk 1 - 0 Shamrock R
WOct. 15, 2021
Shamrock R 2 - 0 Sligo
DOct. 18, 2021
Shamrock R 1 - 1 Bohs
WOct. 23, 2021
Longford 0 - 1 Shamrock R
1 Alan Mannus
Goalkeeper
4 Roberto Lopes ©
Defender
3 Sean Hoare
Defender
5 Lee Grace
Defender
14 Daniel Mandroiu
Midfielder
2 Sean Gannon
Midfielder
16 Gary O'Neill
Midfielder 82'
82Subbed Off: Chris McCann 82'
15 Liam Scales
Midfielder
9 Aaron Greene
Forward 74'
74Subbed Off: Dean Williams 74'
20 Rory Gaffney
Forward
Scored: 90'
10 Graham Burke
Forward
Booked: 46'

Substitutes
26 Chris McCann
Midfield 82'
82Subbed On: Gary O'Neill 82'
Aidomo Emakhu
Midfield
Dean McMenamy
Midfield
24 Max Murphy
Midfield
22 Darragh Nugent
Midfield
Cole Omorehiomwan
Defender
25 Leon Pohls
Goalkeeper
21 Adam Wells
Defender
19 Dean Williams
Forward 74'
74Subbed On: Aaron Greene 74'

MATCH INFO

Competition: 2021 League of Ireland Premier Division

Date: 4 p.m. May 29, 2021

Venue: Bishopsgate

Referee: Ray Matthews

Attendance: Unknown

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