First
Date: 7:45 p.m. March 7, 2014
Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park
Ref: John McLoughlin
Att: 2,418

Scored: 70'
- David O'Sullivan 70'



League Report: Galway FC 0 - 1 Longford Town

Fri, Mar 07 2014

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ON their return to League of Ireland action, and even with President Michael D. Higgins in the crowd, Galway F.C succumbed to visitors Longford Town by a single goal thanks to David O’Sullivan’s 70th minute strike on a clear Friday night at Eamonn Deacy Park.

 

Over 2,400 supporters, including a heavy away presence, witnessed the Tribesmen’s re-introduction to the SSE Airtricity League First Division but it was the home fans that left Deacy Park disappointed.

 

Galway started on a positive note immediately pushing forward and pressing the visitors with attacks from wingers Gary Shanahan on the right and Jake Keegan on the left. However, the final pass was lacking and, in general, the Tribesmen were sloppy throughout the first-half.

 

The Town came with a game plan and the central midfield pairing of captain Stephen Rice and Rhys Gorman dominated their Galway counterparts Ryan Connolly and captain Paul Sinnott for large parts of the game. This stifling of Connolly in particular prevented the home side from any meaningful attacks.

 

Powerful Longford winger Don Cowan gave Galway’s left back Marc Ludden a torrid time, while goalkeeper Conor Gleeson saved brilliantly from Pat Flynn on the half hour mark.

 

That said, the best chance of the half fell to Galway’s American striker Jake Keegan on 36 minutes. Sinnott’s high hopeful ball down the middle was controlled by Faherty who played the young striker through but his effort went just wide. The home side raised the tempo soon after but Longford looked happier at the break.

 

The second period would prove to be a frustrating 45 minutes for Galway FC. Jason Molloy had been deployed behind Vinny Faherty, but the former Mervue United man never got going and his second half display was abject.

 

With Molloy not firing, and no Ryan Manning or Stephen Walsh, manager Tommy Dunne had very limited options on the bench. Dunne would only make one forced substitution; Marty Owens replacing the injured Ludden late on.

 

As Galway huffed and puffed, Longford, and Rice in particular, locked down their midfield and the Tribesmen found The Town’s harassment tough to deal with. Tony Cousins’ team looked fitter and stronger in the physical stakes.

 

The visitors took the lead on 70 minutes when Gorman played last season’s top scorer in the First Division through on goal and O’Sullivan rounded Gleeson much to the delight of the travelling ‘Section O’ fans. The goalkeeper had a very impressive night between the sticks but couldn’t do much about O’Sullivan’s season opener.

 

From then on Galway FC never looked like getting on the score sheet, despite the best efforts of the lively Keegan and Connolly. It could have gotten worse for the home side on 88 minutes after a gaping hole in the defence left O’Sullivan one on one with Gleeson but the Galway keeper came up trumps staying on his feet, swallowing the ball and the striker when it mattered.

 

Martin Connelly nearly clinched an equaliser at the death with a header off a free kick but the visitors punched the air with delight at the final whistle. It might have been the first game of the season but Longford celebrated like promotion had already been achieved.

 

Galway FC: Conor Gleeson; Colm Horgan, Martin Connelly, Ross Kenny, Marc Ludden (Marty Owens 86); Gary Shanhan, Paul Sinnot (c) Ryan Connolly, Jake Keegan; Jason Molloy, Vinny Faherty
Subs not used: Ger Hanley, Mike Elwood, Sean Gavin, Noel Varley, Alex Byrne, Cian mcFadden.

Bookings: Marc Ludden (67)

 

Longford Town: Chris Bennion; Jamie Mulhall (William Tyrell 75), Pat Flynn, Pat O’Sullivan, Gleen O’Connor; Don Cowan (Gary Shaw 73), Rhys Gorman, Stephen Rice, Lorcan Shannon; David O’Sullivan, Peter Hynes.
Subs not used: Chris Deans, Dean Murphy, Dylan Nolan, Lee Higgins.

Bookings: G O’Connor (63), Mulhall (63).

 

Referee: John McLoughlin

Attendance: 2,418

Extratime Man of the Match:  Stephen Rice (Longford Town) -  He blocked, harassed, passed, and controlled the game in the middle of the park; a thorn in Galway’s side all night.

 

 



Galway United FC
Conor Gleeson
Goalkeeper
Colm Horgan
Defender
Martin Conneely
Defender
Ross Kenny
Defender
Marc Ludden
67Booked: 67'
84'
84Subbed Off: 84'
Defender
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Jason Molloy
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Paul Sinnott
Midfielder
Jake Keegan
Forward
Vinny Faherty
Forward

Substitutes
Ger Hanley
Goalkeeper
Sean Gavin
Midfield
Cian Fadden
Defender
Mike Elwood
Defender
Alex Byrne
Midfield
Marty Owens
84'
84Subbed On: 84'
Defender
Noel Varley
Midfield
Longford Town
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Pat Sullivan
Defender
Glen O'Connor
Defender
60Booked: 60'
James Mulhall
Defender
63Booked: 63'
74'
74Subbed Off: 74'
Pat Flynn
Defender
Lorcan Shannon
Midfielder
Stephen Rice
Midfielder
Peter Hynes
Midfielder
Rhys Gorman
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
Forward
70Scored: 70'
Don Cowan
Forward 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'

Substitutes
Gary Shaw
Forward
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Dylan Nolan
Midfield
Dean Murphy
Defender
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Lee Higgins
Midfield
Chris Deans
Defender
Willie Tyrell
Defender
74Subbed On: 74'
74'


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