EA Sports Cup
Date: 7:45 p.m. May 20, 2013
Venue: United Park
Ref: Paul McLaughlin
Att: 292

Dean Gaynor 10' - Goal

Jason Marks 26' - Goal

Jason Marks 29' - Goal

Jason Marks 53' - Missed Penalty

Peter Hynes 59' - Penalty

Alan McNally 73' - Goal

Graham Rusk 77' - Goal



Drogheda United 6 - 0 Longford Town

Tue, May 21 2013

Drogheda Utd began their defence of the EA Sports Cup with a comprehensive win over Longford Town in Hunky Dory Park on Monday night.

 

How to sum up this game; Drogheda Utd were good and clinical in front of goal while Longford Town were dreadful and didn’t compete at all. It could’ve been a lot worse for the First Division side with Drogs missing a hatful of chances as well as a penalty saved by keeper Paul Hunt in the second half.

 

With games coming thick and fast for both clubs there was a lot of changes to the starting line-ups from their previous games; Drogs made nine while Longford made seven. It was the Drogs players who certainly pleased their manager while for Longford very few impressed with regular Noel Haverty their best performer by a long way.

 

Drogs took the game to Longford right from the start; inside the opening five minutes Dean Gaynor and Paul O’Conor both had chances. Longford should’ve been warned and in the 10th minute The Boynesiders broke the deadlock; a lovely ball in from Jason Marks found Gaynor at the far post and he made no mistake.

 

Eight minutes later and the home side very nearly doubled their advantage and it was a similar move to the one that yielded a goal, Peter Hynes with the cross to Gaynor at the back post, he decided to play the ball across the goal and Des Hope did well to block the danger.

 

In the 26th minute Drogheda got their second and it was terrible defending once again from Longford as Jason Marks, the provider of the opening goal, was on the mark and with the Longford defence all over the place Mick Cooke's side sensed they could get more goals and their third came three minutes later; Gaynor with the cross from the right for Marks to finish from close range.

 

With the ball being in the Longford half for almost all of the first-half, the visitors were unable to create any chances or look likely to conjure up something but in first-half stoppage time they very nearly pulled a goal back; a corner from the right was swung in but Hope flashed his header wide.

 

Longford made changes at half-time to try and get back into the game but it was the home side who started the second-half brightly, Hynes’ stinging shot from distance brought a good save out of Hunt.

 

In the 53rd minute The Drogs were awarded a penalty when Keith Quinn bundled over Hynes in the box. Marks stepped up to take the kick but Hunt dived to his right to deny him his hat-trick. Six minutes later and once again Hynes was upended in the box by Willo McDonagh, he dusted himself down and made no mistake with the spot-kick to make it 4-0.

 

Drogheda went on the attack again in the 61st minute but Hunt made a fine save from Graham Rusk. In the 68th minute Longford created a chance but Haverty headed over from a Daniel Purdy free. Five minutes later Drogheda got goal number five, defender Alan McNally with the finish. It got even worse for Longford minutes later when they conceded their 6th goal, this time Rusk getting his name on the scoresheet.

 

In the final few minutes Purdy flashed his shot wide while Drogheda were guilty of missing a few chances but the game already won at that stage.

 

Longford Town: Paul Hunt; Chris Deans, Des Hope (Willo McDonagh 46), Brian McCarthy (Willie Tyrell 71), Keith Quinn; Noel Haverty, Keith Gillespie (Daniel Purdy 46), Gavin Doyle, David O’Neill, Michael Isichei; Josh O’Hanlon.
Subs not used: Chris Bennion, Gary Shaw, David O’Sullivan, Mark Salmon.

Booked: Brian McCarthy (20), Keith Quinn (42).

 

Drogheda Utd: Gabriel Sava; Michael Daly, Alan Byrne, Alan McNallt, Shane Grimes; Jason Marks (Gavin Brennan 76), Paul O’Conor (David Cassidy 65), Eric Foley, Dean Gaynor (Cathal Brady 67); Peter Hynes, Graham Rusk.
Subs not used: Michael Schlingermann, Stephen Quigley, Philip Hand, Ryan Brennan.

Booked: None

 

Referee: Neil Doyle (Dublin).

Attendance: 292

Extratime.ie man of the match: Jason Marks (Drogheda Utd).

 



Drogheda United
Gabriel Sava
Goalkeeper
Shane Grimes
Defender
Alan Byrne
Defender
Jason Marks
26Scored: 26'
29Scored: 29'
53Peno Miss: 53'
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Defender
Alan McNally
73Scored: 73'
Defender
Dean Gaynor
10Scored: 10'
67'
67Subbed Off: 67'
Midfielder
Eric Foley
Midfielder
Michael Daly
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
65'
65Subbed Off: 65'
Midfielder
Peter Hynes
59Peno: 59'
Forward
Graham Rusk
77Scored: 77'
Forward

Substitutes
Philip Hand
Midfield
David Cassidy
65'
65Subbed On: 65'
Midfield
Gavin Brennan
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Midfield
Ryan Brennan
Midfield
Cathal Brady
67'
67Subbed On: 67'
Midfield
Stephen Quigley
Defender
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Longford Town
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Brian McCarthy
Defender
20Booked: 20'
71'
71Subbed Off: 71'
Des Hope
Defender 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Noel Haverty
Defender
Chris Deans
Defender
Keith Quinn
Midfielder
42Booked: 42'
David O'Neill
Midfielder
Josh O'Hanlon
Midfielder
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder 46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Michael Isichei
Forward
Gavin Doyle
Forward

Substitutes
Willie Tyrell
Defender
71Subbed On: 71'
71'
Gary Shaw
Forward
Mark Salmon
Midfield
Daniel Purdy
Forward
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
David O'Sullivan
Forward
William McDonagh
Midfield
46Subbed On: 46'
46'
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper


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