Prem
Date: 7:30 p.m. July 23, 2016
Venue: City Calling Stadium
Att: 1,006
TV:

Rhys Gorman 41' -
Scored: 41'


Eddie D'sane* 65' -
Scored: 65'


Scored: 31'
- Raffaele Cretaro 31'

Scored: 53'
- Philip Roberts 53'



League Report: Longford Town 2 - 2 Sligo Rovers

Sun, Jul 24 2016

Credit: Michael P Ryan

Longford Town picked up their first point in five games after they twice clawed Sligo Rovers back to claim a hard-fought 2-2 draw at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday evening.

 

Raffaele Cretaro opened the scoring for the visitors before a Rhys Gorman strike ensured the sides were level heading into the break.

 

However, Rovers regained their advantage shortly after the restart when Phil Roberts hit a beautifully guided free-kick into the top of Ryan Coulter’s net.

 

Five minutes after the hour mark Eddie Dsane capitalised on a poor clearance attempt by Gary Boylan to pull Longford level once more which proved enough to seal The Town a precious point.

 

The Bit O’Red dominated the opening stages of the contest and took the lead just after the half hour mark. Liam Martin swung a glorious ball into the Longford box where Cretaro was on hand to power his header home for his 75th goal in a Sligo shirt.

 

Minutes before the half-time whistle, Longford levelled proceedings when Kaleem Simon’s wicked corner ball flew onto the foot of Gorman who confidently placed it into the top of the net from the back post.

 

Tony Cousins’ men had a brilliant opportunity to take a lead into the break when Don Cowan moved in front of his man to head the ball onto the target, however, Micheál Schlingermann had eyes in it all the way and made the comfortable catch.

 

Within minutes of the Derek Tomney’s second half-whistle, Sligo found themselves back in front after Roberts’ perfectly placed free-kick beat Coulter and nestled into the top corner.

 

Yann Mvita Nkelu had a fantastic opportunity to bring the scores level once more when he got on the end of a Dillon cross, however, his effort flashed wide of the target.

 

Alas, five minutes later The Town were level after Boylan’s mishit clearance fell into the path of Dsane who made no mistake in rifling the ball into the bottom corner.

 

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the game meaning a point a piece was how it finished.

 

Longford remain the basement club of the Premier Division. However, the point brings them within three of nearest rivals Wexford Youths. Sligo, meanwhile, swap seventh for sixth as the point puts them one ahead of St Patrick’s Athletic.

 

Longford Town: Ryan Coulter; Conor Powell, Noel Haverty, Mark Hughes, Kealan Dillon(Jamie Mulhall 70), Don Cowan (Lee Duffy 87), Yann Mvita Nkelu, Kaleem Simon, Peter McGlynn (David O’Sullivan 67), Eddie Dsane, Rhys Gorman.

Subs not used: Paul Skinner, Phillip Gannon, Tristan Noack Hofmann, Pat Flynn.

Bookings: Noel Haverty (15) Peter McGlynn (34).

 

Sligo Rovers: Micheál Schlingermann; Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Jimmy Keohane, Gavin Peers, Gary Boylan, Craig Roddan, John  Russell, Liam Martin, Kieran Sadlier, Phil Roberts (Daniel Kearns 54); Raffaele Cretaro.

Subs not used: Ciaran Nugent Mick Leahy, Gary Armstrong, Mikey Place, Chris Lyons, Jason Hunt.

Bookings: Kieran Sadlier (34), Jimmy Keohane (43), Craig Roddan (58), Gavin Peers (61), Raffaele Cretaro (83)

 

 

Referee: Derek Tomney

Extratime Man of the Match: Eddie Dsane (Longford Town)

 



Longford Town
Ryan Coulter
Goalkeeper
Conor Powell
Defender
Yann M'Vita
Defender
Noel Haverty
15Booked: 15'
Defender
Philip Gannon
Defender
Kaleem Simon
Midfielder
Mark Hughes
33Booked: 33'
Midfielder
Rhys Gorman
41Scored: 41'
Midfielder
Kealan Dillon
68Booked: 68'
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Midfielder
Eddie D'sane*
65Scored: 65'
Forward
Don Cowan
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Forward

Substitutes
Paul Skinner
Goalkeeper
David O'Sullivan
Forward
Tristan Noack Hofmann
Defender
James Mulhall
76'
76Subbed On: 76'
Defender
Peter McGlynn
34Booked: 34'
Midfield
Pat Flynn
Defender
Lee Duffy
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Forward
Sligo Rovers
Mícheál Schlingermann
Goalkeeper
Gavin Peers
Defender
61Booked: 61'
Gary Boylan
Defender
Tobi Adebayo-Rowling
Defender
John Russell
Midfielder
Craig Roddan
Midfielder
58Booked: 58'
Liam Martin
Midfielder
Jimmy Keohane
Midfielder
43Booked: 43'
Kieran Sadlier
Midfielder
34Booked: 34'
Philip Roberts
Forward
53Scored: 53'
64'
64Subbed Off: 64'
Raffaele Cretaro
Forward
31Scored: 31'
83Booked: 83'

Substitutes
Michael Place
Midfield
Ciaran Nugent
Goalkeeper
Chris Lyons
Forward
Mick Leahy
Defender
Daniel Kearns
Forward
64Subbed On: 64'
64'
Jason Hunt
Midfield
Gary Armstrong
Forward


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