First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Aug. 17, 2018
Venue: Eamonn Deacy Park
Att:
TV:

Carlton Ubaezuonu 90' -
Scored: 90'


Scored: 15'
- Jamie Doyle 15'

Scored: 49'
- Jamie Doyle 49'

Scored: 54'
- Dylan McGlade 54'

Scored: 78'
- Dylan McGlade 78'



League Preview: Galway United -v- Longford Town

Fri, Aug 17 2018

Marc Ludden (right) in action during a recent win over Cobh Ramblers. Credit: Steve Alfred

GALWAY UNITED

Galway United will be acutely aware that it is either win or lights out in terms of their outside chance of making the playoffs when they host Longford Town on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm).

Anything other than a win for United will signal the end of a bitterly disappointing league campaign for the Dyke road outfit who, despite early-season optimism, have failed to live up to their favourites tag.

The Tribesmen's player-manager Alan Murphy declared his side must win their upcoming home clash against Longford if they are to harbour any hopes for a late-season play-off push.

“It’s a must-win game,” Murphy told the club’s media team.

“It’s a home game and we’ll be heading into it in a very positive light.

“The facts are, yes we fell apart a bit against Drogheda in the second half, but we’re unbeaten since the UCD game and we have to look at it that way.

“We’re going to be going into the Longford game with a very positive mindset, very much on the front foot, trying to create chances and bring the game to them.

“We’ve had a good week of training. It’s been positives vibes and the confidence is up after a good result in the FAI Cup.”

Murphy called on supporters to get behind the team, and he hopes the crowd will react well to a positive style of play at Éamonn Deacy Park.

“I’d hope that there will be a crowd out and a bit of a twelfth man factor in terms of getting the players confident and creating an atmosphere for us to get momentum on the night, so that we can play in a style that will be attractive and that our supporters can identify with.

“It’s a nice time of the season, it’s a must-win game and it’s nice to have it at home. The minimum requirement for any team that I send out on the pitch will be 90 minutes of endeavour and commitment and hard work.”

Conor Layng and Maurice Nugent both miss out through long-term injury issues while Gary Shanahan and player-manager Murphy are also side-lined.

In more positive news, Conor Melody returns to the fold after a brief spell in America.

LONGFORD TOWN

Like Galway, Longford Town also travel to Deacy Park knowing it's win or bust in terms of their play-off aspirations for 2018.

After picking up a morale boosting back-to-back wins against near neighbours Athlone Town and Sligo Rovers, Neale Fenn's side have given themselves an outside chance.

De Town can really catapult themselves back into contention with a big win at Éamonn Deacy Park.

Currently fifth, just four points off Drogheda United and Shelbourne, a win could see Longford just go one point behind one of those playoff chasing sides in third and fourth.

Last time Longford met Galway United in the league, Fenn masterminded an epic 3-2 success over the then Shane Keegan managed Tribesmen with ten men.

Local youngster Aodh Dervin set the Red and Black on their way with a superb strike from distance. Sam Verdon and Karl Chambers sealed the three points despite being a man down.

Town have a decent enough recent record in Galway in years gone by as De Town have only fallen to defeat at Éamonn Deacy Park once in the last decade.

That loss came in 2015 as Tony Cousins side fell to a 4-2 defeat in the West.

Jamie Doyle returns to the fold following suspension.

Dean Byrne must sit out the game with a long-term injury, while Sam Verdon won’t feature after his injury in Sligo last week.

 

Referee: David Keeler.

 

MATCH STATS

Prior to Longford Town’s win in their last outing against Galway United, the previous four encounters between the pair of First Division rivals all resulted in tense draws.

Only six goals were scored over the course of 540 minutes in those six games.

Galway have amassed a total of 1.7 goals per game so far this season while they have conceded an average of 1.1 per game.

Despite their league position in fifth spot, Neale Fenn’s goal-hungry Longford Town lie fourth in the First Division goalscoring charts.

Only UCD, Drogheda and Shelbourne have scored more than De Town so far this season as defensive frailties have cost Fenn’s side a more secure spot in the play-off hunt.

 

BETTING

Galway United 6/5; Draw 23/10; Longford Town 7/4.

PREDICTION

Galway United 1-3 Longford Town

 

Galway United

Injured: Conor Layng, Maurice Nugent, Gary Shanahan, Alan Murphy.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Longford Town

Injured: Sam Verdon, Dean Byrne.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.



Galway United
Tadhg Ryan
Goalkeeper
Aaron Conway
46'
46Subbed Off: 46'
Defender
Christopher Horgan
Defender
Marc Ludden
Defender
Stephen Walsh
38Booked: 38'
Defender
Robbie Williams
Defender
Alex Byrne
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
Conor Barry
Forward
Eoin McCormack
82'
82Subbed Off: 82'
Forward

Substitutes
Evan Coyne
82'
82Subbed On: 82'
Midfield
Connor Gleeson
Goalkeeper
Conor Melody
46'
46Subbed On: 46'
Midfield
Dara Mulgannon
Forward
Evan Murphy
Defender
Carlton Ubaezuonu
64'
64Subbed On: 64'
90Scored: 90'
Midfield
Longford Town
Michael Kelly
Goalkeeper
Daniel O'Reilly
Defender
Tristan Noack Hofmann
Defender
Jamie Hollywood
Defender
Darren Meenan
Midfielder
Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder 80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Dylan McGlade
Forward
54Scored: 54'
78Scored: 78'
Jamie Doyle
Forward
15Scored: 15'
49Scored: 49'
76'
76Subbed Off: 76'
Karl Chambers
Forward 76'
76Subbed Off: 76'

Substitutes
Tumelo Tlou
Unknown
Jackson Ryan
Forward
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Eoin O'Neill
Unknown
Evan O'Connor
Defender
76Subbed On: 76'
76'
Warren Mitchell
Defender
Ben Kelly
Goalkeeper
Dean Dillon
Midfield
76Subbed On: 76'
76'


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