First
Date: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 2012
Venue: Flancare Park
Att: 450 (est)

Jamie Duffy 55' -
Red: 55'


Peno Scored: 79'
- Shane Tracy 79'

Scored: 90'
- Sean Brosnan 90' + 1'


Longford Town 0 - 2 Limerick

Sun, Oct 07 2012

Newly crowned First Division Champions Limerick celebrated their success with a win over a weakened Longford Town on Saturday night.

 

With the play-offs firmly in Longford’s sight manager Tony Cousins decided to rest a few players for this game while he also had a number of players missing through suspension and injury. They also ended the game with ten men after Jamie Duffy was sent off for a second yellow card.
 

Limerick dominated the game from start to finish but it wasn’t until the 79th minute that they finally broke the deadlock; Shane Tracy with the penalty after Robert Bayly had taken down Garbhan Coughlan. Sub Sean Brosnan added a second in injury-time.
 

Playing with a real confidence Limerick took the game to Longford right from the start and inside the opening ten minutes had created four chances to open the scoring. The first came in the 5th minute; Corie Treacy’s ball into the box met the head of Denis Behan but his diving effort went just wide.
 

One minute later Cian Collins had a chance but his low drive failed to find the target. Behan was unlucky in the 7th minute; Joe Gamble with the cross but Behan directed his effort wide. Another Limerick chance went abegging in the8th minute; Derek O’Brien’s low drive seemed to have been deflected out for a corner by Longford keeper Paul Hunt but a goal-kick was given.
 

Gamble was the provider again in the 16th minute but this time it was O’Brien who just couldn’t finish it. After being completely outplayed Longford began to get possession but their end product was poor.
 

In the space of one minute Gamble had two chances. On the half hour mark his shot was well-blocked down by Daragh Reynor and then seconds later his header just went wide.
 

Limerick defender Pat Purcell was lucky to stay on the pitch in the 32nd minute after hauling down Alan Kirby who was through on goal. Purcell just received a yellow. From the free-kick the ball eventually fell to Mark Salmon but his fantastic shot from about 25 yards was well saved by Barry Ryan.
 

Longford had another great chance to take the lead four minutes from the break; Kirby’s corner from the left met the head of Craig Walsh but his effort was cleared off the line by Dave O’Leary.
 

Limerick started the second half like they had the first. In the 51st minute Behan forced Longford netminder Paul Hunt into making an excellent save to keep his goal intact. From the corner Purcell’s header just went wide of the target.
 

Four minutes later Town were reduced to ten men when Duffy was shown a second yellow for a foul on O’Leary. Shortly after Behan’s snapshot flew into Hunt’s hands.  The hard-working Behan was unlucky in the 69th minute but his shot from distance just didn’t go in.
 

Limerick’s pressure was to pay off in the 79th minute when Bayly took down Coughlan. Tracy stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake.
 

They went in search of a second and one minute into additional time Brosnan finished Shaun Kelly’s cross to the net. Cue wild celebrations from the large travelling support.


Longford Town: Paul Hunt; Noel Haverty (Robert Bayly 62), Chris Deans, Gary Cronin, Daragh Reynor; Mark Salmon, Keith Gillespie (Alex Kenny 76), Alan Kirby, Thomas Crawley (Tony Griffiths 64); Jamie Duffy, Craig Walsh.
Subs not used: Craig Hyland, Aaron Brilly, Brian McNamara, Dean Cosgrove.

Booked: Duffy (37), Deans (74).
Sent off: Duffy (55).


Limerick FC: Barry Ryan; Shaun Kelly, Corie Treacy, Pat Purcell, Joe Gamble (Steve McGann 61); Stephen Brady, Shane Tracy, Dave O’Leary, Derek O’Brien (Garbhan Coughlan 46); Cian Collins (Sean Brosnan 66), Denis Behan.
Subs not used: Dave Ryan, Shane Guthrie, Robert Kluciar, Dominic Foley.

Booked: Purcell (32).

 

Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford).
Attendance: 450 (estimate)
Extratime.ie man of the match: Shaun Kelly (Limerick FC).

 


Longford Town
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Darragh Reynor
Defender
Noel Haverty
Defender
Chris Deans
74Booked: 74'
Defender
Gary Cronin
Defender
Alan Kirby
Midfielder
Keith Gillespie
Midfielder
Jamie Duffy
37Booked: 37'
55Sent off: 55'
55Booked: 55'
Midfielder
Mark Salmon
Midfielder
Craig Walsh
Midfielder
Thomas Crawley
Forward

Substitutes
Brian McNamara
Midfield
Alex Kenny
Forward
Craig Hyland
Goalkeeper
Tony Griffiths
Forward
Dean Cosgrave
Midfield
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Robert Bayly
Midfield
Limerick
Barry Ryan
Goalkeeper
Pat Purcell
Defender
32Booked: 32'
Shaun Kelly
Defender
Corie Tracey
Defender
Shane Tracy
Defender
79Peno Miss: 79'
David O'Leary
Midfielder
Derek O'Brien
Midfielder
Joe Gamble
Midfielder
Stephen Bradley
Midfielder
Cian Collins
Forward
Denis Behan
Forward

Substitutes
Dave Ryan
Goalkeeper
Stephen McGann
Midfield
Robert Kluciar
Defender
Shane Guthrie
Defender
Dominic Foley
Forward
Garbhan Coughlan
Forward
Sean Brosnan
Forward
90Scored: 90'