First
Date: 7:45 p.m. Sept. 27, 2013
Venue: Fahy's Field

Michael Duffy 32' -
Scored: 32'


Red: 79'
- Corie Tracey 79'

Live Updates for Mervue United -v- Longford Town

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FULL TIME!

The game has ended between Mervue United and Longford Town.

90' + 2'

Longford are still on the hunt for a goal but Mervue looked to be away when Shanahan released substitute Brendan Lavelle but the linesman put a stop to that.

90'

There will be three added minutes.

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Substitution

Michael Isichei replaces Josh O'Hanlon for Longford Town.

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Substitution

Brendan Lavelle replaces Martin Conneely for Mervue United.

86'

Gary Shaw sees O'Malley claw his shot around the post as Longford continue to press for an equaliser.

85'

Longford look way better since they went down to ten men! How often do we see that? Just now, Ryan Connolly got a cross in from the left and Gary Shaw just missed a glancing header. It ran through to Dave O'Sullivan but his jabbed effort was clutched at the near post by O'Malley. Longford look very dangerous now, but have they left it too late?

82'

A succession of corners for Longford as Des Hope is denied twice with close range headers. Tom King managed to get another out from under the bar and Barry O'Mahony cleared the fourth.

81'

Ryan Manning takes the free after Treacy's sending off and the ball found it's way to Marc Ludden, but his shot was blocked away.

79'

Red Card

Corie Tracey is sent off for Longford Town. He went flying in on Stephen Walsh, just outside the Longford box, and cleaned out the Mervue sub. Straight red, no complaints.

76'

Lovely football from Mervue but Tom King's cross from the right doesn't find a taker.

74'

A bit of a scramble in the Mervue box but there was never a real sense that a Longford player wanted to get on the end of it. Finally, Glen O'Connor hooks the ball up in the air and O'Malley gathers with some ease.

72'

Stephen Walsh has the ball in the Longford net after a neat through ball by Manning, but he's flagged off-side.

67'

Ran Connolly has a go from distance but his effort sails over the Mervue bar. Worth a go.

65'

Mervue are on top here at the moment and are making lots of half chances against a shaky looking Longford defence. That said Dan Purdy just pinged an awkward shot in front of Conor O'Maley but the Mervue keeper kept his concentration and held onto the ball.

60'

Substitution

Stephen Walsh replaces Michael Duffy for Mervue United.

58'

Mervue almost get a second when Rhys Gorman is robbed and Tom King gets a cross into the box. A LOngford defender poked it straight to Gary Shanahan whose fierce shot is pounded off Bennion, then off the top of the poats, eventually ricochetting to safety.

57'

Substitution

Gary Shaw replaces Dean Ebbe for Longford Town.

55'

Noel Haverty is booked for a needless foul in a dangerous area. Jason Molloy takes it and the ball deflects off the wall before almost dropping under Chrs Bennion's crossbar.

55'

Yellow Card

Noel Haverty is booked for Longford Town.

54'

Longford work a free from about 30 yards out that ges repelled. Then, looking for some space, the Midlanders have to go back, and back, until a lofted ball forwards turns possession into 50/50 and the ball is cleared.

50'

Noel Varley hooked a great cross into the Longford box but Michael Duffy, under pressure from Haverty, couldn't get a clean strike and the ball bobbled wide.

48'

Nothing of note has happened in the opening minutes of the half. Nothing is quite happening... for anybody.

46'

Second Half

The second half between Mervue United and Longford Town has started.

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Half Time

It is half-time between Mervue United and Longford Town.

45'

There will be one minute of added time at the end of the half.

44'

Good pressure from Longford in the dying minutes of the half as they force another corner. But Mervue break and continue to look more dangerous when they have the ball at their feet. 

42'

Another half chance for Longford but jason Molloy blocks Ebbe's shot away for a corner. Ryan Connolly's corner skips unimpeded through the Mervue box and Rhys Gorman can't rescue the situation on the far side.

40'

At last an opening for Longford. David O'Sullivan played a neat ball to Ebbe who worked his way along the byeline before sending a low ball across the six yard box. There was no-one in the middle and Dan Purdy was a tad too late at the back post. Tony Cousins had a caniption.

37'

Longford pass the ball around nicely for a while but then it's given away by Gorman and Manning chips a ball over the top and immediately creates a 'moment'. Des Hope got a head on it and Bennion collected, but that is the dynamic now; Longford fail to create anything and give the ball away, then Mervue make something happen.

35'

Another chance for Mervue when a quick free sends Ludden away down the left. He spun a low ball across the area and Michael Duffy almost got the touch it needed to send it into the visitor's net. But he didn't and the ball was cleared. Mervue are well on top now.

34'

Yellow Card

Dean Ebbe is booked for Longford Town.

32'

GOAL!

Michael Duffy scores for Mervue United. It was Ryan Manning that unlocked the Longford defence with a measured pass through the centre. Duffy beat the off-side line, ran onto it and shot past Bennion into the bottom left corner. Not the sweetest strike you'll ever see but it did the job.

31'

Yellow Card

Jason Molloy is booked for Mervue United.

30'

Another foul, this time by Glen O'Connor on Rtan Manning. Mnning takes the free but batters it straight off the wall.

28'

Jason Molloy is fouled right on the corner of the box and Mervue have a free in a very dangerous spot. Molloy takes it and delivers it deep into the danger zone but Rhys Gorman jumps highest and clears for a corner.

23'

Two great chances for Mervue. The first one when Duffy was miles off-side but Ludden found him with a throw, from which you can't be off-side, and Bennion did really well to intercept the run of the ball as the Mervue striker bore down on goal. Then a loose pass from Longford gave the ball straight to Ryan Manning but a heavy touch saw the chance (a great chance!) slip away.

22'

Varley gets the ball through for Jason Molloy, raiding down the left, but his curling shot failed to beat Chris Bennion.

20'

Oooh, there's a nasty clash of heads there between Longford defender Des Hope and Mervue striker Michael Duffy. Both of them have to go off but they look like they'll be okay.

17'

Michael Duffy plays a ball through the midle which Gary Shanahan almost gets on the end of, but Chris Bennion was out of the Longford goal like a greyhound and cleared.

15'

Again, Longford break at speed as Dan Purdy carries the ball all the way to the edge of the Mervue box but then thwacks his shot comfortably over the bar.

12'

So close from Mervue. Ryan Manning got the cross in and Noel Varley managed to direct it goalwards. The ball snuck through to Michael Duffy and his close range effort was superbly saved by Chris Bennion in the Longford goal. Duffy will have nightmares about that one. A real head-in-the-hands job.

11'

Super play from Longford down the left, started by a great pass from the heart of defence by Corie Treacy, sees Ryan Connelly skim the top of the Mervue crossbar from 25 yards.

8'

A lightening break by Longford sees the visitors progress from left full to right wing where Ebbe sent in a clipped cross that ust drifted past the back post before a Longford player could get on the end of it.

5'

A very good ball in from the left, we think by Glen O'Connor was caught beautifully by Dean Ebbe but the Longford man's curling shot just passed the outside of the post. At the other end Noel Haverty did well to cover a cross from Michael Duffy and the resulting corner was smashed wide by Ryan Manning.

2'

A throw in from the left is missed in the Mervue box by Paul Sinnott and Josh O'Hanlon lashes a shot high over the bar.

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GAME ON!

The game between Mervue United and Longford Town has kicked off.

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The teams are trotting out now and we will soon be underway in Galway.

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The lights are on and we are all gathered in the mobile press box and looking forward to this one. Nobody is mentioning Galway FC but there is a sense that all Mervue's efforts may yet be in vain. An odd situation, all things considered.

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Mervue come in to this game just four points away from a play-off place, a spot currently held by both Longford and Waterford. Longford have recorded two healthy wins recently, a 3-1 win over Finn Harps and a 7-2 win over Cobh, both at home. Mervue have won their last three league games on the spin, defeating Harps, Waterford and Salthill. There's a lot of good form in there.

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We are just a half an hour away from kick-off here at Fahy's Field for Mervue United against Longford Town. The teams are out warming up and the darkness is creeping in from the east.  I'm Simon O'Gorman and I'll be giving you a blow by blow account of this fascinating First Division fixture.



Photo Gallery for Mervue United -v- Longford Town



Mervue United
Conor O'Malley
Goalkeeper
Paul Sinnott
Defender
Marc Ludden
Defender
Tom King
Defender
Martin Conneely
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Defender
Noel Varley
Midfielder
Gary Shanahan
Midfielder
Barry O'Mahony
Midfielder
Jason Molloy
31Booked: 31'
Midfielder
Ryan Manning
Forward
Michael Duffy
32Scored: 32'
60'
60Subbed Off: 60'
Forward

Substitutes
Joe Woods
Defender
Stephen Walsh
60'
60Subbed On: 60'
Defender
Brendan Lavelle
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Forward
Ross Kenny
Defender
Konrad Kapusta
Goalkeeper
Mike Elwood
Defender
Gary Curran
Midfield
Longford Town
Chris Bennion
Goalkeeper
Glen O'Connor
Defender
Des Hope
Defender
Noel Haverty
Defender
55Booked: 55'
Corie Tracey
Defender
79Sent off: 79'
Daniel Purdy
Midfielder
Josh O'Hanlon
Midfielder 90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Rhys Gorman
Midfielder
Ryan Connolly
Midfielder
David O'Sullivan
Forward
Dean Ebbe
Forward
34Booked: 34'
57'
57Subbed Off: 57'

Substitutes
Gary Shaw
Forward
57Subbed On: 57'
57'
David O'Neill
Midfield
Dean Murphy
Defender
Dylan McKeever
Forward
Michael Isichei
Forward
90Subbed On: 90'
90'
Paul Hunt
Goalkeeper
Chris Deans
Defender