First
Date: 7:30 p.m. May 25, 2019
Venue: City Calling Stadium
Att: 592
TV:

Sam Verdon 15' -
Scored: 15'


Dean Byrne 32' -
Scored: 32'


Dean Byrne 53' -
Scored: 53'


Scored: 16'
- Dean Williams 16'



League Preview: Longford Town -v- Athlone Town

Sat, May 25 2019

Longford captain Dean Zambra in action. Credit: Al Robinson

LONGFORD TOWN

Longford Town return to City Calling Stadium in search of their first win in three games in the second ‘Midlands Clasico’ of the season (kick-off 7.30pm).

Neale Fenn has seen his side relinquish their place at the top of the table, first to Cabinteely and now to Shelbourne.

Longford followed up a home defeat to Cabinteely two weeks ago with a surprise 2-1 reverse at Galway United last Friday.

They had led early through Dean Byrne but Vinny Faherty scored a second-hand brace to ensure the Tribesmen took all three points.

“We’ve lost our last two games but confidence is high in the camp,” striker Jamie Doyle told the club’s Soundcloud account.

“We haven’t play well in the last two weeks and if you’re not at your best in that league you’ll get punished.

“Hopefully this week we’ll put things right with a big win against Athlone.”

Longford Town haven’t provided team news but they were injury-free last week and welcome Joe Manley and Jamie Hollywood back after they missed out with exams.

ATHLONE TOWN

Athlone make the short distance across the midlands to face Longford Town on the back of their heaviest defeat of the season at home to Bray Wanderers last week.

Terry Butler’s side went into the game high on confidence following a strong performance at Shelbourne, where they were unlucky not to take a point from the game.

Things started badly and got worse, however, as Dylan Barnett and Joe Doyle scored within 15 minutes and then Darren Meenan was shown a straight red card.

Dylan McGlade missed a penalty, while Sean Heaney, Jake Ellis and Derek Daly also got in among the goals as the Seagulls ran riot.

Athlone Town haven’t released any team news but will be missing Meenan through suspension following his red card last week.

Referee: Garvin Taggart.

MATCH STATS

The sides have already met once this season, at Lissywollen, when a late strike from Sam Verdon was enough to earn Longford a 1-0 win.

The sides met three times last season, Longford winning 3-0 and 5-1 at home and drawing 1-1 in Athlone.

BETTING

Longford Town 1/4; Draw 7/2; Athlone Town 9/1.

PREDICTION

Longford Town 3 – 1 Athlone Town

Longford Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: None.

Athlone Town

Injured: Unavailable.

Doubtful: Unavailable.

Suspended: Darren Meenan.



Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Conor Kenna
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Anto Breslin
Defender
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Paul O'Conor
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
Aaron Dobbs
Forward
Dean Byrne
32Scored: 32'
53Scored: 53'
Forward
Sam Verdon
15Scored: 15'
Forward

Substitutes
Peter Hopkins
Midfield
Jamie Hollywood
Midfield
Jamie Doyle
Midfield
Karl Chambers
Forward
Sean Brennan
Midfield
Joseph Manley
Defender
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Athlone Town
Aaron Myles
Goalkeeper
Evan White
Defender
Gavin Kearney
Defender
Dean Casey
Defender
Lloyd Buckley
Defender
Aaron Brilly
Defender
Kaleem Simon
Midfielder
Josh Hogan
Midfielder
Ciaran Grogan
Midfielder
Kealan Dillon
Midfielder
Dean Williams
Forward
16Scored: 16'

Substitutes
Gargar Ta-Uway
Goalkeeper
Shane Stokes
Midfield
John Morgan
Forward
Eoghan Morgan
Midfield
Christian Lotefa
Midfield
Patrick Kelly
Midfield
Rhys Gorman
Midfield


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