First
Date: 7:45 p.m. July 5, 2019
Venue: Markets Field
Ref:
Att:
TV:

Tomas O'Connor 3' -
Scored: 3'


Kieran Hanlon 20' -
Scored: 20'


Lee Devitt Molloy 50' -
Scored: 50'


Scored: 15'
- Aaron Dobbs 15'



League Report: Limerick 3 - 1 Longford Town

Fri, Jul 05 2019

Tommy Barrett Credit: Steve Alfred

Tom Clancy reports from the Markets Field

Limerick put a massive dent in Longford Town's First Division title hopes with a deserved 3-1 victory over the Midland outfit. A sluggish display from the visitors meant Limerick kept their top four hopes intact. 

Goals from Tomás O’Connor, Kieran Hanlon and Lee Devitt were enough to see Limerick return to winning ways, after Aaron Dobbs had briefly levelled the game. 

Tomás O’Connor netted his first League of Ireland goal with a bullet header in just the third minute, after being picked out by veteran Shane Tracy. His header crossed the line after the striking the post. 

Longford, to their credit, responded well to the early set back, and levelled via the head of Aaron Dobbs. Fifteen minutes had elapsed when a pin-point cross from Anto Breslin was met by Dobbs in full-flight, with Jack Brady unable to keep the ball out, despite a strong hand. 

Hanlon put Limerick ahead again when another cross was steered home, this time Shaun Kelly whipped the ball in from the right-flank, and Hanlon steered the ball beyond Lee Steacy. The striker didn’t celebrate his goal, despite the quality of the finish. 

Hanlon was smart throughout, and despite cutting an isolated figure at times, he held the ball up and caused the Longford defence trouble.

The remainder of the opening half was largely scrappy, with Dean Zambra earning a yellow for a forceful foul Clyde O’Connell. Zambra’s partner, Stephanie Roche was one of the 380 in attendance at a muted Markets Field. 

Limerick led at the interval and perhaps deservedly so, with Neale Fenn’s side struggling to retain possession in the final third.

Winger Karl O’Sullivan missed a great opening minutes into the second half, pouncing on a Breslin mistake, but his lob was just too strong, sailing inches over the bar. Seconds later, the lead was doubled. Another young winger, Lee Devitt, latched onto a through ball, and scuffed his effort past Steacy. Devitt showed great strength to hold off Shane Elworthy.

Longford created a couple of chances in the final quarter, with a missed header from Verdon and a fine save from Brady denying them a route back into the game. 

The result is make all the more bizarre as Limerick have lost Killian Brouder, Colm Walsh O’Loghlen, Will Fitzgerald and Connor Ellis in recent weeks. Longford will be totally frustrated with their level of performance as they fall to third place, behind Drogheda, who they face next. 

Limerick: Jack Brady; Shaun Kelly © (Edmond O’Dwyer 88), Tomas O’Connor, Robbie Williams, Shane Tracy; Karl O’Sullivan, Clyde O’Connell (Ger Barry 69), Jason Hughes, Darren Murphy, Lee Devitt; Kieran Hanlon (Adam Foley 88)

Subs not used: Tommy Holland (gk), Andy Quaid

Booked: Darren Murphy (57)

Longford Town: Lee Steacy; Shane Elworthy, Mick O’Donnell, Connor Kenna, Anto Breslin; Sam Verdon, Dean Zambra ©, Jack Doherty (Dylan Grimes 73), Dean Byrne (Adam Evans 55), Aodh Dervin; Aaron Dobbs (Peter Hopkins 80)

Subs not used: Jack Menton (gk), Carlton Ubaezuonu, Karl Chambers, Karl Fitzsimons, Dylan Grimes

Booked: Dean Zambra (38)

Attendance: 380

Extratime.ie Man of the Match: Kieran Hanlon (Limerick)



Limerick
Jack Brady
Goalkeeper
Shaun Kelly
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Defender
Darren Murphy
57Booked: 57'
Defender
Tomas O'Connor
3Scored: 3'
Defender
Shane Tracy
Defender
Robbie Williams
Defender
Lee Devitt Molloy
50Scored: 50'
Midfielder
Jason Hughes
Midfielder
Clyde O'Connell
68'
68Subbed Off: 68'
Midfielder
Karl O'Sullivan
Midfielder
Kieran Hanlon
20Scored: 20'
88'
88Subbed Off: 88'
Forward

Substitutes
Ger Barry
68'
68Subbed On: 68'
Midfield
Adam Foley
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Forward
Tommy Holland
Goalkeeper
Edmond O'Dwyer
88'
88Subbed On: 88'
Midfield
Andy Quaid
Midfield
Longford Town
Lee Steacy
Goalkeeper
Conor Kenna
Defender
Shane Elworthy
Defender
Anto Breslin
Defender
Michael McDonnell
Midfielder
Jack Doherty
Midfielder 73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Aodh Dervin
Midfielder
Dean Zambra
Midfielder
38Booked: 38'
Sam Verdon
Forward
Aaron Dobbs
Forward
15Scored: 15'
80'
80Subbed Off: 80'
Dean Byrne
Forward 55'
55Subbed Off: 55'

Substitutes
Jack Menton
Goalkeeper
Peter Hopkins
Midfield
80Subbed On: 80'
80'
Dylan Grimes
Midfield
73Subbed On: 73'
73'
Karl Fitzsimons
Midfield
Adam Evans
Forward
55Subbed On: 55'
55'
Karl Chambers
Forward


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