Date Time League Season
12 April 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Longford Town move up to third after win over Cobh

Longford Town moved up to third in the table but they were made work hard for this win by a dogged Cobh Ramblers side.

The visitors came close to taking the lead in the 16th minute but Brendan Frahill headed just over from a corner. Town took the lead in the 25th minute; Sam Verdon laid the ball off to Darren Craven who struck an unstoppable shot from about 35 yards out.

Luke Dennison was called into action in the 34th minute after confusion in the box allowed Beineon O’Brien-Whitmarsh through but the Town netminder did well to deny him.

Eric Molloy made it 2-0 to the home side in the 85th minute when he headed home from a corner and his celebration was better than the goal. He summersaulted his way over to the corner flag.

Both sides enjoyed a spell of good passing in the opening quarter. Conor Drinan broke down the field in the 15th minute and put a decent ball into the box but it was put out for a corner by Ben Lynch. From that corner Dylan Barnett deflected the ball out for another corner.

Ramblers had a great chance to open the scoring from that corner but Brendan Frahill’s header just went over the bar. Down the other end Sam Verdon should’ve put the home side ahead but he struck the crossbar with a shot from close range.

In the 25th minute Town opened the scoring with a stunning strike from Craven. Ramblers were unlucky not to get back on level terms in the 34th minute when Dennison saved from O’Brien-Whitmarsh.

The second half was a more cagey affair. Ramblers made a number of changes and those players made a difference. Town began to sit back and invite Ramblers onto them. On 49 minute Verdon did well to turn and play the ball across the box but there was no one there to take a shot.

Town doubled their advantage in the 85th minute when Molloy found the back of the net from a corner. Dennison pulled off an excellent point blank save from Ciaran Griffin to keep his goal intact in the 87th minute. The Town keeper has no kept four clean sheets in seven games.

  • 84'

    Matthew O'Brien is on for Town

  • 84'

    Shane Elworthy is down for the Town and there are signals to the bench that he can't continue

  • 75'

    Beineon O'Brien-Whitmarsh is the third Ramblers player to get booked

  • 71'

    Ramblers are enjoying a lot of possession. Town are inviting them onto them

  • 70'

    Karl Chambers is on for Town

  • 66'

    Issa Kargbo is the player who makes way. He was lucky he didn\'t get booked for a couple of reckless challenges

  • 66'

    Jake Hegarty is on for Ramblers

  • 66'

    James McCarthy breaks down the wing and puts in a cross but it's cut out by a Town player

  • 64'

    Ryan Graydon goes off injured

  • 64'

    Joe Doyle is on to make his debut for the Town

  • 62'

    Not good for Town fans. Ryan Graydon is down injured. He appeared to hit his shoulder a few minutes ago under the challenge of Issa Kargbo

  • 60'

    A Dean McMenamy free kick is straight at the Ramblers keeper Sean Barron

  • 55'

    Conor Drinan goes off injured

  • 55'

    James McCarthy is on for Ramblers

  • 55'

    Dale Holland is the player to make way

  • 55'

    Pierce Phillips comes on for Ramblers

  • 49'

    Sam Verdon does well to play the ball across the goal but no one there to take a shot

  • 47'

    Ben Lynch becomes the second Town player to get booked

  • 34'

    Confusion at the back allows O\'Brien Whitmarsh in but Luke Dennison does very well to deny him

  • 25'

    Verdon lays the ball off to Darren Craven and he hits a stunning strike from about 35 yards out.

  • 20'

    Sam Verdon has a glorious chance to open the scoring for the home side but hits the crossbar with his strike right in front of the goals.

  • 16'

    Dylan Barnett puts the ball out for another corner. From that corner Brendan Frahill heads just over the bar.

  • 15'

    Conor Drinan does well to break, he puts a decent ball into the box and Ben Lynch has to put it out for a corner.

  • 10'

    Lots of nice passing from both sides.

  • 42'

    Apologies for lack of updates. We had a problem but back to normal now, I hope

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy 17 Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Aaron Robinson 19 Midfielder 39'
7Ryan Graydon 9 Forward
8Darren Craven Midfielder 25'
10Sam Verdon Forward
11Eric Molloy Forward 85'
14Michael Barker Defender
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
9Joe Doyle Forward
17Matthew O’Brien 2 Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 4 Forward
9Joe Power 7
22Matthew Dunne
30Adam Hayden Goalkeeper
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder

Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
3Darryl Walsh Defender
5Breandan Frahill Defender
6Jason Abbott Midfielder 40'
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 23 Forward
35Harlaib Mbayo Defender
11Conor Drinan 19 Defender
14Seán McGrath 16 Forward
15Jack Larkin Midfielder
24Issa Kargbo 10 Defender
28Dale Holland 8 Midfielder 38'
4Ben O’Riordan Defender
8Pierce Phillips 28 Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty 24 Forward
12Darragh O’Sullivan Connell Defender
16Luke Desmond 14 Midfielder
19James McCarthy 11 Defender
22Andy O’Donoghue Goalkeeper
23Ciaran Griffin 9 Forward
34David O’Leary Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 17)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 8)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town


Bishopsgate, Longford
City Calling Stadium, L50021, Mullolagher, Cloondara ED, Longford Municipal District, County Longford, Leinster, Ireland

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland