Date Time League Season
18 March 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Longford grab hat-trick in win over Wexford

Goals from Dylan Barnett, Ryan Graydon and Aaron Robinson helped Longford Town dispatch of Wexford FC 3-0 at Ferrycarrig Park tonight in the First Division.

The hosts were able to muster a strong second-half performance but the damage had already been done on a night when De Town’s experience shone through.

Longford got off to a dream start when Dylan Barnett fired the ball through Paul Hunt’s legs from a set-piece routine. 

Ian Ryan’s men struggled to get going after conceding so early. 

Two former Longford Town players, Joe Manley and Aaron Dobbs had Wexford’s two best chances of the first half. 

Manley had a header cleared off the line, while Dobbs saw his close range volley sail over the bar. 

Wexford were made to pay for not finishing their chances when Ryan Graydon finished off a counter attack with a sublime chip over Paul Hunt. 

De Town went into the break 2-0 up. 

It was the hosts that started the second period better. Dinny Corcoran came close with a volley but failed to hit the target. Corcoran is still in search of that elusive 100th career goal. 

Conor Crowley, Thomas Considine and Jack Doherty were all introduced with just 15 minutes remaining and made an immediate impact. 

Crowley almost curled an effort past Luke Dennison but his effort skimmed the bar. Considine provided much needed threat down the right flank and Doherty immediately started to pull the strings for Wexford. 

However Wexford failed to make any of their chances count and 10 minutes from time Longford stung once again. 

Another counter attack this time ended with Aaron Robinson lifting the ball over Hunt from the edge of the area to treble their lead. 

Tonight’s result means that Wexford remain in fourth, four points behind Waterford. 

De Town’s first three points of the season sees them move to sixth in the table. 

They host Galway United next week, while Wexford travel to Bray Wanderers.

  • 90'

    Three minutes to be added on here

  • 85'

    Dobbs goes into the referee's book

  • 81'

    GOAL! That surely wraps it up. Aaron Robinson shoots from distance and lobs Paul Hunt. 3-0

  • 74'

    Dobbs scoops a pass from Doherty and fires a volley at goal that just misses

  • 69'

    Crowley looks to bend one into the top corner but it just goes wide

  • 62'

    Conor Barry shoots from distance but it sails wide

  • 59'

    A positive start from the hosts here in the second-half

  • 53'

    Joe Manley crosses the ball in for Dinny Corcoran at the far post but he can't get his head on it

  • 51'

    Sam Verdon cushions the ball for Graydwon who fires at goal but fails to find the net

  • 47'

    Corcoran with a volley on the edge of the area but he can't find the target

  • 45'

    Back underway at Ferrycarrig

  • 45'

    HT: Longford lead 2-0 here at Ferrycarrig. The early goal was a major setback for the hosts but they have gradually grown into this one. Longford have taken their chances showing their experience

  • 45'

    Dean McMenamy fires an effort just wide

  • 41'

    Robinson booked for a hard tackle on Barry

  • 40'

    Graydon is booked for a hard tackle on Lorcan Fitzgerald

  • 38'

    Conor Barry rifles a shot from distance but it rolls wide of the post

  • 37'

    Graydon takes the ball down in his stride inside the box and fires a quick volley but it just goes wide

  • 34'

    Dobbs gets his head on to a cross from Adam Wells but it loops over the bar

  • 27'

    Paul Cleary hits a volley from a Conor Davis delivery but it goes the wrong side of the post

  • 23'

    Verdon is booked

  • 22'

    Dinny Corcoran shoots from distance but slips and his effort ends up being a tame one

  • 17'

    GOAL! Ryan Graydon looks to square the ball across the box but it bounces off of Paul Cleary. It comes back to Graydon who lifts the ball over Hunt to double Longford's lead

  • 16'

    The hosts have come into this one more, both sides creating chances

  • 9'

    The Town dominating proceedings here so far, spurred on by that early goal

  • 2'

    GOAL! A quick start for the visitors. A short corner finds its way to Barnett who drills it home

  • 1'

    And we are underway at Ferrycarrig

  • Not long to go until kick-off here in Wexford. Another big test for Ian Ryan's men as they face another side that were in the Premier Division last year. Longford are still searching for their first win of the season after a stagnated start to the season

  • Wexford team news is in

  • Longford Town team news is in

  • Hello and welcome to's coverage of tonight's SSE Airtricity League First Division fixture between Wexford FC and Longford Town. I'm Seán Crosbie and I will be keeping you up to date on all the action here from Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC

1Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel 12 Defender
29Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
4Paul Cleary 20 Defender
22Joseph Manley Defender
17Adam Wells 19 Defender
21Harry Groome Midfielder
24Conor Barry 10 Midfielder
25Conor Davis 7 Forward
9Aaron Dobbs Forward
10Dinny Corcoran Forward
13Alex Moody Goalkeeper
16Len O’Sullivan Defender
12Thomas Considine 2 Defender
19Evan Farrell 17 Forward
7Conor Crowley 25 Midfielder
10Jack Doherty 24 Midfielder
15Kevin McEvoy Defender
18Luke Scanlon
20Jordan Tallon 4 Midfielder

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender 2'
4Aaron Robinson 17 Midfielder 81'
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder 49'
7Ryan Graydon Forward 17'
10Sam Verdon 24 Forward 23'
11Eric Molloy 19 Forward
16Darren Craven Midfielder
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
17Matthew O’Brien 4 Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 11 Forward
21Joe Power
22Matthew Dunne
24Callum Warfield 10 Forward
30Adam Hayden Goalkeeper
14Aidan Mooney Defender

Past Meetings

(Series 18)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

(Series 9)
3 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Wexford FC


Ferrycarrig Park
Ferrycarrig Park, Kilpatrick, The Borough District of Wexford, County Wexford, Leinster, Y35 E296, Ireland

Seán is a final year Journalism student in DCU.