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

Match Report

Longford end Galway’s unbeaten run

Galways unbeaten run comes to an end after a second half wonder strike from Longford's Darren Craven in the 77th minute, which proved to be enough for the hosts to take all three points at Bishopsgate.

Galway took the lead from a bizarre own goal from The Town's Michael McDonnell after 10 minutes.

Longford Captain Sam Verdon bundled home to equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

It was a hectic start to affairs in Bishopsgate as both sides tried to get on top early on. 

Longford Town’s Dean McMenamy, maybe a bit too eager to set the pace, got booked after six minutes for a dangerous tackle on the edge of his own area. 

Galway had the ball in the back of the net from the resulting free but it was chalked off as the official had the flag up offside and an early escape for the home side. 

In what can only be described as a freak goal under little pressure at the back Longford's Michael McDonnell received the ball from his keeper Luke Dennison and as he went to give the ball back to his keeper he slotted the ball into his own net after 10 minutes. 

The game became scrappy after this point and this suited the away side who had the lead and wanted to lower the tempo. 

Longford Town struggled to play out of the back as United's forwards put pressure on every pass. 

Longford upped the ante late on in the first half creating chances and bad defending from Galway giving them free kick opportunities on the edge of the box. 

On the stroke of half time Sam Verdon got his side back on level terms bundling the ball across the line after poor defending by Ed McCarthy let Ryan Graydon get the ball into the box and the sides went in level at the break. 

The second half started much like the first and the preceding passages of play saw both sides create very little and the game as a whole had turned slow and the quality deteriorating.  

Captain and goal scorer sam Verdon was replaced after 76 minutes due to an injury and his replacement Callum Warfield set up the winner as his great touch and pass found Darren Craven whos excellent strike from outside the box flew into the back of the Galway net brilliant technique and a worthy goal to win any match. 

Longford Town held on well in the dying stages despite United's late efforts, no late equaliser and they suffered their first defeat. 

  • 95'

    Full time 2-1 Longford take all three points

  • 93'

    United pushing hard for an equalizer

  • 90'

    Five minutes of added time

  • 87'

    Late change for the home side as defender Michael Barker replaces Forward Eric Molloy looking to see out the match

  • 75'

    Warfield just on the pitch knocks the ball down to Darren Craven who fires home form distance brilliant strike!

  • 75'

    Captain and goal scorer replaced after an injury and Callum Warfield comes into the play

  • 72'

    Killian Brouder heads the ball just over the bar from the set piece should have possibly hit the target

  • 71'

    Another free for Galway in a decent area pressure being applied by both sides

  • 68'

    Jordan Adeyemo replaces Wilson Waweru

  • 65'

    Stephen Walsh booked for diving in the box

  • 60'

    Free in a good area for Galway after good pressure force Longford into making a mistake. Header on target from the free easily kept by Luke Dennison.

  • 57'

    Dean O'Shea and Gary Boylan replace Mikie Rowe and Max Hemmings

  • 55'

    Break in play for an injury to Stephen Walsh he's ok to continue

  • 51'

    Both sides have started the second half quickly like the first half the opening exchanges of the second half is scrappy

  • 45'

    Second half underway!

  • 45'

    Half time 1-1

  • 45'

    Verdon gets the ball in the back of the net somehow after some good pressure 1-1

  • 42'

    Free on the edge of Galway's area for the Home side great save from Conor Kearns out for a corner!

  • 41'

    5 minutes remaining in the first half no major chances from either side

  • 36'

    Galway get the first corner of the match

  • 31'

    Tackle late and high sees Shane Elworthy booked

  • 29'

    Free in a dangerous are for Longford Town cleared well by United remains 1-0

  • 25'

    The match has been quick scrappy since the goal both sides struggling to create. Galway the happier of the two sides

  • 22'

    Longford applying pressure final ball letting the home side down

  • 18'

    The pace of the match has lowered since the goal Galway looking to control the match

  • 11'

    OG from Michael McDonnell Galway Lead 1-0

  • 6'

    Dean McMenamy booked early after a dangerous tackle... Galway had the ball in the net from the freekick but ruled offside 0-0

  • 5'

    Its been an end to end quick start here for both sides!

  • 1'

    Kick Off !!

  • 5 minutes until kick-off side are finished warming up the game will soon be underway

  • Less than 10 minutes until kick-off !

  • Galway's starting XI has been announced Max Hemmings making his full debut for the away side

  • The home sides starting team has been announced!

  • Seems to be ideal conditions in the midlands for tonight's encounter! We will bring you team news shortly!

  • Welcome to our live coverage of tonight's match up between Longford Town and Galway United

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 31'
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder 11'
8Darren Craven Midfielder 77'
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder 6'
23Ben Lynch Midfielder 90+4'
7Ryan Graydon Forward
10Sam Verdon 24 Forward 45'
11Eric Molloy 14 Forward
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
14Michael Barker 11 Defender
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
19Karl Chambers Forward
21Joe Power
22Matthew Dunne
24Callum Warfield 10 Forward
30Adam Hayden Goalkeeper

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender 65'
4Charlie Lyons Defender
27Max Hemmings 15 Midfielder
5Killian Brouder Defender
8Mikie Rowe 7 Midfielder
10David Hurley Midfielder
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 19 Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 12 Forward
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
6Diego Portilla Defender
7Gary Boylan 8 Defender
9Manu Dimas Forward
12Jordan Adeyemo 18 Forward
15Dean O’Shea 27 Defender
19Francely Lomboto 24 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender
23Ronan Manning Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 15)
2 - 6
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Galway United

(Series 6)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Longford Town


Oliver MoranEoin Harte


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

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