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

Match Report

Coffey Brace Claims Big Win For Cork

Barry Coffey was the key man as Cork City defeated Longford Town 4-1 at Turners Cross to pick up a huge three points in the battle for automatic promotion.

It was a scrappy start to the game with both sides knowing what was at stake. The first real chance of the game came on 18 minutes when Allie Gilchrist went close from a corner, his header going just over the bar.

City continued to have the better of the chances, but Longford looked dangerous on the counter attack especially through Ryan Graydon down the right wing. His shot on 24 minutes was the best the visitors managed in the opening half hour.

That all changed however just before the break when Longford hit the front. Graydon was once again involved with his cross being met by captain Sam Verdon whose deft header beat David Harrington in the City goal.

A frantic finish to the half was made even more so when Michael Barker put the ball into his own net from a Kevin O’Connor cross in the last action of the opening 45 minutes. A frenetic end to what was an average half of football.

Longford had a great chance to regain the lead at the beginning of the second half. Eric Molloy met the ball perfectly from a cross, but David Harrington was there to make a great save at his near post.

While the visitors missed a glorious chance at the other end, the home side took theirs on 54 minutes. Luke Dennison made a great save from Matt Healy but Coffey was there to smash the ball into the roof of the net, sending the shed into raptures.

The goal appeared to life a huge weight off City’s shoulders began to assert their dominance on the game without creating many chances.

Longford proved to be dogged in defence but were unable to get an equaliser. Barry Coffey got his second with six minutes to go from another corner.

It was Darragh Crowley’s turn 4 minutes later. The substitute hit a fantastic right footed effort from outside the box, giving Dennison no chance.

That goal sealed the victory put City 11 points clear of the Midlanders at the top of the table.

  • Full time and it's Cork who are 4-1 victors. Longford were very competitive but City took control midway through the second half to seal a comprhensive win in the end.

  • 88'

    Darragh Crowley makes it 4-1 with a great right footed shot from outside the box.

  • 84'

    3-1 City, Barry Coffey again from another corner.

  • 78'

    Half chance for Longford as Ryan Graydon's gets a head off a free kick. The ball goes well wide however.

  • 75'

    City very dominant now and are in control of this game. A couple of corners in quick succession come to nothing but they look the likelier to score again.

  • 70'

    Mark O\'Mahony and Darragh Crowley on for City in place of Hakkonen and Murphy

  • 64'

    City the more dominant team in the last few minutes with the goal giving them a real boost.

  • 60'

    Joe Power on for Eric Molloy for Longford.

  • 54'

    City take the lead through Barry Coffey. Dennison makes a great save initially but the rebound falls to Coffey and he smashes it into the roof of the net.

  • 49'

    What a chance for Longford, a great cross from Graydon which finds Robinson by the looks of it but Harrington makes a great save at his near post.

  • 46'

    Back underway at Turners Cross.

  • Teams back out for the second half.

  • 1-1. Kevin O'Connor's cross is put in by Michael Barker. Referee blows straightaway for half time. Great end to what was an average half.

  • 44'

    Sam Verdon makes the breakthrough, a lovely deft header from Graydon's cross. 1-0 Longford.

  • 39'

    Great chance for Cian Murphy after he was put through down the left by Healy. Dennison makes a very good save in fairness.

  • 32'

    Karl Chambers comes on for Craven.

  • 31'

    Darren Craven down again for the visitors. Looks like he'll have to go off.

  • 28'

    Really good pressure from Longford in the last couple of minutes with three corners in quick succession. They've done really well to quieten the home crowd.

  • 24'

    Good break from Longford who do look dangerous on the counter attack. Ryan Graydon gets a shot on target although its straight at Harrington.

  • 22'

    Cian Coleman with another great chance from a corner. Once more however, he can't direct the ball on target and instead flashes past the left hand post.

  • 18'

    Great chance for City through Allie Gilchrist but his header from an O'Connor corner flashes over the bar.

  • 16'

    This game has yet to really catch fire. A bit stop start so far with the injuries and few chances.

  • 11'

    Darren Craven down for Longford and looks to be in a lot of bother.

  • 9'

    First chance for City as Cian Murphy wins a corner from a counter attack. The resulting cross from Kevin O'Connor however doesn't trouble Luke Dennison in the Longford goal.

  • 6'

    Stoppage in play at the moment as Ruairí Keating goes down. He's up again however and looks set to play on.

  • 5'

    Decent start by Longford, testing City keeper David Harrington with a couple of early crosses. No chances so far however.

  • 1'


  • Teams out onto the pitch at Turners Cross.

  • A big game tonight between first and third. A win for Cork would put them 11 points clear of their opponents. Longford on the other hand would be within five points with two games in hand if they pull off the upset.

  • Hello and welcome to live text commentary of Cork City v Longford Town. Kick-off at Turners Cross is at 7.45. Team news on the way shortly.

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper
6Ally Gilchrist Defender
28Jonas Hakkinen 17 Defender
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
8Aaron Bolger Midfielder
10Barry Coffey Midfielder 54', 84'
15Matt Healy Midfielder
19Matt Srbely Midfielder
9Ruairi Keating Forward
24Cian Murphy 27 Forward
11Cian Bargary Forward
1Mark McNulty Goalkeeper
3Ronan Hurley Defender
17Darragh Crowley 28 Forward 88'
18Joshua Honohan Defender
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
22James Doona Midfielder
23Kieran Coates
27Mark O’Mahony 24 Forward

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
14Michael Barker Defender 45'
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
8Darren Craven 19 Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
7Ryan Graydon Forward
10Sam Verdon Forward 44'
11Eric Molloy 21 Forward
Cristian Magerusan
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 8 Forward
21Joe Power 11
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 3)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cork City

(1st Round)
1 - 0
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Longford Town


Turner's Cross
Beaufort Park, Turner\'s Cross C, Cork, County Cork, Munster, T12 E3H5, Ireland

Sam is an avid sports enthusiast who has been working in journalism since he was 16. Along with his work, he also plays tennis and is a Government and Political Science student at UCC. Most importantly of all however is that he's from Cork.