Date Time League Season
7 May 2022 7:30 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Verdon bags winner for Longford

Sam Verdon was the hero for Longford Town, as his 94th minute goal earned the hosts victory at the death over Wexford in Bishopsgate.

It was a frantic end to an entertaining game. First, Aaron Dobbs saw his effort come off the stanchion in the first minute of stoppage time before Wexford were reduced to 10 men when Lorcan Fitzgerald was shown a straight red in the third minute of stoppage time and with time running out Town got their winner when Dylan Barnett’s free met the head of Verdon and he flicked it to the net.

 Wexford had taken a very early lead through former Town player Jack Doherty but former Wexford star Eric Molloy levelled matters for the Town on 26 minutes. Ryan Graydon’s effort came smashing off the crossbar in the 51st minute and with neither side creating much to trouble either keeper a draw looked the likely outcome but Verdon had other ideas.

Straight from the kick-off former Jack Doherty surged through and was fouled by Matthew Dunne. He dusted himself off to take the free and he found the back of the net with a wonderful strike.

On 15 Harry Groome hit his effort over. In the 18th minute Graydon’s free looked destined for the top corner but Alex Moody made a great save.

Town were back on level terms in the 26th minute; Shane Elworthy’s cross found Verdon at the far post, his header came back to Molloy who found the back of the net with a powerful effort.

Half chances were then created by both sides as they looked for a second goal. 

In the 28th minute Conor Davis’ free from the left was headed just wide by Lorcan Fitzgerald. Minutes into the second half Molloy’s pinpoint cross met Graydon but his effort was just wide.  

Graydon was unlucky not to put Town in the lead in the 51st minute; he caught the ball on the volley but it came smashing off the crossbar. Both sides played good football and tried to create opportunities but nothing too clear-cut.

Just when it looked like both sides would have to settle for a share of the spoils, up popped Verdon

  • 94'

    All action here. From the free Verdon\'s beautiful header beats Moody

  • 93'

    Lorcan Fitzgerald is off for Wexford for a terrible tackle

  • 92'

    Eric Molloy is off

  • 92'

    Cristian Magerusan is on

  • 85'

    Ben Lynch with a weak cross that doesn't cause any trouble for the visitors

  • 80'

    Matthew O'Brien makes way

  • 80'

    Joe Power is on for Town in their first change

  • 78'

    Jack Doherty with a free but Kevin McEvoy loses his footing at the far post and Town clear

  • 75'

    Ball over the top to Karl Chambers but he couldn\'t connect with it

  • 72'

    Conor Davis, the former Town player goes off

  • 72'

    Aaron Dobbs is on against his former club

  • 71'

    Dinny Corcoran is off

  • 71'

    Conor Barry is on for Wexford

  • 70'

    Shane Elworthy's ball had too much power and it's over the bar

  • 66'

    Some good football being played here but apart from the Graydon effort there has been no clear cut chance

  • 64'

    Jordan Tallon the player that comes off

  • 64'

    Wexford make a third change with Kevin McEvoy coming on

  • 59'

    Jack Doherty with a great ball in. It's get a touch out for a corner..

  • 56'

    Dylan Barnett with the free but it's straight into Moody's arms

  • 56'

    Aidan Friel with a yellow

  • 51'

    What a strike by Ryan Graydon. Catching the ball on the volley and it smashes off the crossbar.

  • 50'

    The home side have started this half better than the first

  • 48'

    A perfect cross from Eric Molloy meets the head of Ryan Graydon but it's just wide.

  • 46'

    Mitch Byrne is off. He got injured in his tackle on Aaron Robinson

  • 46'

    Len O'Sullivan is on

  • 46'

    Luca Lovic the player to make way

  • 46'

    Conor Crowley on for Wexford

  • 45'

    Half-time here.

  • 45'

    Jack Doherty tries to find some space to take a shot but he's hits the ball too hard and Town are able to clear

  • 40'

    The tackles are flying in here. Aaron Robinson on the receiving end of a rash challenge from Mitch Byrne. No card surprisingly

  • 38'

    Graydon shows his tricky and Tallon does well

  • 36'

    Eric Molloy with a neat ball to Sam Verdon he plays the ball back to Ryan Graydon but his effort lets him down

  • 36'

    It's a very open game

  • 28'

    A free from Conor Davis meets the head of Lorcan Fitzgerald and he directs the ball wide.

  • 26'

    Like Doherty, Eric Molloy has scored against his former side. A cross into the box was kept in play by Sam Verdon, headed back to Molloy who powerfully headed to the net

  • 23'

    Jack Doherty gets booked for a foul on Dylan Barnett

  • 18'

    Fantastic save from Alex Moody from Ryan Graydon. Great effort from Graydon

  • 16'

    Matthew O'Brien with the ball in meets the head of Karl Chambers but he directs it right at Alex Moody

  • 15'

    Lovely move from Wexford and Harry Groome has a chance but he curls it over.

  • 14'

    Dylan Barnett whips the free in but it's cleared

  • 14'

    Karl Chambers is fouled and wins for free for Town

  • 12'

    Jack Doherty has been excellent so far. The real threat for Wexford. They've started very well here.

  • 10'

    Matthew Dunne with a pass back to his keeper with Doherty, lurking. Luke Dennison is out to clear

  • 8'

    Conor Davis to Jack Doherty he hits the ball across the goal and it's cleared

  • 6'

    Sam Verdon nods the ball down but it's cleared by Lorcan Fitzgerald

  • 5'

    Town win the first corner of the game

  • 1'

    Doherty takes the free and finds the back of the net with a wonderful strike

  • 1'

    Jack Doherty is fouled and an early free for Wexford

  • Three points separate these two sides. Town ahead on 18. They lie in 4th in the table.

  • Eric Molloy starts against his former side. There are plenty of former Town players in the Wexford side - Conor Davis, Jack Doherty and Aidan Friel start while Paul Hunt and Aaron Dobbs are on the bench

  • Longford Town have lost their last two games and will be hoping to get back to wining ways. Wexford came back from 1-0 down to draw 1-1 with Bray on Monday with keeper Alex Moody saving an 88th min penalty

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Longford Town against Wexford from Bishopsgate

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
7Ryan Graydon Forward
11Eric Molloy Forward 26'
10Sam Verdon Forward 94'
19Karl Chambers Forward
22Matthew Dunne
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien 21 Midfielder
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
14Michael Barker Defender
Cristian Magerusan 11
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Joe Doyle Forward
14Aidan Mooney Defender
21Joe Power 17
30Adam Hayden Goalkeeper

Wexford FC

13Alex Moody Goalkeeper
2Aidan Friel Defender 56'
9Conor Davis 11 Forward
10Jack Doherty Midfielder 1'
14Dinny Corcoran 8 Forward
17Luka Lovic 7 Midfielder
17Adam Wells Defender
20Jordan Tallon 15 Midfielder
21Harry Groome Midfielder
23Lorcan Fitzgerald Defender
33Mitchell Byrne 16 Defender
1Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
7Conor Crowley 17 Midfielder
8Conor Barry 14 Midfielder
11Aaron Dobbs 9 Forward
12Thomas Considine Defender
15Kevin McEvoy 20 Defender
16Len O’Sullivan 33 Defender
19Evan Farrell Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 6)
0 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

(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


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

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