Date Time League Season
13 May 2022 7:45 pm First Division 2022

Match Report

Longford win Midlands ‘El Clasico’

Longford Town won their second El Clasico De Midlands of the season tonight, beating Athlone Town 2-1.

Athlone took the lead through Shane Barnes but Karl Chambers and Sam Verdon turned it around for the visitors before the half. The second half would produce next to nothing.

The hosts

somewhat surprisingly took the lead in the 20th minute. Thomas Oluwa was played through and Luke Dennison came out to squander the chance.

He succeeded, but Shane Barnes picked up the second ball and took it onto his left foot to slot in. Replays showed that Dennison may have handled outside the area initially, nonetheless Athlone had the lead.

The lead would only last so long. In the 31st minute, Karl Chambers received the ball on the right wing and crossed in, sending his ball right over the head of Mark Smith. Unclear whether it took a deflection or not but Longford were happy to be level.

The game was turned on its head four minutes later. Sam Verdon was played through in acres of space and sauntered through on goal, rounding Smith and slotting in. In a matter of four minutes, Athlone’s hopes were dashed.

The second half produced very little in terms of chances. Athlone were forced into taking pot shots which Longford were more than content with. Gary Armstrong was the town player that these chances came from, but none of them ever threatened Dennison in the Longford net.

There was a derby element to this game. There were five yellow cards given throughout the game, three for Athlone, two for Longford. Two of these cards for Athlone would see them lose a man.

In the 86th minute, Daniel Dobbin received his marching orders. He put in a late challenge to cap off the derby loss for Athlone. That’s two weeks in a row an Athlone player has seen red, adding to a lengthy injury list.

The Shannonsiders could’ve snatched a draw in the 88th minute. Oluwa received a ball in the box and under little duress, attempted to catch Dennison at the near post. His left footed curler smacked the post, letting Longford off the hook.

That would see Longford home and hosed. They maintain their position in the promotion hunt whilst ensuring their neighbours remain winless. All in all, a good Friday the 13th for the red and black.

  • 93'

    Full time.

  • 90'

    Three minutes added on.

  • 88'

    Chance! Oluwa smacks the post. Closest chance of the half.

  • 82'

    Oluwa tries to beat Dennison at the near post but Dennison catches it.

  • 69'

    Verdon has a shot that Smith originally spills, but eventually collects. Second half has been starved of chances.

  • 57'

    First chance for either side this half as Armstrong bursts forward and has a crack, but it's straight into Dennison's hands.

  • 46'

    Back underway.

  • 45'

    Half time.

  • 45'

    One minute added on.

  • 39'

    Duffy is played through and tries to beat Dennison at the near post, but the Longford keeper is down well.

  • 35'

    Goal! Graydon is played through and rounds the keeper before slotting in. A quick turnaround.

  • 34'

    Looking for the instant response, Gary Armstrong cuts in and lets fly. Goes just wide.

  • 31'

    Goal! Longford are level after a Chambers cross goes straight in!

  • 30'

    A stray ball across the middle of the park ricochets off the head of Verdon and nearly catches Smith out. Heads wide though.

  • 23'

    Molloy tries a speculative effort, but his pea roller is dealt with easily by Smith.

  • 20'

    Goal! Athlone have the breakthrough through Shane Barnes!

  • 15'

    Barnes is played through but Dennison comes out for it. First half chance for either side.

  • 10'

    At the ten minute mark. Nothing of note for either side yet.

  • 1'

    Athlone get us underway.

  • Minutes silence before kickoff.

  • Teams are out. Kickoff is imminent.

  • It's a clear sunny day. Perfect conditions for a game of ball.

  • The teams are in.

  • Athlone have five players out for tonight, meaning the odds are even further stacked against them. Longford should be at full strength.

  • Hello and welcome to for live updates of today's Midlands Derby between Athlone Town and Longford Town, I'm Seán Comber and I'll be updating you throughout.

Athlone Town

1Mark Smith Goalkeeper
2Daniel Dobbin Defender 15'
3Derek Daly 8 Defender
4Noah van Geenen Defender
9Shane Barnes Forward 20'
11Thomas Oluwa Forward 89'
12Aaron Connolly Midfielder
18Oisin Duffy Midfielder
19Aaron McBride
20Gary Armstrong 14 Forward
31Carlton Ubaezuonu Midfielder
30Andrew Skerritt Goalkeeper
6Matthew McCarrick 8 Forward
8Quincy Nkansah 6 Midfielder
10Sultan Adenekan
14Success Edogun 20 Forward
22Youri Habing
23Donal Curtin Midfielder
27Osaze Irhue

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
7Ryan Graydon Forward 35'
10Sam Verdon Forward 93'
11Eric Molloy 21 Forward
17Matthew O’Brien 9 Midfielder
19Karl Chambers Forward 31'
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Joe Doyle 17 Forward
12Aidan Mooney Defender
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder
16Cristian Magerusan
21Joe Power 11
22Matthew Dunne
24Callum Warfield Forward

Past Meetings

(Round 9)
2 - 0
First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Athlone Town

(Series 14)
0 - 4
First Division
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

(Series 5)
2 - 0
First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Athlone Town


Athlone Town Stadium
Athlone Town Stadium, Old Rail Trail, Garrycastle, Athlone East Rural Electoral Division, The Municipal District of Athlone — Moate, County Westmeath, Leinster, N37 N1F2, Ireland

Athlone native currently studying journalism in Dublin City University.