Date Time League Season
27 June 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Magerusan Magic as Longford beat Galway

A second-half brace from Cristian Magerusan saw Longford Town claim a deserved win over title challengers Galway Utd at Bishopsgate.

Magerusan opened the scoring in the 62nd minute; Mick McDonnell knocked the ball down and Magerusan fired to the net from close range.

In the 74th minute Town had claims for a penalty waved away. Eight minutes later a Dylan Barnett corner was headed home by Magerusan.
The home side bossed the early exchanges of the first half with Conor Kearns denying Aaron Robinson and Magerusan.

Magerusa also hit the crossbar with a header in the fourth minute. Galway’s Conor McCormack brought an excellent save out of Town netminder Luke Dennison in the 14th minute.

Minutes later Wilson Waweru got into a good position but he dragged his shot wide. In the 23rd minute Kearns brought off an excellent save to deny Aaron Robinson. The home side continued to cause problems for the Galway defence.

In the 26th minute Michael Barker got onto the end of a Dylan Barnett corner but his effort hit Alex Murphy and he cleared. Three minutes later and Mageruson really should’ve done better with his effort.

Murphy played an excellent ball into Ed McCarthy in the 33rd minute but he brought a good save out of Dennison. Just before the break the visitors piled on pressure. Diego Portilla had an effort that was blocked by the Town defence. There was a scramble but nothing was created to trouble the Town keeper.

The opening exchanges of the second half were quite even. The deadlock was eventually broken just after the hour mark by Magerusan, it was no more than the player and the home side deserved. In the 74th minute the home side had appeals for a penalty turned down after Portilla appeared to haul down Karl Chambers. 

Galway emptied their bench in the hope of getting something out of the game but it didn’t have the desired impact. In the 82nd minute Magerusan doubled the home side’s advantage. Galway couldn’t find a response and offered very little in the way of chances as Dennison kept his goal intact.

  • 94'

    And it's over. A great win for the Town

  • 86'

    Cristian Magerusan

  • 86'

    Eric Molloy

  • 84'

    Diego Portilla is off

  • 84'

    Charlie Lyons is on

  • 83'

    Ed McCarthy

  • 83'

    Shane Doherty is on

  • 82'

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Cristian Mageruson with goal number 2 for the Town

  • 74'

    Karl Chambers appears to be taken down by Diego Portilla but the referee gives a goal-kick

  • 73'

    Wilson Waweru is off

  • 73'

    Francely Lomboto is on

  • 73'

    Manu Dimas off

  • 73'

    Jordan Adeyemo is on

  • 73'

    Gary Boylan goes off

  • 73'

    Stephen Walsh is on

  • 71'

    Diego Portilla is booked

  • 65'

    Ryan Graydon cuts inside and curls a terrific shot but it just shaves the bottom of the post.

  • 62'

    GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Cristian Mageruson for the Town

  • 54'

    Twice Town have had mis-placed passes that have gone out for throw-ins.

  • 52'

    Aaron Robinson receives a yellow card much to the disgust of the home supporters.

  • 50'

    Town win a corner but it comes to nothing

  • 45'

    Half-time here and it's scoreless

  • 45'

    Karl Chambers fouls Wilson Waweru, Galway have a free in a dangerous position

  • 42'

    Diego Portilla effort is blocked by the Town defence.

  • 33'

    Ed McCarthy brings a fine save out of Dennison. It was a great ball in from Alex Murphy

  • 29'

    Magerusan should've done better with his effort there after the referee plays advantage.

  • 26'

    Michael Barker with an effort from a Dylan Barnett corner, it hits Alex Murphy and he's able to clear.

  • 23'

    Conor Kearns with a great save to deny Aaron Robinson. It has been all Town.

  • 21'

    Wilson Waweru gets into a good position but he drags his shot wide.

  • 19'

    Conor McCormack with a strike that is tipped over the bar by Town keeper Luke Dennison

  • 18'

    Before that Killian Brouder put in a harsh challenge on Magerusan, and nothing. That's his second rash challenge

  • 18'

    Very good tackle on Ryan Graydon by Conor O'Keeffe

  • 14'

    A great cross in from Karl Chambers meets the head of Ryan Graydon, but he heads over.

  • 10'

    Corner is cleared by the Town defence

  • 9'

    A cross into the box from Gary Boylan was headed out for a corner by Shane Elworthy, with Wilson Waweru just lurking behind

  • 4'

    Magerusan then hits the crossbar. Ouch!

  • 4'

    Cristian Magerusan brings a save out of Conor Kearns

  • 2'

    The ball is played to Matthew O'Brien his cross is gathered by Conor Kearns

  • 1'

    Town win a free.

  • Galway drew 0-0 with Treaty Utd on Friday night while Town lost 2-1 away to Wexford.

  • Town have two players out through suspension and their bench is quite light. Dean McMenamy and Sam Verdon out through suspension

  • It's a miserable evening here in Longford. I don't think we'll have much of crowd.

  • Welcome to Bishopsgate for this evening's clash between Longford Town and Galway Utd. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty and I'll be keeping you updated

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder 52'
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
7Ryan Graydon Forward
14Michael Barker Defender
16Cristian Magerusan 11 62', 82'
19Karl Chambers Forward
21Joe Power
11Eric Molloy 16 Forward
21Matthew Butler
22Matthew Dunne
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
24Callum Warfield Forward
30Adam Hayden Goalkeeper

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
6Diego Portilla 4 Defender
7Gary Boylan 3 Defender
9Manu Dimas 12 Forward
10David Hurley Midfielder
18Wilson Waweru 19 Forward
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 11 Midfielder
25Alex Murphy Defender
3Stephen Walsh 7 Defender
4Charlie Lyons 6 Defender
8Mikie Rowe Midfielder
11Shane Doherty 24 Midfielder
12Jordan Adeyemo 9 Forward
16Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
19Francely Lomboto 18 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender
26Oisin O’Reilly Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 14)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Longford Town

(Round 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Galway United

(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


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

Deniese is a freelance sports journalist/broadcaster. She has worked for several local and national media outlets. GAA and soccer are her great loves and she also follows rugby league and snooker. She's a big supporter of her local clubs St. Mary's GAA Granard and Longford Town. She also follows Celtic, Liverpool and Leeds Rhinos. She presented and produced a popular sports podcast last year where she interviewed Ray Houghton, Chris Kamara and John Hartson. Deniese is currently Head of Communications for Boccia Ireland