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

Match Report

LOI FD Report: Longford Town 2-0 Cobh Ramblers

Goals in each half from Jordan Adeyemo and Mark Hanratty saw Longford Town make it three wins from three over Ramblers this season.

Just three minutes had elapsed when the home side broke the deadlock; Sam Verdon’s low drive was blocked on the line by Justin Eguaibor, the ball fell to Adeyemo and he shot home from close range.

Hanratty marked his debut for the Town with a goal in the 63rd minute; Verdon with a one-two and Hanratty with a nice strike past Paul Hunt.

The visitors had the first effort on goal. The ball fell nicely to Luke Desmond in the second minute but his shot was just wide. One minute later and the Town were 1-0 up. Ramblers defender Brendan Frahill put in a good tackle to deny Verdon in the fourth minute as Town went in search of a second goal.

Conor Drinan’s backheel was cleared by Town defender Mick McDonnel in the 10th minute. Adeyemo caused the Ramblers defence a lot of problems throughout. From a corner in the 18th minute he tried some acrobatics but the ball went over the bar. Town played some good football. Verdon saw his effort deflected out for a corner in the 27th minute.

A good move in the 38th minute ended with Eric Molloy putting the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. It seemed a harsh call. As the half ended Rambles pressed but the home defence did well.

In the 53rd minute Town came close to doubling their advantage. Adeyemo did the hard work and whipped the ball into Verdon but Eguaibor somehow was able to turn Verdon’s effort onto the bar.

Minutes later Dean McMenamy flashed his effort wide as the Town piled on the pressure. Ramblers keeper Paul Hunt brought off a fantastic save to deny Darren Clarke in the 62nd minute.

Town doubled their advantage in the 63rd minute through Hanratty with Sam Verdon once again providing the assist. They kept pushing for another goal while Ramblers didn’t create anything to trouble Luke Dennison in the second half.

  • 93'

    Shane Elworthy is booked

  • 90'

    Matthew O'Brien the first Town player to be booked

  • 83'

    Sean McGrath is off

  • 83'

    Darragh O'Sullivan Connell is on

  • 83'

    John Kavanagh is off

  • 83'

    Liam Kervick on for Ramblers

  • 83'

    Brendan Frahill is booked

  • 81'

    Sam Verdon makes way for his brother

  • 81'

    Adam Verdon is on

  • 81'

    Jordan Adeyemo is off

  • 81'

    Cristian Magerusan is on

  • 78'

    Another corner for the home side

  • 76'

    The ball falls nicely to Mick McDonnell but he shows why he's a centre half and not a centre foward

  • 76'

    Charlie Fleming is booked for a foul on Hanratty

  • 67'

    Darren Clarke goes off

  • 67'

    Kian Corbally on for Town

  • 67'

    Jason Abbott is off

  • 67'

    Pierce Phillips is the third change for Cobh

  • 67'

    Whitmarsh makes way

  • 67'

    Jake Hegarty is on

  • 67'

    Dale Holland off

  • 67'

    James O'Leary on for the visitors

  • 65'

    Hunt with a save from Darren Clarke

  • 64'

    Hanratty played a 1-2 with Verdon and a lovely finish

  • 63'

    And just like that Mark Hanratty gets Town's second goal

  • 63'

    The home side are really piling on the pressure

  • 62'

    Fantastic save by Paul Hunt from Darren Clarke

  • 61'

    Adeyemo with a header but it's wide

  • 60'

    Referee Michael Connolly is letting a lot go here.

  • 56'

    Dean McMenamy flashes his effort wide. All Town so far

  • 53'

    Eguaibor somehow stops Sam Verdon from getting a second goal for Town.

  • 51'

    Mark Hanratty's effort is blocked and it's a Town corner

  • 50'

    Dylan Barnett with a chance but it's over

  • 49'

    Adeyemo breaks down the right, he puts in a ball but it's cleared by Eguaibor.

  • 46'

    Eric Molloy is off

  • 46'

    Mark Hanratty is on for Town

  • 45'

    The home side lead at half-time

  • 45'

    Ball into Whitmarsh but he's offside. Ramblers ending the half well

  • 44'

    Good defending from the Town

  • 37'

    Eric Molloy puts the ball in the net but it's offside

  • 32'

    A ball in from Eric Molloy to Adeyemo but he is well marshalled and Ramblers clear

  • 27'

    Sam Verdon with an effort that gets a deflection for a corner

  • 26'

    Adeyemo causing problems for the visitors

  • 24'

    Some more passes from Cobh and lucky they weren't punished

  • 22'

    Desmond with a shot but it's over the bar

  • 20'

    Another corner for the home side

  • 18'

    The ball falls nicely to Adeyemo, he tries some acrobatics but it goes over the bar

  • 18'

    Darren Clarke wins a corner for Town

  • 15'

    Good move from Ramblers, Conor Drinan with the shot but Luke Dennison makes a fine save

  • 14'

    Free for Ramblers

  • 13'

    Whitmarsh whips the ball in but it is cleared on the edge of the box by Eric Molloy

  • 10'

    Mick McDonnell blocks Conor Drinan's backheel

  • 7'

    Luke Dennison gets a fist to the ball and is fouled in the process

  • 6'

    Ramblers win a corner

  • 4'

    Brendan Frahill with a great tackle to deny Sam Verdon

  • 3'

    Sam Verdon's low drive was cleared off the line but it fell nicely to Adeyemo and he shot home from close range

  • 3'

    Jordan Adeyemo puts Town ahead

  • 2'

    A good strike from Luke Desmond but it's just wide

  • A late change for the home side. Brandon McCann is out and is replaced on the bench by Tom Bourke

  • Paul Hunt made a return to Cobh Ramblers during the week and starts against his former side

  • It's two wins for the Town over Ramblers this season. They defeated them 2-0 at Bishopsgate and then 4-2 down at St. Colman's Park

  • Both sides were knocked out of the FAI Cup last weekend but in their previous league game they picked up excellent wins. Town came from behind to defeat 3rd place Waterford 2-1 while Ramblers also had to come from behind to beat Bray Wanderers 3-1.

  • Deniese O'Flaherty here to bring you all the action from Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers for Final Whistle.

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 93'
3Dylan Barnett Defender
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
7Darren Clarke 15 Midfielder
10Sam Verdon Forward
11Eric Molloy 4 Forward
9Jordan Adeyemo Forward 3'
14Michael Barker Defender
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder 90'
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
1Colm Cox Goalkeeper
16Cristian Magerusan
19Karl Chambers Forward
22Matthew Dunne
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
15Kian Corbally 7 Midfielder
24Adam Verdon Midfielder
4Mark Hanratty 11 Midfielder 63'
30Tom Bourke

Cobh Ramblers

1Paul Hunt Goalkeeper
2John Kavanagh 31 Defender
3Charlie Fleming Defender 76'
6Jason Abbott 8 Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 10 Forward
11Conor Drinan Defender
14Seán McGrath 12 Forward
16Luke Desmond Midfielder
17Justin Eguaibor Defender
26Fionn Duggan Midfielder
28Dale Holland 34 Midfielder
13Gavin Ryan Goalkeeper
8Pierce Phillips 6 Midfielder
10Jake Hegarty 9 Forward
12Darragh O’Sullivan Connell 14 Defender
23Ciaran Griffin Forward
25Michael McCarthy Defender
34James O’Leary 28 Defender
31Liam Kervick 2 Midfielder
5Breandan Frahill Defender 83'

Past Meetings

(Round 18)
2 - 4
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

(Round 1)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 17)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 8)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers 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