Date Time League Season
12 August 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Longford cement playoff hopes further with win in Bray

A brace from the in-form Jordan Adeyemo as well as a spot kick from Sam Verdon, sealed a comfortable 3-0 victory for Longford Town over Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds this evening.

It was an evenly matched first twenty minutes between both sides, with not many clear cut chances made.

Towards the middle of the first period, it was Gary Cronin’s side who started to see more of the ball.

Aaron Robinson had the first couple of big chances for Longford Town and it took two great saves from McGuinness to deny Robinson from close range and from distance.

In the 26th minute, a long ball over the top of the Bray Wanderers defence by Mark Hanratty found the dangerous Jordan Adeyemo.

The Town’s number nine showed great composure to dribble past McGuinness in the Bray net and calmly stroke the ball into the back of the net.

From here, you could see Bray Wanderers become frustrated and after their former man Sam Verdon slipped Adeyemo through, he was fouled by Jamie Callaghan. The referee pointed to the spot and Verdon stood up and sent McGuinness the wrong way to double their lead.

Just minutes after the restart, Longford Town secured the points after a fantastic whipped cross from Dylan Barnett found the inform Jordan Adeyemo. Adeyemo volleyed home into the net from close range to triple their advantage.

From here, Longford continued to dominate with the likes of Hanratty, McMenamy and Elworthy working hard to keep their side in control.

The visitors came agonisingly close to a fourth goal with a quarter of an hour remaining through a free kick from former Bray man Dylan Barnett. The left back’s effort from the edge of the area smashed against the post and out.

Longford held out for the well-deserved win, while things went from bad to worse for Bray who have won just once at home this campaign.

  • Full time and it's a well deserved 3-0 win for Longford Town.

  • 90'

    Into injury time here at the Carlisle Grounds.

  • 79'

    O'Brien is the latest player booked.

  • 78'

    Longford controlling the game here with Bray pretty much chasing shadows.

  • 72'

    Conor Clifford booked for a tactical foul on Verdon.

  • 69'

    Elworthy booked

  • 71'

    Barnett rattles the post, let off for Bray.

  • 71'

    Barnett slips Adam Verdon through and McGuinness denies him from close range. The ball is brought back for a foul on the edge of the area.

  • 66'

    Hollywood booked now for the hosts.

  • 64'

    Knight booked for Bray.

  • 59'

    Darragh Lynch with a half chance for the hosts but his effort flies over the bar.

  • 49'

    Dylan Barnett with an outrageous cross straight into Adeyemo who volleys the ball into the top corner. What a goal and that is surely game set.

  • 47'

    Kurtis Byrne's free kick is saved comfortably by Dennison.

  • 46'

    Back underway here at the Carlisle Grounds for the second half.

  • 45'

    Half Time and it's The Town who lead 2-0.

  • 45'

    Great ball from Clifford to find Keith Dalton but his shot is defelcted and out for a corner.

  • 31'

    Verdon slips Adeyemo through and Callaghan brings the Longford man down. Somehow Callaghan isn't shown a second yellow card. Verdon steps up and sends McGuinness the wrong way.

  • 26'

    Hanratty with a fantastic ball in behind the Bray defence. Jordan Adeyemo collects and calmly rounds McGuinness, before slotting home. 1-0 to Longford Town.

  • 16'

    Penalty shout for Bray Wanderers as Hollywood goes down in the box but the referee waves play on. Still level.

  • 15'

    McGuinness with a great stop to deny Robinson from close range. The Town recycle the ball and almost scored again with an effort from distance through Robinson again. McGuinness saves well yet again before Adeyemo's cross is met by Clarke who can't keep his effort on target.

  • 10'

    Fox with a great cross into the back post, but no Bray men were able to find a touch.

  • 6'

    Jamie Callaghan booked for Bray.

  • Longford Town starting the brighter of the sides here.

  • 1'

    We're underway here at the Carlisle Grounds.

  • Just minutes away from kick off and a very hot and sunny Carlisle Grounds.

  • Bray are sitting in eighth place, while Longford Town are in fourth.

  • Hello and welcome to for tonight's League of Ireland First Division clash between Bray Wanderers and Longford Town.

Bray Wanderers

1Stephen McGuinness Goalkeeper
3Kevin Knight Defender 63'
6Conor Clifford Midfielder 72'
7Keith Dalton Midfielder
11Paul Fox Midfielder
12Jack Hudson Defender 82'
14Jamie Callaghan 8 Midfielder 6'
16Callum Thompson 26 Midfielder
23Conor McManus
24Darragh Lynch 21 Forward
38Jamie Hollywood 15 Midfielder 66'
35Benjamin Clark Goalkeeper
5Hugh Douglas Defender
8Kurtis Byrne 14 Forward
15Eoin Massey 38 Midfielder
18Zak O’Neill Midfielder
21Conor Knight 24 Midfielder
26Ben Feeney 16 Forward
27Dean Zambra Midfielder
31Enda Douglas Defender
Zach Donohue 11 Defender

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 69'
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
7Darren Clarke 31 Midfielder
9Jordan Adeyemo 16 Forward 26', 49'
10Sam Verdon 24 Forward 31'
14Michael Barker Defender
20Dean McMenamy 17 Midfielder
25Mark Hanratty 11 Midfielder
13Colm Cox Goalkeeper
11Eric Molloy 25 Forward
16Cristian Magerusan 9
17Matthew O’Brien 20 Midfielder 79'
19Karl Chambers Forward
22Matthew Dunne
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
24Adam Verdon 10 Midfielder
31Kian Corbally 7 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Round 19)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Bray Wanderers

(Round 11)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Longford Town

(Round 5)
1 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Bray Wanderers

(Series 12)
3 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Carlisle Grounds

Bray Wanderers v Longford Town

(Series 3)
0 - 2
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Bray Wanderers


Carlisle Grounds
Carlisle Grounds, Seapoint Road, Bray No 2, The Municipal District of Bray, County Wicklow, Leinster, A98 T9D9, Ireland

Luke Delaney is a Final Year Journalism Student in DCU. Sports Reporter for Wicklow People and