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Date Time League Season
21 October 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Manley rescues point for Galway United

A second half brace from Rob Manley secured a late draw for Galway United.

His side trailing 3-1 at half time, first half goals from Darren Clarke after 7 minutes while Matthew O’Brian and Cristian Magersan scored in the 35th and 48th minute for the away side while Galway’s Evan O’Connor got his first United goal after the 27th minute. Both sides now meet again in the coming weeks in a crucial play-off match after an entertaining match in Eamonn Deacy Park 

It was Longford town who got proceedings underway in the final league game in Eamonn Deacy Park for the 2022 season and it was the visitors who started the brightest. 

It was clear from the outset that Longford had a preference to attack down Galways left hand side with Darren Clarke causing nightmares for Galway’s Adam Thomas. 

Longford found the opener with great play down their right flank and found Clarke charging into the area and after some great footwork he engineered himself space in the box and blasted the ball into the back of the net 1-0 with 7 minutes gone on the clock. 

Longford town dominated the proceedings after this point but Galway were given a lifeline when Evan O’Connor rose highest from a corner to net his first United goal bringing his side level after 27 minutes against the run of play but the home side were level.

35 minutes on the clock and again United were undone down their left hand side poor defending led to Longford having a shot at Conor Kearns in goal while he made a good save initially his save was parried into the path of Matthew O’Brian who tapped it home and Longford regained the lead 2-1. 

With Four minutes added on in the first half Longford left it late to find a third this time a corner of their own found the back of the net Cristian Magerusan’s headed effort being deflected into the Galway net and the away side went in at the break leading 3-1

Galway came out quickly in the second half with Rob Manley finding the back of the net in the 46th minute after being found in the box as he tapped in home to bring Galway back into the contest. 

United dominated the second and were much improved on their first half performance. 

Testing Colm Cox in the Longford goal on numerous occasions but the Town shot stopper coming out on top on multiple occasions. 

After 68 minutes Galway trailing 3-2 decided to introduce three subs three debuts for local Galway lads Mike McCullough Aaron Neary and Steven Healy a nice touch for the young lads to get some valuable experience in the First division. 

United looked like the side who would score next and that they did in the 82nd minute Rob Manley got his second of the game a header at the near post after a great ball from Evan O'Connor found him in the area.  

It was a hectic finish to the match as Galway pushed for a winner, but it wasn't to be they added a fourth Debut however in the 90th minute with Adam O’Halloran joining the lads from earlier in a proud night for United's youth coaches. 

  • 94'

    Its full time 3-3 these two sides will meet again in the play offs in the coming weeks

  • 90'

    Three minutes to be added on!

  • 90'

    Adam O Halloran makes his debut for United also

  • 82'

    Its 3-3 Manley find the back of the net with his head after a great ball in from Evan O'Connor

  • 80'

    10 minutes remaining Galway trail 3-2

  • 72'

    Great save from Colm Cox to prevent Galway from a free kick

  • 70'

    Triple change for Galway see three underage players make full debuts for United Mike McCullough Aaron Neary and Steven Healy

  • 66'

    Double change for the away side see Shane Elworthy and Sam Verdon replace Karl Chambers and Darren Clarke

  • 59'

    Kian Corbally is the first Longford player booked

  • 58'

    After a quick start the game has balanced out Galway looking for the equalizer

  • 46'

    Rob Manley Score directly from Kick-off Galway united back in it possibly!!

  • 48'

    Half time 3-1

  • 48'

    Longford find the back of the net of the stroke of half time Magerusan header takes a deflection and beat Kearns in the net for Galway

  • 45'

    Three minutes added on

  • 40'

    Lomboto goes off injured and is replaced by Ronan Manning

  • 35'

    O'Brian taps home from close range after Conor Kearns initial save falls to the Longford's man feet in the box 2-1

  • 34'

    Waweru goes down in the penalty area nothing given

  • 32'

    Rowe the second player into the book

  • 27'

    Evan's first goal for Galway United has brough the sides level after a great header from a corner 1-1

  • 25'

    Corner for Galway after a great spell from Longford

  • 16'

    Charlie Lyons is the first player booked

  • 11'

    Free in a dangerous area for Galway comes to nothing

  • 7'

    Darren Clarkes good footwork works some space in the box as he fires home from inside the box 1-0!

  • 5'

    Early sub for the away side injured Brandon McCann replaced by Mark Hanratty

  • 3'

    Confusion at the back nearly sees Galway's Manley clear on goal well collected by Colm Cox

  • 1'

    Kick off!

  • 10 minutes until kick off!

  • Weather is wet in Galway as both sides go through their warm ups

  • Both sides have announced their starting line ups

  • Hello and welcome to final whistle to our live text commentary of the final league match of the season!

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
4Charlie Lyons Defender 16'
6Diego Portilla Defender
15Adam Thomas Defender
20Evan O’Connor Defender 27'
8Mikie Rowe Midfielder 31'
10David Hurley Midfielder
19Francely Lomboto 14 Forward
18Wilson Waweru Forward
9Rob Manley Forward 46', 82'
9Manu Dimas Forward
3Stephen Walsh Defender
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
14Ronan Manning 19 Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy Midfielder
Connal Doran Goalkeeper
Steven Healy 10
Aaron Neary 9
Mikey McCullagh 15
Adam O’Halloran 18

Longford Town

13Colm Cox Goalkeeper
16Cristian Magerusan 48'
21Joe Power
22Matthew Dunne
12Brandon McCann Midfielder
15Kian Corbally Midfielder 59'
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder 35'
23Ben Lynch 3 Midfielder
7Darren Clarke 10 Midfielder 7'
24Adam Verdon Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 2 Forward
2Shane Elworthy 19 Defender
3Dylan Barnett 23 Defender
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
10Sam Verdon 7 Forward
10Emmanuel James
18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
25Mark Hanratty Midfielder
Ethan Mills 21

Past Meetings

(Round 22)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Galway United

(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

Ground

Eamonn Deacy Park
Eamonn Deacy Park, Dyke Road, Terryland, Menlough, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 ET6N, Ireland

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