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29 July 2022 7:45 pm FAI Cup 2022

Match Report

Second-half thrashing sees Dundalk progress past sorry Longford

It was a night of firsts for some, but Dundalk had to wait until they could beat Longford Town 4-0 in a decisive second half at Oriel Park.

While neither team was able to break through in the first half, Stephen O'Donnell's team's win was secured with three goals in the space of seven minutes, followed by a second goal for Greg Sloggett. In fact, this was Sloggett's first goals of the year, and Pat Hoban's ninth goal of the year as well as Joe Adam's opening up his Dundalk account.

Greg Sloggett had the first opportunity to score for the home side after Stephen Brady used some deft trickery to feed him the ball, but his attempt from the edge of the box missed the target. With a half volley from the edge of the box, Patrick Hoban attempted to increase his season total of eight goals, but his effort dipped at the wrong moment and went beyond Luke Dennison's bar.

The home team's best opportunity of the half came when Hoban held the ball up to release newly signed loanee Runar Hauge, whose cross found the advancing Keith Ward, but his attempt just missed the target. Jordan Adeyemo for the Midlanders has his side's best chance as he surged through the Dundalk defence and lobbed the ball over the advancing Nathan Sheppard, but it was in vain because he had strayed offside during the buildup. 

In the second half, Dundalk made substitutions, bringing in Ryan O'Kane for Runar Hauge and Joe Adams for Keith Ward. These adjustments had the desired effect, as Dundalk scored three goals in the span of eight minutes to secure the victory. After a superb assist from Bradley, Greg Sloggett scored the first goal from an initial effort from Joe Adams,  Sloggett was there to put the ball past Dennison after it was saved from Adams.

Two minutes later, the Lilywhites scored their second goal when Hoban laid the ball off to Macari, who then crossed the ball for the Dundalk striker to pounce. Joe Adams scored for Dundalk for the first time by latching onto a pass at the edge of the box and firing a low shot past the goalkeeper. Greg Sloggett scored the fourth goal for Dundalk by tapping in a Ryan O'Kane pass. O'Kane was brilliant during the buildup, breaking into the area and providing the Dundalk number 10 the inch-perfect assist.

Ryan O'Kane's shot was brilliantly stopped by Dennison, and John Martin appeared to have added a fifth goal, but his tap-in was disallowed because he was offside. 

For the away side, Darragh Clarke received an excellent pass from Karl Chambers, and he attempted to score a consolation goal, but he overplayed the ball, and Sheppard easily gathered it.

In what could be considered a tale of two halves for the men from Oriel, Dundalk will be happy to advance to the next round.

  • 90'

    FULL TIME: It was a night of firsts for some, but Dundalk had to wait until they could beat Longford Town 4-0 in a decisive second half at Oriel Park. While neither team was able to break through in the first half, Stephen O'Donnell's team's win was secured with three goals in the space of seven minutes, followed by a second goal for Greg Sloggett. In fact, this was Sloggett's first goal of the year, Pat Hoban's ninth goal of the year as well as Joe Adam's opening up his Dundalk account.

  • 90'

    Two added minutes here at Oriel Park.

  • 83'

    Karl Chambers played an excellent ball into Darragh Clarke but he overplays it and the Dundalk keeper Sheppard collects it but the pair clash.

  • 82'

    John Martin looked as if he had added a fifth, Ryan O'Kane's strike was well saved by Dennison and Martin's tap-in is ruled out as he was offside

  • 80'

    Darragh Leahy's cross is sent into the area and John Martin gets a header on goal but it goes wide of the mark.

  • 74'

    Ben Lynch replaces Dylan Barnett and Matthew O'Brien replaces Aaron Robinson.

  • 70'

    John Mountney - a 4-time winner of the FAI Cup - moves level with Dundalk's 2002 FAI Cup-winning captain David Crawley in joint 12th in the all-time appearance list following his introduction.

  • 70'

    Triple change for Dundalk as McMillan, Mountney and Martin come on for Hoban, Macari and Sloggett

  • 67'

    And it's four! Dundalk has added another one as Greg Sloggett tapped home from Ryan O'Kane pass - O'Kane looked fantastic in the buildup breaking into the area and providing an excellent pass to his teammate.

  • 62'

    It's 3-0 Dundalk! Joe Adams gets his first goal for Dundalk as he latched onto a pass on the edge of the area and hits a low effort that flies past the keeper. Thats three goals in the space of seven minutes.

  • 61'

    Darren Clarke replaces Jordan Adeyemo and Adam Verdon replaces Sam Verdon.

  • 60'

    It's 2-0! A cross from Macari from a lay-off from Hoban and the cross from the Dundalk right back heads it past Dennison to double Dundalk's advantage!

  • 58'

    Dundalk get the breakthrough! Joe Adams with the initial shot after a great pass from Bradley. Adams shot is saved and Sloggett was on hand to slot it home.

  • 56'

    CHANCE: Lewis Macari with yet another quality delivery and Joe Adams at the back post just heads wide.

  • 55'

    Karl Chambers comes on for Brandon McCann of Longford Town.

  • 53'

    Double change for Dundalk: Ryan O'Kane comes on for Hauge and Joe Adams is on for Keith Ward

  • 52'

    CHANCE: Hoban collects the balls from a corner knock down and his shot goes wide of the mark.

  • 47'

    Sam Verdon is down injured getting treatment and it looks as if he has got a head injury of some sort.

  • 46'

    We are back underway - the half was delayed because well we can say anything different: someone got sick and it had to clean up off the pitch.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME: A frustrating performance for the home side who have not got going, Longford have been impressive and hard working. A lot to do in this second if either side are to progress.

  • 45'

    POST: Dundalk gets a corner and the ball is initially headed by Boyle and Bradley's header strikes the post, the ball bounces around the area but it's finally cleared. One added minute here at Oriel Park.

  • 42'

    Adeyemo lobbed the ball and puts it in the back of the net beating Sheppard but he was offside.

  • 40'

    SAVE: Dennison hits a low strike from outside the area and it forces good diving save from the Longford Town keeper.

  • 39'

    Not much to report since the Ward chance, a lot of passages of play but nothing of note for either side.

  • 32'

    CHANCE: Hoban holds the ball up and releases Runar with the ball and his cross finds the onrushing Keith Ward but his effort goes just wide.

  • 30'

    It's become a little bit of a siege on Longford's goal at the moment but the away side are defending very well at the moment.

  • 27'

    Runar Hauge tries to make a name for himself with a strike from outside the area but his curling effort is well saved.

  • 26'

    Bradley hits a strike with his cultured left foot but Longford do well to block down the effort.

  • 21'

    CHANCE: Hoban with a fantastic strike on the edge of the area after the ball fell to him after some clever build-up play by Keith Ward. That just went over the bar - Dundalk starting to go into the game.

  • 21'

    Hauge is getting a bit more movement and space and his cross into the read is well read by the keeper

  • 17'

    CHANCE: Keith Ward collects the ball just outside the area and his dinked cross is met at the back post by Patrick Hoban but his header just goes wide of the far post.

  • 15'

    Longford very much pushing Dundalk high and Adeyemo is making a menace of himself upfront, very impressive start from the First Division side.

  • 9'

    Patrick Hoban has a sight on goal but he is deemed to have fouled Luke Dennison and down the other end Nathan Sheppard is put under pressure from Jordan Adeyemo

  • 6'

    Longford playing a high press at the moment looking to catch Dundalk under pressure as both sides try to find their way in this tie. Both sides looking for an early breakthrough.

  • 3'

    CHANCE: The first sight on goal comes from Greg Sloggett as Stephen Brady does some trickery and feeds the ball to Sloggett and he lets one fly from the edge of the area but his effort just went wide.

  • 1'

    KICK OFF: We are underway at Oriel Park, Dundalk kick us off with Keith Ward starting proceedings.

  • Stephen O'Donnell starts a bid to win back-to-back FAI Cups with different clubs tonight. His Pat’s side were 6-0 winners against current Longford Town boss Gary Cronin’s Bray at this stage last year with Sam Bone amongst the scorers on the day.

  • It's just a third FAI Cup meeting between the sides. Dundalk won 3-0 away in the opening round in February 1972 when Gerry Rogers, Paddy Turner and Sean Kelly were on target and 2-0 at home in the last meeting in the semi-finals in 2015 when Paddy Barrett and Ronan Finn scored

  • Nathan Shepperd also returns to the Dundalk starting lineup tonight having missed the last two games with a shoulder problem. It's an FAI Cup debut for the Welsh keeper but he has been on the bench for an FA Cup tie when Brentford beat Middlesbrough 2-1 at home in January 2021.

  • The big team news from tonight is that Runar Hauge will make his debut for Dundalk tonight. He becomes the fifth Norwegian to play in the League of Ireland after Stanley Anaebonam (Shels), Glen Atle Larsen (Pat’s), Tim Nilsen (Derry City) and Ole Erik Midtskogen who played for Dundalk last year. He is currently playing with Kjelsås Fotball Club - the third tier in Norway.

  • Good evening from Final Whistle HQ - Ciaran Callan is here to take you through tonight's FAI Cup First Round between Dundalk FC and Longford Town. The road to the Aviva begins all around the country and Dundalk will be hoping to make a return to the showcase final this year.

Dundalk

1Nathan Sheppard Goalkeeper
2Lewis Macari 23 Defender
4Andy Boyle Defender
6Sam Bone Defender
9Patrick Hoban 29 Forward 60'
10Greg Sloggett 11 Midfielder 58', 67'
15Darragh Leahy Defender
16Steven Bradley
17Keith Ward 28 Midfielder
21Paul Doyle Midfielder
22Runar Hauge 20 Midfielder
14Peter Cherrie Goalkeeper
7Daniel Kelly Midfielder
11John Martin 10 Forward
20Joe Adams 22 Midfielder 62'
23John Mountney 2 Midfielder
28Ryan O’Kane 17 Forward
29David McMillan 9 Forward
18Robbie McCourt Defender

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett 23 Defender
4Aaron Robinson 17 Midfielder
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Jordan Adeyemo 7 Forward
12Brandon McCann 19 Midfielder
14Michael Barker Defender
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
1Colm Cox Goalkeeper
16Cristian Magerusan
7Darren Clarke 9 Midfielder
10Sam Verdon 24 Forward
11Eric Molloy Forward
17Matthew O’Brien 4 Midfielder
19Karl Chambers 12 Forward
23Ben Lynch 3 Midfielder
24Adam Verdon 10 Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 34)
2 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Longford Town

(Series 27)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Dundalk

(Series 16)
1 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
Casey's Field (Oriel Park)

Dundalk v Longford Town

(Series 9)
2 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Dundalk

Ground

Casey's Field (Oriel Park)
Carrickmacross Road, Dundalk No. 3 Urban, The Municipal District of Dundalk, County Louth, Leinster, A91 RC44, Ireland

Ciaran Callan is a part-time sports journalist based in Dundalk, Co. Louth. He has more than 10 year’s experience working with media companies including both extensive radio broadcasting experience along with print and digital media reporting for the SSE Airtricity League as well digital media work with the national sports company eirSport. He joined FinalWhistle in February 2021 as is their main correspondent for Dundalk Football Club.