Date Time League Season
24 September 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Derry ease past Longford

Derry City eased past a lacklustre Longford town to make up ground on 3rd placed Sligo Rovers.

First-half goals from Jamie McGonigle and James Akintunde as well as a Junior goal on 81 minutes was enough for The Candystripes to claim all three points.

Two fortunate first half goals from Jamie McGonigle and James Akintunde set the pace of the game as Longford desperately tried to get into the game. 

McGonigle who pressured the Longford defence got lucky as the ball bounced into his path from a poor clearance allowing him one-on-one with Lee Stacey in the Longford net, The Dungiven man made no mistake and slotted it past Stacey just after the quarter hour mark. 

Longford went in search of an equaliser opening up the game for Derry's counter-attacking game to come into play when on the half hour mark Akintudes strike from 22 yards took a wicked deflection and rattling Staceys net as there was nothing the Dubliner could do to prevent it. 

Again Longford went in search of a way back into the game with Dean Byrne, Aodh Dervin and Dylan Grimes making a nuisance of themselves, while Stacey was forced to make a number of saves to deny City. 

Longford started the second half strong with Nugent rounding Gartside only to put the ball over the bar as he lost his balance which epitomised Da Towns night.  

Moments later, at the other end Stacey pulled off a remarkable save to deny Junior to keep his side in the game. 

The game ebbed and flowed from that point with neither side creating and clear cut chances. With both clubs making a host of changes trying to make something of the second half. 

With 10 minutes to play Danny Laffery latched on to a precision long ball, Stacey pulling off an acrobatic save only far the ball to land at the feet of star man Junior whose miskicked shot bounced of the ground and evaded the scrambling Longford Keeper. 

Ruairdhi Higgins emptied his bench giving a debut to new boy Gerard Storey and adding fresh legs to his side to see out the game.  

Longford ended the match strong and had calls for a penalty denied by Roscommon referee John McLoughlin in the dying moments. 

Next up for Derry is a trip to Tallaght to face the last side to beat them in a league game, top boys Shamrock Rovers on Friday night. Longford on the other hand wait until Saturday host an inconsistent Bohemians side at Bishopsgate.

  • 90'

    Full time Derry City 3 - 0 Longford Town

  • 90'

    Longford trying their best to end on a high but this game is over

  • 87'

    Storey and Porter replace Harkin and Boyce

  • 86'

    Akintunde picks up a yellow

  • 82'

    Davis replaces Grimes

  • 81'

    3 nil Derry Game over as Stacey denies Lafferty but Junior rattles the back of the net for the candystripes

  • 80'

    both sides struggling to hold possession with !0 minutes to play

  • 78'

    Malone replaces goalscorer McGonigle

  • 75'

    Dobbs and Kirk replace for Byrne and Zambra Longford

  • 65'

    double sub for Derry as Hery and fitzgerald are replaced by Coll and Evan McLoughlin

  • 56'

    Elworthy is booked for longford

  • 54'

    McJannet sees yellow for a professional foul

  • 53'

    Nugent rounds Gartside but is off balance and puts it over the bar

  • 46'

    Longford get us underway for the second half

  • 45'

    Half Time " nil to the home side

  • 45'

    Byrnes free kicks turns to pin ball in the box but Gartside eventually claims

  • 45'

    Hery pulls down Grimes in a dangerous area and picks up a yellow

  • 42'

    Longford work a corner as we approach half time but Manleys header lacks power and direction and derry clear their lines

  • 30'

    Dervin picks up a yellow for lashing out at junior

  • 29'

    Derry double their lead as Akintundes strike is deflected past Stacey

  • 21'

    Derry hit the post from a corner and Stacey gets down to stop the second attempt

  • 18'

    Longford looking for a quick equaliser but to no avail as the Derry defence holds strong

  • 16'

    McGonigle benefits from his pressure and breaks into the box and breaks the deadlock

  • 15'

    Fitzgerald breaks forward but Byrne gets back to stifle

  • 9'

    Hery with a strike from the edge of the box after good work from Junior and Akintunde

  • 7'

    Both teams looking to get a foothold on possession with no real chance to speak of as yet

  • 1'

    Derry set to get us underway at the Ryan McBride Brandywell

  • Aaron McNally and Aodh Dervin come in for Longford in replace of the suspended Rob Manley and Robinson

  • Danny Laffery, Bastien Hery, Will Fitzgerald and Cameron McJannet all start for the candystripes,

  • Welcome to live coverage of Derry City and Longford Town

Derry City

1Nathan Gartside Goalkeeper
4Ciaron Harkin 42 Midfielder
6Eoin Toal Defender
7Will Fitzgerald 25 Midfielder
10Jamie McGonigle 29 Forward 16'
11James Akintunde Forward 29'
15Ronan Boyce Defender
20Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe Forward 81'
21Cameron McJannet Defender 57'
21Bastien Hery 3 Midfielder 45'
24Danny Lafferty Defender
Caoimhin Porter 15 Midfielder
42Gerard Storey 4 Midfielder
3Ciaran Coll 21 Defender
20Darren Cole Defender
25Evan McLaughlin 7 Defender
29Jack Malone 10 Midfielder
30Jack Lemoignan Goalkeeper
32Caolan McLaughlin Forward

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
6Dean Zambra 3 Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes 25 Midfielder
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
14Darragh Nugent Midfielder
10Dean Williams Forward
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder 30'
20Dean Byrne 9 Midfielder
21Aaron McNally Defender
22Joseph Manley Defender
3Paddy Kirk 6 Defender
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Aaron Dobbs 20 Forward
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
19Karl Chambers Forward
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
24Callum Warfield Forward
25Conor Davis 7 Forward
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper

Past Meetings

(Series 22)
0 - 2
Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Derry City

(Series 10)
1 - 1
Premier Division
The Brandywell

Derry City v Longford Town

(Series 1)
2 - 0
Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Derry City


RefereeAssistantsFourth Official
John McLoughlinDarragh Keegan
Darren Corcoran
Damien MacGraith


The Brandywell
Ryan McBride Brandywell, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 6NP, United Kingdom