Date Time League Season
13 November 2021 7:30 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Williams earns Longford draw with Waterford

A 75th minute penalty from Dean Williams earned Longford Town a 1-1 draw at home to Waterford on a misty night at Bishopsgate.

Waterford had taken the lead on 65 minute when Anthony Wordsworth scored a stunning goal. It was no more than the visitors deserved but 10 minutes later Darragh Nugent played a lovely ball into Williams but he was taken down by Eddie Nolan. Williams made no mistake with the spot-kick.

In what was a poor opening half chances were at a premium with neither keeper having to make a real save of note. The visitors bossed possession with Niall O’Keeffe, John Martin and Shane Griffin having chances. Dean Williams and Aaron Robinson with the chances in that half for the home side.

The visitors finished with 10 men after Halford was sent off for Waterford in the 86th minute on a second yellow.

Williams’ 75th minute penalty earned Town a draw in their final home game of the season.

Waterford are level on points with Finn Harps but stay in ninth due to an inferior goal difference. They finished the game with 10 men after defender Greg Halford received a second yellow card from referee Ray Matthews.

In what was a poor first half chances were at a premium. Williams shot straight at Murphy in the third minute while the visitors’ first chance on goal came in the ninth minute but Niall O’Keeffe should’ve done better with his effort.

As the half went on the Blues enjoyed a lot of possession but rarely made Town keeper Lee Steacy work. John Martin (Waterford) and Aaron Robinson (Town) both had chances from headers that were wide of the target. In the 38th minute Shane Griffin shot over as Town failed to clear a Waterford corner.  

The second half was a lot better than the first as both sides upped their performances. Just like the first half Williams had the first effort after the break but Murphy again saved. In the 59th minute Town keeper Steacy brought off a fine save to deny Eddie Nolan.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 65th minute when Wordsworth hit a stunning strike through a crowded area to give the visitors the lead. 10 minutes later and Town were back on level terms when Williams made no mistake from the penalty spot. 

Things got worse for the visitors on 86 minutes when Greg Halford was sent off after picking up a needless second yellow card. The Town defence stood firm as Waterford went in search of a second goal. The battle to avoid finishing in the relegation play-off spot goes down to the final league game of the season.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added on at Bishopsgate.

  • 90'

    Dean Williams with a shot on goal. Close

  • 89'

    Darragh Power puts in a well timed tackle on Rob Manley

  • 86'

    Greg Halford gets a needless second yellow card and referee Ray Matthews shows him a red.

  • 75'

    Dean Williams is taken down and puts away a penalty to draw the home side level

  • 70'

    Callum Warfield with a chance but hits it over the bar.

  • 65'

    Anthony Wordsworth with a stunning goal.

  • 63'

    Shane Elworthy gets booked for a foul on Junior

  • 59'

    Eddie Nolan's shot is saved by the feet of Lee Steacy

  • 58'

    Darragh Power fouls Dean Williams but nothing given. Williams isn't happy.

  • 52'

    Patterson does well to get past a few Town players to put a cross into the box but no Waterford player there.

  • 50'

    Aaron Robinson's clearance falls to Jack Stafford but he really should've done better with his strike

  • 50'

    Rob Manley clears Phoenix Patterson's corner.

  • 49'

    The visitors win a corner

  • 46'

    Darragh Nugent into Dean Williams but Murphy is out to save.

  • 46'

    A free from Conor Davis just whizzes over the head of Aaron Robinson.

  • 39'

    Town get the ball away before Griffin takes a punt

  • 38'

    Lee Steacy messes up when he tries to clear, it falls to Shane Griffin but it's over

  • 37'

    A corner to the visitors

  • 32'

    Ball put in by Conor Davis is headed away by Eddie Nolan

  • 30'

    Aaron Robinson is booked.

  • 26'

    Aaron Robinson with a diving header for the home side but it's wide.

  • 24'

    John Martin with a header but it's wide.

  • 21'

    A cross from Jack Stafford hits the post and goes out for a goal kick.

  • 14'

    The Blues are coming into the game and playing some good football

  • 12'

    Darragh Nugent picks up an early yellow card for a foul on Jack Stafford

  • 12'

    Not much of note happening here.

  • 3'

    Dean Williams with a shot but it's straight at Brian Murphy

  • 1'

    Late change on the Town bench - Dylan Grimes picked up an injury in the warm-up and he is replaced by Aaron McCabe.

  • Quite foggy here in Longford this evening.

  • Town are already relegated but are playing for pride. Waterford are in 9th position, just one point behind Finn Harps (who have a good goal difference). With two games remaining every point is vital for the Blues.

  • Waterford have beaten Town in all three of their meetings this season. Can they make it four or can the home side finally get a win against the Blues?

  • The teams are in and both sides make two changes to the teams that played in their previous games. For the home side Mick McDonnell and Dylan Grimes drop to the bench and they're replaced by Joe Manley and Conor Davis. Waterford are without the suspended Cameron Evans and injured Issac Tshipamba, they're replaced by Darray Power and Junior Quitirna

  • Good evening and welcome to this evening's Final Whistle coverage of Longford Town and Waterford. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty and will be keeping you updated on proceedings.

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 63'
3Paddy Kirk Defender
4Aaron Robinson 24 Midfielder 30'
8Rob Manley Forward
10Dean Williams Forward 75'
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
14Darragh Nugent Midfielder 12'
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
22Joseph Manley Defender
25Conor Davis 21 Forward
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
6Dean Zambra Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
19Karl Chambers Forward
21Aaron McNally 25 Defender
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
24Callum Warfield 4 Forward
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper


1Brian Murphy Goalkeeper
2Darragh Power Defender
7Shane Griffin 26 Midfielder
8Anthony Wordsworth Midfielder 65'
11Armando Junior Quitirna Midfielder
12John Martin Forward
14Niall O’Keeffe Midfielder
19Jack Stafford Midfielder
20Greg Halford Defender 76'
44Phoenix Patterson Midfielder
46Eddie Nolan Defender
5George Forrest Defender
6Kyle Ferguson 26 Defender
13Matthew Connor Goalkeeper
15Jeremie Milambo Defender
16Ronaldo Romario Green Midfielder
22Paul Martin Goalkeeper
26Callum Stringer 6 Midfielder
45Jamal Dupree Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 25)
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LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Longford Town

(Series 17)
1 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
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Longford Town v Waterford

(Series 7)
1 - 0
LOI Men's Premier Division
Regional Sports Centre

Waterford v Longford Town

4 - 6
eLOI Group C
Online Event

Longford Town v Waterford


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