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Date Time League Season
10 July 2021 7:30 pm LOI Men's Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Longford earn draw with Drogheda

Longford Town fought hard to gain what could be a vital 1-1 draw with Drogheda United tonight at Bishopsgate.

The visitors took the advantage after just 13 minutes through Chris Lyons but perhaps became too relaxed with their lead as they seemed to become lethargic for the rest of the game

Longford never lost faith and got a well-deserved equaliser in the shape of top scorer Dylan Grimes in the 76th minute, giving them a priceless point.

Although the result does put the Drogs into fourth on goal difference, Tim Clancy will be disappointed at how things unfolded in what was really a game his team should have had wrapped up in the first half.

The away side had started the game playing some attractive football and took the lead after just 13 minutes. The prolific Lyons headed home Luke Heeney’s corner after some good movement and the feeling in the air was a straight forward three points for the Louth team.

However they took their foot off the gas and although Longford posed no real threat in the first half, Clancy will surely be frustrated at how overly settled his team appeared to be with their one goal lead.

The Midlanders really struggled to carve out openings. Loanee debutant Dean Williams was making positive runs up top but adequate service was absent.

On the restart it was much the same story, until Daire Doyle made a triple substitution and the hosts sparked into life. Aaron Dobbs and Rob Manley were sprung from the bench, and their good work ethic and drive particularly lifted the Town, as they began to press and run at the away defence.

For a certain period, outstanding Drogheda defending was all that kept out the reinvigorated Longford. Killian Phillips stood out making a couple of massive blocks.

United defended so sternly that it looked as though they would hold on. Dylan Grimes however, who was arguably man of the match, continued to cause them problems. He equalised to the delight of the home crowd in the 76th minute.

Drogs captain James Brown appealed for a foul as he went down in his own box but Grimes shrugged by him and scooped it over David Odumosu to level things. 1-1 it finished, a valuable point for Longford in the perspective of their season.

  • Full-time in Bishopsgate and it finishes 1-1 after a hearty display from the midlanders. Thanks for tuning in

  • 90'

    The county Louth side pushing for a winner in frustration but Longford are looking dangerous on the break. Brown nearly headed it into his own goal after a miscommunication with Odumosu

  • 84'

    Worrying signs for Longford as star man and goal scorer Grimes is assisted off the pitch. Dean Byrne replaces him

  • 79'

    Longford have grown in belief since the leveller and continue to threaten now to the joy of the home crowd. Drogheda wont be expected to lie down and take it though

  • 76'

    Goal! The town equalise through top scorer Dylan Grimes in controversial fashion as Brown stumbled in the box claiming a foul but Grimes carried on and scooped it over David Odumosu. 1-1 at Bishopsgate

  • 74'

    The hosts have somewhat come alive again after a triple sub by Daire Doyle but Drogheda have stayed solid at the back. Phillips in particular has been immense

  • 72'

    Dinny Corcoran replaces Doyle up top for Clancy's men

  • 65'

    Jake Hyland replaces Luke Heeney who set up the goal

  • 60'

    James Clarke replaces Darragh Markey on the hour mark

  • 57'

    Mark Doyle is so unlucky to hit the bar with an outrageous volley after instinctively flicking it up to himself

  • 56'

    Tim Clancy's men still in control as we approach the hour and they don't look to be too concerned with rushing anything. De Town on the other hand don't look like scoring at this stage

  • 52'

    Another chance for Lyons on the 6 yard line. He continues to pose a threat from the away side's corners and Longford continue to susceptible from them

  • Half-time in the midlands and it remains 1-0 to the away side. Drogheda have dominated and deserve to be ahead but Longford starting to show signs of threatening in the last ten minutes

  • 44'

    Dan O'Reilly receives the third yellow of the game for another tackle on the edge of the area

  • 40'

    Paddy Kirk booked for a strong challenge on United skipper Brown

  • 37'

    Killian Phillips booked for a crunching tackle on the edge of his own box

  • 35'

    Been a relatively quiet half at Bishopsgate. Drogheda look well structured and relaxed on the ball. Longford struggling to find any real opening

  • 32'

    James Brown rolls around with a penalty appeal claiming he was clipped in the box but the referee waves it away

  • 13'

    Goal! Lyons again in the action and this time finds the net. He peels away from his man and meets Luke Heeney's corner with a header. Drogheda take a well deserved lead

  • 12'

    Decent opportunity for Chris Lyons after a scramble in the box but some heroic Longford blocks in the 6 yard box kept him out

  • 6'

    No big early chances as of yet but the visitors are picking up some rhythm with their passing already

  • The Drogs are unchanged from the win against Finn Harps. Killian Phillips starts following the signing of his new contract recently

  • Dean Williams and Darragh Nugent start tonight for the home side. Both youngsters are making their debuts having come in on loan from Shamrock Rovers

  • Con Sheehan reporting for Final Whistle on Longford v Drogheda United at Bishopsgate. Just 10 minutes away from kick-off now

Longford Town

1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Paddy Kirk Defender 40'
6Dean Zambra Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes 20 Midfielder 76'
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
22Darragh Nugent Midfielder
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder
19Karl Chambers Forward
21Aaron McNally Defender
22Joseph Manley Defender
30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
8Rob Manley Forward
9Aaron Dobbs Forward
11Callum Thompson Midfielder
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
20Dean Byrne 7 Midfielder
25Conor Davis Forward

Drogheda Utd

23David Odumosu Goalkeeper
2James Browne Defender
3Conor Kane Defender
5Daniel O’Reilly Defender 44'
7Darragh Markey 22 Midfielder
8Gary Deegan Midfielder
9Chris Lyons Forward 13'
14Mark Doyle 10 Forward
19Killian Phillips Midfielder 37'
21Luke Heeney 11 Midfielder
41Dane Massey Defender
1Colin McCabe Goalkeeper
6Hugh Douglas Defender
10Dinny Corcoran 14 Forward
11Jake Hyland 21 Midfielder
17Ronan Murray Forward
18Charles Mutawe Defender
20Jordan Adeyemo Forward
22James Clarke 7 Midfielder
45Mark Hughes Midfielder

Past Meetings

(Series 13)
4 - 1
LOI Men's Premier Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Longford Town

(Series 4)
0 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Drogheda United

(Series 11)
1 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Drogheda United

(Series 2)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
United Park

Drogheda United v Longford Town

Ground

Bishopsgate, Longford
City Calling Stadium, L50021, Mullolagher, Cloondara ED, Longford Municipal District, County Longford, Leinster, Ireland

21 year old sports journalist from Drogheda. Student at Dublin City University. Drogheda United Correspondent for FinalWhistle.ie