Details

Date Time League Season
20 April 2021 7:45 pm Premier Division 2021

Match Report

Town and Harps share the spoils

Longford Town and Finn Harps played out a scoreless draw at Bishopsgate, to earn a point each after both sides bounced back from their narrow weekend defeats.

In truth, neither side deserved to win the contest and a draw was a fair result.

Longford almost opened the scoring in the tenth minute with a good move down the left, as Sam Verdon and Aaron Robinson exchanged passes creating space inside the box for Verdon, but his low diagonal shot went just wide of the Harps far post.

The visitors had two excellent chances in as many minutes.

On 27 minutes the McNamee brothers, Barry and Tony, combined down the right with the latter’s cross finding striker Sean Boyd, but he headed narrowly over the Longford bar.

Two minutes later, the visitors almost took the lead, after a great pass from Barry McNamee put in Boyd.

Boyd turned Town defenders O’Driscoll and Gorman brilliantly, only for his shot to be superbly saved by homeside keeper Mick Kelly, however, the ball came out to Tony McNamee, but he ballooned his 16-yard shot over the Town bar.

Three minutes after the resumption a shot from Ethan Boyle on the right side of the box was well saved by Town keeper Michael Kelly.

34 minutes elapsed without a clear opportunity for either team, and then each side had a chance within two minutes of each other.

Longford Town had the first of those chances on 82 minutes as Aaron Dobbs ran onto a long ball and lifted the ball over the advancing Harps keeper Mark McGinley but the ball went wide.

Two minutes later, it was the visitors who came close to breaking the deadlock as a Ryan Shanley 25-yard shot deflected off a Longford player and just cleared the Town bar.

  • 94'

    Full-time at Bishopsgate as it finishes, Longford Town 0 Finn Harps 0. A draw a fair result on the night.

  • 94'

    Full-time at Bishopsgate as it finishes, Longford Town 0 Finn Harps 0. A draw a fair result on the night.

  • 84'

    Harps substitute Ryan Shanley fires a twenty-five yard shot that just clears the Longford bar after taking a deflection off a Town player.

  • 82'

    A half chance for Longford Town as Aaron Dobbs runs on to a long ball and lifts the ball over the advancing Harps' Keeper McGinley but the ball goes wide.

  • 79'

    Town make their second substitution as Conor Davies comes on for Dylan Grimes.

  • 79'

    Town make their second substitution as Conor Davies comes on for Dylan Grimes.

  • 74'

    First booking of the contest for the home side as Town midfielder Aodh Dervin gets a yellow card.

  • 73'

    To complete the double substitution for the visitors, Mark Russell is on for Tony McNamee

  • 73'

    To complete the double substitution for the visitors, Mark Russell is on for Tony McNamee

  • 73'

    Finn Harps double substitutions, Ryan Shanley on for Sean Boyd.

  • 73'

    Finn Harps double substitutions, Ryan Shanley on for Sean Boyd.

  • 71'

    Longford substitution as Aaron Dobbs replaces Rob Manley

  • 71'

    Longford substitution as Aaron Dobbs replaces Rob Manley

  • 63'

    Both defences on top here at Bishopsgate with no chances in the second-half so far.

  • 54'

    Finn Harps second booking of the contest as Boyle booked for an attempted pull back on Longford midfielder Dylan Grimes.

  • 51'

    Mark Coyle booked for Finn Harps.

  • 48'

    A chance for Harps but the shot from Ethan Boyle on the right side of the box well saved by Town keeper Kelly.

  • 45'

    Half-time at Bishopsgate with no action to report over the last fifteen minutes as the teams remain scoreless.

  • 29'

    Harps almost take the lead after a great pass from Barry McNamee puts in Boyd and he turns two Town defenders brilliantly only for his shot to be superbly saved by Town keeper Mick Kelly, the ball came out to Tony McNamee, but he ballooned his sixteen yard shot over the Town bar.

  • 27'

    Great chance for Finn Harps as the McNamee duo Barry and Tony combine down the right with Tony's cross finding striker Sean Boyd, but his header goes narrowly over the Longford bar.

  • 25'

    Finn Harps win a free kick on the right after a foul on Boyd, but the free kick from Barry McNamee into the Town box is overhit and goes harmlessly out for a goal kick

  • 18'

    Substitution for Finn Harps as Stephen Folan replaces Shane Mcelaney.

  • 18'

    Substitution for Finn Harps as Stephen Folan replaces Shane Mcelaney.

  • 15'

    Chances at a premium here in the opening quarter-hour at Bishopsgate. Longford with the lone Verdon chance, and although Harps have had possession inside the Town penalty area, no chances of note for the visitors.

  • 10'

    Longford almost open the scoring with a good move down the left as Verdon and Robinson exchange passes creating space inside the box for Verdon, but his low diagonal shot goes just wide of the Harps' far post.

  • 5'

    No chances for either side after five minutes

  • Game underway at Bishopsgate

Longford Town

30Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
3Paddy Kirk Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
7Dylan Grimes Midfielder
8Rob Manley 9 Forward
10Sam Verdon 25 Forward
12Aaron O’Driscoll Defender
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder 74'
19Karl Chambers Forward
22Joseph Manley Defender
32Joe Gorman Defender
1Lee Steacy Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
9Aaron Dobbs 8 Forward
11Callum Thompson Midfielder
14Aaron Bolger Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
25Conor Davis 10 Forward

Finn Harps

1Mark McGinley Goalkeeper
4Kosovar Sadiki Defender
5Dave Webster Defender
9Sean Boyd 29 Forward
11Barry McNamee Midfielder
14Mark Coyle Midfielder 51'
16Shane McEleney 57 Defender
19Adam Foley Forward
24Ethan Boyle 21 Defender 56'
26Tony McNamee 17 Midfielder
28Will Seymore Midfielder
16Luke McNicholas Goalkeeper
7Karl O’Sullivan Forward
17Mark Russell 26 Defender
18Niall McGinley Midfielder
21Stephen Doherty 24 Midfielder
22Ryan Rainey Midfielder
29Ryan Shanley 9 Forward
45Babatunde Owolabi Forward
57Stephen Folan 16 Defender

Ground

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