Date Time League Season
26 October 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Galway come from behind twice in Longford with all to play for Sunday

It’s all to play for in Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday afternoon as this first leg of the First Division play-off semi-final ended in an entertaining draw.

Twice Jordan Adeyemo put the home side ahead but twice Galway substitute Mikie Rowe brought his side back into the game. The post denied Adeyemo in the first half and Stephen Walsh in the second. Town keeper Luke Dennison pulled off an excellent save to deny David Hurley at the end.

For all their possession Galway didn’t make Dennison work too much in the opening half. Darren Clarke had the first chance of the game; his long range shot was parried by Galway keeper Conor Kearns in the third minute.

Walsh came close for the visitors one minute later but his effort was just wide. Galway dominated but failed to create clear-cut chances.

The home side began to come into the game but had some wayward passes. Clarke caused problems down the wing. In the 29th minute his pinpoint cross was headed to the net by Adeyemo.

In the 35th minute the two combined again with Adeymo’s glancing header coming off the post. As the half wore on Galway pressed for a goal but the Town defended well to go in at the break in front. 

Rowe was introduced for the injured Ed McCarthy at half-time and it took him five minutes to make an impact for his side. Walsh crossed for Rowe to finish to the net. Walsh then hit the post with his shot in the 53rd minute.

Town went back in front in the 55th minute; Clarke with the ball in and Adeyemo with the finish. Former Town player Rob Manley came on as a sub in the 59th minute and three minutes later his effort was saved by Dennison but Rowe pounced on the ball and it went in off the post.

Karl Chambers dinked his way into the box in the 79th minute, he took a shot but it somehow stayed out and was then deflected out for a corner. Hurley brought a save out of Dennison at the end as it stayed deadlocked. 

  • 94'

    It's all over. All to play for Sunday afternoon

  • 94'

    Free comes to nothing

  • 93'

    Darren Clarke is hauled down for a free for the home side.

  • 89'

    David Hurley with a great strike and an excellent save from Luke Dennison

  • 88'

    Gary Cronin the Town manager is booked. Not like Gary to get incensed.

  • 88'

    Cristian Magerusan is booked

  • 87'

    Conor Kearns and Crisitian Magerusan clash in the box. It looked 50/50. The referee signalled for a free out.

  • 81'

    Jordan Adeyemo the goalscorer goes off

  • 81'

    Cristian Magerusan is on

  • 81'

    Ronan Manning is off

  • 81'

    Wilson Waweru is on

  • 79'

    Karl Chambers dinked his way into the box, takes a shot and it somehow doesn't go in and gets a deflection out for a corner.

  • 76'

    Darren Clarke is causing so many problems for Galway.

  • 74'

    Both sides being cagey now. No one wants to concede.

  • 73'

    10 goals between these two sides in two games... So far! Friday's game ended 3-3

  • 72'

    Ball comes in but Adeyemo can't make the connection.

  • 70'

    Joe Power is off

  • 70'

    Sam Verdon is on

  • 67'

    Stephen Walsh so very close with a header.

  • 63'

    Kian Corbally goes off

  • 63'

    Mark Hanratty is on

  • 62'

    Luke Dennison made a save from Rob Manley but the ball fell nicely for Rowe, the effort came off the post and went in

  • 61'

    GOALLLLL Mikie Rowe with the goal

  • 59'

    Adam Thomas

  • 59'

    Rob Manley is on

  • 55'

    Clarke and Adeyemo combine again with the result a goal. Coolly finished by the striker

  • 54'

    GOALLLLLLLL Jordan Adeyemo

  • 53'

    Ronan Manning with the cross was headed against the post by Stephen Walsh. That post again!!

  • 51'

    Walsh to Hurley and his cross was finished to the net by Mikie Rowe the substitute

  • 50'

    GGOOOOAAALL Mikie Rowe

  • 47'

    Luke Dennison out to save.

  • 46'

    Ed McCarthy off. He had picked up an injury earlier

  • 46'

    Mikie Rowe on

  • Half-time here

  • 42'

    Finnerty booked for handball

  • 41'

    Fantastic challenge by Ben Lynch as Galway press for the equaliser

  • 40'

    Hurley plays the ball wide to Hemmings he goes down to the endline but Town defend well.

  • 39'

    Galway go on the attack. Town having to defend.

  • 35'

    Adeyemo with a glancing header that hit the post. So close. Clarke and Adeyemo are combining so well

  • 30'

    Darren Clarke with the ball in to Adeyemo, after a lovely cutback & the striker's downward header gave Kearns no chance

  • 29'

    GOALLLLLLLLLL from Jordan Adeyemo

  • 21'

    Ball falls nicely to Stephen Welsh but his effort is blocked by Michael Barker

  • 20'

    Kian Corbally is booked

  • 19'

    Darren Clarke takes a shot from long range again but it's easy for Kearns

  • 18'

    David Hurley picks the ball up and takes a shot but it's well wide. Could've moved in more and picked his spot.

  • 17'

    Corner for the home side.

  • 16'

    Ben Lynch takes a shot but eh the less said about it the better. It floated well over the bar

  • 15'

    Galway have started this game well.

  • 11'

    Stephen Welsh has a chance there but his effort just goes wide.

  • 10'

    Aaron Robinson spots Conor Kearns off his line but the keeper is able to catch the ball

  • 9'

    Conor McCormack with a shot but it's over the bar.. But not for a point.

  • 7'

    Killian Brouder with a shot, just went wide.

  • 5'

    Karl Chambers cross is headed clear by Killian Brouder

  • 3'

    A long range strike from Darren Clarke is parried by Conor Kearns. No one there to follow through

  • 3'

    David Hurley puts Ben Lynch under pressure but the ball goes out for a goal-kick

  • This is Galway's third year in the play-offs. Town were promoted in 2020 through the play-offs.

  • Town have defeated Galway twice this season, Galway beat them in Eamonn Deacy Park earlier this season while last Friday night the sides drew 3-3

  • This is the second meeting between the sides in five days and then there is the second leg coming up on Sunday.

  • Welcome to Bishopsgate for this evening's First Division play-off semi-final first leg between Longford Town and Galway Utd. Deniese O'Flaherty here to keep you updated

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
7Darren Clarke Midfielder
9Jordan Adeyemo 16 Forward 29', 54'
14Michael Barker Defender
15Kian Corbally 25 Midfielder 20'
19Karl Chambers Forward
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder
21Joe Power
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
10Sam Verdon 16 Forward
13Colm Cox Goalkeeper
16Cristian Magerusan 10
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
22Matthew Dunne
24Adam Verdon Midfielder
25Mark Hanratty 15 Midfielder

Galway Utd

1Conor Kearns Goalkeeper
2Conor O’Keeffe Defender
3Stephen Walsh Defender
5Killian Brouder Defender
10David Hurley Midfielder
12James Finnerty Defender 42'
15Adam Thomas 9 Defender
22Conor McCormack Midfielder
23Ronan Manning 18 Midfielder
24Edward McCarthy 8 Midfielder
27Max Hemmings Midfielder
Connal Doran Goalkeeper
6Diego Portilla Defender
8Mikie Rowe 24 Midfielder 50', 63'
9Rob Manley 15 Forward
9Manu Dimas Forward
18Wilson Waweru 23 Forward
20Evan O’Connor Defender

Past Meetings

(Round 36)
3 - 3
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Longford Town

(Round 22)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Galway United

(Round 14)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Longford Town

(Round 7)
2 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Galway United

(Series 15)
2 - 6
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Galway United

(Series 6)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Eamonn Deacy Park

Galway United v Longford Town


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