Date Time League Season
27 May 2022 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Longford dig deep to deliver win in Cobh

Longford Town came from behind to come away from St. Colman’s Park with all three points in an entertaining clash.

Ramblers took the lead in the eighth minute. Danny O’Connell started the move, he played the ball to Pierce Phillips who played a one-two with James O’Leary before firing past Luke Dennison.

Town were back on level terms in the 17th minute when Dylan Barnett scored from the spot after Joe Doyle was fouled by Harliab Mbayo.

The visitors bossed the second half and went ahead in the 49th minute when Ben Lynch’s pinpoint cross was headed home by Cristian Magerusan. Aaron Robinson made it 3-1 10 minutes later with a stunning strike but Ramblers pulled a goal back through sub Jake Hegarty in the 61st minute.

Shane Elworthy restored Town’s two goal advantage in the 66th minute with a fine finish after poor defending from the home side.

Ramblers started well with Danny O’Connell very much involved in a lot of their good play. He hit the side netting in the seventh minute and one minute later started the move that led to Ramblers taking the lead through Pierce Phillips..

In the 12th minute Ramblers came close to doubling their advantage; Luke Desmond hit the post with his effort, the ball fell to O’Connell and he brought a fine save out of Dennison.

The visitors started to get into the game and in the 17th minute they were back on level terms; Dylan Barnett from the penalty spot.

Karl Chambers should’ve done better with his header in the 36th minute after a Barnett corner. Chambers, who was unmarked at the far post, directed his effort wide.

Town started the second half well and went ahead in the 49th minute; Ben Lynch’s pinpoint cross was headed home by Cristian Magerusan. Down the other end Desmond’s effort was cleared off the line by Shane Elworthy.

Joe Power’s fine shot just flew across the goal while Aaron Robinson’s strike came off the post. In the 59th minute Robinson scored Town’s third goal with a superb finish after a back flick from Magerusan.

Ramblers pulled a goal back two minutes later when Sean McGrath’s cross was flicked to the net by Jake Hegarty.

In the 66th minute Elworthy restored the Town’s two goal advantage with a fine strike after some poor Ramblers defending.

Cobh Ramblers

1Sean Barron Goalkeeper
3Darryl Walsh Defender
5Breandan Frahill Defender
6Jason Abbott Midfielder
7Danny O’Connell 10 Midfielder
8Pierce Phillips 14 Midfielder 8'
15Jack Larkin Midfielder
16Luke Desmond Midfielder
25Michael McCarthy Defender
34James O’Leary Defender
35Harlain Mbayo 17 Defender
4Ben O’Riordan Defender
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh Forward
10Jake Hegarty 7 Forward 61'
14Seán McGrath 8 Forward
17Justin Eguaibor 35 Defender
23Ciaran Griffin Forward
29Tiernan O’Brien Midfielder
30Darragh Burke Goalkeeper

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison 1 Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 66'
3Dylan Barnett Defender 17'
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder 59'
9Joe Doyle 16 Forward
19Karl Chambers Forward
14Michael Barker Defender
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder 21'
21Joe Power Midfielder
22Matthew Dunne Defender
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
1Lee Steacy 18 Goalkeeper
16Cristian Magerusan 9 Forward 49'
5Michael McDonnell Midfielder
11Eric Molloy Forward
15Aaron McCabe Midfielder
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
  • 90'

    The game is over. It's a win for the visitors

  • 72'

    Eric Molloy is on

  • 72'

    Joe Power is off

  • 76'

    Ciaran Griffin is the player to come on

  • 76'

    Jack Larkin is off

  • 69'

    Karl Chambers could've made it 5-2 there

  • 67'

    Mbayo goes off

  • 67'

    Justin Eguaibor is on for the home side

  • 66'

    A fantastic finish from Shane Elworthy but a poor goal to concede on Ramblers' behalf

  • 64'

    This is a really entertaining game

  • 61'

    Great response from the home side with the sub getting a second goal

  • 59'

    A great finish from Aaron Robinson. A lovely back flick by Cristian Magerusan

  • 57'

    Pierce Phillips comes off

  • 57'

    Sean McGrath is on for the home side

  • 57'

    Danny O'Connell makes way

  • 57'

    Jake Hegarty is on for Ramblers

  • 55'

    Aaron Robinson's shot hits the post. Town have started this half very well

  • 53'

    A great shot from Joe Power is just across the goal.

  • 53'

    Luke Desmond's effort is cleared off the line by Shane Elworthy

  • 49'

    A great cross by Ben Lynch is headed home by Cristian Magerusan

  • 46'

    Luke Dennison makes way. Can only presume an injury

  • 46'

    A change for the visitors with Lee Steacy on

  • 45'

    It's 1-1 at the break in St. Colman's Park

  • 42'

    Jason Abbott on the volley but it goes wide

  • 38'

    The injured Joe Doyle goes off

  • 38'

    Cristian Magerusan is on for the Town

  • 36'

    Barnett's corner met the head of Karl Chambers and he should've done better

  • 35'

    Dylan Barnett with a cross but it's cut out for a corner

  • 34'

    Town with a corner but it's straight at Sean Barron

  • 32'

    Good move for Ramblers and they had numbers but instead of playing it wide, O'Connell takes the wrong option

  • 30'

    Sean Barron's long kick into Danny O'Connell but has too much on it and O'Connell couldn't get a decent touch

  • 25'

    James O'Leary and Danny O'Connell very lively for Ramblers

  • 21'

    Dean McMenamy gets booked for the Town. Harsh enough

  • 17'

    Dylan Barnett with a fantastic spot-kick to level matters

  • 16'

    Penalty to Longford. Joe Power brought down by Mbayo

  • 14'

    Danny O'Connell being involved in a lot so far

  • 12'

    Luke Desmond effort off the post and James O'Leary with the rebound brought a save out of Town keeper Dennison

  • 10'

    Danny O'Connell did well with the goal, played it to Phillips who played a one two with James O'Leary before he coolly slotted past Luke Dennison

  • 9'

    Jack Larkin with a chance but hits it straight at Luke Dennison

  • 8'

    Pierce Phillips puts Ramblers ahead

  • 7'

    Danny O'Connell gets in but hits the side netting

  • 3'

    It's cleared by the Town.

  • 3'

    Ramblers win a free kick

  • In team news - Ramblers have one change with Daryl Walsh in for the suspended Darragh O'Sullivan Connell while for the Town Ryan Graydon is out injured and Eric Molloy drops to the bench, they are replaced by Karl Chambers and Michael Barker.

  • Ramblers drew 2-2 away to Treaty last Friday night while Town lost 3-0 at home to Waterford.

  • The last time these two sides met was last month in Longford with the Town winning 2-0.

  • It's a fine summer's evening in St. Colman's Park for Final Whistle's coverage of Cobh Ramblers versus Longford Town. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty and will be keeping you up to date on all the action.

Past Meetings

(Round 1)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 17)
0 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

(Series 8)
2 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town


St. Colman's Park
Saint Colman\'s Park, Norwood Park, Cobh Urban, Cobh Municipal District, County Cork, Munster, P24 F252, 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