Date Time League Season
18 June 2022 7:30 pm LOI Men's First Division 2022

Match Report

Longford and Cork share the spoils

A powerful header from substitute Karl Chambers earned Longford Town a deserved share of the spoils against Cork City at Bishopsgate.

Chambers headed home Dylan Barnett’s corner in the 85th minute after pressing hard for an equaliser. They had fallen behind to a superb goal from Cian Bargary in the 16th minute; Kevin O’Connor played the ball out wide to Bargary, he cut inside before hitting a fantastic strike past Luke Dennison.

Town had calls for a penalty waved away in the 27th minute. Dennison made a number of saves in the second half while the home side piled on the pressure and got their just rewards five minutes from normal time.

In an eventful first half it was the home side who had the better of the chances. In the 13th minute Ryan Graydon was flagged for offside when through on goal, it was a tight call. Just one minute later a great strike from Sam Verdon was stopped by David Harrington. 

The visitors opened the scoring in the 16th minute through Cian Bargary. In the 27th minute Town felt aggrieved when they had a penalty waved away after Cristian Magerusan appeared to be fouled by Jonas Hakkinen. Minutes later and Graydon passed to Verdon his effort was stopped, and Magerusan should’ve done better with the follow-up.

The visitors had a chance to double their advantage in the 53rd minute; Aaron Bolger had a shot from distance but Dennison was down to push it out for a corner. The home side piled on the pressure and in the 63rd minute an Elworthy cross met the head of Verdon but his effort was cleared off the line by Josh Honohon.

Down the other end Matt Srbely played in Mark O’Mahony, he tried to round Dennison but the Town keeper pushed the ball away, it fell to Cian Murphy but it was blocked. The Town netminder denied Srbely with a fine save minutes later.

As the game wore on the home side kept pushing for an equaliser and it arrived in the 85th minute. It sent the home support into raptures. 

Longford Town

18Luke Dennison Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
3Dylan Barnett Defender
4Aaron Robinson Midfielder
7Ryan Graydon 24 Forward
10Sam Verdon Forward
14Michael Barker 5 Defender
20Dean McMenamy Midfielder 21'
16Cristian Magerusan 19 Forward 5'
21Joe Power 11 Midfielder
23Ben Lynch Midfielder
5Michael McDonnell 14 Midfielder
11Eric Molloy 21 Forward
17Matthew O’Brien Midfielder
21Matthew Butler
22Matthew Dunne Defender
24Callum Warfield 7 Forward
30Adam Hayden Goalkeeper
19Karl Chambers 16 Forward 85'

Cork City

13David Harrington Goalkeeper
6Ally Gilchrist 3 Defender
8Aaron Bolger Midfielder
14Kevin O’Connor Defender
18Joshua Honohan Defender
19Matt Srbely Midfielder 68'
23Kieran Coates
11Cian Bargary Forward 16'
24Cian Murphy Forward
27Mark O’Mahony Forward
28Jonas Hakkinen Defender
20Jimmy Corcoran Goalkeeper
2Uniss Kargbo Defender
3Ronan Hurley 6 Defender
4Cian Coleman Midfielder
21Oran Crowe Midfielder
22James Doona Midfielder
34Franco Umeh Forward
  • 94'

    A well deserved draw for the home side

  • 88'

    Sam Verdon for remonstrating with the referee.

  • 86'

    A corner from Dylan Barnett and a bullet header from Karl Chambers

  • 85'

    And the Town are back on level terms through Karl Chambers

  • 83'

    Injured Ryan Graydon goes off

  • 83'

    Callum Warfield is on

  • 79'

    Cirstian Magerusan is off. He had worked so hard

  • 79'

    Karl Chambers is on

  • 79'

    Joe Power is off

  • 79'

    Eric Molloy is on

  • 77'

    Referee Oliver Moran gives a free against Magerusan for absolutely nothing. He has been on the receiving end of harsh treatment and didn't get anything.

  • 76'

    Sam Verdon with a diving header straight at Harrington

  • 74'

    Matt Srbely brings a save out of Dennison

  • 72'

    Michael Barker off injured

  • 72'

    Mick McDonnell is on

  • 70'

    Mark O'Mahony with a chance for City but Dennison is out quickly

  • 68'

    Matt Srbely is booked

  • 65'

    Cristian Magerusan on the end of a heavy challenge and no free given. The Town supporters are clearly enraged.

  • 63'

    Sam Verdon with an effort that is cleared off the line by Josh Honohan and out for a corner. How are the home side not level.

  • 62'

    The final third is letting the home side down. It has been a problem for them all season.

  • 61'

    Great defending from Town's Michael Barker to direct the ball out for a corner.

  • 58'

    Shane Elworthy with a perfect cross into the box to Magerusan but it's blocked by a City player. Big chance missed.

  • 54'

    Aaron Bolger with a shot from distance, Dennison is down to tip it out for a corner.

  • 52'

    Good ball in by Joe Power but it's cleared by the visitors

  • 46'

    Chatting at half-time and the main thing said was how were the home side losing this game.

  • 45'

    City lead 1-0 at half-time

  • 44'

    Sam Verdon with a shot but it's straight at Harrington

  • 36'

    The injured Ally Gilchrist is off

  • 36'

    Ronan Hurley is on

  • 33'

    Town break, Ryan Graydon to Sam Verdon, Verdon brings a save out of Harrington, Magerusan should've done better with the loose ball.

  • 29'

    I'd like to see replays of that. It looked like it should've been a penalty.

  • 27'

    Cristian Magerusan is down, looked like Hakkinen fouled him. He then went down injured himself. Poor acting.

  • 24'

    Cristian Magerusan with a good strike but it's over the bar

  • 21'

    Dean McMenamy is booked

  • 18'

    Referee Oliver Moran has made a number of questionable calls here.

  • 17'

    Bargary with a great goal but it was poor defending from the home side.

  • 16'

    Cian Bargary opens the scoring here in Longford

  • 14'

    A great strike by Sam Verdon, Harrington is down but spills the shot. Magerusan is in but Jonas Hakkinen is fouled.

  • 13'

    A tight call here for offside for Longford Town. Ryan Graydon through.

  • 9'

    Kieran Coates to Mark O'Mahony and Luke Dennison is down to get. Coates comes in on him late

  • 6'

    From the corner Kevin O'Connor heads over

  • 6'

    A corner for the visitors

  • 5'

    Cristian Magerusan is booked.

  • A win here tonight will put City back on top of the First Division table.

  • A beautiful evening here at Bishopsgate. A few supporters have travelled up from Leeside for the game.

  • The last time City were here they drew 0-0 with keeper David Harrington exceptional. City came from 1-0 down at the Cross to defeat Town 4-1 in their second meeting

  • Welcome to Bishopsgate for this evening's game between Longford Town and Cork City. I'm Deniese O'Flaherty and will be keeping you up to date

Past Meetings

(Round 13)
4 - 1
LOI Men's First Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Longford Town

(Round 3)
0 - 0
LOI Men's First Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town v Cork City

(1st Round)
1 - 0
Turner's Cross

Cork City v Longford Town

5 - 2
LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City FC v Longford Town FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town FC v Cork City FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City FC v Longford Town FC

2 - 3
LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City FC v Longford Town FC

1 - 4
LOI Men's Premier Division
Bishopsgate, Longford

Longford Town FC v Cork City FC

LOI Men's Premier Division
Turner's Cross

Cork City FC v Longford Town FC


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

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