Date Time League Season
5 May 2023 7:45 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Town Victorious In Mounthawk Thriller

A successful first visit to the Kingdom for Longford Town saw them head home with the three points tonight as Kerry’s wait for a first win goes on.

Kerry started the brighter of the sides but a failed clearance lead to the Longford opener with Meaney slotting home after just 8 minutes, with captain Elworthy doubling their advantage just before the break.

Sean McGrath did get one back midway through the half to give the hosts some life but captain Matt Keane scored a freak own goal trying to clear a cross with his head to knock the wind out of the hosts and give Longford the two goal advantage once more.

Kerry never sat back and let this game play out though as they got within one again with 15 to go with Kelliher heading home this time.

This was a real kick start week for Longford Town’s season with wins over Galway and now Kerry. Treaty United are the visitors to Bishopsgate next week meanwhile Kerry make the trip to the midlands to face Athlone.

Kerry got the brighter start of the two sides with a succession of corners early on, one of which Sean O’Connell played onto the head of Trpimir Vrljicak at the back post who headed back across the goal but Brady was equal to the effort to tip it over.

Moments later Longford broke, with Dervin playing the ball down the right to Giurgi who capitalised on a mistake from O’Connell to gain possession and with space pull the ball into the box to striker Meaney who slotted past Scully into the far corner to give the away side a 1-0 lead.

Kerry responded well to going behind but were just missing that final pass or touch in the box to get a decent effort on goal but the press on Longford playing out was effective in turning over possession. As it ticked past the half hour mark Dennehy would be pleased with his side but once again for Kerry it was a silly individual error that left them trying to recover from the start.

Longford took a major stranglehold on the game starting from a counter attack. They seemed to work at least a set piece from every break on the turnover in midfield and this time it proved to be crucial. Aodh Dervin stood over a corner from the left and Kerry fell asleep as Dervin played a one-two short to work a better angle, with his right footed cross finding the unmarked head of Shane Elwrothy who headed home to give the away side a major advantage heading in at the break two to the good.

Kerry made a triple change at the break as they looked to get one back early to have a chance. Kevin Williams did have their first effort on goal with an acrobatic effort back across goal that Giurgi did well to clear off the line.

The Kingdom were rewarded for a decent second half start with a cracking counter attack of their own. A four on two developed with Kelliher playing Gleeson in down the right who shot but Brady could not parry the effort away from danger with Sean McGrath pouncing on the rebound to give the hosts and the crowd a well needed boost.

The wind was taken out of Kerry just minutes later, as Adam Verdon crossed from the right and as Matt Keane tried to clear, his header ended up flying backwards over the helpless Scully in net.

Kerry once again showed some great fighting spirit as they got back to within one with 15 to go. Leo Gaxha did well to take the ball past the keeper who tried to dispossess him and dink the ball back into the box, which Kelliher rose highest to head into the empty net.

The hosts did push on late for the equaliser but despite all their pressure did not create another opportunity to get the point but it was a fantastic second half performance from a side that desperately needed it after their last two outings.

Kerry FC

16Callan Scully Goalkeeper
2Rob Vasiu Defender
3Sean O’Connell 10 Midfielder
7Seán McGrath Forward 62'
9Ryan Kelliher Forward 75'
13Togor Silong 12 Midfielder 88'
14Andy Quaid 8 Midfielder
15Kevin Williams Defender
18Samuel Aladesanusi Defender 79'
20Trpimir Vrljicak 17 Forward
22Cian Barrett Midfielder
30Aaron O’Sullivan Goalkeeper
4Shane Gutherie Defender
6Alex Ainscough Midfielder
8Matt Keane 14 Midfielder 69'
10Leo Gaxha 3 Forward
12Cianan Cooney 13 Forward
17Nathan Gleeson 20 Forward 67'
23Ronan Teahan Midfielder
29Kennedy Amechi Forward

Longford Town

1Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender 45'
6Adam Verdon Midfielder 60'
7Josh Giurgi Defender
10Gary Armstrong 3 Forward
11Jamal Ibrahim 9 Forward
13Cian Byrne Defender
16Aodh Dervin Midfielder 83'
17Stephen Meaney Midfielder 8'
18Viktor Serdeniuk Midfielder 37'
20Kyle O’Connor Midfielder
25Tom Bourke Goalkeeper
3Derek Daly 10 Defender 84'
9Emmanuel James 11 Forward
14Ross Fay Midfielder
15Ciaran Hodanu Defender
22Cian Clancy Forward
23Evan Farrell Defender
24Darragh Lynch Forward
  • 96'

    Kerry fall to another home defeat, but a massive second half performance, much needed as the crowd applaud their side off the pitch.

  • 90'

    Four minutes added time in Tralee, somehow just the four.

  • 80'

    A chaotic final 10 mins in store here. Kerry score twice in a game for the first time, can they get a late equaliser?

  • 77'

    Wow it's 3-2! Ryan Kelliher nets for the Kingdom, Leo Gaxha did well to take it past the keeper and dink it in.

  • 69'

    Goal for Longford. All that hard work undone but a freak own-goal from Matt Keane. Keane tried to clear the cross but his header looped over Scully.

  • 66'

    Gleeson booked for a late tackle.

  • 65'

    GOAL FOR KERRY! Sean McGrath nets the rebound of a cracking break which Gleeson forced the save for the rebound.

  • 60'

    Verdon booked for time-wasting.

  • 57'

    Kevin Williams had an acrobatic effort cleared off the line for Girugi. A good chance for Kerry to start the half.

  • 47'

    Looks like rain in Mounthawk Park. Pathetic fallacy for the hosts.

  • 46'

    Tryp, O'Connell and Quaid make way for Gaxha, Gleeson and captain Keane.

  • 45'

    2-0 to Longford Town at the break.

  • 44'

    Goal. Shane Elworthy gets up and heads past Scully from a Longford corner. A killer blow for the hosts.

  • 37'

    Serdeniuk booked for handbags in the box.

  • 30'

    Both teams very much in this as things stand. A lively attacking game of football as we tick towards the half hour mark.

  • 25'

    Kerry as long as this is only 1-0 will continue to grow in confidence, this is probably the best attacking football they've played so far this year.

  • 20'

    Shane Elworthy heads just wide from a cross off the right, could've easily been the second.

  • 17'

    Kerry have responded well, and are now up to four corners but the visitors look lethal on the break.

  • 9'

    Killer blow for Kerry who started well, but the same errors appear. Another individual mistake leads to an early goal. That is now three in a row where they've conceded in the first 11 minutes.

  • 7'

    Goal! Longford get the early goal from Stephen Meaney after a Sean O'Connell mistake which lead to the cross from the right with Meaney beating his man to slot it past Scully.

  • 6'

    A good start for the hosts in all, as they look to use their two big men in the air from set pieces.

  • 6'

    Tryp with the first attempt at goal with his head but Brady puts it behind for another corner.

  • 5'

    First corner of the game to Kerry.

  • 3'

    Lively start here with both teams looking to get the ball on the ground and play which is great to see.

  • 1'

    Game underway.

  • The teams are coming here as we get set for kick-off!

  • Ten minutes to kick off in a dry and sunny Mounthawk Park, the crowd is a little bit smaller than normal thus far.

  • Leo Gaxha misses out for Kerry tonight through illness during the week, as well as Sean Kennedy who picked up an injury in training.

  • Good evening and welcome to's live coverage of Kerry FC v Longford Town in the LOI First Division. The Kerry crowd hope it'll be lucky 13 tonight as the Kingdom are still in search of their first victory.

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