Date Time League Season
15 July 2023 7:30 pm LOI Men's First Division 2023

Match Report

Longford edge Kerry at Bishopsgate

A header from Longford Town substitute Cristian Magerusan in the 79th minute saw his side extend their unbeaten run to three games as they overcame a battling Kerry side.

Magerusan headed home an Adam Wixted header. Leo Gaxha had levelled for Kerry in the 47th minute after Gary Armstrong had given Town a half-time lead.

Town finished the game with 10 players after their new signing Bastien Hery was sent off just minutes after he was introduced.

The game was played in the driving wind and rain. Kerry started the game brightly. Martin Coughlan blasted the ball over the bar in the third minute while Gaxha’s shot was wide minutes later.

Town began to come more into the game and the Kerry defence stood firm. Shane Elworthy’s cross was cleared by Cian Barrett in the 21st minute. Then Jordan Adeyemo hit a low drive wide and in the 36th minute Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh’s shot was blocked.

In the 40th minute Elworthy picked up possession and out of nothing won a corner for the home side. Adam Wixted took the kick, it was cleared by Samuel Aladesanusi to Armstrong just inside the box and he hit an excellent strike past Lee Axworthy.

Two minutes after the break Kerry were back on level terms. Sean O’Connell’s ball into the box was deemed to have been handled. Gaxha made no mistake dispatching the penalty past Town keeper Jack Brady.

The game got scrappy with neither side creating anything. A number of players entered into referee Oliver Moran’s notebook as a few crunching tackles went in. 

Town manager Stephen Henderson decided to ring the changes and made a triple substitution in the 65th minute. Two of those players were to be involved in the Town’s winner.

The home side began to pile on the pressure and pressed for a second goal. Kerry netminder Axworthy was called into action to make a number of saves. He tipped a cross from substitute Derek Daly over the bar in the 79th minute. Wixted’s corner met the head of Magerusan and he directed it past Axworthy. His third goal this season.

Longford Town

1Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2Shane Elworthy Defender
36Lewis Temple Defender
4Aaron Walsh Defender
7Adam Wixted 7 Midfielder
9Beineon O’Brien Whitmarsh 17 Forward 78'
10Gary Armstrong Forward 41'
18Viktor Serdeniuk 9 Midfielder
20Kyle O’Connor 3 Midfielder
21Dylan Hand Defender 51'
Jordan Adeyemo 14 Forward
12Jack Harrington Goalkeeper
3Derek Daly 20 Defender
7Josh Giurgi 7 Defender
9Cristian Magerusan 18 Forward 79'
14James Doona Midfielder
17Bastien Hery 9 Midfielder 89'
19Mohamed Boudiaf Defender
21Gavin O’Brien Defender

Kerry FC

32Lee Axworthy Goalkeeper
3Sean O’Connell Defender
5Ethan Kos Defender 78'
7Seán McGrath Forward
10Leo Gaxha Forward 47'
13Togor Silong 23 Midfielder 59'
17Nathan Gleeson 9 Forward
19Martin Coughlan 8 Midfielder 16'
21Daniel Okwute Forward
22Cian Barrett Midfielder 74'
18Samuel Aladesanusi Defender
2Rob Vasiu Defender
6Alex Ainscough Midfielder
8Matt Keane 19 Midfielder
9Ryan Kelliher 17 Forward
16Callan Scully Goalkeeper
23Ronan Teahan 13 Midfielder
24Jonathan Hannafin Defender
27Graham O’Reilly Midfielder
28Cian Brosnan Forward
  • 90'

    Bastien Hery is sent off. I don't know for what

  • 88'

    O'Brien Whitmarsh makes way

  • 88'

    Bastien Hery comes on for the Town

  • 83'

    Nathan Gleeson goes off

  • 83'

    Ryan Kelliher is on

  • 80'

    Adam Wixted goes off

  • 80'

    Josh Giurgi is on

  • 80'

    Martin Coughlan goes off

  • 80'

    Matt Keane is on

  • 79'

    Cristian Magerusan with the goal. Corner swung in by Adam Wixted and a lovely header from Magerusan

  • 79'

    Axworthy tips the ball over his bar. Great save

  • 76'

    Gaxha hits the side netting

  • 75'

    Town make a hames of the corner and it's a Kerry throw

  • 75'

    Axworthy puts the ball out for a corner.

  • 74'

    Cian Barrett is booked

  • 72'

    Ethan Kos is booked

  • 67'

    Viktor Serdeniuk is off

  • 67'

    Cristian Magerusan is on

  • 66'

    Kyle O'Connor is off

  • 66'

    Derek Daly is on

  • 66'

    Jordan Adeyemo is off

  • 66'

    James Doona is on

  • 61'

    Ronan Teahan is on

  • 61'

    Togor Silong goes off

  • 60'

    Adam Wixted free is well over the bar

  • 60'

    Driving wind and rain now

  • 59'

    Togor Silong is booked

  • 58'

    From the corner Gaxha takes a shot but it's cleared.

  • 58'

    Great tackle from Aaron Walsh on Daniel Okwute

  • 47'

    Leo Gaxha makes no mistake

  • 47'

    Penalty to Kerry

  • 44'

    Adeyemo wins a corner for the home side

  • 41'

    What a goal from Gary Armstrong. The corner was cleared to Armstrong on the edge of the box and he made no mistake. Two in two for Armstrong

  • 40'

    Corner for the home side

  • 37'

    Leo Gaxha booked for simulation

  • 36'

    Axworthy nearly caught out after a poor clearance fell to Jordan Adeyemo. He played it to O'Brien Whitmarsh but it's blocked

  • 33'

    The home side win another corner

  • 23'

    Beineon O'Brien Whitmarsh to Jordan Adeyemo, he turns but shoots just wide

  • 21'

    Shane Elworthy's cross is cleared by Cian Barrett.

  • 16'

    Martin Coughlan is booked for a foul on Aaron Walsh

  • 14'

    Gary Armstrong whips in the corner but it's cleared off the line

  • 14'

    Town win the first corner of the game

  • 6'

    Kerry have started this game brightly

  • 3'

    Martin Coughlan fires over the bar.

  • Town have defeated Kerry twice this season. The Munster side put it up to Stephen Henderson's men on both occasions.

  • Town signed Bastien Hery last night and he is on the bench for this evening's game.

  • The pitch at Bishopsgate passed an inspection earlier this afternoon. Some fantastic work done on it to have it ready for this evening.

  • Welcome to Final Whistle's coverage of Longford Town v Kerry FC. Deniese O'Flaherty here.


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