Pre-season games fail to really excite supporters and that’s exactly what can be said about this game. Chances were created but very few were on target, with the Town having the better of those. But it was the Premier Division side that did eventually find the net one minute from the end.
Longford Town . . . 0 Derry City . . . 1
Derry enjoyed the better of the possession in the opening exchanges but failed to create any real chances of note.
Gareth McGlynn was lively up front for them and himself and Davy McDaid had chances but didn’t trouble Town keeper Alvin Rouse. Town had the best chance of the half in the 36th minute; Aidan Roche’s superb free from about 30 yards out was deflected out for a corner.
His brother Lee was unlucky not to open the scoring in the 61st minute; Michael Lee’s pinpoint cross from the left met the head of the striker but his effort crashed off the crossbar.
Derry were handed an opportunity in the 70th minute when Thomas Hyland brought down Pat McEleney in the box. Up stepped McGlynn but he blasted the penalty wide.
Just as it looked like the game would end in stalemate McEleney broke the deadlock with a neat chip from just outside the box.
Longford Town: Alvin Rouse (Conlon ht), Niall O’Reilly (Dowling 55), Chris Deans (Collins ht), Des Hope (Szczerbowski 58), Michael Lee, Jason Oladele (Morley ht), Thomas Hyland, Mark Salmon, Aidan Roche, Lee Roche, Kevin Dawson (Bell 77).
Subs: Stephen Conlon for Rouse, Paddy Collins for Deans, Jacques Morley for Oladele half-time. Graham Dowling for O’Reilly 55mins, Piotr Szczerbowski for Hope 58mins, Gary Cronin 62mins, George Bell for 77 mins.
Derry City: Ger Doherty, Emmet Friars, Shane McEleney, Ruairi Harkin, Daniel Lafferty, Gareth McGlynn, Davy McDaid, Pat McEleney, Ryan McBride, Thomas McBride, Michael McCrudden.
Subs: Eddie McCallion for Friars and Stephen McLaughlin for McCrudden half-time, James Henry for Harkin 70mins, McCrudden for McDaid 75mins.
Referee: John McLoughlin (Athlone).