On Friday evening last at Eamonn Deacy Park (Terryland Park) the clash of Galway United Supporters Trust FC (GUST) and Longford Town took place in the U-19 League of Ireland. For the young Town team it was to be a game played in front of the biggest league crowd to date as over 150 people turned up for the battle of the bottom two in the division.
The away side took hold of the game and were looking dangerous every time they went forward. On 15 minutes the Town were to get their reward when a Kieran McNamara free-kick found Michael James on the edge of the box, he controlled the ball and placed it brilliantly past opposing keeper MacMathuna to open the scoring.
On the half hour mark however the Town keeper David McNamara was twice called into action when the home side finally managed to break through the resilient defence. Within minutes GUST’s Morgan Lyons lost his marker, received a wonderful through ball from midfield and drove the ball across the Town keeper into the bottom corner of the net for the equaliser.
As the second half got underway disaster was to strike for the visitors when from the kick-off the ball was nicked off midfielder Aaron Brilly and the resulting shot took a deflection and went for a corner. The corner was taken quickly and GUST player Sean Deane headed the ball home for the perfect start to the second half for the Galway side.
Within minutes Brilly almost levelled matters when he struck a brilliant shot from all of 30 yards but found MacMathuna in top form to tap it over the bar. On the next attack it was young Brilly again who brought the best out of the GUST keeper when he hit a blistering shot from just outside the box but he couldn’t thwart the inform keeper who knocked it out for a corner. The resulting corner saw Paul Rushe power a header goalward but unfortunately for him GUST’s goal scorer Deane was on hand to block the effort and clear the ball.
Longford continued to press and with 15 minutes to go Dean Cosgrave hit a thunderous shot from 25 yards out that was heading for the top corner but somehow the GUST keeper yet again managed to pull off a wonderful save.
As the minutes ticked by Longford continued to push for an equaliser and two minutes into injury time their perseverance paid off when Michael James crossed the ball into the box where he found Alex Kenny who blasted the ball home for the all important equaliser. This was no more than Longford deserved as they battled hard for the entire game and eventually secured their first league point of what has been a frustrating season so far.
The Town take a break from league action this weekend as they host the Elite Division’s top side UCD in the FAI U-19 Cup in Flancare Park on Saturday, kick-off 2pm.
GUST: Ciaran Macmathuna, Cory Bono, Connor Lally, Sean Deane, Gabriel Darcy, Dean Herney, Kennedy Boachh-Ansan, Rikki Graham, Luke Deacy Darragh Kelly, Morgan Lyons, John Allan, Junior Iyane, William Condon, Seamus Curry, Patrick Madden, Emmanuel Obadeyi, Rahmanzckiri.
LONGFORD TOWN: David McNamara, Dean Cosgrave, Steven Boateng, Paul Rushe, Ruairi Carberry, Aaron Brilly(c), Michael James, Ryan Carberry, Kieran McNamara, Alex Kenny, Boni Odoemene.
Subs: Cormac Kennedy for Kieran McNamara (55 mins); Paul Kennedy for Odoemene (65 mins), Brian McNamara for Ryan Carberry (79 mins).
Not used: Liam O’Farrell, Sean Duarte, Cillian Glacken, Padraig Gallagher, Mark Rossiter, David Mackey.