Jake Kelly pictured in action for Longford Town against Shelbourne in the First Division league game at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night. Photo: Syl Healy
Longford Town crashed to a disappointing defeat against Shelbourne at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night as they dropped to sixth position in the First Division league table.
Longford Town . . . 1 Shelbourne . . . 3
For the second week in a row, Neale Fenn’s finished the game with 10 men after defender Daniel O’Reilly was sent off in the 60th minute for a second yellow card offence.
And in another significant setback defender Noel Haverty was forced to retire injured in the 23rd minute.
Longford were also dealt a blow before the game when captain Kevin O’Connor was injured in the warm-up and he was replaced by Cody Mulhall.
The game was evenly poised prior to O’Reilly dismissal and with numerical advantage Shelbourne went on to claim the win with goals from Adam Evans and Reece McEnteer.
The Town had taken the lead in the 8th minute through a powerful header from defender Tristan Noack-Hofmann but Shels got back on level terms ten minutes before the break with Jamie Doyle scoring the equaliser.
LONGFORD TOWN: Paul Skinner; Aidan Friel, Noel Haverty, Daniel O’Reilly, Tristan Noack-Hofmann; Jake Kelly, Sam Verdon, Dean Zambra, Karl Chambers; Don Cowan, Cody Mulhall.
Subs:- Rhys Gorman for Haverty (injured, 23 mins); Paul Finnegan for Mulhall (64 mins); Kaleem Simon for Kelly (73 mins).
SHELBOURNE: Dean Delany; James Brown, Derek Prendergast, Alan Byrne, Aidan Collins; Reece McEnteer, Adam Evans, David O’Leary, Niall Lanigan; Chris Lyons, Jamie Doyle.
Subs:- James English for Doyle (74 mins); Aaron Ashe for Lyons (79 mins).
Referee: John McLoughlin (Athlone).