Longford Town crash to first home defeat this season in slipping up against UCD

SSE Airtricity League First Division - Round 9

Airtricity League First Division

Longford Town manager Neale Fenn pictured at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night for the league game against UCD. Photo: Syl Healy

Longford Town suffered a setback in their quest for promotion when they lost at home for the first time in the league this season against the table toppers UCD at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.

Longford Town . . . 0     UCD . . . 2

It was a very poor performance by the Town in this disappointing defeat and they offered little throughout the game. UCD had the better of the chances with Georgie Kelly scoring twice in the second half to clinch the victory for the students, watched by the official attendance of 472.

Fenn said: “It was really disappointing. Definitely our worst performance this season and not what we are about. We need to be a lot better than what we were against UCD if we are to be involved in the hunt for promotion.”

The goals that the Town conceded were poor from their point of view with defenders standing off players and not closing them down and Fenn was not pleased with the manner in which his side collapsed. “Normally you are dealing with a bit of pressure; crosses into the box. I didn’t see a goal coming but they just walked through us to win the match.”

LONGFORD TOWN:  Michael Kelly; Adam O’Connor, Mick McDonnell, Daniel O’Reilly, Tristan Noack-Hofmann; Karl Chambers, Aodh Dervin, Dean Zambra, Evan Galvin; Dean Byrne, Chris Mulhall.

Subs:- Dylan McGlade for O’Connor (65 mins); Darren Meenan for Galvin and Sam Verdon for Zambra (78 mins).

UCD: Conor Kearns; Daniel Tobin, Max Kouogun, Josh Collins, Liam Scales; Kevin Coffey, Gary O’Neill, Greg Sloggett, Jason McClelland; Daire O’Connor, Georgie Kelly.

Subs:- Paul Doyle for O’Connor (78 mins), Yousef Mahdy for Coffey (84 mins); Ben Hanrahan for Kelly (89 mins).

Referee: Alan Carey.

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