Poor performance as Longford Town suffer first defeat in the league

SSE Airtricity League First Division

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Rob Manley on the ball for Longford Town against Bray Wanderers. Action from the Airtricity League First Division game at Bishopsgate on Monday night Picture: Syl Healy

Longford Town suffered their first defeat in the Airtricity League this season with former striker Gary Shaw inflicting the damage to score the two goals for Bray Wanderers in a very disappointing game at Bishopsgate on Monday night. 

Longford Town . . . 0   Bray Wanderers . . . 2

It was an extremely poor performance from the home side. Their passing was sloppy and they were very indecisive with their decision making. Longford created very few goal scoring chances with Bray keeper Brian Maher never really tested throughout the match.

Playing at Bishopsgate in a competitive fixture for the first time since the 2-0 win over Shamrock Rovers II back in February due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Town were rocked by the concession of a Bray goal with only four minutes gone on the clock. 

Dylan Barrett’s corner was headed home by Gary Shaw and Longford were fortunate not to fall further behind when their keeper Lee Steacy pulled off an excellent save to deny Shaw in the 17th minute.

A killer second goal materialised for Bray in the 21st minute when Joe Doyle’s cross connected with the head of Shaw at the near post and he made no mistake.

Longford’s first and only real chance in the first half didn’t come until the 32nd minute when a Dylan Grimes free-kick was headed just over the bar by Mick McDonnell. 

As the first half came to a close Bray pressed for a third goal with Town defender Dylan Hand having to direct the ball out twice for corners after some good play by the lively Callum Thompson. 

Chances were scarce in the second half. James English should have done better with his header in the 69th minute while Bray defender Killian Cantwell did well to block down Sam Verdon’s shot two minutes later.

That was it for Longford Town who really need to produce a much improved display  at home to Athlone Town on Saturday night next. 

LONGFORD TOWN: Lee Steacy; Shane Elworthy, Mick McDonnell, Dylan Hand, Aaron McNally; Dean Zambra; Dylan Grimes, Aodh Dervin, Niall Barnes; James English; Rob Manley.

Subs:- Sam Verdon for Barnes (38 mins); Callum Warfield for McNally (68 mins); Matthew O’Brien for D Zambra (72 mins). 

BRAY WANDERERS: Brian Maher; John Ross Wilson, Killian Cantwell, Dylan Barrett, Derek Daly; Sean McEvoy, Callum Thompson, Luka Lovic, Jack Watson, Joe Doyle; Gary Shaw.

Subs:- Paul Keegan for Watson (60 mins); Ryan Graydon for McEvoy (68 mins); Marlon Marishta for Thompson (79 mins). 

Referee: Marc Lynch. 

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