Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Longford Town FC 0, Blues 0 (1/4/17, City Calling Stadium, Longford)

In the end, the travelling Blues' fans left Longford feeling quite happy with a point, despite the fact that most would have set out earlier in the day with higher expectations. About seventy five Blues' supporters were at the game but after the dismissal of Davie McDaid just before the hour mark (straight red for an over the ball incident), it was always a matter of holding the point and indeed the Blues were somewhat lucky to do so, such was the wastefulness of the home side forwards late in the game.

As a spectacle it was not great and the Blues never really clicked into gear (have they done so at all this season?). Chances were few for both sides before the break but the Blues had the better of them and there can be no excuse for not taking the lead from the spot....Mark O'Sullivan the culprit with just over half on hour gone. Kenny Browne headed over when he should have at least found the target if not the net. David McDaid was blocked twice.

Longford were much better after the break but the Blues coped well. However the dismissal of Davie McDaid changed the game completely. The Blues lifted their game for the last half hour to keep the home side out and created a couple of good chances. The best of these fell to Kenny McEvoy who should really have scored on the counter attack. He rounded the keeper when he might have pulled the trigger and having done so his lame shot was cut out by the covering defender.

The club re-branding has not yet reached Longford! 
The gaffer (whoever that might be!) will have been pleased with the point; pleased also to keep another clean sheet - four out of six league games so far is good and pleased also to remain top of the league table, if only on goal difference.

Garry Comerford was the pick of the bunch on the night.

Conditions were good but the game lacked atmosphere before a small crowd of about 400. Blues' fans know all about it! The match officials did well and video evidence below confirms that the penalty decision was correct...the foul (an accidental trip) did take place inside the box.

EA Sports Cup action next up against Wexford.

C'mon the Blues!

Blues: Ian McLoughlin, Dave Mulcahy, Kenny Browne, Patrick McClean, Derek Daly, Kenny McEvoy (Dean O'Halloran 86), Garry Comerford, Tom Smyth, Shane O'Connor, Mark O'Sullivan (Dean Walsh 90), David McDaid. Unused subs: Matt Connor, Gary Delaney, Anthony McAlavey, Robin Dempsey.

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