Longford Town 0 Shelbourne 2

Longford Town’s slim title hopes were dashed on Friday evening when they fell to a bitterly disappointing two goal defeat at home to Shelbourne writes Andrew Dempsey.

After a slow start to the game, Shelbourne took a deserved lead through Denzil Fernandes. Fernandes slalomed through the Town defence before slotting into an empty net.

The Reds were full value for their lead, shutting down any Longford Town attack with relative ease as a tight press caused issues for a lethargic Red and Black.

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Shels continued to dominate during the second half, and they scored their insurance goal through sub Greg Moorehouse who scored with his first touch of the game, steering home a Fernandes cross to all but end Town’s slim league title hopes.

The result means Shels now sit five points clear of second place Drogheda United with three games remaining and eight clear of Longford Town.

Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy, Manley, Kenna, McDonnell, Breslin, Dervin, Verdon (Dobbs 64), Grimes (Doherty 77), Boyd, Byrne

Shelbourne: McCabe, Friel, Prendergast, Byrne, Fitzgerald, O. Brennan, R. Brennan (Quinn 62), Farrell, Moore, Fernandes (Noone75); Kilduff (Moorehouse 57)

Referee: Adriano Reale