Longford Town 2 Shelbourne 0

Peter Hopkins and Karl Chambers helped Longford Town move second in the SSE Airtricity League first division with a 2-0 win over Shelbourne.

Just 19 minutes where on the clock when the town took the lead, following a dreadful mistake by Shelbourne keeper Dean Delany.

Delany’s throw was intercepted by Town winger Peter Hopkins, he waltzed past the challenge of Luke Byrne, and drilled a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net from the edge of the box.


It was almost two-nil 60 seconds later, only for Delany to superbly tip-over Dean Zambra’s 25-yard thunderbolt.

Nine minutes into the second-half, a superb Shane Elworthy pass found Aaron Dobbs just inside the Shels box but his angled shot was well saved by Delany.

Shels almost levelled on 58 minutes when Ryan Brennan’s downward header from a Lorcan Fitzgerald corner was headed off the line by Town winger Hopkins.

The visitors put the Town under severe pressure for the rest of the second-half but failed to test home keeper Steacy.

One minutes into injury time, substitute Karl Chambers sealed the three points with a fine strike that went in off the post.

Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy, Kenna, McDonnell, Breslin, Zambra, Hopkins (Chambers 79), Dervin, Verdon (O’Connor 89), Byrne, Dobbs (Doyle 81)

Shelbourne: Delany, Ross-Wilson, David Byrne, Luke Byrne, Fitzgerald, Oscar Brennan, Conan Byrne (Rooney 19), Noone (English 59), Ryan Brennan, Moore, Kilduff