Longford Town recorded their first league win of the season with a 3-0 victory over Drogheda United in City Calling Stadium, writes Tony Ghee.
The Town created the first opening in the fourth minute when Sam Verdon’s pass picked out striker Aaron Dobbs but his crisp, low shot was well saved by Paul Skinner.
Two minutes later, Drogheda’s right-winger Adam Wixted weaved his way past two Town defenders only to hit his shot straight at Town stopper Lee Steacy.
Longford had a very lucky let-off on 18 minutes, A superb ball over the top of the Town defence from Luke Gallagher found Mark Doyle inside the Town box, but Steacy produced an excellent save, and moments later, he was called into action again, as he tipped over a long range strike from Mark Hughes.
Steacy denied Hughes twice within 60 seconds on a minute before half-time. Firstly, he kept out a close range effort from the Drogheda man, and that was followed by an incredible save from a Hughes header.
Longford broke the deadlock on 62 minutes, Dean Byrne seized possession after a mistake from Mark Doyle and ran between the two Drogheda centre-halves before calmly guiding the ball past Skinner, into the bottom left-corner of the net.
Longford sealed the victory on 83 minutes with a stunning second goal. Verdon’s perfectly weighted pass to Elworthy who run Kane and pin-point cross resulted in Dobbs’ diving header rattling the net.
Longford rounded off the scoring in the first minute of injury time substitute peter Hopkins beat the offside trap to run onto a Doyle pass, and rounded keeper Skinner to slot into the empty net.
Longford Town: Steacy, Chambers (Elworthy 81), Manley, Kenna, Breslin, Verdon, O’Connor, Dervin, Zambra, Byrne (86), Dobbs (Doyle 84)
Drogheda Utd: Skinner, Brown, Gallagher, McNally, Kane, Brennan, Hughes, Wixted, (Meaney 73), Byrne, Doyle (Heaney 63), Lyons.