Longford Town 3
Wexford FC 0
Longford Town got their promotion push back on track with a comfortable three-nil victory over Wexford FC at the City Calling Stadium.
The victory moves Town, within a point of fourth placed Shelbourne, and within three points of third placed Finn Harps.
A second-half brace from Dylan McGlade and Daniel O’Reilly’s deflected strike off Tristan Noack-Hofmann gave the town all three points.
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Just three minutes where on the clock, when Town had the first chance. A ball over the top from Shane Elworthy released Sam Verdon down the right, who cut inside and fired a low, diagonal shot inches wide of the far post.
Wexford almost found the net three minutes later Dean George arching header at the back post was brilliantly palmed away by Town keeper Kelly.
Daniel O’Reilly tried his luck on 16 minutes with a long range strike that was only just too high.
Wexford keeper Corey Chambers endured no danger until the 43rd minute. Chambers cleverly created space the right, his perfectly weighted cross found Verdon, whose header was saved by Chambers.
The town hit the front less than 60 seconds after restart.
Sam Verdon raced into the box on the right and his low cross deflected off a Wexford defender into the path of McGlade who drilled home the opening goal.
Five minutes later, Daniel O’Reilly nearly doubled the Town’s advantage with a 20-yard half-volley that shaved the post.
Longford should have gone two-up on 56 minutes when a Chambers cross bounced off the chest of Wexford’s keeper Cahill and landed at the feet of the unmarked Dean Dillon just ten yards from goal.
Somehow Dillon blazed high over when he should have scored.
Dillon made amends just three minutes later when his battling tenacity from a McGlade free-kick helped him to set up O’Reilly whose shot, inside the box, defected off Noack-Hofmann into the net.
It got even better for the hosts on 66 minutes when Elworthy’s excellent cross was guided to the net by McGlade for his second off the night.
Jamie Doyle should have made it four later when he found himself one-on-one with Chambers, but shot straight at the Wexford keeper.
Next up for Neale Fenn’s charges is a mouth-watering trip to Tolka Park next Friday to take on promotion rivals Shelbourne.
Longford Town: Kelly, McDonnell, Noack-Hofmann, O’Reilly, Dervin, Elworthy, Hollywood, Chambers (Ryan 71), Verdon, Dillon (Doyle 65), McGlade
Wexford FC: Chambers, McCarten, Cahill, Kelly (O’Reilly 77), Morgan, Masood, Byrne, Sutton, O’Connor (Smithers 61), George, Nugent