Rovers return to fourth on a miserable night for Longford

The home side remain rooted to the bottom of the table after their seventh loss in their opening 11 league games.

Danny North was on target for Shamrock Rovers.
Danny North was on target for Shamrock Rovers.
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Longford Town 0

Shamrock Rovers 2

IT WAS ANOTHER tough day at the office for Longford Town as the Premier Division’s bottom side went down 2-0 to Shamrock Rovers at a sodden City Calling Stadium.

The home side were left to rue a James Mulhall own goal in the 61st minute and a slip by substitute goalkeeper Ian Molloy that led to Danny North’s deciding strike just 17 minutes later.

The win sees Pat Fenlon’s side move back into fourth spot on the table while Longford remain rooted to the foot of the standings.

Longford impressed early on in the difficult conditions but failed to take their chances. And they were made to pay just after the hour mark when Mulhall directed a Dean Clarke cross into his own net.

To further compound their misery, a slip by Molloy as he attempted a clearance, on his league debut, allowed North to roll the ball into the net and settle the tie on 78 minutes.

Longford Town: Paul Skinner (I Molloy, 37); Pat Flynn, Kealan Dillon (Kevin O’Connor, 74), James Mulhall, Tristan Noack Hofman, Conor Powell; Peter McGlynn (Don Cowan, 50), Phillip Gannon, Kaleem Simon; Josh O’Hanlon, David O’Sullivan.

Shamrock Rovers: Craig Hyland; Rob Cornwall, Simon Madden, David Webster, Gavin Brennan, Killian Brennan, Gary McCabe, Stephen McPhail, Brandon Miele (Patrick Cregg, 79); Dean Clarke (Trevor Clarke, 86), Gary Shaw (Danny North, 64).

Referee: Ben Connolly (Dublin).

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