Explosive Longford Town are back with a bang

Derry dismantled as midlanders make impressive return to the Premier Division

Padraic O'Brien

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Padraic O'Brien

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Longford Town defender Paddy Kirk is tackled by Derry City opponent Ciaron Harkin. Action from the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division first round fixture at Bishopsgate Pic: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

What a wonderful start to the new soccer season for Longford Town who are back with a bang in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division for the first time since 2016. 

The tremendous manner in which the inspired  home side dismantled a much fancied Derry City outfit in the opening fixture on Saturday evening last brought great joy amid the demoralising coronavirus  pandemic as competitive sport action returned to the locality for a sight not seen since November.

The Town rose to the occasion to score a surprise 2-0 win and are now perched proudly on the top of the table even if it is early days.  

It was a pity no supporters were allowed into Bishopsgate last weekend due to the current Covid restrictions to witness a totally committed Longford team produce a high energy performance packed with pace to emerge victorious in some style.  

The absence of what would have been an electric atmosphere at Bishopsgate in normal times with the backing of a big home support certainly did not hinder the fired up Town players who came out with all guns blazing to shoot down Derry.

Livewire winger Dylan Grimes, who tormented the City defence, broke the deadlock as early as the 8th minute and defender Joe Gorman pounced to score  the killer second goal in the 73rd minute.

Next up in the league for Longford Town is a meeting with Bohemians at Dalymount Park this Saturday evening (kick-off 4pm) and Daire Doyle’s courageous side will be facing that fixture in a fairly confident frame of mind after defeating Derry.