Longford Town 2-0 Mervue United: Shaw double sends Town into last eight

First half goals from Gary Shaw were enough to see the home side into the next round after a dominant display at Strokestown Road
Longford Town booked their place in the quarter-final of the EA Sports Cup thanks to a double from Gary Shaw in the first half. Mervue United were unable to create any real chances and failed to have an influence on the game as the Town dominated for large periods.

Both sides cancelled each other’s play in the opening stages with neither team able to make a major impact in the game until Etanda Nkolo created the first chance of the evening with a dangerous cross that nearly dipped in over the keeper if it wasn’t for Andrew Walsh’s fine figure tip save.

Longford Town opened the scoring in the midway point of the first half when Gary Shaw headed home with the ball slipping through Mervue United goalkeeper’s gloves to put the home side ahead.

The Town soon doubled their advantage with another header, Gary Shaw taking the credit in an unorganised Mervue defence from a Kevin O’Connor cross.

The hosts should have increased their lead as the second half got underway with Stephen Rice rounding the keeper but missing the empty net as he watched his shot sky over the bar. Mervue pressed to try and get back into the game but as a result were left venerable at the back leading to chances from Kevin O’Connor shooting inches wide of the post and Etanda Nkololo with a powerful shot but Walsh equal to the effort.

The away side created their best chance of the game as the match came to a close with a Simon Walsh long range effort going wide of the post but this wasnt enough as Longford Town progressed to the last eight.