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Monday 20 October 2014

Davy does the early business

Published 12/03/2014 | 05:44

"I've heard of that (second season syndrome!). I wouldn't be too worried about it. Then again, I did come in unknown last season so defenders will know what I'm about so it will be harder. But that's up to me, I'll have to work on my game and change it up a bit", – Davy O'Sullivan, 3/12/2013.

"I've heard of that (second season syndrome!). I wouldn't be too worried about it. Then again, I did come in unknown last season so defenders will know what I'm about so it will be harder. But that's up to me, I'll have to work on my game and change it up a bit", – Davy O'Sullivan, 3/12/2013.

What was he ever worried about? O'Sullivan began the season in the perfect manner on Friday evening as he snatched the winner in Longford Town's 0-1 victory over newbies Galway FC.

The Wicklow Town native started the match, as did Greystones' Rhys Gorman and the duo actually combined to produce the only goal of the tie at the Connacht venue. With 70 minutes on the clock, midfielder Gorman's through ball found the run of O'Sullivan and the striker rounded Galway netminder Conor Gleeson before tucking away his first goal of the season in front of the watching president Michael D. Higgins.

Willie Tyrell was brought on five minutes later as Tony Cousins looked to batten down the hatches but there was no place for Kevin O'Connor in the squad.

Town's potential title rivals Shamrock Rovers Reserves had a mixed start to life in Ireland's second tier. Bray duo Corie Treacy (right back) and Chris Lyons (striker) enjoyed the full 90 minutes as the Tallaght club were denied an opening day victory by a late Cobh Ramblers strike.

Daniel Purdy had given Rovers the lead but the visitors, whose strikeforce of Lyons and former Seagull Emeka Onwubiko caused problems for the Cork men, were breached two minutes from time and had to settle for a point.

A late goal also scuppered Aaron Barry's League of Ireland debut. The Derry City man operated at left back for the Candystripes in their televised clash with Shamrock Rovers. Having taken the lead in the second half, Roddy Collins' men appeared to be heading for victory until Ciaran Kilduff's 94th minute header cruelly denied Barry a dream start to his new venture.

Late goals worked heavily in Sligo Rovers' favour though. The Bit O'Red fielded Arklow man Danny Ledwith at left-back as they hosted Athlone Town and the former Arklow Town star almost made himself an instant hero as his third minute free kick from the edge of the area struck the inside of the post.

His promising evening took a turn for the worse in the 51st minute when his handball gifted Athlone a penalty that Philip Gorman dispatched to put the visitors ahead.

Rovers rallied though and Evan McMillan found the net late on to complete his side's comeback.

Of the three remaining Co. Wicklow representatives – Andy Mulligan, Hughie Douglas and Shane Murray – none got a taste of the action as their sides won, lost and drew respectively.

Mulligan's Bohs and Douglas' UCD locked horns at Belfield Park and the visitors romped to a 0-3 win, with Jason Byrne bagging the third strike. Owen Heary opted to leave Mulligan behind, while Douglas remained on the bench throughout the drubbing.

Injury ruled Shane Murray out of Waterford United's trip to Donegal and perhaps with him there, they may have bettered their 0-0 draw with Finn Harps.

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