Cousins gets his point across
Longford Town 1 Derry City 1
Published 18/04/2016 | 02:30
Tony Cousins had no qualms in giving 17-year-old Tristan Noack-Hofmann his league debut as Longford earned a point against high flying Derry to lift themselves off the foot of the Premier Division table at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.
"I watched him first in The Lawns when he played for Mullingar as a 15-year-old," said Longford boss Cousins of defender Noack-Hofmann, Irish born of a German father.
"He went away to an academy in Germany for a year. He came back this season and straight away I brought him into the first-team squad. I felt he had the temperament for it. I've actually held back on him really.
"With Mark Rossiter back and Pat Flynn there as well, with Peter McGlynn in front of him, I felt it was the right time to bring him in.
"I had a chat with him before the game to see what he was like and I knew he wasn't rattled at all. You could see he did really well. It's something I've always done at the club, given youth a chance."
Longford snatched the lead on 26 minutes when David O'Sullivan powered a header to the net from skipper Kevin O'Connor's corner.
Dominant Derry should have been level at the interval as Rory Patterson had a weak 35th minute penalty saved by Paul Skinner, while Dean Jarvis rattled the crossbar. Substitute Patrick McClean, brother of Ireland winger James, broke Longford's resolve on 73 minutes with a cracking 35-yard strike - his first goal for the club.
Longford Town: Skinner; Haverty, Flynn, Rossiter, Noack-Hofmann; McKeown; Cowan (Duffy 68), Hughes, O'Connor (Gannon 72), McGlynn (O'Hanlon 84); O'Sullivan.
Derry City: Doherty; Vemmelund, McBride, Barry (McClean 38), Jarvis; Ward (Boyle 83), McEneff, Monaghan (McCormack 52); Curtis; McNamee; Patterson.
Ref: S Grant (Wexford).