Thursday 8 December 2016

Cousins leads praise as Dsane earns point on home debut

Longford Town 2 Sligo Rovers 2

Published 25/07/2016 | 02:30

“To a man, the players worked their socks off on the night and got their just rewards,” said Cousins (p). Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
“To a man, the players worked their socks off on the night and got their just rewards,” said Cousins (p). Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Longford Town manager Tony Cousins says he, his staff, and players will keep doing things right as they strive to avoid relegation from the Premier Division.

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Eddie Dsane scored on his home debut as Longford, who are rooted to the bottom of the table, twice came from behind to earn a point at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.

In-form Raff Cretaro gave Sligo a deserved 31st-minute lead with a powerful header from Liam Martin's cross.

Town hit back three minutes before the break, Rhys Gorman sweeping home Kaleem Simon's corner.

Phil Roberts's exquisite free-kick restored Sligo's lead eight minutes into the second half before 19-year-old Dsane pounced on a mistake to calmly slot home Town's second equaliser on 65 minutes.

That ended a run of four straight defeats for Longford who remain three points adrift at the foot of the table. But the spirited display gave everyone at the club a lift.

"To a man, the players worked their socks off on the night and got their just rewards," said Cousins.

"It's not easy when you are down there. In any sport, confidence plays a major role.

"We'd felt in other games at times we'd been playing well and didn't get the rub of the green.

"To be fair to everyone here, they are very professional in what they do during the week.

"We keep preparing the players right. You only get performances like Saturday night when you do things right.

"We need to build on that now. You could feel in the dressing room after the game that there was a little bit more confidence there."

Longford Town - Coulter; Haverty, Gorman, Nkelu, Powell; McGlynn (O'Sullivan, 66), Dillon (J Mulhall, 75), Hughes, Simon; Cowan (Duffy, 87), Dsane.
Sligo Rovers - Schlingermann; Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Boylan, Keohane; Roberts (Kearns, 63), Roddan, Russell, Martin; Sadlier; Cretaro. REF - Derek Tomney (Dublin).

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