Friday 20 January 2017

Galway and Longford fire blanks

Galway United 0 Longford Town 0

Published 22/10/2016 | 02:30

Longford Town goalkeeper Paul Skinner kept out a potential late match winner from Galway United’s Padraic Cunningham to ensure their encounter finished goalless. Photo: Sportsfile
Longford Town goalkeeper Paul Skinner kept out a potential late match winner from Galway United’s Padraic Cunningham to ensure their encounter finished goalless. Photo: Sportsfile

Galway United's Padraic Cunningham came close to snatching a late winner in a typical end-of-season clash at Eamonn Deacy Park.

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But from a difficult angle, the striker saw his shot saved by Longford Town goalkeeper Paul Skinner.

Gary Shanahan slipped in behind the Longford defence from a long kick-out in the seventh minute but, from a narrow angle, Skinner smothered the winger's effort.

Centre-back Stephen Folan flashed a header just over in the 11th minute from Kevin Devaney's corner as United looked to break the deadlock.

David O'Sullivan came close to notching his eighth goal of the season for Longford after he did brilliantly to engineer a chance for himself on 22 minutes. With his back to goal, the striker turned before striking a left-footed effort straight at Galway United goalkeeper Conor Winn.

O'Sullivan had a good opportunity in the second half as he intercepted a Ryan Connolly back pass after 69 minutes. But the striker shot just wide of the Galway United goal with only Conor Winn to beat, before Cunningham failed to convert his late chance.

Galway United - Winn; Cantwell, Aganovic, Folan, Horgan; Shanahan (Garcia 87), Byrne, Connolly, Devaney; Melody; Faherty (Cunningham 71).

Longford Town - Skinner; Mulhall, Mvita, Gorman, Powell; McGlynn (Chambers 87), Gannon, O'Connor (Hughes 29), Dillon (Simon 75); D'Sane, O'Sullivan.

Ref - R Rogers (Dublin)

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