Saturday 10 December 2016

Galway held by dogged Longford

Galway United 2 Longford Town 2

Published 29/04/2016 | 22:11

Vinny Faherty
Vinny Faherty
Vinny Faherty: three goals Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Galway United continued their unbeaten run at home this season but they dropped two more points as Longford scored twice to seal an unlikely draw at Eamonn Deacy Park.

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After last weekend’s 2-0 win away to Wexford Youths, this was another tricky tie for the hosts, and despite first-half strikes from Vinny Faherty and Enda Curran, Longford Town pegged them back.

Josh O’Hanlon was fantastic – he got their first on the hour and forced an own-goal off Conor Winn nine minutes later.

United got the ideal start when Faherty struck inside two minutes. When Curran crossed, Faherty had a lot to do, but he brilliantly lobbed the advancing Paul Skinner.

Galway held their composure, and doubled their lead in the 31st minute when Curran was on the end of a Ryan Connolly corner.

It was 2-0 at half-time but Longford tied the game up soon after.

O’Hanlon pulled one back against the run of play, when there was a mix-up at the back for United, and he nipped in to finish.

O’Hanlon played a major role in the second goal too: confusion in the Galway back-line allowed him to drive a shot at goal – it re-bounded off the post and Winn was in the wrong place.

Galway United – Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Cantwell, Walsh; Shanahan, Sullivan, Connolly, Ludden; Faherty, Curran (Cunningham 65) (Keating 69).

Longford Town – Skinner; Powell, Rossiter, Flynn, Haverty (Mulhall 75); Cowan (Simon 45), Gannon, O’Connor, Hughes (Dillon 66), O’Sullivan; O’Hanlon.

Ref – P McLaughlin (Donegal).

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