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Longford’s self-belief sets up a mouthwatering second leg against Bray

Bray Wanderers 2–2 Longford Town

Published 28/10/2013 | 22:24

28 October 2013; Chris Deans, Longford Town, celebrates at the end of the game. Airtricity League Promotion / Relegation Play-Off Final 1st Leg, Bray Wanderers v Longford Town, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
28 October 2013; Chris Deans, Longford Town, celebrates at the end of the game. Airtricity League Promotion / Relegation Play-Off Final 1st Leg, Bray Wanderers v Longford Town, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Gary Dempsey, Bray Wanderers, in action against Gavin Doyle, Longford Town. Airtricity League Promotion / Relegation Play-Off Final 1st Leg Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Chris Bennion, Longford Town goalkeeper celebrate's with David O'Sullivan at the end of the game.

LONGFORD’S David O’Sullivan continued his goal heroics tonight to keep the Midlanders in contention in the first leg of this promotion/relegation playoff with Bray.

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The late strike from O’Sullivan at the Carlisle Grounds – following on from his brace against Mervue on Friday - brought Longford level after two early goals from the ever-reliable Jason Byrne had set Bray on their way.

Longford survived a disallowed Byrne goal, a header from the striker which bounced off the crossbar. and a cross from Kieran Marty Waters which also struck the woodwork.

But their belief was unwavering and the odds are now in their favour with the second leg at home on Friday.

Byrne pounced for his first goal  in the eighth minute, heading in from close range. Then he lobbed keeper Chris Bennion from 25 yards to score a stunning goal after half an hour.

But Longford’s  workrate kept them in the game, with Dean Ebbe scored with low drive on 61 minutes. Then it was all Longford and justice came in the 83rd minute as O’Sullivan reacted quickest to Ryan Connolly’s free kick to volley home. 

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