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Sunday 25 September 2016

O'Sullivan wins it for Longford

Longford Town 1 Bray Wanderers 0

Paul Buttner

Published 31/08/2015 | 02:30

O’Sullivan blasted a right-footed drive to the net from the edge of the area for a stunning fifth goal of the season
O’Sullivan blasted a right-footed drive to the net from the edge of the area for a stunning fifth goal of the season

David O'Sullivan has been told to keep on believing by manager Tony Cousins after his sublime winner at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.

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Latching onto skipper Mark Salmon's 56th-minute pass, O'Sullivan blasted a right-footed drive to the net from the edge of the area for a stunning fifth goal of the season.

Longford then had to dig in to earn a first league win in eight games after midfielder Stephen Rice was sent off on 73 minutes for a second booking.

O'Sullivan was top scorer in the First Division in the last two seasons, but has found goals much harder to come by in the top flight.

"It's been difficult for David at times this year," said Cousins.

"But he's made so many steps from where he was playing at Arklow, then going to Wayside. All of a sudden he comes to us and sets the First Division alight.

"Then you are up in the Premier Division and it's massive steps all the time for him. This year is a bit of a learning process for him because defenders are a little more clever than what he's come up against before. The most important thing for any player is to keep going and keep believing. That's what David has done."

Longford Town 1

Bray Wanderers 0

Longford Town - Hunt; Sullivan, Gorman, Rossiter, Powell; Salmon, O'Connor, Rice, Shannon (Ben Mohamed, 85); Kelly (Simon, 61), O'Sullivan (Gannon, 75).

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Cooney, Barker; Sullivan; Scully, McEvoy, Cassidy, McGlynn (Onwubiko, 76); Lyons.

ref - Paul McLaughlin (Monaghan)

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