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Friday 30 September 2016

Mailey ends Harps' long wait

Longford Town 0-2 Finn Harps

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Town rallied late on with Gannon rattling the crossbar before O'Sullivan's follow-up was bravely cleared by McNulty. (Stock photo)
Town rallied late on with Gannon rattling the crossbar before O'Sullivan's follow-up was bravely cleared by McNulty. (Stock photo)

First league strikes of the season from Josh Mailey and Tony McNamee brought Finn Harps their maiden away win of the campaign at the City Calling Stadium to leave Longford rooted to the foot of the table.

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Early chances from Mark Hughes and Philip Gorman came to nothing for Longford and they found themselves behind against the run of play on 18 minutes.

Ethan Boyle nodded the ball back into the Town area following a corner and Mailey, on his first start of the season following injury, beat Paul Skinner with a looping volley.

Skinner then saved at the feet of a hesitant Sean Houston, who'd been played in by McNamee, to prevent Harps doubling their lead on 33 minutes.

Two minutes later, Town troubled Harps from a corner that was headed over the bar by David O'Sullivan.

Town had Skinner to thanks again for the save of the night on 52 minutes when he again stopped with his feet after Houston put McNamee through one-on-one.

Harps got their second goal on 74 minutes when a poor clearance dropped to McNamee, who drilled the ball low into the net.

Town rallied late on with Gannon rattling the crossbar before O'Sullivan's follow-up was bravely cleared by McNulty.

Longford Town - Skinner; Dillon, Gorman, O'Reilly, Powell; O'Connor, Gannon (Cowan 72), Hughes, McGlynn (Simon 79); O'Sullivan, Duffy (O'Hanlon 60).

Finn Harps - Brush; J. Mailey, McNulty, Cowan; Boyle, Molloy, Harkin (Foy 16), McNamee (Funston 82), Coll; Houston, Curran (Flatley 89).

Ref - N Doyle (Dublin).

Irish Independent

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