Saturday 25 May 2019

O'Sullivan moves closer to Longford scoring record

RECORDS are there to be broken and Davy O'Sullivan is inching his way to way doing just that.

His brace at the weekend – his second double on the spin – has landed him ten goals shy of Richie Parson's all-time leading goalscorer tally for Longford Town.

With 42 goals to his name, ex-Seagull Parsons has been in the record books for the past 14 years but now the Town's new goalscoring ace is breathing down his neck, despite not even being midway through his second season yet.

With First Division leaders Shelbourne dropping points, Longford needed to take advantage against Waterford United at the RSC. And they did. Just about.

Shane Murray lined out at midfield for the hosts but was replaced at the break, while Willie Tyrrell, Kevin O'Connor and Davy O'Sullivan all started for the Town and the latter opened the scoring after six minutes.

Lorcan Shannon flicked the ball into O'Sullivan's path, the striker nipped past Gary Delaney and then fired his effort past home custodian Matthew Connor.

The hosts levelled but O'Sullivan restored Longford's advantage on 35 minutes as he was found by Kevin O'Connor's pass before finding the net.

United battled back again to equalise but the visitors won it late on to close the gap on Shels to eight points.

With Shels top, Wexford Youths are the side currently occupying the play-off place. They picked up another victory this weekend at Corie Treacy's Shamrock Rovers B's expense.

The sides met at Tallaght Stadium, but even with Treacy at the heart of the Hoops defence, they fell to a 0-2 lead, with Ben Ryan notching twice.

Rovers' first team did not fare a whole lot better. They welcomed Bohemians to Tallaght for the Dublin Derby on Friday evening and slumped to a 0-0 draw. Arklow's Andy Mulligan was not involved for the Gypsies.

Mulligan's fellow left-footer Danny Ledwith had a mixed week. On Tuesday last, he headed in the opening goal as Sligo Rovers picked up a 0-2 win away to Athlone.

On Friday though, he was pushed back to left back and then replaced at half time as the Bit O'Red were spanked 3-0 by league leaders Dundalk.

At the other end of the table, it was all smiles for Aaron Barry while it was doom and gloom for Hughie Douglas.

Barry found himself back at centre half again for Derry City's 2-0 success over Drogheda United. Goals from Michael Duffy and Rory Patterson earned new manager Peter Hutton his first win in charge of the Candystripes.

The bottom two – UCD and Athlone – met in Athlone on Friday and Keith Long's charges mastered their first victory of the season by two goals to nil. Hughie Douglas played at centre half as the Students were shot down.

Bray People