Sunday 25 February 2018

Davy still lighting up Division 1

Davy O'Sullivan is still setting the world alight as his goals keep Longford Town at the top of the Division 1 table.

The Wicklow Town man made it six goals from five games as he netted against title rivals Mervue United on Saturday night.

O'Sullivan netted 12 minutes into the top of the table clash at the City Calling Stadium when he headed Keith Gillespie's perfectly measured cross over the head of United goalkeeper Conor Gleeson.

That goal ensures that O'Sullivan remains at the top of the goalscoring charts with six; one above Cobh Ramblers' Conor Meade. There has been 60 goals scored in the so far this season meaning that remarkably 10% of all goals scored in the League of Ireland's second tier have been netted by O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan's goal didn't land all three points for the Town though as Jason Molloy's 55th minute strike earned his side a point.

O'Sullivan was joined on the pitch on Saturday by Willie Tyrell, David O'Neill and Gavin Doyle. Tyrell took his usual spot at left-back, while O'Neill and Doyle had to settle for appearances off the bench in the last ten minutes.

Unfortunately, Tyrell and O'Sullivan were Co. Wicklow's only representatives to last the full 90 minutes this week.

Jonathan Kelty didn't budge from the bench as his Athlone Town side slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Waterford United. David Breen bagged the winner at the RSC as Roddy Collins Jr. – son of Athlone manager Roddy Collins Sr. - received his marching orders after 16 minutes for the visitors.

With Chris Lyons still on the injured list, it was left to Andy Mulligan and Shane Murray to fly the Wicklow flag at Dalymount Park as Bohs hosted Derry City but the Arklow pair also failed to leave the dugout.

Danny Ledwith's hate/hate relationship with Shamrock Rovers' bench continued on Friday evening as Trevor Croly's men had to come from behind again to claim a 1-1 draw but the former St. Patrick's Athletic coach decided once again that he did not require the services of the former UCD man.

Current UCD man Hughie Douglas has also a stint on the bench recently and although he did feature on Friday night, it was not an outing that will live long in the memory. The Students took a surprise early lead at Turner's Cross only for Cork to hit back on the stroke of half time.

With the scores still delicately poised at 1-1, Martin Russell threw on Douglas in place of Tomas Boyle on 80 minutes and then, in the dying moments, Shane Duggan flashed home a winner for Cork City to leave UCD rooted to the foot of the table.

They are level on points with Shelbourne, who had the unenviable task of a trip to Sligo on Saturday evening. Adam Hanlon managed 79 minutes before being withdrawn as a goal in either side from the Premier Division's top scorer Anthony Edling handed the champions a 2-0 win. Hanlon's team-mate Stephen Hurley was an unused substitute.

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