Tuesday 20 March 2018

Douglas goals for students

Longford Town suffered highs and lows on Friday evening as they surprisingly struggled against Salthill Devon.

The Galway club are the basement side in the First Division and the last time Davy O'Sullivan visited Drom he landed a debut treble but Friday saw Ireland's second tier's leaders held to a 1-1 draw.

This weekend Tony Cousin played four of his five Co. Wicklow men but one of those men – Corie Treacy – departed the field much earlier than his manager would have liked him to do. After getting booked three minutes earlier, the Bray defender picked up a second yellow card and left his side with one man less with the score still tied at 0-0.

Treacy's centre back partner Willie Tyrrell turned things around for the visitors though when he curled his effort beyond Salthill goalkeeper Ronan Forde in the 74th minute. That was the Arklow man's second goal for the Midlands club.

But there was an unhappy ending for Town when home striker Derek O'Brien was fouled in the penalty area in the 94th minute and the attacker dusted himself down to steal a point for the bottom club.

That diminishes Longford's lead at the head of the table to four points over their local rivals Athlone Town.

There was much better news for Hugh Douglas and UCD this weekend. The Students welcomed relegation rivals Cork City to the Belfield Bowl and cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Leesiders.

After a David McMillan double had handed UCD a 2-0 lead, centre half Douglas met Samir Belhout's 70th minute left wing corner kick and nodded it home to seal victory for Martin Russell's men.

Cork City's fortunes didn't improve on Monday evening as Drogheda United sent them crashing out of the EA Sports Cup. Chris Lyons, Shane Murray and Andy Mulligan also saw their EA Sports Cup dreams dashed this week.

Derry City travelled to Dalymount Park on Monday evening and a late Michael Duffy brace earned them a 0-2 win in which only Chris Lyons featured. Lyons also made an appearance on Friday as Bohs once again were the Candystripes victims. The hosts lead 2-1 at the Brandywell when Lyons was introduced late on and he almost snatched a point for the Gypsies but his 81st minute effort skidded wide of Ger Doherty's goal. Shane Murray managed 88 minutes of that clash north of the border.

Following their defeat to Sligo Rovers on Friday, Shelbourne remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Adam Hanlon was introduced for the last six minutes and Stephen Hurley played no part at all as the champions maintained their pressure on leaders St. Patrick's Athletic.

Shamrock Rovers are also doing their best to remain in the title hunt but Arklow's Danny Ledwith didn't see any pitch action as a Gary McCabe double guided Shams to a 0-3 success over Drogheda United.

Wicklow People