Friday 19 January 2018

Cowan sends Longford into quarter-finals

Bangor Celtic 0 Longford Town 1

Despite a corner count of eight to nil, Longford struggled to really trouble the Bangor goal in the first half (stock picture)
Despite a corner count of eight to nil, Longford struggled to really trouble the Bangor goal in the first half (stock picture)

Don Cowan was sprung from the bench to power Longford Town into the quarter finals of the FAI Cup but non-league Bangor made Neale Fenn's Town sweat for at the Iveagh Grounds.

Despite a corner count of eight to nil, Longford struggled to really trouble the Bangor goal in the first half.

But it was home 'keeper Stephen Conlon who was forced into the first major save of the game on 66 minutes, getting down to save Alan Kehoe's low drive after the winger got in behind on the right.

Substitute Cowan then broke the deadlock on 71 minutes, bursting past several defenders down the right, the winger drilled his shot past Conlon.

But Longford then had to hold on as Bangor pressed hard to get back into it. Jack Brady rescued his side with a brilliant save with his feet to deprive Graham Zambra's close range drive on 81 minutes.

Noack-Hofmann did equally as well to block Zambra's goal bound shot minutes later as the First Division side held out.

BANGOR CELTIC - Conlon; Philips, Fadden, Keely, Ndiaye (A. Dunne, 49); Byrne, Murray (O'Connor, 80), L. Dunne, Coleman; Zambra, Fox (Sinnott, 74).

LONGFORD TOWN - Brady; Friel, Haverty, O'Reilly, Noack-Hofmann; Chambers (Cowan, 66), Zambra, Verdon, Kehoe; Kelly; O'Sullivan.

REF - E O'Shea (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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