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Longford Town manager Tony Cousins was critical of the pitch at Jackman Park after his team fought back to earn a draw after twice falling behind

Longford Town manager Tony Cousins was critical of the pitch at Jackman Park after his team fought back to earn a draw after twice falling behind

Longford Town manager Tony Cousins was critical of the pitch at Jackman Park after his team fought back to earn a draw after twice falling behind

Longford Town manager Tony Cousins was critical of the pitch at Jackman Park after his team fought back to earn a draw after twice falling behind.

"The pitch was difficult for both sets of players," he said. "Both teams would probably have liked to play a lot more football, so give the lads their fair due.

"We had to battle and we had to go long at times when we didn't want to and play off the front man quicker.

"I made my debut in 1988 and that's the sort of pitch I played on all those years ago.

"They said they were dark days for the League of Ireland. Well, I'll tell you, looking at some of the pitches this year, it's still dark days.

"We have to get a grip and our pitches have to be in better condition. We're talking about bringing players home from England and hyping up the league and that. There's people paying their money to watch these games, so at least the pitch should be right."

Cousins and his Limerick FC counterpart Martin Russell both seemed content with the result, one which got both sides off the mark in the league, although both expressed a sense of disappointment at missing out on victory.

Sean Russell fired Limerick in front on 21 minutes before a goalkeeping error from Conor O'Donnell gave David O'Sullivan the chance to equalise quickly.

Russell got his second goal shortly before half-time only for O'Sullivan to restore parity in the 58th minute with a close-range header.

The better second-half chances fell to Longford, although troubled Limerick gave a vastly improved performance from their previous games and a draw seemed a fair result.

LIMERICK FC - O'Donnell; Harding, Price, O'Connor, Williams; Turner, Hughes, O'Conor, Russell; Rainsford (Faherty 46); Clarke.

LONGFORD TOWN - Hunt; Mulhall, Sullivan, Powell, Flynn; Cowan (Shannon 76), Sammon, Rice, O'Connor; Shaw, O'Sullivan.

REF - J McKell (Tipperary)

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