Saturday 24 March 2018

Fagan the hero as Pat's prevail

Longford Town 0 St Patrick's Athletic 1

Darren Dennehy got his body in the way to block a shot from Noel Haverty from a Kaleem Simon corner on four minutes.
Darren Dennehy got his body in the way to block a shot from Noel Haverty from a Kaleem Simon corner on four minutes. newsdesk

Christy Fagan got St Patrick's Athletic's season up and running with the only goal of the game at the City Calling Stadium as Longford never coped following the first-half sending off of captain Conor Powell.

The result was harsh on Longford, who were well in the game in the first half.

Guilty of poor defending in their home defeat to Galway last week, St Pat's were again nervous at the back early on as Town might have scored twice in the opening minutes.

Darren Dennehy got his body in the way to block a shot from Noel Haverty from a Kaleem Simon corner on four minutes.

Two minutes later, central defender Haverty was up in attack getting a touch to Philip Gannon's long ball to direct his effort wide, as Brendan Clarke and Shane McEleney got their wires crossed in coming to clear the danger.

St Pat's overcame those early jitters to settle with David Cawley heading over the top from a Billy Dennehy corner on 15 minutes.

But further loose defending at the other end gifted Longford a clear-cut opportunity nine minutes later.

Kevin O'Connor's cross ran for Simon at the back post. He failed to hit the target though, as his shot trickled wide across goal.

While struggling at the back, Saints came alive at the other end as the half wore on with Ian Bermingham getting forward well on the left to shoot wide.

Fagan was then inches off target with a turn and shot after tenacious approach play by Dennehy five minutes before the break.

All of Longford's good first-half work came undone in the final minutes of the period when Powell was sent off following a foul on Conan Byrne, his second yellow card.

St Pat's owned the ball in the second half, even if they struggled to create chances.

That changed 20 minutes in when they got their winner.

Conan Byrne's precise delivery from the right flank to the back post was headed down into Fagan's path by Graham Kelly for the striker to blast a volley past Paul Skinner to the net.

Longford Town: Skinner; Hughes, Haverty (Flynn, 80), Rossiter, Powell; Gannon, O'Connor (O'Reilly, h/t); O'Sullivan, Dillon (Mulhall, 74), Simon; O'Hanlon.

St Patrick's Athletic: Clarke; O'Brien, McEleney, D Dennehy, Bermingham; Cawley; Kelly, Timlin (Treacy, 53); Byrne, Fagan (Corcoran, 80), B Dennehy.

Ref - J McKell

Carndonagh leave it late to see off battling Pres

Carndonagh, Donegal  2

Presentation, Cork 1

A ferocious volley by Christy McLaughlin-Fildara landed the Bank of Ireland FAI Schools Tony O'Neill Cup for Carndonagh Community School at Whitehall yesterday.

Deadlocked at 1-1 in extra-time, the winner arrived five minutes into the first period when the winger cushioned Evan Tweed's diagonal pass towards goal before smashing his low drive beyond the grasp of Eoin O'Sullivan and into the far corner.

Presentation College from Cork, in their first national football final, had earlier drawn level but were punished for squandering a litany of chances either side of McLaughlin-Fildara's decisive goal.

Carndonagh forged ahead midway through the first half from the penalty spot when Cathal Farren converted high into the top corner.

Back came PBS and they eventually drew level on the stroke of half-time after Douwe Van Sinderen forced the ball home from close-range following a goalmouth scramble caused by Dave Barry's free-kick.

Twice McLaughlin-Fildara had the ball in the net only for the efforts to be disallowed but he wouldn't be denied in extra-time.

CARNDONAGH CS - D Houghton; J McKinney, S Todd, D Folan, B McEleney; E Tweed, J Lafferty, K Doherty (D McLaughlin 57), C Farren; C McLaughlin-Fildara, B Browne (F McClure 98).

PRESENTATION BC - E O'Sullivan; F O'Brien, B Cotter, B Mulcahy, C Maguire; D Van Sinderen (S O'Brien 79), D Grant-Sullivan, E Davis (E O'Leary 109), M Cunningham, D Barry; D Dalton.

REF - David Buckley (Donegal).

Curtis shocks 10-man Cork

Derry City 1

Cork City 0

Cork City's title hopes were dealt an early blow when teenager Ronan Curtis secured a shock win for Derry at the Brandywell.

The hosts responded well to last week's derby defeat to Finn harps with a hard-working display.

Cork will need to raise their game considerably from this level if they harbour hopes of stopping Dundalk claiming a third title in a row; their night was summed up when Greg Bolger was sent off on 81 minutes.

The first chance of the encounter came on 19 minutes but Rory Patterson's close-range free-kick was charged down by the Cork defence after goalkeeper Mark McNulty handled Alan Bennett's back-pass inside his six-yard box.

Derry deservedly took the lead on 60 minutes as their pressure in the second half paid off when Curtis and McNamee linked up on the edge of the box, before the teenager blasted home his second goal for his hometown club.

Cork's miserable night was compounded when Bolger was shown a straight red card after lunging out at Curtis.

Derry City - Doherty, Vemmelund, McBride, Barry, Jarvis; Monaghan, McCormack; Curtis (Ward 89), McNamee, McGlynn (Daniels 71); Patterson.

Cork City - McNulty, Dunleavy, Bennett, Browne, O'Connell; Bolger, Holohan (Beattie 53), Morrissey; Dooley (O'Sullivan 69), Maguire, Turner (Sheppard 62).

Ref -D Tomney

Faherty fires Galway

Galway United 4

Bray Wanderers 0

Vinny Faherty made it two goals in as many games as Galway United kept up their stunning start to the season with an impressive win over Bray Wanderers at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Kevin Devaney and Ruairi Keating also found the net for Galway while Paul Finnegan hit an own-goal for the visitors.

It was 0-0 at half-time after Galway had the better of the opportunities in the first-half, but the impressive Peter Cherrie kept them at bay.

Enda Curran found the net within two minutes of the resumption but was ruled offside. Galway were pushing for the lead but Bray's Alan McNally sent a glancing header just wide on the counter-attack.

Galway got the breakthrough just past the hour-mark - Devaney stepped up to turn his man inside, and then out, before finishing low past Cherrie.

Hugh Douglas, Bray's third substitute, was influential after his introduction but Sean Harding then went off injured and they were down to 10 men from the 66th minute.

Bray couldn't find an answer, and Finnegan sent the ball into his own net before Faherty and Keating made it a rout.

Galway United: Winn; Horgan, Sinnott, Folan, Walsh; Shanahan, Sullivan (Foley 90), Connolly, Devaney (Cantwell 86); Faherty, Curran (Keating 74).

Bray Wanderers: Cherrie; Harding, McNally, Kenna (Finnegan 20), Marks (Douglas 58); Connolly, Byrne, Salmon, Moore; Brennan; Kelly (Lewis 34).

Ref - A Buttimer (Cork).

Byrne stunner claims victory

Bohemians 1

Sligo rovers 0

Kurtis Byrne struck an early goal-of-the-season contender as Bohemians produced a mixed performance to land three points against Sligo Rovers.

Eleven minutes were on the clock when Byrne scored a stunning goal, his first for his new club. Regan Donelon misjudged a cross-field ball, before Byrne found the top corner with a volley.

Bohs looked the more potent of the two in the opening 20 minutes, Sligo captain Tim Clancy's recovering tackle preventing Ismahil Akinade a clear run on goal.

The visitors saw plenty of ball in the first half, though failed to test Bohs keeper Dean Delany.

Bohs should have doubled their lead on 63 minutes, Keith Buckley rattled the post from the edge of the box and Akinade stumbled over the rebound.

Philip Roberts should have done better for Sligo on 69 minutes, John Russell's cross finding Roberts free at the back post but his header went high over the bar.

Rovers pressed for a late equaliser but Dean Delany kept out a Jaanai Gordon drive as Bohs held on for the win.

Bohemians: Delany, Pender, Prendergast, Murphy, K Byrne, Fitzgerald, Buckley, Wearen (Mulcahy 90+2), Quigley (Kavanagh 62), Akinade, Kelly (Mohammed 80).

Sligo Rovers: Schlingermann, Adebayo-Rowling, Peers, Clancy, Donelon, Roberts, Richards, Keohane, Martin, Lyons (Russell 68), Gordon.

Ref - G Kelly (Cork).

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