Saturday 16 December 2017

Freak leveller 'sums up scrappy game'

Longford Town 1-1 Bray Wanderers

Longford manager Tony Cousins Photo: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
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Longford boss Tony Cousins admitted that his side's freak equaliser all but summed up a desperately poor spectacle of a game at City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.

After a first 45 minutes to forget, striker Dean Kelly, who spent the second half of last season at Longford, headed Bray in front a minute into the second half.

Four minutes later, a bizarre goal brought Longford level as Bray keeper Peter Cherrie's attempted clearance from a backpass struck Longford striker David O'Sullivan - who was trying to close him down - to rebound into his net.

Longord had midfielder Kevin O'Connor sent off for a second booking on 79 minutes.

"The goal we got summed up the game," said Cousins, whose side were on the rebound from Monday's 6-0 thumping at Cork City.

"It was two teams who didn't want to lose. We were coming off the back of a hammering and they hadn't won a game. And that's what you got on the night.

"It was very scrappy and there weren't many chances."

It gave Bray their first point of the season, though boss Mick Cooke said his side deserved to win.

"Overall over the 90 minutes I felt we were the better side," said Cooke. "It was an unfortunate goal to give away. It's that bit of luck that's been against us all season.

"Peter is an excellent goalkeeper, it was just unfortunate that he hit the man who was closing him down.

"I'm disappointed that we didn't get the three points."

Longford Town - Skinner; Mulhall, Flynn, Rossiter (O'Reilly 10), Powell (Dillon 70); Gannon; O'Sullivan (McGlynn 88), Hughes, O'Connor, Simon; O'Hanlon

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Douglas, McNally, Kenna, Marks; Connolly (Noble 89), Creevy (Salmon 81), Brennan, Moore; Kelly, Lewis (Pender 77)

REF - B Connolly (Dublin)

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