Keegan treble ends Galway wait
Galway United 4 Longford Town 2
Galway United boss Tommy Dunne was happy with his side's performance as they won for the first time in the league since July 11.
They led 4-0, with Jake Keegan the hat-trick hero and Gary Shanahan also on target, before Longford substitute Dean Kelly pulled back two goals.
And Dunne wants his side to see games out. "Delighted with the win and delighted to get the four goals," he said. "But it was a bit heart-stopping at the end, where we gave up a lot of territory and a lot of chances."
Keegan was also the main man when Galway beat Longford 1-0 away in June.
He hit his first after 18 minutes, but Galway did real damage after the hour, when Keegan hit his second and third to make it 12 for the season.
Shanahan slotted a fantastic effort, and then came Kelly's brace.
"We had plenty of the ball in the first half, but to concede three in minutes, it gives you a mountain to climb," said Longford manager Tony Cousins.
Galway United - Winn; Horgan, Oji, Cantwell, Ludden (Walsh 81); Shanahan, Sinnott, Connolly (Saarelma 90), Molloy (O'Leary 64); Curran, Keegan.
Longford Town - Hunt; Sullivan, Gorman, Rossiter, Powell; Salmon (Ben Mohamed 68), O'Connor, Gannon, Shannon; O'Sullivan (Kelly 58), Shaw (Simon 76).
Ref - R Harvey (Dublin).