Sunday 21 January 2018

Longford arrest Sheriff's run

Longford Town 3 Sheriff YC 1

Kevin O'Connor, Longford Town, in action against Darren Dunne, Sheriff YC
Kevin O'Connor, Longford Town, in action against Darren Dunne, Sheriff YC
Ayman Ben Mohamed, Longford Town, scores his side's second goal
Ayman Ben Mohamed, Longford Town, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal

Two goals in as many minutes early in the second half ended non-league Sheriff's FAI Cup dream as Longford eased into the semi-finals.

The AUL champions were under the cosh from the start with 'keeper Peter Halpin having to make two smart saves to deprive David O'Sullivan inside 13 minutes before Town got a deserved lead on 25 minutes. Kevin O'Connor and Gary Shaw were involved with some neat footwork, the latter setting up David O'Sullivan to fire home.

But Sheriff, who had a John Rock goal disallowed on 31 minutes, stunned Town with a sublime 30-yard equaliser from Joseph Flood in first-half stoppage time.

A two-goal burst at the start of the second half restored Town's supremacy, however. Ayman Ben Mohamed put them back in front less than a minute after the restart, before the impressive O'Connor set up Lorcan Shannon to score.

Sheriff battled hard and had a second goal disallowed, before substitute Darren O'Brien was sent off for a second booking late on.

Longford Town - Hunt; Haverty, Gorman, Rossiter, Powell; Shannon, O'Connor (Salmon 85), Rice, Ben Mohamed (Simon 73); O'Sullivan (Gannon 65), Shaw.

Sheriff YC - Halpin; P Murphy, Kavanagh, Browne; Lester (O'Brien 71); Higgins, Joseph Flood (Joyce 81), D Dunne, Lynch; Rock, Glen (T Dunne, 63).

Ref - Neil Doyle (Dublin)

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