Friday 23 March 2018

Saints peg back Longford three times to snatch dramatic point after outrageous second half

St Pat's 3 Longford 3

Having witnessed events at Richmond Park last night, the famous Liverpool v Newcastle match from 1996 springs to mind.

Bottom of the table Longford led three times, but to be pegged back by the Saints, who should have won it in the end.

All six goals and a red card for Darren Dennehy came in the second half.

Town hit the front through Philly Gannon's powerful drive just 20 seconds after the restart.

The excellent Sam Verdon then brilliantly headed Billy Dennehy's perfect corner into the net via the crossbar three minutes later to make it 1-1.

Longford, playing a 3-5-2 formation, took the lead again in the 63rd minute from what was another preventable goal from St. Pats' point of view.

Captain Conor Powell drove his low shot beyond Brendan Clarke, a chance created after a quick counter attack from a Pats corner.

Liam Buckley's team pushed for a second equaliser, Mark Timlin hit the post then David Cawley headed over a minute later.

The pressure told on Longford, who have won just one league game all season, when Pats made it 2-2 through sub Conan Byrne's smart finish after being put in by Ger O'Brien's defence splitting pass.

The momentum swung Longford's way again with six minutes left. 

A combination of Brendan Clarke and Darren Dennehy fouled Kaleem Simon in the box, Dennehy received his second yellow.

This led to the most controversial moment of the game. Ref Rob Harvey blew his whistle to signal Dave O'Sullivan to take the penalty, his effort hit the crossbar but a retake was ordered as Dennehy was still making his was off the pitch.

O'Sullivan held his nerve at the second time of asking to make it 3-2, before Jamie McGrath's volley from Mark Timlin's cross got Pats back on terms for a third time.

And it was the team in red who should have won it, but Verdon somehow shot straight at Longford 'keeper Ian Molloy when it was easier to score.

A point gained for Longford, but two dropped for St. Pats, whose indifferent season shows no signs of letting up.

St Pats: Clarke; O’Brien, Hoare, D Dennehy, Bermingham (Desmond, 40); Cawley (Byrne, 71), Verdin; Timlin, McEleney (Tracey, 45), B Dennehy; McGrath.

Longford Town: Molloy; J Mulhall, Flynn, Rossiter, Noack-Hofmann, Powell; Gannon, O’Connor (Dillon, 76), Simon; Duffy (O’Hanlon, 55), O’Sullivan.

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