Wednesday 17 January 2018

Salmon winner lifts Longford

Longford Town 1-0 Limerick FC

A goal from Mark Salmon saw Longford move to sixth place in the table
A goal from Mark Salmon saw Longford move to sixth place in the table

Paul Buttner

Tony Cousins insisted that Longford won't lose the run of themselves after they edged back up into the top half of the Premier Division table.

A first-half strike from captain Mark Salmon brought Longford only their second victory in nine games, which moved them up three places up to sixth.

"I was very pleased with the lads," said manager Cousins. "It's a massive win as it puts us up there where we have been."

Longford now have Finn Harps at home in the FAI Cup ahead of winnable league clashes with Bray Wanderers and Galway United before the summer break.

Cousins reflected: "To be fair to the lads, they don't get carried away.

"You've to be up for every game. It's when you start smelling yourself you'll get a defeat.

"You see teams going well and the next thing they get a defeat out of nothing."

Longford's winner on 25 minutes had a fair deal of good fortune to it.

Pat Sullivan's wide-bound shot from distance struck team-mate Salmon. The ball then sat up nicely for the Longford skipper who spun to shoot past Limerick's 17-year-old debutant 'keeper Tommy Holland.

Limerick, who might have got something from the game but for dreadful misses by Sean Russell and Paul O'Conor, now languish six points adrift at the foot of the table.

Longford Town - Skinner; Sullivan, Gorman, Rossiter, Deady; Salmon, Rice, O'Connor, Ben Mohamed; Shaw, Simon (Powell, 90).

Limerick - Holland; Whitehead, O'Connor, Williams, Tracy; Turner (McSweeney, 78), O'Conor, Duggan, Rainsford (Hanlon, 72); Russell; Clarke.

Ref - D McKeon (Dublin)

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