Finn Harps 0 Longford Town 1
Substitute Glen O’Connor’s wonderful 25 yard free-kick bagged the points for promotion chasing Longford Town against Finn Harps at Finn Park.
Both sides went into action on the back of five match unbeaten runs, and clear-cut chances were few and far between.
The visitors had the better of the early exchanges with David O’Sullivan spurning a number of chances to score.
Longford always had the edge but had to wait until the 85th minute before O’Connor broke the deadlock and in the end they probably deserved the three points.
Elsewhere, leaders Shelbourne were surprisingly held to a 2-2 draw by Cobh Ramblers while Galway FC beat Wexford 1-0.
85 Mins. Substitute Glen O'Connor struck with a wonderful 25 yard free to give Longford the lead in a game in which they have always had the edge.
Longford have had the better of things in the first half with striker David O'Sullivan spurning a number of chances. The visitors have had two players booked, William Tyrell, who has been substituted, and Pat Flynn.
Harps have offered little in attack and are lacking spark in midfield. The attendance is little over 300 - the World Cup obviously being a distraction.
22 Mins: A real let off for Harps as Longford attack following a throw-in and as goalkeeper Conor Winn advances off his line striker David O'Sullivan tries to lob him. Fortunately for Harps the ball drops just wide of the target. Longford have been the better team so far.
Finn Harps: Conor Winn, Caomhin Bonner, Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Damien McNulty, Josh Mailey, Pat McCann, Ruairi Keating, Kevin McHugh, Michael Funston.
Longford Town: Paul Hunt, William Tyrell, Stephen Rice, Mark Salmon, Gary Shaw, Kevin O'COnnor, Pat Sullivan, David O'Sullivan, Jamie Mulhall, DOn Cowan, Pat Flynn.
Referee: Mr. Ben Connolly.
Finn Harps will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to six games this evening when they take on Longford Town at Finn Park.
Harps need all three points to keep in touch with the leading pack.
They are six points adrift to tonight's opponents and ten behind pace-setters Shelbourne.
Prior to the game there was a minute's applause as a show of support for Oisin Merritt the young Finn Harps Reserves player who is seriously ill in a hospital in Mallorca.
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