O’Connor’s late strike gives Longford victory over Finn Harps

Diarmaid Doherty

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Diarmaid Doherty

O’Connor’s late strike gives Longford victory over Finn Harps
Finn Harps suffered their first defeat in six games when they lost out to Longford Town in Ballybofey on Friday night.

Finn Harps suffered their first defeat in six games when they lost out to Longford Town in Ballybofey on Friday night.

Finn Harps 0

Longford Town 1

Harps can take plenty of credit for another hard-working display against one of the top teams in the First Division. But they were undone by a Glen O’Connor free kick five minutes from time which earned the visitors a dramatic win.

Longford will wonder how they didn’t go in at the break in front after creating a number of good opportunities in the first half. Almost all their chances came the way of striker, David O’Sullivan. His best opening came at the midway point in the first half when he won a race for possession with the Harps keeper, Conor Winn but his effort rolled the wrong side of the post.

Harps created little in the way of any good chances although they did have claims for a penalty when Ruairi Keating went down in the area. The referee, Ben Connolly, was well placed to make his call and he gave the benefit of the doubt to the Longford defender.

Ollie Horgan enjoyed some decent spells in the game but they rarely looked like scoring.

Packie Mailey and Keith Cowan impressed at the back on a night when Longford’s winner came from the brilliance of substitute Glen O’Connor whose wonderful free kick flew in past Winn in the Harps goal.

Finn Harps: Conor Winn, Caoimhinn Bonner (Gareth Harkin 87), Ciaran Coll, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Damien McNulty, Michael Funston, Pat McCann, Josh Mailey (Paul McVeigh 87), Kevin McHugh, Ruairí Keating.

Longford Town: Paul Hunt, Jamie Mulhall, William Tyrell (Glen O’Connor 34), Pat Sullivan, Pat Flynn; Mark Salmon, Don Cowan (Peter Hynes 67), Stephen Rice, David O’Sullivan, Gary Shaw, Kevin O’Connor.

Referee: Ben Connolly.