SSE Airtricity League First Division
Galway FC . . . . 0 Longford Town . . . 1
Longford Town striker David O’Sullivan started the new season off as he had finished the last with the only goal that decided this contest at Eamon Deacy Park in Galway on Friday night between two of the promotion favourites in the First Division.
O’Sullivan finished as the league’s leading goalscorer last year and it took him 70 minutes to open his account for 2014, getting onto a Rhys Gorman through ball to coolly slot a shot past Galway keeper Conor Gleeson.
Town manager Tony Cousins told the Leader after the game that although it was good to get the win, it is still early days. “It’s a good start but that’s all it is. It’s hard sometimes if you have a bad result at the beginning of the season to get momentum going. It’s a clean sheet as well and that pleases me most of all. I thought we looked really solid. But this game won’t decide the league; it’s a win and that’s what it is.”
Longford Town can now look forward to the visit of Shelbourne to City Calling Stadium on Saturday night next.
GALWAY FC: Conor Gleeson; Colm Horgan, Ross Kenny, Martin Conneely, Marc Ludden; Gary Shanahan, Paul Sinnott, Ryan Connolly, Jason Molloy, Jake Kelly; Vinny Faherty.
Sub:- Marty Owens for Ludden (84 mins).
LONGFORD TOWN: Chris Bennion; Jamie Mulhall, Pat Flynn, Pat Sullivan, Glen O’Connor; Don Cowan, Stephen Rice, Rhys Gorman, Peter Hynes, Lorcan Shannon; David O’Sullivan.
Subs:- Gary Shaw for Cowan (73 mins); Willie Tyrrell for Mulhall (75 mins).
Referee: John McLoughlin (Athlone).
Read the full report in the next edition of the Longford Leader, on sale on Wednesday