Cabinteely Beat Longford Town On Penalties

There was penalty shootout heartbreak for Longford Town once again as Cabinteely saw off Longford Town by three goals to one at City Calling Stadium writes Andrew Dempsey.

This was after it finish 1-1 in normal time, Cabo taking a first half lead through Paul Fox, before Aaron Dobbs levelled just before the break.

However, there was no further goals to come, and it was Pat Devlin who once again broke Town hearts in the playoffs.

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Despite a strong start Town fell behind after just 18 minutes through a Paul Fox opener for the visitors.

However, Longford rallied and soon found themselves level just before the break, with Aaron Dobbs heading home a Jack Doherty corner.

The sides could not be separated at 90 minutes with an extra half hour required to separate the teams despite both having great chances to nick it.

Rob Manley and Dean Byrne both missed guilt-edged chances, with a strong home attendance nerves fraying as the game wound down.

Cabinteely started extra-time well, going very close to taking the lead as Lee Steacy was forced to make a save from a goal-line scramble.

Dobbs soon saw his headed effort crash off the post from a Jack Doherty free-kick, with the home crowd calling for a goal being brushed away by referee Alan Patchell.

However, it was penalties that was left to decide the outcome, with Stephen McGuinness the hero with three penalty saves in the end from Dobbs, Paul O’Conor and Doherty as Rob Manley scored his spot-kick to send the visitors through.

Longford Town: Steacy, Elworthy (Manley 104), Kenna, McDonnell, Zambra, Doherty, O’Conor, Evans (Dervin 94), Byrne (Verdon 72), Grimes (Hopkins 75), Dobbs

Booked: Kenna (49), Evans (88).

Cabinteely: McGuinness, Tuite, Massey, Keeley, Dalton (Sasaki 87), Hudson, Fox, ‘Marty’ Waters (Barnes 112), O’Neill (Barnes 110), Manley, Manahan (Blackbyrne 62)

Booked: R. Manley (31), O’Neill (90), Keeley (96), Sasaki (120+2)