Longford Town 3
Galway United 2
By Kieran Burke
Longford Town stretched their unbeaten run to five games in a row with a dramatic 3-2 win over Galway United in City Calling Stadium.
The hosts got off to a flyer on an extremely heavy night in the Midlands, where heavy thunderstorms meant a pitch inspection was required just forty-five minutes ahead of kick-off.
Thankfully for Longford and their local teenage sensation, Aodh Dervin rifled a 25-yard rocket past Galway ‘keeper Conor Gleeson to secure his first ever League goal after just seven minutes.
In truth, Longford were dominating their opponents for large periods of the opening half and when Sam Verdon tucked a one-on-one effort past a helpless Gleeson, a routine Town triumph seemed in order.
However, just moments after Longford’s second and on the stroke of half-time, Darren Meenan was shown a straight red card for a wreck-less two footed lunge.
The former Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers winger has a reputation for all too often letting his blood rush to his head and this challenge was clear evidence.
Despite that set-back, Fenn’s charges begun the second half like a house on fire and youthful front-man Dean Byrne fired over a chance that looked harder to miss on 46-minutes as Galway’s rocky back three sighed a huge breath of relief.
That let off would come back to haunt “De Town”, on 56 minutes former Athlone Town midfielder, Conor Barry fired Galway back into contention.
If Longford hearts were racing now, a controversial penalty decision soon after had the hosts seething, however to the relief of everyone in red & black, Alan Murphy skied the spot-kick into orbit.
Longford took full advantage of what most felt was a slice of justice when the excellent Sam Verdon teed up substitute Karl Chambers to give Longford a two-goal cushion.
It must be said, Galway boss Shane Keegan will be very disappointed in how his experienced defenders performed on Friday night at the City Calling Stadium.
The drama wasn’t yet over however, as former Longford defender Stephen Walsh took advantage of yet another questionable decision, this time in terms of an offside call or lack of one to fire past the excellent Mick Kelly with just two-minutes left on the clock.
However, with the home crowd behind the hosts, Neale Fenn’s side held out for a memorable victory ahead of another huge league tie this time away to Finn Harps on Bank Holiday Monday.
Listen to Kieran Burke’s match report