Report by Tony Ghee
Longford Town 1-0 Cabinteely
Longford Town made it three home wins on the bounce and five games unbeaten with a richly deserved 1-0 victory over Cabinteely at the City Calling Stadium with Daniel O'Reilly scoring a late winner for the Midlanders, as new Town boss Neale Fenn got his managerial reign off to a winning start.
A slow tempo to the opening fifteen minutes of the game produced two efforts for the home side but Jake Kelly with a twenty-two yard strike and a pulled effort from Don Cowan inside the Cabinteely box both went wide.
Cabinteely's first real effort came on thirty-three minutes and should have produced the game's opening goal. Byrne's right-wing cross was headed down by Waters into the path of the unmarked Galvin but with just Town keeper Skinner to beat he blazed over.
Four minutes later the Town missed a glorious opportunity to take the lead. Zambra played a superb ball out wide to Friel on the right and he whipped in a curling cross that Cowan knocked down to Chambers, but his two successive close range efforts were brilliantly saved by Cabinteely keeper Mick Kelly.
Just before the hour mark, a cross from Friel picked out O'Connor inside the Cabinteely box only for the Town midfielder to fire over the bar and four minutes later the visitors keeper Kelly made a magnificent save with his right boot from Friel after a brilliant one-two between Mulhall and Friel had prised open the Cabinteely rearguard.
The visitors had to wait until the seventy-fifth minute to trouble the Town as a Waters free for the visitors was headed over by Joe Doyle.
Longford have scored plenty of late goals in recent games and they did so again last night as centre-half Daniel O'Reilly won the contest with an exquisite eighty-fifth winner. He flicked the ball up with his right foot, then on the volley he knocked the ball to the left of a challenging defender and then powered home a brilliant left-footed half volley from twenty-two yards that nestled in the bottom corner to secure all three points. This was the fourth game in the last five matches that Longford have scored late on as momentum is building nicely ahead of next Friday's away clash against UCD.
The home side should have scored a second in injury time on the counter as Mulhall raced down the left and crossed to the unmarked Chambers inside the Cabinteely box but the Town striker fired high and over.
Cabinteely almost snatched a last gasp equaliser with the last attack of the game but Scott's shot that was destined for the bottom corner was brilliantly blocked by Haverty who launched his body in front of the ball.
Longford Town (4-4-2): Skinner, Friel, Haverty, O'Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Dillon, O'Connor, Zambra, Chambers, Kelly, Cowan.
Substitutions: Curran for Cowan (60 minutes), Mulhall for Dillon (60 minutes)
Cabinteely (4-4-2): Kelly, Byrne, Roche, Keeley, Knight, Joe Doyle, Watson, Daire Doyle, Galvin, Durrad, Waters.
Substitutions: Scott for Durrad (29minutes), Dolan for Galvin (69 minutes), Fitzpatrick for Keeley (72 minutes).
Referee: Damien McGrath