COCKHILL Celtic have bowed out of the Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup – but not before giving Premier Division Longford Town a real scare.
Cockhill Celtic 0 Longford Town 2
Plucky Cockhill gave as good as they got, but Tony Cousins’s side advanced to the quarter-finals thanks to a pair of second-half goals.
Peter Doherty flashed a header just over as Cockhill dared to dream, but in the 68th minute their resistence was broken in agonising circumstances as Jimmy Bradley put through his own goal.
The Donegal side struck the post when a hopeful long-range effort by Benny McLaughlin crashed against Paul Hunt’s goalframe.
Four minutes from time Lorcan Shannon doubled the lead to send Longford into the last eight.
Cockhill had beaten St Mochta’s of the Leinster Senior League in the last round while this game represented the first for their new management team of Gavin Cullen, Shane Gallivan and Daniel Nolan.
Cockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen; Kieran McLaughlin, Peter Doherty, William O’Connor, Gerard McLaughlin; James Bradley, Derek Doherty, Brendan McLaughlin, Mark Moran (Ronan Doherty), Christopher McLaughlin (Aidan O’Donnell); Paul McKinney (Michael Coyle).
Longford Town: Paul Hunt; Mark Rossiter, Conor Powell, David O’Sullivan (Phillip Gannon), Ayman Ben Mohamed; Lorcan Shannon, Pat Sullivan, Stephen Rice (Mark Salmon), Kevin O’Connor, Rhys Gorman; Gary Shaw (Kalem Simon).
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