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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ten-man Longford frustrate champions

Richie Towell
Richie Towell

Dundalk have given some hope to the chasing pack in the title race by dropping some valuable points at home to Longford Town.

Tony Cousins' Longford side headed to Oriel Park more in hope than expectation as a mid-season slump had seen Town take just one point from the previous four games, but with keeper Paul Hunt in inspired form, the away side frustrated the champions and earned their 0-0 draw.

Dundalk's lead at the top can be cut to just four points if Cork City can win against strugglers Sligo Rovers tonight, and with games in the space of four games against a revived Derry City and then an in-form St Patrick's Athletic, Dundalk's status as champions-elect looks less uncertain now and Longford' point was even more remarkable as they played on with 10 men after Mark Salmon was sent off in the first half.

Also last night, Derry City continued their revival and their move away from the relegation zone with a superb 4-0 win away to Galway United.

The sides were scoreless at half time but Derry stormed ahead with three goals in the space of ten minutes, debutant Ciaran O'Connor (53) giving City the lead, and then two goals from in the-form Mark Timlin (60, 63 mins). Stephen Dooley added a fourth two minutes from time.

In the First Division, Wexford Youths had a big 2-0 win at home to challengers Finn Harps, Cabinteely came up with a surprise 1-0 win away to Athlone Town, and Waterford United's miserable run continued with a 5-1 hammering away to UCD.

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