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On-loan Premier League striker the hero as Galway let two-goal lead slip

Longford were poor at the back in the first half, but the roles were reversed in the second period.

it was a frustrating night for Galway United manager Tommy Dunne.
it was a frustrating night for Galway United manager Tommy Dunne.
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JOSH O’HANLON STARRED for Longford Town, as Galway United let a 2-0 lead slip for the second time in two home games at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Tommy Dunne’s men looked set to pile on the misery for the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division basement side when they led 2-0 at half-time.

Vinny Faherty got his eighth of the season and Enda Curran put Galway comfortably in front, but O’Hanlon — who is on loan at the club from Premier League side Bournemouth — got one back for Longford and then he forced a dramatic own-goal off Galway goalkeeper Conor Winn.

Faherty scored inside two minutes, he latched onto a through ball from Curran and with Paul Skinner rushing out of his goal, he lobbed the Longford goalkeeper.

Galway got their second in the 31st minute when Longford’s dreadful defending was punished by Curran. Ryan Connolly swung in the corner, the ball bounced in the box and Curran slotted home with ease.

Longford were poor at the back in the first half, but the roles were reversed in the second period, as Longford tied it up 14 minutes in, with O’Hanlon playing a huge part in both goals.

He scored the first when he latched onto the ball to head home ahead of Winn on the hour. And another defensive error presented O’Hanlon with a gift, he drove it towards goal and when it re-bounded off the post, Winn couldn’t prevent it bouncing off him and into his net.

Galway pushed for the winner late on. Ruairi Keating had a couple of chances, and in the final minute, he drove a shot at goal, but Conor Powell somehow cleared it off the line.

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Galway United: Conor Winn; Colm Horgan, Paul Sinnott, Killian Cantwell, Stephen Walsh; Gary Shanahan, John Sullivan, Ryan Connolly, Marc Ludden; Vinny Faherty, Enda Curran (Padraic Cunningham, 65) (Ruairi Keating, 69).

Longford Town: Paul Skinner; Conor Powell, Mark Rossiter, Pat Flynn, Noel Haverty (James Mulhall, 75); Dom Cowan (Kaleem Simon, 45), Philip Gannon, Kevin O’Connor, Mark Hughes (Kealon Dillon, 66), David O’Sullivan; Josh O’Hanlon.

 Referee: Paul McLaughlin (Donegal).

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