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Longford on the brink of relegation after narrow loss to Sligo Rovers
Dave Robertson’s side enjoyed a 1-0 win at the Showgrounds.

Sligo Rovers 1

Longford Town 0

LONGFORD TOWN HAVE been all but relegated as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sligo Rovers at The Showgrounds.

Wexford Youths’ victory over Galway United means that they are nine points clear of strugglers Longford with three games left to play, although Youths’ goal difference is far superior.

The hosts were well in control from the off, coming close with just four minutes on the clock as Michael Leahy’s close range shot went well over the bar.

Longford struggled to create chances, and they were punished for lacklustre defending on 13 minutes when Tobi Adebayo-Rowling’s through ball came to Sadlier, who just tucked the ball past Coulter into the corner – the former Sligo stopper should have done better to keep Longford in the game.

Dave Robertson’s side could have made it two when the impressive Roberts crossed for Cretaro, but James Mulhall managed to get his body in the way.

Longford must have been alerted to the fact that Wexford Youths were winning, as they looked hungrier after the re-start, but they had nothing to show for their improvement as they failed to threaten Ciaran Nugent in goal, with Kevin O’Connor coming closest on two occasions.

David O’Sullivan and Don Cowan did threaten Rovers’ lead as the game petered out, but it wasn’t enough.

SLIGO ROVERS: Ciaran Nugent, Tobi Adebayo-Rowling, Michael Leahy, Gavin Peers, Craig Roddan, Gary Boylan, Jimmy Keohane, Pat McCann, Phil Roberts, Kieran Sadlier (Daniel Kearns, 67), Raffaele Cretaro.

Subs not used: Regan Donelon, Achille Campion, Paul Doyle, Mikey Place, Jason Hunt, Mark Hannon.

LONGFORD TOWN: Ryan Coulter, James Mulhall, Conor Powell, Noel Haverty (Rhys Gorman, 63), Pat Flynn, Kevin O’Connor, Philip Gannon (Kealan Dillon, 84), Peter McGlynn, Kaleem Simon (Eddie D’Sane, 65), David O’Sullivan, Don Cowan.

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Subs not used: Paul Skinner, Yann Mvita Nkelu, Gauis Makouta, Mark Hughes.

Referee: Rob Harvey

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