Limerick end Dundalk’s winning run

Paul O’Conor’s late, late equaliser ended Dundalk’s winning start to the season as Limerick held the champions to a 1-1 draw at Jackman Park on Saturday evening.

It was the first goal Stephen Kenny’s Premier Division leaders had conceded in the league this year and ended their hopes of equalling Derry City’s record of six clean sheets from the 1991/92 season.

Dundalk led from the 37th minute when midfielder Richie Towell beat Limerick keeper Conor O’Donnell with a terrific strike from the edge of the area.

Limerick resiliently remained well in the game, however, and got their reward right on 90 minutes.

Paudie O’Connor flicked on a long throw from Darragh Rainsford and midfielder O’Conor beat Gary Rogerswith a crisp header.

Conan Byrne scored on his 100th appearance for St. Patrick’s Athletic as they came from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Longford Town despite playing for over an hour with ten men.

Uncharacteristically poor defending by the visitors saw them two goals down inside 17 minutes at the City Calling Stadium.

Kenny Browne gave the ball away cheaply and Kevin O’Connor pounced to chip Conor O’Malley from 25 yards for a delightful opener on seven minutes.

Ten minutes later, Longford winger Don Cowan was tripped inside the area by St. Pat’s left-back Ian Bermingham. Home skipper Mark Salmon scored emphatically from the penalty.

St. Pat’s responded with a fine team goal on 23 minutes. Greg Bolger, Christy Fagan and Byrne worked the ball through for Chris Forrester who calmly dinked it over keeper Paul Hunt.

St. Pat’s revival hopes were dented within three minutes, though, when Bermingham received a second yellow card for another foul on Cowan and was sent off.

Despite being a man down, St. Pat’s pinned Longford back for good spells of the second half and deservedly equalised on 66 minutes.

Fagan outfoxed Jamie Mulhall on the left to cross for Byrne to head home at the back post.

Some late dramatics almost saw Longford snack victory. First Kalem Simon had a shot deflected to loop over the bar on 91 minutes.

Fellow substitute Ayman Ben Mohamed then rattled the St. Pat’s crossbar from 30 yards four minutes into added time.

Meanwhile a Rob Waters goal secured a 1-0 win for Cobh Ramblers against Cabinteely FC at St Colman’s Park on Saturday night.

It was a vital win for the hosts, securing their first points of the season and also a first clean sheet of the campaign.

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