Longford Town captured the first senior trophy in their 80-year history when beating St Patrick's Athletic in the FAI Cup final at Lansdowne Road on Sunday, October 26th.
There was no denying the merit of Longford's win as they also missed a penalty and struck the woodwork.
Longford took the lead just after the half hour through a deflected Sean Francis goal and Barry Ferguson also missed a first-half penalty before Shane Barrett put the game beyond ten-man Pats' reach with a late second.
The winners settled quickest and controlled much of the early exchanges, with Francis and Barrett proving valuable outlets up front. Pats looked particularly vulnerable to the long ball.
A Longford goal began to look inevitable when Vinny Perth failed to control in a good position and then Francis glanced his 16th-minute header narrowly wide. Perth also had a strong header just off target and then came the breakthrough score: Alan Kirby picked out Francis with an excellent long pass and the striker's shot deflected off Colm Foley past Chris Adamson for a somewhat fortunate opener. It may have been lucky but Longford cared not.
It could have been 2-0 when the midlanders were awarded a 37th-minute penalty but Adamson guessed correctly and brilliantly saved Barry Ferguson's spot kick.
Pats almost struck back on the stroke of half time but Ferguson hooked the ball away from Paul Osam just as he was about to shoot.
Pats came in search of the equaliser on the resumption and David Freeman should have supplied the finish on 72 minutes only to fire over from close range.
Keith Fahy was sent off for a wild lunge at Sean Prunty and Longford hit the post in injury time before the superb Brian McGovern set up Barrett to slide into the empty net and complete a famous victory for buoyant Longford Town.