LONGFORD SNATCH LATE EQUALISER
BATTLING Longford snatched an injury time equaliser from Vinny Perth after St Patrick's looked to have sealed a win with a first half goal by Colm Foley.
Perth slotted home an Eric Lavine pass in the 94th minute to break St Pat's hearts - Foley had headed the home-side in front in the 20th minute.
Longford started well and after five minutes a Kirby corner from the left was headed across goal by Barry Ferguson but Dessie Baker then headed wide.
Pats worked a chance when Keith Dunne laid off to Keith Fahey but he blazed over from 15 yards.
The home side took the lead when Keith Dunne forced a corner on the right and his precision cross was headed home from 10 yards by an unmarked Foley.
Longford then attacked and slackness in the home defence gave Shane Barrett a chance, however he shot just wide with Adamson looking beaten.
Keith Dunne then had a serving run down the right and his cross was headed goalwards by Aidan O'Keefe but easily dealt with by Longford keeper Stephen O'Byrne.
A dominant St Pats should have increased their lead in the 30th minute when Tony Bird could only scuff the ball six yards out to see it cleared off the line by Barry Ferguson.
After 59 minutes Kirby set up a chance for John Martin but the latter failed to even test the keeper from 14 yards, however in the 85th minute the St Patricks keeper Chris Adamson made a brilliant save from a Sean Dillon free before Perth's late equaliser in injury time.
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