Substitute Cowan makes the difference
Bangor Celtic 0 Longford Town 1
Don Cowan was sprung from the bench to power Longford Town into the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup. However, non-league Bangor made Neale Fenn’s Town sweat for their passage at the Iveagh Grounds.
Despite a corner count of eight to nil, Longford struggled to trouble the Bangor goal in the first half. Town defender Daniel O’Reilly did crash a header off the Bangor crossbar from Jake Kelly’s corner nine minutes in as the Leinster Senior League side survived an early scare.
Davy O’Sullivan then headed wide from a Kelly cross when he should have hit the target.
Tristan Noack-Hofmann and Sam Verdon had further chances as Town remained on top.
Bangor had more about them from the restart, with Ronan Byrne’s goal bound shot deflected for a corner.
Substitute Cowan broke the deadlock on 71 minutes. Having burst past several defenders down the right, the winger drilled his shot past Conlon.
Yet Longford had to hold on as Bangor pressed hard. Jack Brady rescued his side with a brilliant save to deprive Graham Zambra’s drive on 81 minutes.
BANGOR CELTIC: Conlon; Philips, Fad den, Keely, N di aye( A. Dun ne ,49); Byrne, Murray (O’ Connor ,80), L. Dun ne, Coleman; Z am bra, Fox (Sinnott,74). LONG FORD TOWN: Brady; Fri el, Haver ty, O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann; Chambers (Cow an ,66), Zambra, Verdon, Kehoe; Kelly; O’Sullivan. Referee: Eoghan O’ Shea( Tipperary ).