Sub­sti­tute Cowan makes the dif­fer­ence

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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 ).

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