The Irish Times - Sports Weekend
Forrester keeps Pat’s on track
St Patrick’s Ath Longford Town
Not for the first time i n his career, Chris Forrester stole the show, capped with a brace of delightful goals, as league leaders St Patrick’s Athletic maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
A fifth defeat in six games, and without a goal from play during that run, leaves bottom side Longford facing a long season ahead.
After a first half devoid of precious l i ttl e goalmouth action, St Pat’s coach Stephen O’Donnell introduced both John Mountney and Ronan Coughlan for the restart and i t brought an i mmediate reaction as they were ahead inside two minutes.
Longford defender Joe Gorman completely missed Dar r a g h Bu r n s ’ a r c i n g delivery from the left leaving Coughlan wi t h a s i mple poke to the net at the back post.
The genius of Forrester on 52 minutes doubles the lead.
Longford completely stood off the home skipper as he collected Coughlan’s ball in f r o m t h e l e f t . Wit h t h e time and space inexcusably afforded him, Forrester didn’t need a second invitation to look up, get the ball onto his right foot and curl it to the top corner from over 20 yards.
Forrester then punished further sloppiness at the back from Longford two minutes into added time, winning the b a l l t o d r i b b l e p a s t t wo defenders to finish from close range off his left foot.