An early goal by Adam Evans condemned Ulster Senior League champions Cockhill Celtic to a narrow EA Sports Cup defeat to Longford Town last night.
Longford Town 1 Cockhill Celtic 0
Evans netted for Longford in the sixth minute and it proved the difference at the City Calling Stadium.
Evans drilled past Gavin Cullen, the Cockhill player-manager, for what proved the only goal of the game.
An offside flag cut short Jamie Doyle’s celebrations when he found the net soon after.
Jimmy Bradley saw a chance blocked down by Mick McDonnell while Cullen had to save smartly from Peter Hopkins early in the second half.
Cockhill tried to come into the game but Malachy McDermott was off target from distance.
Cockhill’s Lee McColgan forced Jack Menton into action, but the Longford ‘keeper was equal to his attempt while Cullen kept Cockhill in it with a tidy same from Dean Byrne.
Cockhill couldn’t force a breakthrough of their own and, once again, it’s a narrow loss in the EA Sports Cup for the Inishowen side.
Longford Town: Jack Menton; Shane Elworthy, Mick McDonnell, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Kevin Knight; Adam Evans, Sean Brennan, Karl Fitzsimons, Jamie Hollywood; Jamie Doyle, Peter Hopkins. Subs: Paddy O’Sullivan for Hollywood (half-time), Dean Byrne for Hopkins (74).
Cockhill Celtic: Gavin Cullen; Jason Breslin, Peter Doherty, Oisin McColgan, Lee McColgan; Malachy McDermott, Jimmy Bradley, Gerry Gill, Benny McLaughlin; Gerard McLaughlin, Laurence Toland. Subs: Daniel Martin Doherty for Breslin (70); Mark Moran for B McLaughlin (75); Bart Wesolowski for G.McLaughlin (82).
Referee: Marc Lynch.