|18 June 2021||7:45 pm||Premier Division||2021|
The return of Vinny Perth will see mixed feelings for Dundalk; as his side could only collect a point against Longford, who got their first point in five games.
Each sides to their credit had chances to win the game only for both keepers to be called into action at the opportune time to ensure the point was confirmed.
A fantastic volley by Aaron McNally gave the visitors the lead only for it to be cancelled out by a bullet Chris Shields header from a corner.
The tale of the second half was the keepers as Alessio Abibi – sometimes Oriel Parks pantomime villain did excellently to save from Aaron Dobbs while Lee Steacy saved Longford on more than one occasion to deny Patrick Hoban from the spot.
In a game that saw both sides trading blows, it was the away side who looked more cutting edge in attack as they looked to take it to the hosts.
Both Michael Duffy and Aaron McNally had early chances but neither tested the respective defences but it was the away side to took the lead. Longford forged in front with an excellently taken goal, a cross from the left was met on the volley by McNally and his effort flew past Abibi.
‘The Town’ nearly added a second as Dean Byrne's curling effort cannoned off the crossbar and moments later Dundalk were level. A corner sent in from the right was met by a cannon header from Chris Shields which flew past Steacy.
The second half was slow to start but in periods Dundalk attack began to show its teeth as they laid siege on the visitors. Michael Duffy struck a low effort that was toe-poked goalwards by Hoban that was well saved by Steacy who was the busier of the custodians. He once again denied Hoban as Dundalk were awarded a penalty which he stuck low and Steacy guessed right to get down to save, the ball fell to Hoban but his follow up was weak and saved well.
Alessio Abibi was called into action as substitute Aaron Dobbs - only seconds on the pitch; had a chance to win it for Longford, only for the Albanian to save excellently with his feet.
Duffy had a chance to give Perth the late winner he craved – a staple of his previous tenure but his volley flashed wide.
Honours even at Oriel in a thrilling contest at times, a derby awaits Dundalk in the next match while Longford is at home to Waterford.
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