Airtricity First Division: Matchday 15 - Longford beat Mervue in nine-goal thriller

Longford Town came back from a 3-0 half-time deficit to beat Mervue Town 5-4 in the game of the season at Fahy's Field, while Limerick stayed in contention with a 3-0 win

Athlone Town 0-2 SD Galway
Athlone Town were comfortable winners against struggling SD Galway to keep themselves eight points behind the promotion places.

Athlone Town were 2-0 up after half an hour. Jason Hughes opened proceedings with a drive from 20 yards and Tommy Barrett headed in at the back post to put the Town in the driving seat.

The hosts had the ball in the net again in the second half, but it was ruled out for offside. SD Galway created little, and look very much the bottom-placed side.
Limerick FC 3-0 Finn Harps
Limerick FC kept themselves within a point of top spot with an easy 3-0 win over Finn Harps.

Denis Behan opened the scoring in the 30th minute to give Limerick a deserved lead. Behan returned to the starting eleven after being a substitute in the 3-1 EA Sports Cup win over Bray during the week.

Limerick doubled their lead in the second half thanks to a converted penalty kick from Shane Tracy. Thomas McBride was sent off for Finn Harps and referee Sean Grant had no option other than to point to the spot. Rory Gaffney added a third at the end as Limerick finished well.
Mervue United 4-5 Longford Town
In a match that had everything, Longford Town staged the comeback of the season after going three down against Mervue United.

Mervue were awarded a 19th-minute penalty for a foul on Pat Hoban. The forward brushed himself off and scored from the spot to give the hosts the lead. He got a second just six minutes later from a rebound off Alan Murphy's shot, before Etanda Nkololo made it three just before half time.

The second half was just as exciting as the first, with William McDonagh netting early from Alan Kirby's free-kick to give Longford a way back into the game. An Alan Murphy own goal three minutes later made it 3-2, before Tom King restored Mervue's lead to two goals. Pat Hoban was sent off for Mervue before Alan Kirby netted a goal of his own, and then King received a red card to leave Mervue hanging on with nine men for the last 20 minutes.

Kirby was involved once again as Gary Shaw scored a 90th-minute leveller, and then right at the death Mark Salmon snatched three points for Longford with a penalty winner.
Wexford Youths 1-2 Waterford United
Waterford United put their opening day loss to Wexford Youths further behind them, moving seven points ahead of their rivals with a 2-1 victory.

The visitors took the lead after Gary Dempsey's free kick was saved by Graham Doyle. Doyle could only palm it as far as teenager Sean Maguire, who finished well from close range. Three yellow cards were handed out in the first half, one of which was for a last-ditch tackle from Packie Holden in the area, awarding Wexford a penalty. Shane Furlong missed from the spot, but Dean Broaders was in the right place to net the rebound.

11 minutes from time, Maguire was the man of the moment again, setting up Peter Keegan for a simple finish to give Waterford another south-east derby win.