Airtricity First Division: Matchday Four - Longford go top with late winner

There was plenty of goals in the First Division, with Mervue United and Finn Harps playing out an entertaining 2-2 tie, while Wexford Youths edged out rivals Waterford
Cobh Ramblers 3-4 Longford Town
Longford Town moved to the top of the Airtricity First Division table with a late victory over Cobh Ramblers.

Two early goals from Conor Meade and Davin O'Neill put the hosts in the driving seat, but Longford struck back through William McDonagh to leave it 2-1 at the break. O'Neill added his second just after half-time, but once again, the visitors got back into the game, with David O'Sullivan and Mark Salmon scoring to level matters.

The match looked to be heading for a 3-3 draw, but substitute Daniel Purdy had other ideas, netting the winner in the winner in the third minute of injury time.

Athlone Town 3-3 Salthill Devon
Athlone Town and Salthill Devon played out a hugely entertaining match, with Enda Curran scoring a hat-trick for the visitors and Philip Gorman bagging two and picking up a red card for Athlone.

The visitors took the lead after just 17 minutes with Enda Curran scoring from the spot after Neil Harney's foul in the area. However, they found themselves level five minutes later when Ryan Coombes found the net. The hosts went ahead on 28 minutes when Philly Gorman headed in from a corner kick, before Curran levelled the score again before half-time.

A second goal from Gorman saw Athlone lead at the interval, but the same player received a red card just before the hour mark to see the hosts finish the game with ten men. The man advantage paid off for Salthill, and Enda Curran completed his hat-trick three minutes from time to give the visitors a deserved point.
Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps
Mervue United looked to move clear at the top of the First Division table, but saw Finn Harps come back from two down to take a share of the spoils.

Teenage striker Ryan Manning gave the hosts the lead after just 22 minutes when he was gifted the ball in the Harps half. Harps almost got back into the tie with a good chance from Keith Gowan, but they were further behind on 32 minutes when Brendan Lavelle doubled the score.

The visitors always looked good value for a goal, and got back into the tie when Thomas McGonagle hit home from a corner. Harps were level on the hour mark, Kevin McHugh scored from the spot after a handball in the area. Mervue had a penalty kick of their own five minutes later, but Jason Molloy was denied by Ciaran Gallagher after the keeper fouled Lavelle.
Wexford Youths 2-1 Waterford United

Wexford Youths narrowly beat rivals Waterford United in the first South-East Derby of the season, thanks to a late penalty kick.

The Blues took an early lead, as Vinny Sullivan threaded the ball under Graham Doyle after an eighth minute defensive error from the hosts. Fine passing play between Glen Hawe and Aidan Keenan allowed Shaun Corcoran a great oportunity to bag the equaliser on 20 minutes.

The game was a tense affair from then on in, but it was the hosts who took all three points when Dean Broaders scored from the penalty spot with 11 minutes left on the clock after a foul by Seamus Long resulted in a red card.