St Patrick's Athletic progressed to the fourth round of the FAI Ford Cup after overcoming last year's beaten finalists Longford Town at Richmond Park writes Mark Cummins.
Gary O'Neill put the Saints ahead on 41 minutes only for Darren McKenna to put Town level on 65. That scoreline lasted only a minute before Mark Quigley fired past Neil Gallagher.
Pat's had the brighter start of the two sides with Alan Kirby getting stuck in against his former side. He flashed a shot wide after just 47 seconds following good work from Joseph Ndo and Quigley.
Then on four minutes he served Daire Doyle a sneaky nutmeg just outside the box but Ronan Frawley cleared the ball before he could get a shot in.
On 13 minutes Quigley played Gary Dempsey in but Damien Rushe hustled him off the ball cleanly. One minute later O'Neill had the first shot on target but Neil Gallagher made a good save.
Mid-way through the first half Town's Daithi Garry did well to clear an O'Neill cross from the right before Quigley could connect.
Just after the half hour mark Town's Darren McKenna then left the field with a cut head.
Neil Gallagher was forced to make two good saves on 34 minutes. Firstly he blocked a fine header from Stephen Paisley and then saved well seconds after that from O'Neill.
Ten minutes after going off McKenna returned to the field with a fresh jersey only to see O'Neill put Pat's ahead with a neat finish from the right.
Town came out fighting for the second half and Iarfhlaith Davoren nearly put Town level when he collected a ball from Garry but his effort went over the top with Barry Ryan getting a hand to it.
On the hour Gallagher kept Town in the game with a super stretching save from a rasping Kirby strike from the left of the box before Joseph Ndo fired over a minute later.
Longford pushed on and were richly rewarded with 65 minutes gone when McKenna crisply finished past Ryan and into the Inchicore end goal.
The visitors had deservedly restored parity but it lasted only a minute as the action raced back up the other end and Quigley fired past Gallagher from right of centre.
Town pushed on but couldn't find a second goal whilst McKenna received more treatment and finished the game with his head bandaged.