Cockhill Celtic’s FAI Cup adventure ended on home soil as they lost out 2-0 to Premier Division Longford Town at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds in Buncrana.
The Ulster Senior League champions battled hard throughout but Longford always had the slight edge and followed up on their win over First Division outfit Finn Harps in the last round with this win to book their place in the last eight for the first time since 2009.
The visitors looked lively from the start with Gary Shaw emerging as the biggest threat and along with Stephen Rice he gave Cockhill a few anxious moments.
Longford broke the deadlock on 62 minutes when, following a corner there was a real goalmouth scramble and although goalkeeper Gavin Cullen stopped David O’Sullivan’s shot, the ball eventually squirmed into the net off Jimmy Bradley who was trying to clear.
Moments later, Cockhill could have drawn level as Paul McKinney latched on to a Christopher McLaughlin cross in a menacing position but failed to make the chance count. Benny McLaughlin also went close and Cockhill also had a penalty plea for handball dismissed.
Longford effectively wrapped it up on 80 minutes when Kaleem Simon whipped the ball in for Lorcan Shannon to connect in some style and make it 2-0.