Dylan McGlade is delighting Longford Town manager Neale Fenn by delivering on his promise.

Shelbourne had no answer to McGlade’s wing wizardry on Saturday as Longford booked their place in tonight’s draw for the FAI Cup quarter-finals.

After their goalkeeper Michael Kelly made a big save from Lorcan Fitzgerald, Longford took the lead in first-half added time.

Captain Dean Zambra’s sublime through-ball found the run of McGlade, who was tripped by Reece McEnteer, and McGlade stepped up to confidently send Dean Delany the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Darren Meenan hit an upright on 65 minutes before Longford doubled their lea d seven minutes later. The trickery of McGlade won a corner, which he duly delivered for central defender Daniel O’Reilly to score with a first-time, left-foot volley from 10 yards.

“Dylan’s excellent,” said Fenn. “He’s very difficult to mark, very difficult to tackle.

“The criticism of him in the past was his lack of end product. Does he get enough goals? Does he get enough crosses in?

“But he’s added that to his game this season and he has been brilliant.”

Shels hadn’t lost to Longford in their previous four games this season, but Reds boss Owen Heary had no complaints.

“I think Longford had a better attitude,” he said. “We had a couple of chances in the first-half, but we didn’t do enough to win the game.

“The younger lads will learn from it. The senior players need to regroup and make sure we’re focused on next week.”

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LONGFORD TOWN – Kelly; Elworthy (Tlou, 90+4), O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Chambers; Hopkins (Dillon, 90+1), Zambra, Dervin, McGlade; Meenan; Doyle.

SHELBOURNE – Delany; Wilson, Prendergast, McEnteer, Fitzgerald; Moorhouse, Moore, Byrne (Boyne, 26), Evans (Farrell, 75); Kavanagh (English, 57); O’Sullivan.

Ref – J McLoughlin (Roscommon).

Irish Independent