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LONGFORD TOWN
V SHELBOURNE

Saturday August 25th 2018
City Calling Stadium | 7.30pm

SSE AIRTRICITY U19 LEAGUE

DERRY CITY v
v LONGFORD TOWN

Saturday, August 25th
The Brandywell | 14.00

SSE AIRTRICITY U17 LEAGUE

LONGFORD TOWN
v DERRY CITY

Sunday, August 26th
City Calling Stadium | 14.00

U15 FRIENDLY

LONGFORD TOWN
V ABBEY ROVERS

Wednesday, August 22nd
City Calling Stadium | 19.30

Supporters’ Club Notes (20/08/2018)

Mon Aug 20th 2018

BEST IN WEST

It was one thing beating Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup and on their ground. But the big question on all supporters’ minds leading up to the Galway game was, could we maintain that momentum. After all, there was huge motivation for the westerners too because home defeat would surely signal an end to their season’s ambitions.

Thankfully our fears were laid to rest with a controlled display by a determined, spirited Town display. Two well goals each from Jamie Doyle and Dylan McGlade saw us run out comfortable 1-4 winners. Three points bagged and three goal cushion away from home saw the large travelling support leave Galway with Galway Bay sized grins. What was particularly pleasing about this win was that our mounting injury list didn’t seem to impact as much as some feared. We’ll need all the stored up reserve energy as we face more vital league games in September.

ERIC’S GHOST

Quite a few people are now comparing the heroics of Dylan McGlade to those of Eric Lavine. For those who never witnessed Eric’s wizardry, it’s a huge compliment. Sporting media outlets in the west have been marvelling at his silken skills which always make for pleasing reading. Long may Dylan continue to ply his magic while donning the red and black.

WE’RE DUE ONE

This Saturday night we face Shels once again. This time it’s the FAI Cup Second Round. Despite our poor form against the Dublin side, we’ve never been too far behind them. We know from top displays throughout the season that we beat the very best of teams. Well surely we’re due one victory in late August against our visitors. We’ve already put one team wearing red and white to the sword, now it’s time to repeat the dose against Shels. Kick off is 7.30 this Saturday night in what promises to be a real cup cracker.

PICTURE PERFECT

Congratulations to Ken Keenan, a sports photographer based in the west. His timely pic perfectly captured our heroic win over Galway last week end. In it, the beaten home keeper looks distraught as he lies facing his own goal post. Goal scorer Jamie Doyle, his chest puffed out awaits the plaudits from his onrushing, jubilant team mates and in the background the visiting Town supporters jump in noisy celebration with young Burke as cheerleader. Some supporters are seen, out of focus, texting the welcome news. If ever a picture painted a thousand red and black words, this was it. Well done Ken with the keen eye.

You can find his pictures from the night here…

MARATHON MAN

It was great to see our long serving, loyal supporter Raymond Grehan picking up his well merited medal on Sunday. The Longford Marathon was run on Sunday last and one of the many participants was our own Ray of sunshine. There may have been many more but he was the only one noticed by this note scribbler.

LTFC Underage News (19/08/2018)

Sun Aug 19th 2018

WEEKEND RESULTS

U19 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Saturday, August 11th
Shelbourne 5-1 Longford Town
AUL Complex / Nic Boroweic on the score sheet for the Town.

U17 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Saturday, August 18th
Athlone Town 1-0 Longford Town
Athlone Town Stadium

U15 SSE Airtricity League Group 2

Kildare and District League 2-1 Longford Town
Jason Glancy on the scoresheet for Longford.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

U19 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Saturday, August 25th
Derry City v Longford Town
The Brandywell / 2.00pm

U17 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Sunday, August 26th
Longford Town v Derry City
City Calling Stadium / 2.00pm

U15 Friendly

Wednesday, August 22nd
Longford Town v Abbey Rovers
City Calling Stadium / 7.30pm

MATCH REPORT: Galway United 1-4 Longford Town

Sat Aug 18th 2018

MATCH REPORT BY TONY GHEE

Two goals each from Jamie Doyle and Dylan McGlade helped Longford Town to inflict the heaviest defeat of the season on Galway Utd as they romped to a four goals to one victory over the Tribesman at Eamon Deacy Park.

This crucial victory ends the Westerners play-off hopes, but keeps the ‘Red & Black’ firmly in the promotion hunt just two points behind fourth placed Drogheda.

Longford were missing two quality players from last week’s squad that dumped Premier Division Sligo Rovers out of the FAI Cup as both Sam Verdon and Shane Elworthy failed to recover from last week’s respective injuries. The Town also suffered another injury towards the end of the contest as Jamie Hollywood was stretchered off.

The Midlanders played the better football in the opening half and created the better chances and fully merited their one goal interval advantage.

In the twelfth minute, Dylan McGlade cut in from the left and fired a twenty-two yard shot that Galway keeper Tadhg Ryan tipped over the bar and on fourteen minutes, a Karl Chambers long range effort flew over the Galway Bar.

The Town took a deserved lead on the quarter-hour mark with a superbly worked goal. Jamie Doyle knocked the ball into the path of McGlade who switched the play to Darren Meenan on the right wing, and his pin-point cross found the inrushing Doyle who buried the ball into the back of the Galway net from close range.

Galway’s only decent first-half effort came in the twenty-ninth minute when Ryan Connolly’s quickly taken free-kick caught out the Town rearguard but a lunging shot from Stephen Walsh went just wide.

The visitors should have increased their advantage just before half-time when an unmarked Doyle headed badly wide from a Meenan right-wing cross.

Longford doubled their lead just six minutes into the second-half. A clever back-heeled flick from Meenan on the right picked out Jamie Hollywood in space, and he passed to Doyle who rifled home a powerful shot to the net off Galway keeper Ryan.

Longford sealed all three points just four minutes later as McGlade raced in from the left after receiving a great pass from Doyle and somehow he powered a shot to the bottom right corner of the Galway net from a very tight angle.

The irresistible McGlade almost made it four on sixty-nine minutes but his shot that seemed destined for the top corner was magnificently saved by Ryan.

Ryan again produced a stunning save just two minutes later as he kept out Daniel O’Reilly’s close range header.

The Town completed the rout when McGlade scored his second on seventy-eight minutes with a low, crisp drive that flew past Ryan and nestled in the bottom left corner.

Galway grabbed an injury time consolation with the last attack of the match as substitute Carlton Ubaezuono scored from a tight angle on the left.


TEAM LINE-UPS

Galway Utd: Ryan, Horgan, Williams, Walsh, Ludden, Barry, Conway, Byrne, Russell, Connolly, McCormack.
Substitutions: Melody for Conway (half-time), Ubaezuono for Russell (64 minutes), Coyne for McCormack (84 minutes).

Longford Town: Kelly, Chambers, McDonnell, O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Zambra, Dervin, Hollywood, Meenan, Doyle, McGlade.
Substitutions: O’Connor for Chambers, Dillon for Doyle (both 76 minutes), Ryan for Dervin (81 minutes).

MATCH PREVIEW: Galway United v Longford Town

Thu Aug 16th 2018

MATCH PREVIEW BY ANDREW DEMPSEY

Longford Town know that is certainly win or bust when they make the trip west to face playoff chasing Galway United at Éamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening. Kick-Off is at 7.45pm at the Dyke Road venue.

After picking up a morale boosting back-to-back wins against near neighbours Athlone Town and Sligo Rovers, Neale Fenn’s Red and Black Army have found a little bit of momentum since the defeat at Tolka Park with four goals and two clean sheets.

Knowing full well that a win can all but end Galway’s promotion hopes, De Town can really catapult themselves back into contention with a big win at Éamonn Deacy Park. Currently in 5th, just four points off Drogheda United and Shelbourne, a win could see Longford just go one point behind one of those playoff chasing sides.

The current First Division table before our game v Galway United (Screenshot: RTE.ie)

Last time we met Galway United in a league game, Neale Fenn masterminded an epic three-two success over the then Shane Keegan managed Tribesmen with ten-men at the City Calling Stadium after Darren Meenan’s dismissal.

Local star Aodh Dervin set the Red and Black of the Midlands on their way with a superb strike from distance as Sam Verdon and Karl Chambers sealed the three points despite being a man down.

Aodh Dervin, celebrating his goal against Town’s last home match v Galway at City Calling Stadium.

Former Town defender Stephen Walsh scored a late consolation goal for Galway, but it was to no avail as we held firm to secure a valuable three points on a fantastic weekend for the club which also saw a 4-2 win away to Finn Harps in Ballybofey.

During our last visit to Galway, the Tribesmen came away from the game with a slightly fortuitous point as Longford were unable to find the back of Tadgh Ryan’s net on frustrating night in the West while Aodh Dervin announced his arrival on the scene with a typically brilliant display in the middle of the park.

Action from Town’s previous match v Galway, a 3-2 win for De Town.

Currently, Galway have three former Town players on their books as Ryan Connolly, Stephen Walsh and Sean Russell have all enjoyed prior stints at the City Calling Stadium.

Connolly played under Tony Cousins way back in 2013 while Sean Russell, son of former Bray manager Martin Russell, played for De Town in 2014 as Walsh had a brief stint in the Red and Black during the 2017 season.

On the other hand, no current Longford Town player has played for Galway in a competitive outing. Our most recent ex Galway players were Enda Curran and Stephen Walsh who both lined out for the club in 2017.

In terms of team news for Friday night’s game, Jamie Doyle returns to the fold following suspension while Dean Byrne must sit out the game with a long-term injury. Also, Sam Verdon won’t feature after his injury in Sligo last week.

Barring any late change to the official’s overseeing the game, David Keeler will be the man in the middle while he will be assisted by Eoin Harte and Ricky Crean. Jason Mannix has been handed the role of the 4th official.

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