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LTFC Underage News (18/09/2017)

Mon Sep 18th 2017

It was a disappointing weekend for our Under 19’s and Under 17’s who had built up good leads before eventually losing. The Under 19’s led 3-0 at the City Calling Stadium before losing and the Under 17’s led 3-1 before conceding 3 goals in the last twenty minutes. Our Under 15’s scored a last gasp equaliser to earn a 2 all draw away to the Monaghan Utd-Cavan Football Partnership.

Under 19 National League

Longford Town 3-4 Derry City 

Josh Madigan, Warren Mitchell & Dan Beya scored the Longford goals.

Under 17 National League

Derry City 6-3 Longford Town

The goal scorers were Dragos Mamaliga, Patrick O’Sullivan and Daniel Luczynski.

Under 15 National League

Monaghan Utd-Cavan FP 2-2 Longford Town 

Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday, September 23rd

Under 17 National League

Longford Town v Shelbourne / 2pm / City Calling Stadium

Under 19 National League

Shelbourne v Longford Town / 2pm / AUL Complex.

Sunday, September 24th

Under 15 National League

Longford Town v Monaghan Utd-Cavan Football Partnership / 2pm / City Calling Stadium

Supporters’ Club Notes (17/09/2017)

Sun Sep 17th 2017

NO REWARD

Despite serving up a main menu of swift, flowing passing football, we failed to get our due desserts in our drawn game against the students of UCD on Saturday night. It was a game we should have and could have won comfortably. But sport can be cruel as experienced first hand by former Town player, the gifted Andy Moran on Sunday. Despite clearly being the better team, we only had a Sully goal from a penalty to show for all our great efforts. Their sloppy, equalising goal came from our misadventure but that unfortunate lapse was enough for us to drop two points. Not that it matters a great deal since Waterford were crowned champions following Cobh’s 3-0 hammering by Cabinteely. However Neale Fenn and everyone else want a strong finish and as stated, we played some excellent stuff but we repeatedly failed to trouble their keeper. The linesman ruled out our second goal for a harmless infringement while later those in the stand were on their feet celebrating an other second goal, which turned out to be only the side netting. It was that sort of frustrating night when the midges were feasting while we weren’t hungry enough in front of goals.

WATERFORD AWAY

Friday, September 22nd was a date highlighted early on in pre season as a possible game to determine the League’s outcome. But a lot of water has passed under a lot of bridges since then and already Waterford are the only team to be promoted this season. In pre season according to the so called experts, it was to be a two horse race between the Blues and us. Unfortunately our challenge failed to materialise and a poor start left us floundering at the start line. Congratulations to Waterford who’ll relish the return to the top flight, for a season at least. The game kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday but realistically most Town supporters will be following the game on social media.

Our final game of the season will be Saturday October 7th at 7.45pm when all games kick off simultaneously.

BIRTHDAY GIRL

Congrats to our hard working, diligent chairperson Avril Gilchrist who celebrated an other birthday over the week end. Right throughout the season, Avril has made great strides in providing under age teams for the half time period as well as various teams of enthusiastic ball boys and ball girls. These youngsters have helped recreate a lively atmosphere at games and particularly at the end when they go autograph hunting from their heroes. This sort of activity goes largely unseen or unheeded by many adult supporters but it’s a vital cog in the club’s development and helps create the supporters of the future. All you have to do is check out the joy on the faces of the young supporters on either of our two Facebook pages, Don Cowan and young Dillon is a perfect example of pure joy. So from all your young and not so young fans, a very happy season ahead Avril..we know you’ve already enjoyed an unforgettable week end of partying.

SLIGO SCRIBE RIP

The death has recently occurred of Séamus Finn, former editor of the Sligo Champion. As a cub reporter, he was banned by Sligo Rovers from their home turf, the Showgrounds – a unique achievement for any reporter.

Finn had felt no need to mince his words when reporting on how Sligo Rovers, a full-time profession team in 1969, got dumped out of the FAI Cup by lowly non-league side Longford Town. Rovers. When he showed up for his next assignment at the Showgrounds he was told he was no longer welcome in the pressbox.

Typically he fought back, mustering the support of the National Union of Journalists to such a degree that no reporter, local or national, would cover a Sligo Rovers game and soon the ban was lifted.

Thus yet another chapter of intrigue was added to that famous 1969 game, already well documented by our own Johnny Nevin.


Town settle for share of the spoils v Students

Sun Sep 17th 2017

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Longford Town 1-1 UCD

Longford Town scorer: (O’Sullivan, pen, 22)
UCD scorer: (Manley 70)

Despite dominating the majority of the contest, Longford Town had to settle for a share of the spoils at the City Calling Stadium as they drew one all with third placed UCD, a result that keeps the students six points clear of the Town and virtually assures them of a top three finish.

The visitors created the first two chances of the contest on twelve and thirteen minutes. Firstly, a right-wing cross from Manley picked out centre-half Scales, but his header was well saved by Town keeper Brady. A minute later, UCD striker Georgie Kelly cut in from the right and unleashed a shot from a tight angle that hit the side netting.

Somewhat against the run of play, Longford took the lead on twenty-two minutes when UCD defender Maxi Kouogun handled inside the box and Town striker Davy O’Sullivan slotted home the penalty for his 80th competitive goal for the ‘Red and Black’.

Both O’Sullivan and Kehoe came close to extending the Town’s advantage as they turned the screw on the visitors but they had to settle for a one goal interval lead.

Just after the break, a long ball over the top of the Town defence put in striker Kelly one-on-one with Town keeper Brady with Brady producing an excellent save to keep his goal intact.

A stunning four-man move on the hour mark almost produced a second goal for the home side. Jake Kelly weaved his way down the left, spun around and played a smart pass back to Kehoe, Kehoe sprayed the ball across to Verdon who delivered an excellent ball to Simon on the right wing drawing defenders away from him, and Simon cleverly played the ball back to Verdon who blazed his shot over the bar from the edge of the UCD box.

Verdon came close again seven minutes later when his header from a Kehoe cross was smartly saved by UCD keeper Corbet.

The Town’s missed opportunities came back to haunt them in the sixty-ninth minute as UCD drew level. A corner from the right slipped through the grasp of Town keeper Brady and a goalmouth scramble ensued with Longford failing to clear their lines and eventually Manley prodded home the equaliser.

A brilliant move almost put the home side back in front on eighty minutes as O’Sullivan and Simon carved open the UCD rearguard with a superb one-two that left Simon with just keeper Corbet to beat, but his lifted shot over the flailing arms of the diving UCD custodian spun agonisingly wide of the near post.

The visitors nearly snatched a winner on eighty-six minutes when a powerful twenty-yard strike from UCD substitute O’Connor was brilliantly saved by the agile Brady.

Longford Town: Brady, Chambers, Gorman, O’Reilly, Kehoe, Cowan, Dervan, Zambra, Simon, Verdon, O’Sullivan.
Substitutes: Kelly for Cowan (56 minutes), Hofmann for Kehoe (78 minutes).

UCD: Corbet, Tobin, Kouogun, Scales, Osam, Manley, O’Neill, Molloy, McClelland, Kelly, Kavanagh.
Substitutes: O’Connor for Kavanagh (half-time), Hanrahan for Manley.

Match pictures by Tiernan Dolan




Longford Town host UCD in a battle for third place

Fri Sep 15th 2017

Match Preview by Andrew Dempsey

In the penultimate home game of the season, Longford Town host UCD at the City Calling Stadium in a battle for third place. Kick-off at the Strokestown Road venue is at the usual time of 7.30pm.

The game is a clash between third and fourth place as De Town look to intensify the pressure on Collie O’Neill’s outfit with a victory. Were Longford Town to gather up all three points, De Town would only be 3 points off the Students heading into the final two games of the season.

Speaking a few weeks ago with LTFC.ie, ahead of our previous league game at Cabinteely, defender Daniel O’Reilly pointed to this game in as a chance to claim third place in the First Division table. (Article can be found here.)

“Yeah, realistically we can get third. We still have to play Cabinteely and UCD and we’re quite close to UCD and obviously we are only one point behind Cabinteely so if we beat them on Friday we push ahead of them and then with three games left you just never know! We could finish below Shels or we could finish above UCD so it’s a bit of a funny one.”

Recent clashes have gone in UCD’s favour as the Dublin-based outfit are currently unbeaten so far this season against the Red and Black. However, UCD have failed to register a win away from home since their 2-0 success away to Athlone back in May.

Last time out, Town were knocked out of the FAI Cup as Cork City came to register a 4-1 win at the City Calling Stadium in front of 910 strong crowd.

In the Red and Black’s previous game versus Dublin opposition, Town came out on top with a 2-0 victory away to Cabinteely at Stradbrook.

Neale Fenn will have to make do without the services of captain Kevin O’Connor who is still on the injury list. On the other hand, Paul Skinner is expected to be back in contention following injury.

In addition to this, there are no players on the suspension list for Longford Town. Likewise, UCD also have the luxury of having no players on the suspension list.



LTFC Underage News (10/09/2017)

Sun Sep 10th 2017

Weekend Results

Under 19 National League

St.Patrick’s Athletic 0-1 Longford Town

Nathan Doyle scored the winner for the Town.

Under 17 National League

Longford Town 1-4 St.Patrick’s Athletic

Dylan Steward with the Town goal.

Under 15 National League

Mayo League 1-1 Longford Town

Nick Palmer scored the Town goal

Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday, September 16th

Under 17 National League

Derry City v Longford Town / 2.00pm / The Brandywell

Sunday, September 17th

Under 19 National League

Longford Town v Derry City / 2.00pm / City Calling Stadium

Under 15 National League

Monaghan Utd-Cavan FP v Longford Town / 2.00pm / Gortakeegan

Supporters’ Club Notes (10/09/2017)

Sun Sep 10th 2017

DIFFERENT CLASS

All week, hopes of causing a Cup upset ran high among the loyal Town supporters. Cork City had been stuttering and spluttering and we had hope for a continuation. At five o clock their kit van arrived, something seldom, if ever seen at the City Calling Stadium. Later, when the squad arrived, you’d swear they were an international set, such was its size swollen by a team of physios and various footballing consultants. Their subsequent warm up was even of an intensity seldom seen locally. Practically each player was given a talking to by Caulfield as they headed back down the tunnel before kick off. It was obvious that this Cork City team had been earlier humiliated by Shamrock Rovers and even Sligo Rovers and were now on a mission of redemption. And that was unfortunate for us.

While two of their four goals had a whiff of luck about them, there was no denying the gulf in class between the runaway League leaders and current Cup holders who were on a mission to achieve the double this season. By half time, our Cairn Hill had morphed into an Everest. But in fairness, our second half performance was much better. But a four two scoreline was about the best we could have hoped for and at the final whistle had to settle for 1-4 with the visitors scoring all five.

Cork City might have been a different class on the field of play but sadly, they didn’t display any class in the disgraceful way they left the dressing rooms. When their full professional players were turning over for a Sunday morning sleep in, our volunteers were out in the City Calling Stadium tidying up their unwanted mess.

STUDENTS AT HOME

And so it’s on to our penultimate home game this Saturday when we host UCD. Kick off is at 7.30pm when there will be hardly the same crowd present at the City Calling Stadium. For the Cork City game. we had about 1,000 present with a large travelling contingent. Much is made of separating supporters at other grounds but on Saturday night, all supporters intermingled with no problems at all. We certainly won’t have to worry about the UCD supporters, if any at all travel. At the moment UCD are ahead of us by 6 points so, even if we win, we won’t be leapfrogging like we did in our last two games. However, we really want to finish the league on a high and would seven points from our last three games be acceptable? Cobh, with our help can still catch Waterford and the final game of the season between those two Munster sides could seal the deal. But for us, we simply want to finish as high and as well as possible and start planning for the season ahead.

JACK’S THE LAD

Heartiest congratulations to Jack Brady on his Player of the Month award for August. He was clearly both surprised and delighted to his receive the award before Saturday night’s game. Although, Saturday night’s result didn’t go the way we’d have liked, Jack still managed to bring off a couple of fine saves from a fairly lethal visiting strike-force.

PREDICTION WINNER

In the week leading up to the Cup game, we ran a score prediction on our own Facebook page. Although the Supporters’ Club Facebook page is only up and running a short while, it received a huge response, way ahead of anything we could have predicted. Anyway, congrats to Shane Marron who was one of those who got the score correct and was then drawn by lottery. The prize is free membership for next season. Already plans are being hatched for another prediction competition before the season’s end.

SOUTHERN PRAISE

Many Cork City supporters were once again loud in the praise for our set-up at the City Calling Stadium. One middle aged man was particularly loud in his praise. He added that he has travelled with Cork all over Ireland and to a few venues in Europe as well . There wasn’t a thing he could fault us with he said. From friendly, efficient officials to toilets, clubhouse and car parking, he said we’re the best in the land. He couldn’t get over how well the pitch looked despite all the recent downpours. There was only one thing he couldn’t understand and that was why we didn’t get to host internationals and some level, even under age. And so say all of us.

LOST WALLET

One Cork City fan who travelled with a number of children lost his wallet in the stand on Saturday night. A search was carried out , early on Sunday morning after he reported it missing but alas, nothing was found. Hopefully someone found it and will hand it in early in the week. You can imagine how much it would mean to the unfortunate man.

Town bottled up by Cork in Cup Quarter-Final

Sun Sep 10th 2017

Report by Tony Ghee

Longford Town 1-4 Cork City

Longford Town scorer: (Williams o.g. 65)
Cork City scorers: (Sadlier 24, Keohane 28, Sheppard 43, 51)

For the second successive year, Longford Town bowed out of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup losing 4-1 at home to Cork City at the City Calling Stadium. Four of the goalscorers from last season’s Cup game between the sides have moved onto pastures new as Kevin O’Connor, Seanie Maguire, and Chiedozie Ogbene have all left Cork, while Eddie Dsane is no longer with the Midlanders.However, Karl Sheppard who scored Cork’s third goal in last year’s tie produced the goods again for the Leesiders with a double salvo to help the cup holders and runaway Premier Division table-toppers progress to the last four of the blue riband competition.

It took the visitors fifteen minutes to settle into the contest but then they completely dominated proceedings and richly deserved the victory.

Morrissey was just wide of the Town post with a seventeenth minute twenty-yard effort and on twenty-two minutes a Griffin pass picked out Dooley whose twenty-five yard strike flashed just inches wide of the Town’s far post.

Cork took the lead in the twenty-fourth minute. A brilliant Keohane shot was superbly tipped around the post by Town stopper Brady, but the home defence were caught napping from the quickly taken corner as Keohane played it short to Sadlier and his left-wing delivery sailed over Brady into the net.

Four minutes later it was 2-0 to Cork as the impressive Griffin found Keohane with a precision cross and Keohane exquisitely curled his shot beyond Brady’s despairing dive into the bottom corner of the Longford net.

The rampant visitors should have scored again on thirty-four minutes as Sadlier’s excellent weaving run eventually resulted in the ball arriving at the feet of the unmarked Dooley inside the Town box but he somehow missed a glorious opportunity.

The Munster side did score a third just before half-time as Sheppard was adjudged to have been fouled by the referee’s assistant, and the striker dusted himself down before despatching the subsequent penalty with keeper Brady diving the wrong way.

It took Cork just seven minutes after the resumption to make it 4-0, as Sheppard scored his second of the match. The high-line Town defence was caught out by McCarthy’s clever ball and Sheppard timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and he coolly fired a low shot to the bottom left corner of the Longford net.

The Town did get a consolation goal in the sixty-fourth minute. Verdon won possession and sprayed the ball out to winger Hopkins, and his right-wing cross was sliced into his own net by Cork defender Robbie Williams.

The Town rallied after their goal and created some good chances. A crisp shot from Simon flew just past the far post and a David O’Sullivan goalbound shot was deflected narrowly over the bar by Cork defender Delaney.

Cork striker Sheppard was awarded the man-of-the-match accolade, but Keohane, Sadlier and Shane Griffin also impressed for the winners.

So the double is still on for a Cork side who now join league champions Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Limerick in the semi-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.

Longford Town: Brady, Friel, Haverty, O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Hopkins, Dillon, Zambra, Kehoe, Verdon, O’Sullivan.
Substitutes: Cowan for Dillon (half-time), Chambers for Hopkins (76 minutes).

Cork City: McNulty, McCarthy, Williams, Delaney, Griffin, Bolger, Dooley, Morrissey, Sadlier, Keohane, Sheppard.
Substitutes: Ellis for Dooley (half-time), Campion for Sadlier (76 minutes).

Referee: Derek Tomney

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2017 First Division

PosClubPWDLPts
1Waterford26168256
2Cobh Ramblers26153848
3UCD26118741
4LONGFORD TOWN2698935
5Cabinteely2698935
6Shelbourne26971034
7Wexford FC26471519
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FAI Cup Quarter Final

SSE Airtricity League First Division

0 - 0
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Longford Town

1 - 3
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

0 - 3
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

0 - 2
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cabinteely

2 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD v Longford Town

0 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Waterford

0 - 0
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

3 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Shelbourne

2 - 0
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

3 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Athlone Town

0 - 0
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

0 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

1 - 0
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

5 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

0 - 0
Tolka Park

Shelbourne v Longford Town

2 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers

2 - 2
Athlone Town Stadium

Athlone Town v Longford Town

1 - 0
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Cabinteely

0 - 0
UCD Bowl

UCD v Longford Town

0 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Waterford

1 - 2
Ferrycarrig Park

Wexford FC v Longford Town

1 - 3
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Shelbourne

2 - 0
St. Colman's Park

Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

7 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Athlone Town

0 - 2
Stradbrook

Cabinteely v Longford Town

1 - 1
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v UCD

7:45 pm
R.S.C.

Waterford v Longford Town

7:45 pm
City Calling Stadium

Longford Town v Wexford FC

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25. Adam KENNY
Goalkeeper
25. Shane FAGAN
Goalkeeper

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Shane is a goalkeeper who moved to Shamrock Rovers in July 2013 from Coventry City. He played with the club’s U19 side in 2013/14 and also made the bench for the senior side in two league games in the 2013 season. He was named in the Hoops’ reserve side ahead of the 2014 First Division season and made his league debut for them against Waterford United at the RSC on 18 April 2014. He finished the season with 5 league appearances for Rovers’ B team, their one and only season of league football.

In February 2015 Shane signed for Eddie Gormley at Cabinteely FC ahead of the team’s first season as a League of Ireland club. He appeared on the bench at the start of the 2015 season before he an injury saw miss him miss out on the rest of the campaign.

In January 2017 Shane played with Longford Town during their pre-season friendly matches.

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18. Jack BRADY
Goalkeeper

SPONSOR: A.P.G Properties

Jack was part of the underage set up at Shelbourne before joining Johnny McDonnell’s first team squad on 13 May 2014. He continued to play for the u19s while appearing on the bench several times during the 2015 First Division season and made his first start in the last game of the campaign, keeping a clean sheet against Cobh Ramblers in a 2-0 win.

Jack then left Shelbourne and signed for Longford Town ahead of the 2017 First Division season.

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1. Paul SKINNER
Goalkeeper

SPONSORS: Caroline & Phil Munnelly

Paul played schoolboys football at Lourdes Celtic before securing a move to the SPL with Celtic in 2005. He spent three years at Parkhead without making the first team and returned to Ireland to sign for Drogheda United in the summer of 2008.

Paul made his debut for Drogheda in a Setanta Cup game against Cork City on 15 September 2008 and made 3 league appearances in the final weeks of that season. He made a further 33 league and cup appearances over the next two seasons, before leaving Drogheda at the end of the 2010 season.

In February 2011 Paul signed for his former Drogheda boss Alan Mathews at Shelbourne and made 10 appearances in all competitions as the Reds won promotion to the Premier Division. He was also an unused substitute in the club’s FAI Cup final defeat to Sligo Rovers. The following year Paul made just 6 league appearances and in December of 2012 he signed for Roddy Collins at Athlone Town.

Paul played 23 games for Athlone in the league as they went on to win the 2013 First Division title. He kept eleven clean sheets during the campaign. Paul re-signed for Athlone for 2014 and went on to make 16 league appearances at the start of the season, keeping four clean sheets, but he didn’t play a game after July 2014 as he lost his place to Ryan Coulter.

In October 2014, Paul joined Longford Town for their 2015 season in the Premier Division. Paul started the first game of the season, a 1-0 away defeat to Dundalk, and went on to make 17 league appearances for the De Town as they finished sixth in the Premier Division. And in 2016 he made another 19 league appearances as Longford were relegated to the First Division.

Paul re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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5. Alan KEHOE
Defender

Alan is a left back who played underage football with St Joseph’s Boys before signing for Shamrock Rovers’ U19s in 2012/13. He re-signed for the 2013/2014 season and was included in the Hoops’ reserve side that competed in the 2014 First Division. He made his league debut for the First Division side against Cobh Ramblers on the opening weekend of the 2014 season and went on to make 16 league appearances that year.

In January 2015 Alan signed for Kevin Doherty at Shelbourne. He went on to make 13 league appearances for Shels as the Dublin club finished fourth in the 2015 First Division. The following season Alan added a further 9 league appearances to his name before leaving the club in July 2016.

Alan joined Premier Division side Bray Wanderers on the last day of July 2016 and made his first league appearance for the Seagulls away to Galway United on 19 July. He made just six league appearances over the latter half of the season, four as substitute, and a year later he left the Wicklow club to join First Division side Longford Town.

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26. Paul FINNEGAN
Defender

Paul is a centre back who played for Dundalk’s U19 side in 2012/13. He also played in the club’s 2013 Leinster Senior Cup game against Shamrock Rovers. In 2014 he played in two of Dundalk’s EA Cup games on their way to lifting that trophy and also made the bench for some league games. He signed his first professional contract with the club in January 2015 and was included in Stephen Kenny’s first team squad ahead of the 2015 season. While he didn’t make a league appearance, he did play in various cup competitions before leaving the club at the end of the season.

He appeared on trial for Galway United during January 2016 before playing for Limerick in their pre-season friendly against Longford Town. He then played for Bray Wanderers in their friendly against Shelbourne in February 2016, and he later signed for the Seasiders. He made his league debut on 11 March 2016 when he replaced Conor Kenna as a 20th minute substitute in a 4-0 defeat to Galway United at Eamonn Deacy Park and he made a total of 4 league appearances that year. Paul also turned out for Drogheda United in a summer friendly against MK Dons.

In January 2017, Paul signed for Irish League side Cliftonville but just six months later he returned to the League of Ireland when he signed for Neale Fenn at Longford Town.

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24. Rhys GORMAN
Defender

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Rhys is a central midfielder who played for Cherry Orchard before joining the schoolboys set-up at Shamrock Rovers. He captained the Shamrock Rovers U19 squad for the 2012/2013 season.

In June 2013 Rhys signed for Tony Cousins at Longford Town and made his league debut on 14 June as a substitute against Athlone Town. He went on to make 14 league appearances, scoring four goals, as Longford lost to Bray Wanderers in the promotion play-off final. In 2014 Rhys made a further 18 league appearances, scoring one goal in the process, as Longford won the First Division title and were promoted. The following year Rhys appeared in 26 of Longford’s Premier Division games, mainly in the centre of defence, as they finished sixth in the Premier Division. He missed the opening three months of 2016 through injury and made just 15 league appearances over the season, one which saw Longford relegated back to the First Division.

Rhys re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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19. Daniel O’REILLY
Defender

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Daniel is a centre back who played underage football with Cherry Orchard before signing for Fulham FC in November 2010 at just 15 years of age. He had a loan spell at non-league side Walton Casuals before leaving Craven Cottage to join Hereford United in August 2014. His stay with Hereford was a short one and on 24 November 2014 Daniel signed for Conference side Bishop’s Stortford.

On 23 December 2014 Daniel returned home to sign for Alan Mathews at Bray Wanderers. He was a regular under Matthews and his successor Tarnogrodzki and played in the first 11 league games. However, the constant change of management saw Daniel make only 3 more appearances, although he was constantly on the bench, as Bray finished eighth in the Premier Division.

In December 2015, Daniel followed Dave Scully to O’Devaney Dunard but within weeks he had signed for Longford Town, in time for the start of the 2016 season. He made 8 league appearances for the club before leaving in July 2016. His absence from the Town dressing room was brief, however, and with former boss Alan Mathews now in charge he signed for Longford again ahead of their 2017 First Division campaign.

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4. Noel HAVERTY
Defender

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Noel was a successful member of the St Patrick’s Athletic Schoolboys section for a number of years befoe breaking into the club’s U21 team while still playing with the U16s. He was a part of the FAI FAS training scheme and has won Irish under age international caps, most notably as captain for an Under 17 friendly match in Dalymount Park in 2006 and as part of the Under 18 International squad for 2007.

In July 2007 Noel went on loan to Shelbourne where he made his League debut on 1st September in a 4-0 win over Limerick 37 at Tolka Park. He made a total of 8 league appearances for Shels before returning to St Pats at the end of the 2007 season.

Back at St Pats he continued as a squad player, making 31 league appearances over the next three seasons, but at the end of 2010 he was released by the club. In January of 2011 it was announced that he had signed for Alan Mathews at Shelbourne. However, one month later, it emerged that Noel would not be joining the club after all and he took no part in the 2011 season.

In January 2012 Noel returned to League football, signing for Tony Cousins at Longford Town. He made his debut for the midlanders in a 1-0 win away to Mervue United on the opening night of the 2012 season and scored 4 times in 23 league appearances as The Town narrowly missed out on promotion, losing out to Waterford United in the play-off semi-finals.

Noel signed on for the 2013 season but it would again in a close call as Longford lost to Bray Wanderers in the play-off final. Noel had played twenty two times during the campaign, scoring one goal that came in a 2-1 derby win over Athlone Town. Noel once again re-signed for Longford for the 2014 season in the First Division.

The third time was the charm, as Noel finally tasted promotion with Longford Town. This was done in style as Longford won the First Division title. Noel played sixteen games for the club during the league campaign but he left Longford Town at the end of the season due to work commitments.

In August 2015, Noel returned to Longford Town and scored on his first appearance, in a 1-1 draw with Bohemians at Dalymount Park. He had time to make just 3 league appearances as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division but in 2016 he made 19 league appearances for De Town who finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated.

In November 2016, Noel then re-signed for the 2017 season with Longford.

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3. Tristan NOACK-HOFMANN
Defender

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Tristan played for German club FK Pirmasens and Mullingar Athletic before joining Longford Town’s u19 squad for the 2015 short season. In January 2016 Tristan signed for the first team ahead of the Premier Division campaign and made his senior debut against Drumcondra in the Leinster Senior Cup on 7 March 2016. His league debut came five weeks later in a 1-1 draw against Derry City at City Calling Stadium and he went on to make 7 league appearances as De Town suffered relegation to the First Division.

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2. Aidan FRIEL
Defender

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Aidan played with Strabane Athletic until signing for Eddie Wallace at Athlone Town on 19 January 2015. Aidan made his league debut at Lisseywoolen against Finn Harps on 5 June 2015 and went onto make 17 league appearances for Athlone in the First Division. In December 2015, Aidan moved to promoted Premier Division side Wexford Youths where he made 26 league appearances in 2016, a season that saw Wexford relegated via the play-offs.

In November 2016, Aidan left Wexford to join Longford Town ahead of the 2017 season.

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14. Peter HOPKINS

Peter is a midfielder who played for St Patrick’s Athletic’s U19s in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 season. He went on to play for top Junior side Sheriff YC but returned to the League of Ireland in August 2017 when he signed for Neale Fenn at Longford Town.

20. Cian BYRNE
Midfielder
22. Dan BEYA
Midfielder

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Dan played with Longford Town’s U17 squad for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and in January 2017 he was included in the senior squad for the club’s pre-season matches.

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21. Aodh DERVIN
Midfielder

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Aodh played with Longford Town’s U17 squad for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and in January 2017 he was included in the senior squad for the club’s pre-season matches.

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17. Cody MULHALL
Midfielder

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Cody is a Republic of Ireland underage international who played with Dublin side Stella Maris before joining SPL side Hibernian in the summer of 2013. However, a serious injury impacted his time at the club he left Hibs in January 2015 without making a senior appearance. Shortly after, he was in the squad for Shamrock Rovers’ friendly in a pre-season against Brann but another long-term injury prevented him from signing for the club.

In January 2016, after training with the PFAI squad, Cody was a part of the Shamrock Rovers squad that played UCD in a pre-season friendly. However, he wasn’t offered a deal by the Tallaght side and, in May 2016, Longford Town announced that they had signed Cody for the remainder of the season. He made his League of Ireland debut against Bohemians at City Calling Stadium on 2 July 2016 but this would prove to be Cody’s only league appearance when injury again ended his season.

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16. Gavin BOYNE
Midfielder

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Gavin played with St Patrick’s Athletic’s U19s in 2012/13 and 2013/14 and during his time at Richmond Park he made 1 senior appearance, coming on as a substitute in a 5-0 win over UCD on 1st October 2012. In the summer of 2014 he crossed the M50 to sign for Shamrock Rovers Reserve side which was competing in the First Division and he made his debut for the Rovers B side against Cobh Ramblers at St Colman’s Park on 28 June 2014.

In January 2015 Gavin played with Athlone Town during their pre-season preparations. He impressed enough to sign for the club in February 2015. Gavin played twenty-four times during the 2015 First Division season scoring three goals, as Athlone finished fifth. In November 2015, Gavin moved to division rivals Shelbourne where he made his first appearance against Shelbourne at Tolka Park on the opening night of the 2016 season. His first goal for the Reds came three weeks later against Drogheda United, also at Tolka Park, and he finished the season with three goals from 22 league appearances..

In November, 2016 Gavin left Shelbourne to sign with Longford Town ahead of the 2017 campaign.

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12. Karl CHAMBERS
Midfielder

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Karl played for Sacred Heart before moving to Longford Town’s U19 squad for the 2015 short season. He was added to Tony Cousins’ senior team in August 2015 and later signed a deal to play for De Town for the 2016 season. He made his league debut away to Cork City on 14 March 2016 and made 4 league appearances, all from the bench, over the course of that season.

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11. Kevin O’CONNOR
Midfielder

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Kevin joined Worcester City in 2010 and made 90 appearances during his two seasons at the club. In July 2012 he returned to Ireland, signing for Pat Devlin at Bray Wanderers making his debut for Bray against Sligo Rovers on 7 July. He went on to make 13 appearances for the club in the league and he signed on for Bray for the 2013 season.

Kevin played 20 league games for Bray Wanderers in 2013, scoring one goal in the 4-4 draw with Limerick FC, as Bray stayed in the Premier Division after defeating Longford Town in the play-offs. He joined Longford Town in January 2014. He went on to make 24 league appearances, scoring two goals, as Longford won the First Division title and were promoted. In 2015 Kevin was a central component to the Longford midfield as he played in 32 league games, thrice scoring important goals, as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division. However, 2016, Kevin’s third season with the Midlands club, saw Longford relegated to the First Division. He made 26 league appearances that year, scoring twice.

Kevin then re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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10. Jake KELLY
Midfielder

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Jake started his League of Ireland career at Bray Wanderers in 2008 and made his debut as a substitute in an away defeat to Drogheda United on 1st August. He then scored his first goal in a 3-1 away win over Dundalk in an FAI Cup replay on 18 August. He made a total of 13 league and cup appearances in his debut season. In 2009 Jake cemented his place in the Bray Wanderers side and over the next three seasons he added 84 league appearances and scored 26 league goals.

In January 2012 Jake signed for Liam Buckley at St Patrick’s Athletic. He made his Pats debut against his former club, Bray, on the opening night of the 2012 season and made 24 league appearances that year, also playing in the club’s FAI Cup final defeat to Derry City. Jake made just 4 league starts in 2013 but totaled 16 league appearances thanks to 12 appearances from the bench. He also scored four league goals as Pats won their seventh League title.

In January 2014, Jake returned to Bray Wanderers. He was mainstay of the side, apart from when an injury in April ruled him out for nine games, as he scored five goals in twenty-two games for the club. The Seagulls finished tenth in the table and just avoided the relegation play-offs. In December 2014, Jake signed for Stephen Kenny at Dundalk.

Jake made 6 substitute league appearances for Dundalk, scoring once in a 3-0 win over Bohemians, and was on the bench for their European matches against BATE Borisov. In July 2015, Jake moved to Bohemians, managed by former Bray assistant Keith Long, and went on to be an influential signing as he scored five goals in 10 league appearances as Bohs finished fifth in the Premier Division. In 2016 Jake made 23 league appearances, scoring three times but left Dalymount Park at the end of the season to sign for Alan Mathews at Longford Town.

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7. Kealan DILLON
Midfielder

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Kealan played with Hull City’s development squad and appeared for the club’s reserve team but was released in May 2013. A month later he joined Sottish Premier League side St Mirren but he left the club at the end of 2013 and returned to Ireland where he signed for Mick Cooke at Athlone Town in January 2014.

Kealan made 32 league appearances for Athlone in 2014, missing only the last game of the season due to accumulating to many yellow cards. He scored four goals too, as Athlone were narrowly relegated on the final day of the season under manager Keith Long, who had taken over from Mick Cooke half way through the season. In November 2014, Kealan followed Long to Bohemians.

Kealan made 21 league appearances for Bohemians during 2015, scoring a goal of the season contender in a 2-1 win over Derry City, as Bohs finished fifth in the Premier Division. But he spent just one season at Dalymount Park and in November 2015 Kealen moved to Longford Town under Tony Cousins. He played in 28 of Longford’s 33 league games in 2016, a season in which the Midlands club was relegated to the First Division.

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6. Dean ZAMBRA
Midfielder

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Dean made his league debut for Bray Wanderers on the final day of the 2008 season in a 2-0 defeat away to Sligo Rovers. He did not appear for the club in 2009 but became a regular during the 2010 season, making 20 league appearances and scoring once. In 2011 Dean cemented his place in the Bray team, making 28 league and cup appearances and scoring three times.

Dean remained a key part of Bray’s starting eleven making a further 58 league appearances over the 2012 and 2013 seasons and when Alan Mathews took over the managerial reins from Pat Devlin in 2014 he was once again central to Bray’s match day squad, starting in all 33 of the club’s Premier Division games that year. Dean took a break from league football in 2015, which extended through the 2016 season. But in January 2017 Dean rejoined the league when he signed for Alan Mathews at Longford Town.

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9. Kaleem STRAWBRIDGE-SIMON
Midfielder

Kaleem played for UCD’s U19 side in 2013/14 and turned out for Aaron Callaghan’s senior side in a summer friendly against Bradford City in July 2014. He made his league debut three days later against Cork City at Turner’s Cross on 18 July and finished the season with three substitute appearances in the Premier Division.

In December 2014, Kaleem moved to Premier Division side Longford Town and scored twice in 24 league games as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division. He re-signed for the 2016 season and played in 29 of Longford’s Premier Division games, scoring once, in a 1-1 draw at home to Galway United. But Longford were relegated at the end of the season and in December 2016 he signed for Keith Long at Bohemians. He then left Bohs in July 2017 and re-signed for Longford Town in July 2017.

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8. Sam VERDON
Forward

Sam played for St Patrick’s Athletic’s U19s in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons and he was included in Liam Buckley’s first team squad ahead of the 2014 Premier Division season. He made his debut, and only appearance of the season, in a 3-1 win over Bohemians in April 2014.

Sam made more progress in 2015, appearing in 9 league games as the Saints finished fourth in the Premier Division. He also won an EA Sports Cup winner’s medal when Pats beat Galway United on penalties in the final. He was an unused substitute that day, and was also on the bench when Pats repeated the feat in 2016, beating Limerick 4-1 in the final at the Markets Field. 2016 also saw Sam’s first league goal, scored in a 3-3 draw with Longford Town on 13 May, a week after he had made his European debut against Jeunesse Esch in the Europa League.

Sam left St Pats in July 2017 and just a few days later he signed for Neale Fenn at Longford Town.

23. Don COWAN
Forward

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Don was a key member of Shamrock Rovers 2009 ‘A’ Championship side, scoring the goal that beat Salthill Devon in the final of that competition. In 2009 Don made 5 league appearances for Rovers and a further 3 followed in 2010. But, with limited opportunities, Don joined Longford Town on loan mid way through the season.

In the latter half of 2010 Don made 13 league appearances under Tony Cousins at Flancare Park and signed a permanent deal with Longford in time for the start of the 2011 season. Things really started to happen for Don in 2011 and he scored eight goals in 19 league appearances before signing for League One side Stevenage FC in September of that year.

Don’s debut for Stevenage came in a 2-1 win over Tranmere Rovers on 17 December 2011 but injury dogged his time at the club and he only made 9 appearances in his eighteen months there. He made one league appearance while on loan at Braintree Town but, again, injury intervened and shortly after returning to Stevenage, on 12 January 2013, he was released.

Don went on to play for Dundee and Southend United before returning home to Ireland in January 2014 when he signed back at Longford Town. He went on to play 22 times in the league for De Town, scoring three goals, as they won the First Division title.. Don re-signed for the 2015 season in the Premier Division although injury limited him to just 10 league appearances, scoring once in a 2-1 win over Galway United. In 2016 Don made 21 league appearances for Longford but the Midlands club finished bottom of the Premier Division and were relegated back to the First Division

Don then re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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15. David O’SULLIVAN
Forward

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David is an Irish amateur international striker who played for Wayside Celtic in the Leinster Senior League until he signed for Tony Cousins at Longford Town in January 2013. He made his league debut for the club on the opening night of the 2013 season and scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over Salthill Devon. He went on to finish with an incredible twenty-one goals in 28 league appearances for Longford, as they unfortunately lost to Bray Wanderers in the promotion play-off final.

The 2014 season was nearly identical to the previous one, although this time it had a happy ending for Longford fans. David hit another twenty-one goals in 28 league appearances, as Longford won the First Division title and were promoted to the Premier Division. David went on to score seven times in 30 league appearances in the 2015 Premier Division as Longford finished sixth, but in 2016 Longford finished bottom of the table and were relegated back to the First Division despite David’s hall of eight goals from 31 league outings.

David then re-signed with Longford for the 2017 campaign.

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