Nothing changed for us after last Friday night’s defeat to Bohs. Sadly it’s just a case of the status quo being maintained. The damage was done just after the half hour mark and that single goal remained the difference until the final whistle. Meanwhile, Wexford were also beaten so the gap remains the same too. Even a point would have been a huge morale booster but it wasn’t to be. But we must believe that there will be a few twists and turns before the final game. It still is possible to overtake Wexford, of course that would be a minor miracle but let’s keep the faith.
Our game this weekend against Dundalk has been on the long finger because of their Cup game. At the time of writing, there’s no date for the re fixture yet. Between all games at home and in Europe, Dundalk will have some back log of fixtures. Surely they can’t keep on performing at such a high level and wouldn’t it be just great if we could nick three points off them. Stranger things have happened; after all who else but ourselves scored three against them up in Oriel Park this season.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / SEPTEMBER
Congratulations to towering Yann Mvita who was won the September Player of the Month award. Some were saying he should have won the previous month’s award but he was only beaten by a narrow whisker then. So this is Yann’s month and is well deserved. We may still be at the wrong end of the table but Yann has shown great skill, strength and resolve in a difficult, pressurised position since joining us. The presentation will be made at our next home game. At this stage, that appears to be Saturday, October 8th v Derry City. That of course could change. Well done Yann.
Congratulations and best wishes to long time Supporters’ Club member, Ryan Connolly on his recent graduation. And as of that wasn’t enough, Ryan also celebrated his 21st recently. Although based in Dublin, Ryan seldom misses a game no matter where in the country it is. Hopefully we’ll put a few points on the board before the end of the season as a fitting birthday present, Ryan. Congrats from us all.
ROAD SIGN DEBACLE
The few readers of these notes will know well that ours were the first road signs to be confiscated by the council. Despite meetings with the removal company, there was to be no compromise. The LTFC signs were taken and wouldn’t be making a comeback any day soon. Then Mayo reach the All Ireland final and before you could say C’mon Mayo, the place is covered with signs. The removal company went to work on these signs also but that was far from being the end of the sorry saga. Our elected representatives took to social media and the airwaves and eventually the story was front page news on the Longford Leader. Amazingly the council changed their minds. But they changed their minds because of Mayo not us long suffering locals. Longford sporting clubs and local charities are banned but Mayo GAA is grand. The mind boggles.
Huge congrats to the Longford Ladies on their magnificent All Ireland victory against Antrim on Sunday last. It’s one thing to win the title but the manner in which they stormed back from being behind was inspirational. Well done girls.