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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.



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