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Best wishes to Dylan McGlade

Sun Jun 25th 2017

Best wishes to Dylan McGlade who is leaving the club to move abroad. Everybody at Longford Town F.C. thanks him for his hard work this season and wish him the best of luck in his next adventure.

Supporters’ Club Notes (25/06/17)

Sun Jun 25th 2017

ONE MORE POINT

When it looked like Athlone fans would go happy after finally defeating Longford Town this season, up popped Enda Curran to rattle the back of the hosts net and break some local hearts. It ended 2-2 but with just minutes remaining, it appeared that Roddy’s team would have bragging rights, if only for a night. The hosts went one up early on but like last week’s game against Cobh, we equalised just before half time. This time it was Jake Kelly who provided the vital goal. It was his second strike in as many games, having scored a late, late winner against Cobh. Athlone managed to go ahead again on the hour mark and indeed but for the woodwork six minutes later could have closed out the game. But with only minutes remaining, Enda Curran secured a point with his late,late goal. It was perfect timing and extends our unbeaten run which surely must boost squad confidence as well.

CABINTEELY ON SATURDAY NIGHT

This Saturday night we welcome back Cabinteely to the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off.

As we know to our expense, they’re a very handy, well drilled side. However, in what was one of two big shocks last week end (UCD beating Waterford being the other), bottom side Wexford took all three points from them thanks to a 1-0 win. While Cabo will be anxious to get back to winning ways, they’re up against a Town team which is on a bit of a good run, so confidence should be reasonably high. We’ve been knocking in a fair few goals from different quarters of late and hopefully we’ll score enough to bag the three points on offer. It’d be a perfect start to July.

KARL CHAMBERS: JUNE WINNER

Congratulations to Karl Chambers who is the winner of the June Player of the Month award. We’ve just presented the May award at our last home game so this one has come round very quickly. The presentation will be made by Mary Canning before the game but that is if she can get time off from serving in the Club shop!

CHECK US OUT

Just in case you haven’t realised it, the Supporters’ Club now has its own Facebook page. We try to update it as often as possible with as much variety as is available to us. On Saturday night last night, we posted a very interesting video on Republic of Ireland U20 team which won bronze at the U20 World Cup in Malaysia 20 years this month. Brian Kerr says that it was probably the most successful Irish team ever. It was during this tournament that the first ever Golden Goal was scored ( by Damian Duff) but Longford Town all time legend Alan Kirby had a huge part to play in the goal, the move having started by him in the middle of the park. It’s well worth watching. It’s also amazing that the FAI aren’t officially recognising the 20th anniversary.

RIGHT UP TO DATE

The dynamic Donnelly family duo have ensured that fans who can’t attend home games are kept right up to date with happenings on (and sometimes off) the pitch,as the game unfolds, through the LTFC Twitter and Facebook updates. They regularly have photographic updates as well. Even some away games are regularly updated which is greatly appreciated by supporters, especially though in far flung places around the globe. Even those working hard on their tans in sunnier climes are known to check in at regular intervals. Many Premier Clubs aren’t as nimble in the social media field and great credit is due to Paddy and James Donnelly. Click.

CAR BOOT SALE

Now that we’re leaving June behind, the count down to our next Car Boot Sale has started in earnest. But with some senior squad members unavailable for the August event, please don’t be shy about volunteering.

MATCH PREVIEW: El Clasico – Athlone Town v Longford Town

Wed Jun 21st 2017

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Athlone Town v Longford Town
Athlone Town Stadium
Friday 23rd June 2017 – Kick-off: 7:45pm

Longford Town travel to neighbours and arch enemy Athlone Town on Friday night for the 3rd “El Clasico” of this years league and 4th in all competitions.

The first midlands derby took place on March 10th, earlier this year. A hat-trick from super striker David O’Sullivan was enough to see off any potential threat from Athlone who had opened their league campaign with a decent win over Waterford, followed by a win over Wexford. The second game was the first round of the EA Sports Cup which saw a 7 goal thriller played out in front of a small Athlone crowd. Davy O’Sullivan once again showing why he’s Longfords record goal scorer, providing anoter hat-trick. Rescuing Longford after going 2-0 down to Athlone in the first half, O’Sullivan equalized after Athlone got their 3rd in the 69th minute and Cody Mulhall got the winner in a 4-3 victory for Longford. The third meeting between the two clubs ended 3-1 to Longord. Davy O’Sullivan went off injured early in the first half so hopes of a hat-trick of hat-tricks were forgotten about. Enda Curran who replaced O’Sullivan had other ideas. 2 goals in the first half and a 3rd in the 90th minute saw the Galway man get his first hat-trick for Longford. Final score of that game at City Calling Stadium was 3-1 Longford.

Things will be a little different for both clubs when they meet on Friday night. Both clubs have said goodbye to their previous managers, Athlone parting ways with Ricardo Monsanto and Longford parting ways with Alan Mathews. Roddy Collins is back at the helm at Athlone while Longford are currently searching for a new man to lead the club. Gary Cronin is caretaker boss and oversaw a great 2-1 over Cobh last week. Jake Kelly scored the winner in injury time from a free kick. No doubt, that would have been a great confidence booster going into Fridays game. Longford will be without talisman David O’Sullivan as he is still working his way back from injury as is Mark Langtry. Enda Curran and Don Cowan both featured last week and will be hoping to see more action on Friday. Cody Mulhall is also back in the squad after injury and centre back Daniel O’Reilly returns from suspension.

Athlone Town come into Fridays game not having won a game since the 5th May. A 6-1 hammering at home v Waterford before the break was followed by a 2-2 draw v Wexford  away last week. With Roddy still seeking his first win back in charge, Longford can take nothing for granted, especially in “El Clasico” where anything can happen.

Team News:

Longford Town: Daniel O’Reilly returns from suspension. Injured: David O’Sullivan, Mark Langtry.

Athlone Town: Not Available.

Supporters’ Club Notes (19/06/17)

Mon Jun 19th 2017

DRAMATIC WIN FOR DE TOWN

Saturday night’s game against Cobh Ramblers was a perfect example of summer soccer. The weather and the pitch were superb which in turn led to a very entertaining night’s game. The only thing missing was an ice cream van. If this weather continues, it’s something we’ll have to consider.

Cobh came to the City Calling Stadium with high expectations of plundering all three points. To keep in touch with Waterford, the three points were precious. They already have put us to the sword so their handful of travelling supporters were expecting more of the same. With both Enda Curran and Don Cowan on the bench and Davy O Sullivan still on the injured list, many wondered where the goals (if any) would come from.

Former Town net minder Paul Hunt denied us going ahead early on as we applied plenty of pressure. However, in added time a fabulous looping header by Karl Chambers had Hunty stranded in no man’s land. The Cobh keeper could only glance over his shoulder as the ball rested in the bottom of this net with Chambers already celebrating his dramatic opener.

That goal stung the visitors who seemed to be verging on frustration while their tempers flared. With only minutes remaining, Cobh found the back of our net with the ball coming off the cross bar. Some disputed whether it had crossed the line at all but it’ll be a while before we have the technology to verify it.

The well organised visiting side threw everything at us to get what would have been an undeserved winner and nerves were fraught. But once again we struck and once again it was in added time when Jake Kelly sent the home support into ecstasy with a stunning and dramatic winning goal.

It was an other valuable win which saw us leap frog Shels after they had beaten UCD the previous night. What it all means is the two teams chasing Waterford dropped points but for us it was welcome three points and more importantly, it was a good solid performance against a team second from top.

ATHLONE UP NEXT (AGAIN)

The two Towns face one another yet again this season. The players must be sick of one another at this stage as they face each other on Friday night. While we may have the upper hand this far, that will count for nothing this time round. They had a credible draw down in Wexford at the week end and will hope to improve at home against us. We’re just a point behind Cabinteely who play Wexford at home on Friday night. A good Longford Town crowd will make the short trip to the other town and hopefully it’ll be a sweet return trip.

TRISTAN’S TROPHY

Heartiest congratulations to Tristan Noack-Hofmann who was presented with his player of the month trophy for May, last Saturday night. Long time loyal Supporters’ Club member Tony Gilleran made the presentation to a delighted Tristan. The next presentation will be made by Mary Canning whose name was drawn by Avril Gilchrist, our hard working boss.

CAR BOOT SALE

No, we don’t have a public holiday coming up shortly so we don’t have car boot sale until August. However, we will need some extra staff for August as some of the reliables will be on well deserved holidays. No matter where we are in the league table, it still takes a lot of money and voluntary effort to keep the ship afloat. Andy & friends are doing fantastic work on the Lotto and the car boot sale team are also putting the Trojans to shame. It has emerged that we now have to pay the local radio station to announce the details of the car boot sales something, alas, we can’t afford to do in the future. So just keep it in mind that on any public holiday (or Bank Holiday as we used to call them,) we have our Car Boot Sale, a vital cog in raising vital funds.

PITCH PRAISE

Once again on Saturday night last, the playing surface was simply perfect. There are many clubs currently in the top flight whose playing surfaces leave a lot to be desired and have come in for continuous criticism. So with that in mind, it was pleasing to hear Cobh’s manager Stephen Henderson heap praise on our green carpet. Stephen Henderson is well known for his views on the domestic set up, so whe he praises something, it’s truly merited. Seamus Murray, take a bow.


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