Preview by Andrew Dempsey
Longford Town will travel to the capital for the second time in the space of 7 days as De Town face Cabinteely at Stradbrook on Friday night (kick-off is at 7.45pm).
Town come into this clash on the back of three successive wins over Sligo, Athlone and most most recently Bangor Celtic in the FAI Cup 2nd round. On the other hand, our opponents Cabinteely come into this after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to non-league side Bluebell United last Friday night.
The game also pits 4th versus 5th in the league table as both sides are vying for supremacy within a very clustered and congested mid-table. Whoever manages to come out on top would surely have to be favourites to come out on top by the seasons end. Currently, Cabo are only the one solitary point ahead of The Red and Black.
The last encounter was a very tight encounter in which Neale Fenn's charges edged their way past Cabinteely with a late Daniel O'Reilly winner. Prior to that, the sides played out a 0-0 stalemate at Stradbrook. Both sides have one win each against one another with Cabinteely win coming at the City Calling Stadium in a 2-0 victory.
Speaking ahead of the game, Daniel O'Reilly has said that he is expecting a tough test at the Dublin venue but is still confident about the outcome.
“I think they will be better than the time we played them and beat them one-nil. I think they were a bit short on short on players then but obviously they have added a few good players through the likes of Ryan Swan and Conor Earley in midfield. Marty (Kieran Marty Waters) is doing very well up front so it will be a tough game. I think it will be quite tight but we will be going in confident so hopefully we get the win.”
In terms of team news, Longford Town will be without captain Kevin O'Connor and goalkeeper Paul Skinner who are still nursing injuries. There are no players serving a suspension for this game.
As for our opponents, they will be able to call on the services of Kevin Knight, Jack Watson and Karl Byrne after the trio missed out on the defeat to Bluebell last time out.