Match Preview

Longford Town v Wexford Match Preview

Sat Oct 7th 2017

Preview by Andrew Dempsey

It is the final home game of the SSE Airtricity League First Division 2017 as Longford Town host Wexford FC at the City Calling Stadium. Kick-off at the Strokestown Road venue is at the different time of 7.45pm.

With not a lot riding on the game for Longford Town, apart from a potential 5th place finish, Wexford can confirm a 7th place finish by avoiding defeat in the Midlands which would leave Longford Town’s Midlands rivals ending the season bottom.

Speaking ahead of the game with LTFC.ie, defender Tristan Noack-Hofmann has said that he is hoping to finish the season off on a positive note.

“It’s the last game of the season and we’ll want to finish on a high in front of a home crowd and get one last win under our belts before the end of the season. It’s going to be a good occasion for the people around. Hopefully we get a win and see what happens then. It’ll be good to end the season off on a positive note and then we will see what happens next year.”

Recent clashes have gone in De Town’s favour as we are currently unbeaten over Wexford FC so far this season. Last time at the City Calling Stadium, Town were comprehensive 5-0 winners over Damian Locke’s men with a brace from midfielder Dean Zambra being one of the many highlights.

Last time out, Town were edged out by Waterford FC 1-0 at the RSC through a late 81st minute winner from Davy McDaid. The game was played a week after Waterford’s confirmation as First Division Champions.

Wexford will be without Ross Kenny who is missing through a suspension.

On the other hand, there are no players on the suspension list for Longford Town.

After the game, be sure to get down to the Longford Arms Hotel for the Supporters Club End of Season Awards where the Player of the Season will be announced.

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.



Cabinteely v Longford Town Preview

Thu Aug 31st 2017

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.

 

Bangor Celtic v Longford Town Match Preview

Fri Aug 25th 2017

Preview by Andrew Dempsey

A decent following is hoped to descend on the capital for Friday nights Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Second Round clash between Longford Town and Bangor Celtic at the Iveagh Grounds.

Longford Town come into this crucial cup clash on the back of two fantastic victories in the previous two games which included a cup win over Premier Division Sligo Rovers and a 7-0 hammering of midlands rivals Athlone Town.

You can see match highlights from the Sligo game on the LTFC You Tube channel here. As for Bangor Celtic, they are a Leinster Senior League outfit who are plying their trade in Junior football. Having disposed of fellow non-league side Everton from the Munster Senior League 3-2 after going 2-0 down during the game they will certainly relish a challenge from such a well known and respected LOI club given our history in the competition.

Neale Fenn will be looking to build on the fantastic cup win over Sligo Rovers at the City Calling Stadium and hopefully guide De Town into the Quarter- Finals of the FAI Cup for the first time since the cup run of 2014 which saw “The Red and Black” reach the semis. Tickets are available at the gate of the Iveagh Grounds if you are planning on heading to the game.

Admission is €10 while kids can go to the game for free. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

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