Match Preview

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.

MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town FC v Cobh Ramblers FC

Sat Jun 17th 2017

MATCH PREVIEW

Longford Town FC v Cobh Ramblers FC

City Calling Stadium

Saturday 17th June 2017. KO: 7:30PM

Longford Town host Cobh Ramblers tonight, fresh off a 2 week break which started after a 0-0 draw against 9 man Shelbourne. Ramblers defeated Wexford 1-0 just before the holidays and are currently sitting in 2nd in the table just behind leaders Waterford.

Cobh defeated Longford Town on both occasions so far this season, winning 3-1 at City Calling Stadium in March followed by a 2-0 win at home in April so caretaker Boss Gary Cronin and the team will be out for revenge.

A win over Cobh tonight would see Longford leapfrog Shels into 5th place on 20 points, just 1 point behind 4th place Cabinteely FC and hopefully kickstart a more successful second half of the season for the club.

Cobh Team News: Due to college and work commitments, Ross Mann left the club.

Longford Team News: Daniel O’Reilly is suspended. Davy O’Sullivan and Mark Langtry remain on the injury list. Enda Curran, Cody Mulhall and Don Cowan are all hopeful to feature.

Shelbourne v Longford Town Preview

Wed May 31st 2017

Shels come into Friday nights game on 15 points, just 1 point behind Longford Town on the First Division league table after last week’s round of fixtures. They hosted Cabinteely at Tolka and suffered a 4-1 loss, while Longford Town celebrated their biggest win of the season with a 5-0 demolition job on Wexford at City Calling Stadium.

Town played Shels on the opening day of the season last February in Tolka in what was a competitive but scoreless draw. The following clash in April at City Calling Stadium saw Longford earn a decent 3-1 win over the Dublin side with Enda Curran scoring twice in the first half and Kevin O’Connor scoring the third in the second.

Shels have doubts over Aidan Collins and and Chris Lyons while Dylan Kavanagh remains on the injured list. However, defender Derek Prendergast returns from suspension this week and may feature.

Longford are still without the services of talisman David O’Sulllivan and winger Don Cowan, while Cody Mulhall, Enda Curran and Mark Langtry all remain doubtful. A positive however as defender Noel Haverty made his return last week against Wexford, coming on as a sub in the last 10 minutes of the game.

A win over Shels would see Longford on 19 points, just 1 point behind 4th placed Cabinteely (if they lose to UCD).

No doubt, the squad and caretaker boss Gary Cronin will be confident going in to Friday nights game after last weeks result. It’s the last game before the 2 week holiday from the league and Longford Town Football Club will be hoping we can go into the break on a high, come back refreshed and get back up the table.

Town’s caretaker manager, Gary Cronin takes charge of the seniors for the trip to Tolka.


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