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LTFC Underage News (22/04/2018)

Sun Apr 22nd 2018

WEEKEND RESULTS

U19 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Sunday April 22nd
Longford Town 1-2 Finn Harps

Kamil Schlass with the Town goal. Harps scored the winner in the 85th minute to go top of the league.

U17 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Saturday April 21st
Finn Harps 4-1 Longford Town

David Dalton with Longford Town’s goal.

U15 SSE Airtricity League Group 2

Saturday April 21st
Longford Town 0-1 Athlone Town

A very similar story to last week for the lads only this time Longford Towns U15’s came one closer than at Cabinteely last week, in what was a very competitive and evenly matched Midlands Derby.

In front of a large crowd in Longford’s first home game of the season both sides were very evenly matched for the opening half with one stand out chance falling to either side. Unfortunately for Longford their chance from a Nick Palmer strike went just wide after a fantastic break away took place thanks to some great play from Josh Geogheann, Ben Grey and Sam Hayden.
The shot went just wide of Athlone’s post though, and only 5 minutes later Athlone’s first clear chance of the game would be dispatched ruthlessly seeing Athlone lead at the break 1 nil.

The second half remained as even as the first, but similar to the first half, chances were few and far between and only for a few threatening set pieces for either side, the half petered out and the game finished 1-0 to Athlone.

Again a lot of encouraging signs for Longford’s U15’s as they matched the performance of yet another good team.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

U19 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Sunday 29th April
Athlone Town v Longford Town
Athlone Town Stadium / Kick-off: 14.00

U17 SSE Airtricity League Northern Elite Division

Sunday 29th April
Longford Town v Athlone Town
City Calling Stadium / Kick-off: 13.00

U15 SSE Airtricity League Group 2

Saturday 28th April
Mayo League v Longford Town
Venue TBC / Kick-off: 14.00

Supporters’ Club Notes (22/04/2018)

Sun Apr 22nd 2018

HARSH LESSON

Most supporters filing into the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night last were full of optimism. We had played brilliantly away to Drogheda and were denied three points with the last kick of the game. Surely, we’d kick on and bag those three points against UCD.

As an expectant crowd sat back on a balmy spring evening, things just didn’t turn out as anticipated. The Students were surprisingly more physical and bossed the game throughout. As usual we played some lovely football but lacked that cutting edge in the final third of the pitch. With the game progressing into the second half, it looked like we were heading for a dour scoreless draw. Few would have predicted two quick goals from UCD which saw many disappointed supporters heading early for the car park. A few complained about the referring but in truth, we never worked their keeper and but for a few excellent saves from our own net minder, it could have been worse.

Of course we headed home disappointed but on the night, UCD deserved their win and were judged by some as being the best side we’ve faced so far this season. What’s really important though is that we learn from our defeat to the Students as we face into the second quarter of the season. At the least the car load of UCD supporters went home happy.

For pictures and videos of the game, click on to http://ltfc.ie/21-04-18-longford-town-v-ucd/ on our Media page. 

FINN HARPS AT HOME

Donegal’s pride and joy, Finn Harps are our welcome visitors on Saturday night next with a 7.30pm kick off. We should have played them up in Finn Park earlier in the season but the weather put paid to that plan. So this is our first clash of the season and clash could be the main word. Meetings between the two sides are seldom genteel so, hopefully we’re have a good referee in charge of proceedings. It’s already the final match of April and the final one of the first quarter. So far, we’ve done quite well though losing valuable points in the dying minutes of a few games. We don’t need Dermot Bannon to tell us that there’s room to improve as we head into May. A three point haul on Saturday night would be the perfect ending to April. See you out there.

RISE IN ATTENDANCES

The season is only starting properly but so far it’s very encouraging to report a rise in attendances. So far this 2018 season, crowds attending the City Calling Stadium are up by 40%. Last Saturday night was our first defeat at home and hopefully our last too. As well as our excellent stadium facilities, Avril Gilchriest makes sure that we have regular underage teams for the half time entertainment. These teams, their parents and mentors also play a positive role in promoting De Town’s progress.

We may not be top of the league table (yet) but a right good squad has been assembled and the standard of football has increased dramatically and is being appreciated by the crowd. The half time attendance in the Clubhouse has also increased putting added pressure on our already over stretched volunteers. But success comes at a price, I suppose. Those who travelled to Drogheda the previous week were still talking of the facilities or lack thereof, in United Park. We look forward to seeing an even a larger crowd this Saturday night for De Town v Harps. There’s no need to book but do come early.

CAR BOOT SALE

The May Bank Holiday Monday Car Boot Sale is fast approaching. While a hugely important revenue event for the Club, we could do with a few extra hands to help out. We especially need a few more for the May car boot sale as a few of the senior volunteers aren’t able to attend. If you can spare an hour or two, let Liam Healion know at the Finn Harps game.

BIRTHDAY WISHES

Heartiest congratulations to the popular Aidan Bennett who celebrates a roundy birthday this Thursday. Aidan is an ever present presence at all our games as Event Controller and keeps a close and watchful eye on all proceedings. Like many of our valued volunteers he’s involved in many more aspects of the Club and seemingly is never off duty. Happy birthday Aidan, hope you’ve a great day and an even better season ahead.

MEDIA MANAGER

Our young media manager James Donnelly is currently doing great work for the club. Not alone is he producing excellent match videos but he’s also updating our Twitter and Facebook account on a regular basis. On top of that, we have a sharp looking match programme now too due to his hard work. In the last match programme, he somehow managed to find time to pen a full page article. Pity though that his score prediction was wide of the mark – but then so were all of ours. Padraig Stapleton, our talented webmaster is another media man who never seems to sleep. No one can grumble with updates happening regularly on all our social media platforms.

50/50 DRAW

Andy Dardis is currently expanding his team of sellers for the 50/50 draw. He has recently signed a few new volunteers and hopes that a few of the golden oldies might come back on board. Despite the higher attendances, Tom Cunningham would like to see a few more purchase his raffle tickets which offers the winners an almost instant cash reward.

MATCH REPORT: Longford Town 0-2 UCD

Sun Apr 22nd 2018

Match Report by Tony Ghee

 

Longford Town’s unbeaten home record came to an end last night as league leaders UCD departed the City Calling Stadium with all three points after a comfortable 2-0 victory over the hosts.

It was a very disappointing display by Longford Town that produced only one shot on target and the lifeless performance was in complete contrast to the sparkling football that the team have played the rest of the season. It was UCD that played the better football and created virtually all the chances in the contest and the visitors richly deserved the victory.

UCD should have led at half-time but a combination of brilliant goalkeeping from Mick Kelly and some poor finishing by the students resulted in a goalless first half.

In the fifth minute, UCD striker Georgie Kelly beat the Town offside trap and raced into the Longford box from the left, however, his shot from a tight angle was well saved by Town keeper Mick Kelly.

On nineteen minutes, the towering Georgie Kelly headed over an O’Neill free-kick and then on thirty-four minutes, the big UCD striker was denied again as his twenty-five yard piledriver was brilliantly saved by Town stopper Mick Kelly.

Jason McClelland should have found the Longford net on thirty-nine minutes but his shot on the turn from just twelve yards out went wide.

Three minutes before the interval, a slick UCD move carved open the Town rearguard. A quick exchange of passes between Coffey and Georgie Kelly put in Daire O’Connor clean through on goal with just Town keeper Mick Kelly to beat, but the Collingwood Cup Player Of The Season failed to hit the target as Kelly produced a magnificent save.

UCD deservedly took the lead just after the hour mark when man-of-the-match Georgie Kelly won possession and slotted home from close range after a clever one-two with O’Neill.

The Town goal survived another scare four minutes later when a Kelly shot on the turn, on the edge of the Town box, sailed narrowly over the Town bar.

Longford’s only shot on target eventually arrived in the sixty-ninth minute when striker Dean Byrne skipped by his marker only to direct his curling effort straight at UCD keeper Kearns.

UCD wrapped up victory on seventy-seven minutes with Georgie Kelly’s second goal of the contest.
A quick break by the visitors resulted in McClelland rampaging down the left, he cut inside along the end-line and cleverly played a low ball into the path of the unmarked Kelly, and he rifled a scorching nine-yard shot to the roof of the Longford net.

Substitute Paul Doyle almost made it three for the visitors on eighty-one minutes, but his rising fifteen yard strike was superbly tipped over by Town keeper Mick Kelly.

Next up for Longford is another home game next Saturday night when Finn Harps come to the City Calling Stadium with the game kicking-off at the usual 7-30pm time.

LINE-UPS

Longford Town: Kelly, O’Connor, McDonnell, O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Chambers, Dervin, Zambra, Galvin, Byrne, Mulhall.
Substitutes: McGlade for O’Connor (65 minutes), Meenan for Galvin (78 minutes), Verdon for Zambra (78 minutes).

UCD: Kearns,Tobin, Kouogun, Collins, Scales, Coffey, O’Neill, Sloggett, McClelland, O’Connor, Kelly.
Substitutes: Doyle for O’Connor (78 minutes), Mahdy for Coffey (82 minutes), Hanrahan for Kelly (89 minutes).

Match pictures by Tiernan Dolan



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Longford Town Squad List

No. Player Position
1 Jack Brady Goalkeeper
2 Shane Elworthy Defender
3 Alan Kehoe Defender
4 Tristan Noack-Hofmann Defender
5 Daniel O’Reilly Defender
6 Dean Zambra Midfielder
7 Peter Hopkins Forward
8 Shane O’Connor Midfielder
9 Chris Mulhall Forward
10 Sam Verdon Midfielder
11 Evan Galvin Forward
12 Adam O’Connor Defender
14 Michael McDonnell Midfielder
15 Cian Byrne Midfielder
16 Aodh Dervin Midfielder
17 Jamie Hollywood Midfielder
18 Michael Kelly Goalkeeper
19 Karl Chambers Midfielder
20 Dean Byrne Forward
21 Darren Meenan Forward
22 Ryan Jackson Midfielder
23 Dylan McGlade Midfielder
24 Daniel Ridge Midfielder
25 Uri Keller Goalkeeper