Player Interview

Interview with Longford Town’s Dan Beya

Wed Sep 6th 2017

Interview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town youngster Dan Beya has a passion and dedication for soccer that has seen him progress from playing for Camlin United in the Longford and District Schoolboys/Schoolgirls League to the Longford Town FC setup. After playing for the club’s Under 17 and Under 19 sides, Dan is now part of the first team squad and has featured in several matchday squads this season gaining some valuable first team playing time, the most recent being against Athlone Town. At a training session this week, Dan spoke to Tony Ghee.

Player Interview: Daniel O’Reilly

Thu Aug 31st 2017

ANDREW DEMPSEY got talking on the phone with Longford Town defender DANIEL O’REILLY ahead of the First Division clash versus Cabinteely on Friday night (kick-off is 7.45pm).

Also being discussed was Daniel’s experience in non-league football in England, his favourite moment while playing for De Town, last weeks cup game in the Iveagh Grounds and playing under Neale Fenn.

Being at the club for two stints now, for half of the 2016 season and this year, what has your favourite moment at the club to date?

“Probably scoring the winner last time against Cabinteely to be fair. Yeah, obviously beating Sligo in the cup stands out. I wouldn’t say a lot from last year due to the fact that it was such a negative season for us. Probably, yeah scoring the winner against Cabinteely (is my favourite).”

Obviously having spent some time in England with Fulham and Hereford United most notably, did the experience help you develop as a footballer especially in the non leagues?

“I think it did help me develop, firstly I got Hereford and most recently last year I got Eastbourne. I think Eastbourne was probably a better one (experience) because the Hereford situation was a bit messy. My first time at Eastbourne was good to get experience on a first team level because I was only 19 at the time. The second time at Eastbourne, it was good to get experience in the lower leagues. There’s some good players in that (non-league), it’s very physical and probably more physical than the League of Ireland so coming back to the League of Ireland I kind of took that into my game to be more of a leader as in physical presence and dominating strikers.”

Going back to last weeks game away to Bangor Celtic, how difficult was it to progress in the end?

“I think we made it a bit more difficult for ourselves at times. We could have scored a couple in the first half and it would have been a different game. They (Bangor) gave a good account of themselves, like they’re a good side but obviously we got the win and the clean sheet is important as well.”

On the back of three straight wins on the bounce, with wins over Sligo, Athlone and Bangor, what is confidence like among the camp?

“Yeah its good and obviously we want to push for the last few games. We’ve got four league games left and we obviously want to go as far as we can in the cup even though we got a very tough draw. Yeah its really good, we know a lot about the opposition players and are feeling good. We just want to finish the season strong now and get up as far as we can in the table.”

As you just mentioned there, the aim is to finish as high as possible and end the season strong. Would that be a fair assessment to make?                 

“Yeah, realistically we can get third. We still have to play Cabinteely and UCD and were 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.”

Obviously you grabbed the winner last time out against Cabinteely at the City Calling Stadium, which happened to be Neale Fenn’s first game in charge at the club. How have you found playing under the new boss?

“I love playing under him. He’s a very good man manager as in speaking to his players and the way he has us playing football suits us. We have a lot of good technical players and from the start of the season we weren’t really playing to our strengths. I don’t know we knew how to play to each other’s strengths I suppose and Neale has obviously got us playing good football playing out from the back. Obviously it’s going to be risky but a lot of the lads love it because it’s working well with making chances. He understands that we want to do well but we haven’t done as well as well so he’s getting us working on things. He’s a very good coach and I’m very happy playing under him yeah.”

Last but certainly not least, what kind of a challenge are you expecting from Cabinteely on Friday night?

“Yeah, I think they’ll be a very good side. 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.”


Mon Aug 21st 2017

Andrew Dempsey got talking with last week’s hat trick hero in the Midlands “El Clasico” and club legend Davy O’Sullivan ahead of this week’s FAI Cup Second Round cup game away to Bangor Celtic.

With yourself being Longford Town’s record goalscorer and being with the club since 2013 being through both the highs and lows together, how does all the adulation from the fans feel like to have?

“It’s always nice to get any sort of praise, and since I arrived at the club the fans have been full of it for me, through both the highs and the lows so it’s been great! I am always chuffed with the amount of adulation received from the fans, it keeps me going! I make sure not to get to carried away with it though as I know there will always be low points in this game”

Obviously you struggled with injury for a while this year, how difficult was it to get over your injury struggles?

“It’s been a very tough season for me, It was a very complex injury and the longest time I’ve been sidelined since joining Longford. The toughest part of being injured is watching both the training and matches, knowing you can’t be involved, knowing you can’t make any impact on the team’s performances. Its lonely at times as you are doing a lot of training/rehab in the gym on your own while the team are training. I’ve worked very hard and the staff at the club have been brilliant ensuring that I could return before the end of the season. I’m delighted to be back training properly and back on the pitch, long may it last!”

What’s the mood been like in the camp on the back of two fantastic wins?

“The mood in the camp has been great since Neale came in. He has us playing a completely different style of football and the atmosphere around the squad has improved because of it. The 2 wins in the last 2 weeks have been brilliant and are hopefully the start of a good run. With the league pretty much sown up by Waterford it was important for us to beat Sligo and keep our season going, so that was brilliant. It was also important to get the win on Saturday against Athlone to lead us into the cup game this weekend. All in all the mood in the camp is very good at the moment”

Before the Sligo win could you have foreseen a performance similar to that in the games prior to it?

“Before the Sligo game, I knew we were due a big result or two. We have a squad of players that are capable of playing some very good football and I think we showed that in the Sligo game. Our league form hasn’t been good enough, we as players have to take responsibility for that and in turn we’ve disappointed a lot of fans so it was important to get that win and give them something to cheer about while also keeping the clubs season alive!”

With the FAI Cup in full swing at the moment, do you have any special personal memories from playing in the cup?

“The FAI Cup is great, I love being involved in it so I was delighted when I found out I would be fit just in time for the Sligo game. There are always upsets and the draw can be nice to you as well so we always go out with that mentality, I think that showed in the team’s performance against Sligo, every single player gave their all for that game! The run we had in it two years ago when we got to the semi final will always be special, but my debut in the competition is probably the most special memory, where I managed to score a hat trick against Pike Rovers in a 4-0 win”

What are your thoughts ahead of the game away to Bangor Celtic?

“The game on Friday is going to be very tricky, I have played Bangor Celtic before during my time with Wicklow Rovers. The pitch is very big and we don’t know much about them. They have nothing to lose with all the pressure being on us. I am looking forward to it and I’m sure we will bring a decent crowd to cheer us on. We know it’s not going to be an easy game by any means and will prepare well this week in training”

Have you got any goals that you would like to achieve between now and the end of the season, both personally and collectively?

“Collectively, while I know there’s only a handful of games left we’d like to go the rest of the season unbeaten in the league and go on a good cup run. We also want to show the fans what we are capable of as a squad and that we are better than what we have showed at times this season. Personally, my main goal since getting injured was to work hard and get back on the pitch. Now that I have achieved that I’d like to cement my place in the starting eleven and score as many goals as I can between now and the end of the season.”

U17 Interviews | Thomas Ivel and Dragos Mamaliga

Thu Jul 27th 2017

We’ve two great interviews with two of our Longford Town U17 squad. Left-full back and midfielder Thomas Ivel who hails from Killoe, was in conversation with Tony Ghee, and midfielder Dragos Mamaliga who lives in Lucan and who has been called up to the Moldovan Under 17 National team.

Thomas Ivel interview

Dragos Mamaliga interview

FAI Cup Quarter Final

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