Fri Apr 26th 2013
Longford Town FC will look to make it three home wins out of four this season when the league leaders entertain bottom side, Salthill Devon at City Calling Stadium this coming Saturday night. With a trip to Waterford on the cards next time around for “De Town” a home win is crucial as series 2 of the Airtricity League First Division gets underway. Match preview by Kieran Burke (@burko77_)
The current league leaders will be looking to follow up on last weekend’s late derby victory at home to Athlone with three points against bottom side Salthill Devon as series two of the Airtricity League First Division kicks into gear.
Tony Cousin’s side met Salthill Devon on the opening night of the 2013 season and ran out 5-0 winners at the Drom with David O’Sullivan bagging a hat-trick on his debut after Daniel Purdy had opened the scoring early on from a free-kick while seventeen-year-old Josh O’Hanlon also notched his first goal for the club on his League of Ireland debut.
Despite that thumping victory over Saturday’s opponents, Tony Cousins and his coaching staff will be expecting a totally different game at City Calling Stadium this time round as Devon were missing four first team regulars through suspension for the March encounter.
Going into this one, Salthill Devon boss, Tony Mannion will only have to plan without one of his troops through suspension with Jakub Tomanica missing out with the rest of his side gaining praise for their upturn in performances since that 5-0 hammering on the opening weekend.
Despite sitting bottom of the table, Mannion’s side have picked up impressive draws against Athlone Town and Cobh Ramblers back to back while in recent weeks his side have narrowly lost out to Waterford United and Finn Harps by just the single goal. The fact that all of the aforementioned sides are being talked about as promotion candidates shows the fight and resilience this youthful Salthill side posses and that will make for a tough challenge for Longford Town this coming weekend.
Last weekend’s late triumph for Longford Town in the midlands derby is sure to have the entire squad on a high going into the second series of games and a number of “De Town” players have commented that they fancy their chances against anyone this season and with David O’Sullivan lining up against the leakiest defence in the League of Ireland statically, you would have to fancy the First Division’s top goalscorer to create plenty of opportunities in this next league game.
However, as we all know the beautiful game is not played out on paper or through statistics and Salthill Devon’s young squad will travel to the home of the league leaders without fear and perhaps dangerously for Longford, without out fear so it really is crucial the Longford Town faithful come out in their droves this coming
Saturday night and show the same support that helped push the Red and Black of Longford over the line last time out.
Kick-off at City Calling Stadium is 7-30pm, see you there.