MATCH PREVIEW BY TONY GHEE
Longford Town will hope to bounce back from last week's first league defeat of the season against new league leaders Cabinteely FC, when they travel to Eamon Deacy Park to face Galway United.
Due to the postponement of their scheduled clash in March, this will be the first meeting of the sides this season, and Longford Town FC will be hoping to continue the Tribesmen's dreadful home league record which has seen Galway win just one of their six home matches, losing the other five.
Indeed, Galway's only home triumph was a two-nil win over Wexford FC last time out as goals from Conor Barry and Maurice Nugent sealed all three points for Galway. However, all five home losses to Shelbourne, Bray, Drogheda, Limerick and Cobh were by just a one goal margin, which suggests that Longford Town are in for a highly competitive encounter.
While Galway are struggling in ninth place with just three victories and nine points from their opening ten fixtures, Longford Town are flying high in second place just two points off top spot with a game in hand.
The Town are unbeaten on the road with three wins and three draws in their six away matches, and having only conceded three goals in eleven matches, the Midlanders will be quietly confident of keeping a ninth league clean sheet and snatching a narrow victory in their bid to regain top spot.
Neale Fenn's charges will have to keep a careful watch on dangerous striker Vinny Faherty, and midfielders Conor Barry and Colin Kelly who can also cause problems for opposition defences.
Action from last week's 1-0 loss against Cabinteely. Picture by Tiernan Dolan
While Longford Town have no injury concerns, they will be missing Jamie Hollywood and Joe Manley who are both exam tied.
Kick-off at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night is at 7.45pm. There will be live updates on the match on the Longford Town Twitter account, while on Shannonside-Northern Sound on Saturday, there will be the staple after match interviews and post match discussion with Dave Hooper and guests.