Good evening ladies and gents from the other side of the ground. We’ve had a hectic 2 weeks since our last notes as after tonight we will have played 5 matches in that space of time and 6 after Monday’s game in Cobh. Those games certainly haven’t gone too badly for us. In the league, we did the business against Cobh and the Blaahs and our friends in Ballybofey did us a wee favour last week against Shels, leaving us just 8 points behind them with 2 games in hand. The win in the RSC was particularly pleasing given that it has certainly not been a happy stomping ground for us over the last few years as well as the obvious dramatic circumstances in which Etanda smashed that ball in from 30 yards! As people always say games in hand aren’t worth a thing unless you win them but with two games this weekend and Shelbourne playing Galway we have a chance to put more pressure on and keep this show on the road….MON DE TOWN!
THE MAGIC OF THE CUP
We here at Section O have admit to being slightly indifferent to Cup competitions in recent years as the league has and always will be a priority until the day we get the hell out of this division! However the cup competitions do provide us miserable souls with our fair share of entertainment at times. In our Leinster Senior Cup game in Clontarf last week a sizeable enough Longford contingent got to witness the unusual experience of seeing our team play in a cage against the mighty Sheriff YC. Two early goals flew in for the Town putting us in control as some of us were still trying to figure out which astro pitch we were meant to be watching. The inner city lads deservingly pulled a goal back and for the remainder of the game peppered our goal with chance after chance. The true magic that evening is that we somehow managed to keep them out. An unusual experience in that none of us cared too much about the game with some fans were even laughing towards the end as each opportunity passed with us still holding on to the lead. One fan even said leaving the ground that it was maybe the worst they’d seen us play while still win. Still, it provided a good run out for some of our younger lads and we are in some kind of cup final again, get the bunting out...STAND UP IF YOU'RE LONGFORD TOWN!
Next up we had da Boeez here in the CCS last Monday, this time in the League Cup. Once again this was by no means a classic but even with us ending the match with 9 men, the lads didn’t let the heads drop, ensuring we weren’t going to be embarrassed by the Premier Division and were deservingly clapped off by both sides of the ground at half time. The kick off that night was of course postponed in true League of Ireland fashion with a pitch inspection taking place 20 minutes after the game was even meant to kick off. Special mention should obviously go to the ground staff who tirelessly worked to help the pitch pass while the rest of us useless gobshites kept ourselves amused by watching the officials pass the ball around to each other. Last but not least, we’d like to give a shout out to Havo for one of the best sendings off we’ve ever seen...a truly magical cup moment...if only it had meant something in the end!
Tonight’s match will be our last home match for some time as we will now face 3 away matches before heading into the midseason break. First up, we have Cobh this bank holiday Monday and despite it being very short notice we intend to run a bus if there is enough demand over the weekend, to book your place text Kieran on 083 1670304.
After Cobh we have El Clasico next Friday in Athlone and we would imagine that this could be one of our biggest away crowds of the season! Section O will be organising a meet up in JP’s on Richmond Street before the game and the bus will more than likely leave from there! Once again if interested, text Kieran on 083 1670304!
WORLD CUP SWEEPSTAKES
Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for our World Cup Sweepstakes. Due to high demand, we are now running two draws which are due to be made at half time in tonight’s game. Just to go over again how this works, each person buys a ticket for €10, a draw will be made allocating one team to every ticket and you will then be in with a chance of winning a prize after the outcome of this summer’s World Cup. Prizes will be given out for 1st, 2nd and last place. At the time of writing there are very few tickets left but if you are interested please get in contact with Kevin Carberry or Paddy McGarry.
CHANT OF THE WEEK
Another new one this season which some of you have been caught out numerous times already making up your own words to, here they are:
“And here’s to you famous Red & Black,
Longford loves you more than you will know,
We’ll fight for you, famous Red & Black,
Section O are with you when you play,
Lalala-lalalalala-lalalalalalalala…(you get the message, this looks absolutely ridiculous typed out!)
As was mentioned in our last notes, some members of Section O are much more involved in the Official Supporter’s club this year. It is for this reason that we would like to encourage as many people as possible to join the Supporter’s club for the year and try and make it as a successful year as possible! Membership is €10 for adults and €5 for Children and envelopes can be collected from the Clubhouse or from any member of the Supporter’s club.
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