Longford Town's good and busy run continued at the City Calling Stadium on Friday night last when bagging six goals against Shamrock Rovers B. Every other game to date this season had the barest of margins, so this goal fest was a real treat for the loyal fans. When the teams first met, in Tallaght it was the lowly Hoops who stole all three points, so the return result was as sweet as sugar. It might have helped our cause that our former player and their current star Daniel Purdy had to go off with what looked like a broken collar bone.
Three goals in each half from Sully (16), Gary Shaw (41) and Lorcan Shannon on 44 while in the second half Sully found the net again on 46 with Mark Salmon scoring from the spot on 74 (which Don Cowan wanted to take) but Don bagged his own on 85. Each goal was well taken but Don Cowan's effort in added time brought the loudest and most sustained applause even though he didn't score number 7. But my goodness, what an effort after cutting in and firing an absolute rocket which smashed off the upright. It certainly made for a wonderful start to the busy bank holiday week end. What added to that positive feeling was hearing that Shels dropped three points. As Paddy Donnelly might say “we're back on track lads”. Nice too to see former Hoops staffer but loyal Town fan Shane Connolly don his Town jersey again.If we can get something out of the game in Cobh ( thse notes are written before that game ), then our hectic schedule of games will have been very fruitful.
BUS TO ATHLONE
With interest sky high in our Cup game against Athlone, you'd want to book your place on the bus as soon as possible. Give Kieran a shout on 083 167 0304. While Athlone may be propping up the bottom of the Premier table, their form of late has radically improved. But as we all know, games between these two Towns are never for the faint hearted. One thing's for sure, if it's entertainment and passion you're looking for, it's certainly worth making the short trip down the road on Friday night.
U -19 TRIALS
If you're lucky enough to be under 19 years of age and think you've a soccer talent you'd like to showcase, well now is your chance. Longford Town FC will be holding open trials at the Mall on Sunday 29th June at 11.45 am, Wed July 2nd at 6.15 and Saturday July 5th at 11.45. For further information contact Mark on 087 413 7932.
CAR BOOT SALE
Once again a huge thank you to everyone who supported our latest Car Boot Sale, on the June bank holiday Monday. While these popular events are very important for raising much needed funds for the club, they also raise a considerable amount of money for a wide range of charities, both local and national. And then both buyers and sellers continue to do well with some incredible bargains being obtained on each bank holiday Monday. A big thanks to the dedicated team of volunteers who make the whole thing tick and especially this last one, with so many down in Cobh supporting De Town on the pitch. It's a long way off yet but just a gentle reminder that our next one will be on the August bank holiday.
WORLD CUP SWEEPSTAKES
Fair play to the lads in Section O for their successful FIFA World Cup Sweepstakes fundraising effort with the Supporters' Club. Kevin Carberry and Paddy Mc Garry put in Trojan work and not a whiff of team rigging or suspect payments being made. This is World Cup fare at its fairest. All the names of the teams and those who drew them are available on the club website and make for some fascinating matches.
FLOODY GREAT MEN
The nine men of De Town put up a magnificient display against the eleven of Premier side Bohemians before eventually going down 0-2. Maybe they were inspired by the volunteers , who before the delayed kick off, worked their (wet) socks off in getting the pitch dried out. Earlier there had been a torrential cloud burst over the City Calling Stadium but somehow they managed to clear the lake that had suddenly appeared to cover the playing surface. On the same night, with a similar problem, the professional ground staff at Tallaght Stadium failed to make their surface playable. So once again, well done to our hard working and industrious ground staff. Hopefully the powers that be in the FAI will soon sit up and take notice and start awarding us some high profile under age international games....'cos we're worth it.
MAY PLAYER OF THE MONTH
You have until this Wednesday to nominate your player for the month for May. All you have to do is text 087 9896269 with your nomination along with your own name. The winner will receive his trophy at our next home game.
At half time in the Clubhouse during the Rovers' game, while a member behind the counter was filling a jug with milk from the plastic carton, a recent convert to De Town quipped “ it's hard to get used to high standards and low prices.”