There was no joy to be had after our long, tortuous journey to Waterford. Beaten by a single second half goal, far from home in front of about happy 600 locals was bad enough . But to have slipped to third place and be leapfrogged by those same ecstatic Blues fans was worse still.That single goal defeat means that if things remain as they are, we play Waterford away in the second leg of the playoffs....should we make the play offs. In short, the whole trip was a painful reality check and those painful reality checks seem to be arriving in convoys recently. Indeed, but for the continued heroics of Chris Bennion in goals, we could have been beaten by more.
FINN HARPS AT HOME
On Saturday night next we entertain Finn Harps at home, kick off as usual is 7.30. But hopefully we won't be really entertaining them but beating them to help restore the bruised pride and confidence. Harps have been a prickly thorn in our sides for many seasons now and none more so than this season. When we were flying high earlier on, we just couldn't defeat them no matter where we played the Donegal side. Back then, Harps looked like real promotion hopefuls but their star too has faded. However they're enjoying a wonderful Cup run which will have boosted both their confidence and wallet considerably. But hopefully Tony Cousins' men will get back to winning ways on Saturday night. With Mervue biting at our heels, a win is absolutely essential if we're to make sure of the final place for the promotion play offs. Who'd have thought you'd be reading those depressing lines when we led the league by an Irish mile ?
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / AUGUST
The town of Longford is swirling with the various colours of school uniforms which for the wearers means a return to the classroom. For us, it simply means that we have to nominate our Player of the Month for August as the entire season begins its wind down. Despite some disappointing results, there have been some outstanding displays by many players. Text your nomination along with your own name to 087 9896269 by Wednesday evening. If all goes to plan we'll be able to have the presentation before the game on Saturday night against Finn Harps.
SUPPORTERS' CLUB DRAW
If you haven't bought your ticket(s) for our draw, you still have some time. The prizes are really something special and your chances of winning are significantly higher than with the national Lottery. For a mere two euro you can be jetting off to the sun or ski slopes with the first prize of a thousand euro Kanes travel voucher. Second prize is a five hundred euro Kanes travel voucher an dthen there's a host of other prizes too. You can buy a book of six tickets for just ten euro or one ticket for two euro. Tickets will be available in the Clubhouse this Saturday night or from any committee member.
If this note scribbler was paid by the volume of words, it'd be a hungry week ahead. But in a week short on news, we wish Johnny Nevin well as he heads to warmer climes to top up his summer tan. We also say hello to Section O's patron saint, Marty Stapleton who will now be able to attend more games on a regular basis due to a change in his work roster. It just wasn't the same without you Marty and maybe your enforced absence was the cause of the team's slump in recent form.