ANOTHER LEAP FROG
Following our comfortable 2-0win over Cabinteely on Friday night, we leapfrogged them into fourth position. A Verdon goal on 37minutes was followed by a Sully strike on 83 minutes made sure of the three points on offer and a jump up the ladder for the second week in a row. Jack Brady made a fine penalty save in the dying moments to maintain a clean sheet to send us all home (or to the Electric Picnic) in a great mood. A Cabo fan summed it up well when he noted the change of style, confidence and passion under the change of management. We've a few more games left and hopefully we can keep this excellent run going and at least end the season on a high. It all makes a welcome change from the start of the season.
CITY CALLING HOSTS CORK CITY
This Saturday night, September 9th see us host Cork City in the FAI Cup Quarter Finals. Judging by the amount of early local interest in the game, this should be the biggest attendance of the season for us. Cork City are current Cup holders and runaway League leaders.
However, they've spluttered and stuttered in the their league recent games and like ourselves put seven past Athlone. John Caulfield was an interested spectator at that game but he was there casting a cold eye on our opposition that night. However, he's a shrewd operator and no doubt he'll have remembered us too. Cork's last two games were televised live. In the first they just about stumbled over the line against a rugged, torrid Finn Harps in a wet and windy Finn Park. The conditions were much better at Tallaght Stadium when Shamrock Rovers defeated the league leaders with a 3-1 scoreline. Much is being made of Cork's poor run since their goal machine Seanie Maguire left them for pastures greener. But Cork City are still eyeing the league and Cup double to lay down a statement for all contenders, especially Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers.
In the meantime, we stand in their way of getting to a cup semi-final. Make no mistake about it, the lads are not overawed by their Leeside opposition. Things might have been different 2 months ago though. However, these days, we're not lacking in confidence ourselves having taken the scalp of Sligo Rovers, slamming 7 past our near neighbours Athlone and winning our two other games while keeping a clean sheet too. Neale Fenn won a league with Cork but he'd love to get one over his old club and wouldn't every Town supporter just love that too.
Cork won't like the long journey to the City Calling Stadium and will label us as being a Ffyes skin. Apart from a goal or two more than our opposition, we really need every sports person in Longford to be in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night. We need every lapsed supporter and their family along with a few friends to come out and make themselves heard. If we can get a right good vocal crowd behind us, then anything is possible. It promises to be a fantastic night of pulsating football, don't dare miss it. And yes, we can do it.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / AUGUST
As the players file off the pitch following their warm up on Saturday night, we'll have the August Player of the Month presentation. Jack Brady is the worthy winner and will receive his trophy from Ashley Thompson.
What's seldom is wonderful. On Saturday afternoon last RTE Radio had their usual sport programme leading up to the hurling all Ireland. Sandwiched between some hurling legends on the panel was our own Neale Fenn. He played an absolute stormer. He was comfortable talking about hurling, the life of young footballers in England, the boredom of the Irish international system and of course his new exciting chapter with ourselves. He may be a snappy dresser but our Neale is a snappy communicator as well.