Two goals just before half time were enough for Bohs to claim all three points, while our wait for some more precious points is put on hold. Former Town favourite Ben Mohamed scored their second and is also the second Town player from last season to score against us. Maybe that'll be the last too. With goal difference taken into account, that result leaves us second from bottom. But as the song says “The Only Way Is Up”. Kealon Dillon had to leave the pitch injured after just 15 minutes and you'd wonder how many more injuries the squad can suffer. However, with 15 minutes remaining, it was good to see Don Cowan enter the fray again. We did have chances though and in the first half both David O'Sullivan and Kaleem Simon both came close. There was a fair sprinkling of Dublin exiled Longfordians in the crowd and as one of them said after the game, “we just have to keep the faith”. Indeed.
DUNDALK AT HOME
Saturday night sees the arrival of league toppers Dundalk visit the City Calling Stadium. The old cliché says that all of our games are going to be tough but they come much tougher than Stephen Kenny's all conquering outfit. While some still dream of Kenny's reign with us, that time is well and truly over; it's almost like wanting Padraig Pearse as Taoiseach in 2016. Our first game back in the top flight last season saw Dundalk beat us by a just a single goal up in Oriel Park. Hopefully we can recreate that fighting, never say die attitude again this Saturday night. Without doubt, Dundalk, despite being on top, aren't as strong or as disciplined as last season. Sport is a funny old game and everyone loves an upset. Now wouldn't Saturday night at the CCS be just the perfect setting for such an upset.
It's easy to follow teams when they're flying high, but it's a real test to support your team when things are going poorly. So, Saturday night offers us the opportunity to come out and support our own. We really need a decent crowd to make the effort to support our own. Kenny's side are sure to bring a large,loud Louth following; we need you to support our own now, more than ever.
BREWING UP SUPPORT
Fair play to the hard working lads behind St Mel's Brewing Company who are getting involved with the domestic game. On Friday night last, they made tickets available to our Supporters' Club. Their kind gesture ensured that some of our long established and loyal supporters were treated like royalty for the duration of the game. Negotiations are well advanced for another link up with De Town locally. Watch this space. And if you feel like drinking a quality beer, do drink a St Mel's.
If you haven't already joined the Supporters' Club, then do so this Saturday night in the Clubhouse. As half time is usually hectic, please drop in before kick off to get your membership envelope. Even though, we're already in April, you can still enter the League Prediction which is free to enter and has a prize of one hundred euro. Many of our supporters who have already entered the competition don't fancy Dundalk as champions this season and think that prize will head south.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Although we've had a slow start to the season, some players have really excelled despite the results going against us. There were a good few contenders for our opening award for player of the month for March but in the end, the winner is Mark Rossiter who is certainly a worthy winner. The presentation will be made before the game this Saturday night by a member of the Supporters' Club. Each month, a different Supporters' Club member will make the presentation. If you're interested, make sure you're a paid up member.
One elderly Bohs fan had nothing but praise for us at half time last Friday night. He made no bones that, apart from his own red and black, we were his second favourite team. The link goes back many years ago to a well known Longfordian who plied his trade with the Gypsies. Willie Browne, originally from the Battery Road, was one of Bohs greatest players and he was also capped for Ireland. Incidentally, in that (comprehensive) match report from 50 years ago, which the Irish Independent republished last week, Willie Browne was part of the Bohs team which defeated Drogheda 4-1 at Dalymount.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our Easter Car Boot Sale was an outstanding success despite many other attractions locally and nationally. Once again, we say a huge thank you to our own volunteers and those who supported it by selling ,buying or just calling out. People, particularly stall holders are now coming from every corner of Ireland and are set up well before dawn. Our next car boot sale is next month,the May Bank Holiday Monday.
ADAM'S AMAZING GENEROSITY
Young Town fanatic Adam Maher has just made an incredible contribution to a most deserving cause. Adam donated his Longford Town jersey from 2014, signed by all the First Division winning team.
Another Town supporter, Tom Mc Guinness framed the jersey free. The framed jersey is now being auctioned at Monday night's benefit night for the Courtney family, Drumlish. The entire county was shocked and saddened at the untimely death of Maureen Courtney. Well done to Tom and an amazing Adam for their incredible generosity.
LONGFORD ASSOCIATION IN DUBLIN
Best of luck to all involved with the Longford Association in Dublin who hold their annual dinner and awards night this Saturday night in the Red Cow Moran Hotel in Dublin. Those involved do sterling work for Longford clubs and charities. Unfortunately, the dinner dance clashes with our Dundalk game which means, that many Town supporters aren't able to support the event. Every year, there's a great turnout from De Town and hopefully that tradition will be continues next year. Last year, a member of the Supporters' Club was honoured at the event and he's still glowing with pride!