WONDERFUL WIN IN WATERFORD
About 700 turned up at the RSC to see the League leaders take on the local heroes. Hopes were high locally of reversing the earlier meeting between the sides when the manager said they deserved more. So this was to be a major test on a sunny and mild May evening. Only a handful was able to travel south, but it was certainly worth every cent of what is now very expensive petrol to witness a wonderful win.
During a scoreless first half, the Town set up defensively and for the first 15 minutes Waterford were in control. Flood and Hope stood strong at the back and held out bravely. Yet we still created a few chances with Duffy and Birmingham both coming close. At one stage we had three corners in a row with Keith Gillespie's, inswingers causing havoc in the Blues box.Gillespie had an other solid game and if anything, seems to be improving with every game.Alan Kirby, too was greatly improved on what was his home patch.
Waterford again took the game to us in the opening part of the second half. However it was the Town who went ahead on 66 minutes. Keith Gillespie swung in a trademark corner which was headed by a player from each side before it fell to Austin Skelly who took great delight in hammering it to the back of the net. Well in fairness, it was the linesman who flagged that it had crossed the line but we didn't care. It felt like it was hammered home !As if the hosts needed any encouragement, they really pressed hard for an equaliser and had several chances to draw level.However, we always looked dangerous on the break and as usual the nerves were tingling as the clock seemed to stall. Then on 90 minutes , Michael Lee won a challenge inside his own half and like a hungry terrier with a meaty bone took off at breakneck speed. He left his man for dead and within seconds was face to face with the Waterford keeper. The locals held their breath and young Lee held his nerve, swerved round the advancing net minder before placing the ball in the back of the net. Two nil up and far away from home, suddenly the handful of travelling support danced with joy and relief.
Some local fans were visibly and audibly annoyed when the final whistle sounded shortly afterwards but there was really no need to vent their frustration on the few Town supporters, one of whom had her dog decked out in red and black ( and got an honourable mention on Lyric FM on Saturday morning.)
Tony Cousins and all the players were greatly chuffed after having passed this particular stiff exam with flying colours. Whether it was the improved roads or the two nil win or the three precious points, but the road home seemed so much shorter driving home.
SD GALWAY AT HOME ON FRIDAY
Don't forget our next home game is this Friday and is against SD Galway at Flancare at 7.45pm. As stated last week, the game has been brought forward because of the big game in Germany on Saturday.At the risk of sounding boring, this game can't be taken for granted. While Limerick might have beaten them last week, they were level twice and managed to score twice against a very mean Limerick defence. It was only in the latter part of the game that Limerick got lucky. Those who were at the first game game between the sides don't need any reminding of how difficult they made it for us and managed to take two very valuable points from us in the process. So Friday night is going to be yet an other battle for the full 90 minutes and then some.
We really need to see more locals support our local team. It's a long ,long time since we've been doing so well. We have a marvellous squad of decent, hard working, skillful players who need your support. Support your own - that's real sport.
DAVINIA'S SPECIAL DAY
Davinia Dardis is one of our youngest and one of our most dedicated supporters. On Saturday morning last she had to forgo her favourite red and black gear for a silken, white dazzling dress as she made her First Holy Communion.When posing for photographs afterwards with her proud parents, she was heard to say C'mon De Town instead of the usual “Cheese”. A future Town secretary no doubt. Congrats Davinia.An other solid soccer link at the same ceremony was Dave Connell whose child was also making a First Holy Communion. Dave played with great distinction with Shamrock Rovers, Bohs and Limerick and is now in charge of the senior international Ladies side.
BUS TO CUP GAME
Without doubt, the best way to travel to a Cup game is by Supporters' Club bus. On Sunday May 27th, we play Cherry Orchard at the Frank Cooke Park,Griffith Avenue,off Drumcondra Rd., Dublin and of course we'll be running a bus there. But you'd want to book soon to secure your place as seats are snapped up rapidly. When you're at the match on Friday night, you can book with Liam Healion who will have all the details. You're guaranteed speed and comfort an d the banter and great craic is thrown in for free. And if you haven't travelled to a Cup game in a while, well now is a perfect time to make your come back. Liam's number is 087 6141926, if you want to secure your seat before this Friday.
Our annual Golf Classic takes place next month on Saturday June 9th at the Co Longford Golf Club. It's always a well supported event and this year looks like like being the same. It's vital that the team is properly financed if we're to maintain our push for promotion and this is one way you can help us. Every single sports club in the land is finding it difficult and therefore we appreciate any support offered. Contact Liam Healion or Brendan Turner who'll answer any questions.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our last Car Boot Sale was a terrific success despite the awful weather forecast the night before. Luckily the promised bad weather didn't materialise and a huge crowd turned out to bag the numerous bargains on offer. We now have more volunteers helping out which is a great bonus, the event just became too successful for the small handful of regular helpers. We'd like to sincerely thank everyone who supported the Car Boot Sale in whatever way, selling, buying or helping out.It's helping to keep the show on the road.
It's nice to see, former Town player Sean Dillon keeping in touch with our current successful run. He tweeted following the result against Waterford saying: “Great to see Longford Town FC top of the league, long way to go but good times at the moment. C’mon de Town”.
LIFE SOUNDS BETTER
Lyric FM say Life Sounds Better With Lyric. Well on Saturday morning last, international soccer broadcaster George Hamilton told the nation, during his Hamilton Scores programme, that he couldn't find the Longford Town FC results in any newspaper. By the time he played his next piece, he had been updated by text of our two nil win in Waterford which also noted that the first division was totally under reported. Now who could disagree with that? Various complaints have been made of late to our national broadcaster, but they haven't even been acknowledged. RTE's Alf Murray and John Creedon (both Corkonians) have given us honourable mentions on their music slots, but the sports department must think we play tiddly winks down in the forgotten misty, boggy midlands.
During the week, Monaghan Utd had an emergency meeting of anyone associated with the club. They have no sponsor at all and are desperately looking for any financial help.Meanwhile the game along the N4 seems to be in a healthy state with Sligo Rovers and ourselves topping our respective leagues. Must be something in the tarmac !