HARPS BREAK HEARTS
All good things come to an end sometime, and for the Town supporters, last Saturday night was that time. Finn Harps failed to beat us all last season so, was it any wonder both their team and supporters were in flying form after their 1-3 win at Flancare. The only consolation is that we're still top of the league, even if by the more slender of margins.
The game was played on a lovely bright if cold evening and expectations were high among the decent crowd. As usual we started very well and Alan Kirby had the ball in the visitors' net after about a quarter of an hour, the first of many more we hope. The other local lad,Michael Lee smashed the ball off the woodwork shortly afterwards and if that effort had gone in, what a difference it might have made.
But Harps had a renewed determination about them in the second half and their equaliser was the pivotal moment in the entire game. Colm James sent a weakish back pass to Craig Hyland and in clearing the ball, made contact with a Finn Harps player. For sure, Hyland made contact with the ball first but not for the first time, the ref didn't agree and the keeper was sent marching in what was truly a harsh decision. The resultant free kick ended up in the net and suddenly the whole game took on a different appearance with the hosts fading while the Donegal men grew in confidence. They scored again with twelve minutes remaining which should have given us a few chances. However in a cruel blow, there was an other late late 91st minute goal but it went Harps' way.
There were many disappointed faces leaving the grounds;reality when it bites is sore. With Limerick being the only other team winning over the week-end, it just piled more pressure on the team. But they bounced back after the poor show in Galway and can do so once again.
MERVUE AT HOME
At least we're not hitting the high roads again this week-end. Instead we welcome Mervue to Flancare Park, which will be our third home game in a row. And hopefully it'll be third time lucky after falling to both Dundalk and Finn Harps earlier. The attendance is improving which is always good to report and if Saturday is a good evening, hopefully we'll see even more out for this very important game against the westerners. Mervue, despite their position in the league will be hard nut to crack and they welcome back a few top players since we played them last month. A three points haul is vital if we're to maintain our push to stay tops but equally important is a good crowd to get behind the team and encourage them to give of their absolute best.
No, there was no spelling mistake in that headline, we're talking kerbs, not Kirbs. For anyone travelling to Flancare, especially on a wet night, you have to negotiate a few massive puddles before getting into the car park. Well, at long last last, it looks like help is on the way with the council agreeing to provide some much needed kerbing at the entrance. As soon as they've finished working on the kerbs at our former place of play, the dogtrack stadium on Park Road, they assure us, we're next in line. It's just as well we paid our household charges then!
CAR BOOT SALE
So far this season our Car Boot Sales have been very successful and are a great boost to the Club's coffers. They're now so successful, that a group of dedicated volunteers are on duty at Flancare from after 7am and remember that our Car Boot Sales are always on a bank holiday so if it's dedication you're looking for, then look no further. Our next event will be on the fast approaching May Bank Holiday Monday.
The Supporters' Club would like to wish Stella Connolly, wife of Padraic, a speedy recovery following a recent operation.We'd also like to extend best wishes to out Clubhouse manager Emmet Ryan as he prepares his lines for his acting career at Backstage.
A huge welcome home to Paula Connolly,College Park who has arrived home after a tough away game in Afghanistan with the aid agency Concern. After surviving the Taliban , we look forward to seeing Paula relax at our next home game.
If you're reading this, then you must have some interest in the First Division and the happenings at Longford Town FC. Well, you certainly have considerably more interest than our so called national television service. For weeks now , the very weak domestic soccer programme MNS has given the entire first division 37 seconds of coverage. Those of us who travelled to Limerick and were part of a 1,200 crowd who witnessed a superb game, got in contact with the programme expressing our views. Last Monday night,we sat in expectation of some small response. As Charles Dickens might have said “ Great Expectations”. The usual 37 seconds of first division coverage were actually cut to 29 seconds and what did they show....a ladies league match from Santry Stadium where the camera crew appeared to outnumber the fans.
Our weekly Lotto is doing quite well these days and great credit is due to the dedication of Donald Keogh and Liam Healion who man the table in the shopping centre on a regular basis. There are many other volunteers who help Donald and Liam and who go round the pubs at the week-ends. It's not an easy task but without their incredible dedication and the support of the Longford public, we'd be in dire straits. Congrats too to those involved in the local Cathedral Circle draw which celebrated their 50th year in existence on Saturday night last......it was nice to see their hard working committee support our Lotto sellers in Peter Clarkes on Saturday night. Stay in to win, for sure.