HARD EARNED POINTS
Our first game at City Calling Stadium saw us collect all three points against a tough Waterford side. Some were saying before the game that they'd settle for a share of the spoils on what was a perfect night for football, cold but dry. In the previous game De Town started slowly before hitting Salthill Devon for five while Waterford were hit by a last minute Finn Harps goal for a share of the points. On Monday last the Blues were due to play Cobh in the EA League Cup but a blizzard at the RSC meant the game was postponed.
Waterford therefore came into the game very fresh and were soon firing on all cylinders. After just six minutes the visitors saw an effort crash off our crossbar with the ball flying like a meteor out into the car park. This was some change from Salthill. We had barely time to draw breath when the pacy Quinn cut inside and unleashed a superb shot which had Waterford one up. It was no more than they deserved but may have served as a wake up call.
One player who doesn't need any wake up calls is David O'Sullivan who has the cut of Eric Levine about him. He combined very well with Michael Isichei in front of an adoring Section O and set off with intent on Craig Hyland's goal. The former Town net keeper dived in despair while Isichei raced to Tony Cousins for a congratulatory high five. It was an important equaliser which further boosted the team's self belief and confidence.
While many would have been happy to go in at half time on level pegging, it was that man David O Sullivan who made the tea taste all the sweeter with his flicked goal in added time.
While we didn't know it at the time, the 2-1 score line proved to be the full time score with no scores coming in the a toughly contested second half. Hyland did make a terrific save at the death denying a three one win but when the ref signalled full time, there was relief and jubilation in equal measure. At times we made it difficult for ourselves by giving the ball away too cheaply but then on the other hand, the visitors had a few gilt edged chances which thankfully they failed to convert.
Waterford might have finished above us in the table last season but they still must be sick at the sight of us. Like in the FAI Cup Final, they thought they had us beaten when going ahead, only to give up the lead and a valuable win. That's the second time in a row it has happened to them leaving the Blues with a single point after two games. However, rest assured, they'll be back.
But for us, it was a perfect start to the celebrations for St Patrick's week-end, seven goals, maximum points and top of the table. As St Patrick might have said “Tús maith, leath na h-oibre”...a good start is half the battle.
BUS TO HARPS GAME
We play Finn Harps up in Ballybofey on this Saturday night, kick off 8pm. The game is on Saturday because of the international game. The Supporters' Club will be running a bus to the game and already interest is very high, maybe because it is on a Saturday night. If you want to book your place, do so at once by ringing Liam Healion on 087 6141926. Wednesday evening is the cut off date. And if you do book your place, please do turn up on time. Finn Harps are flying high at the moment and are very optimistic about beating us up in Donegal. A big Town support would be of great help to the team.
Tom Kelly, our Chairman was on hand last Saturday night to say a few well chosen words in praise of the late John Donlon and Brendan Turner. The Supporters' Club honoured both men with the unveiling of their portraits in the Clubhouse before the game against Waterford. Roger Turner did the honours in unveiling John Donlon's portrait while Emily Turner did similar in honour of her father. For those unable to read the inscription, the words below John Donlon read: “Inspirational on and off the pitch” while “A dear friend and loyal supporter” tried to sum up Brendan Turner. Both men will always be remembered and maybe it was their influence up above which swung the result our way later in the night. May they rest in peace.
Johnny Nevin has many well known attributes but now he can add another....super soup maker. Last Saturday night Johnny arrived with a cauldron of the finest home made soup available this side of Chapter One Restaurant. Johnny chopped and diced every fresh ingredient himself and oversaw the entire operation from field to Clubhouse. With our freshly made sandwiches and now our award winning soup for just four euro, you'd be crazy not to visit the Clubhouse at half time. Similar fare in a well known Dublin eatery cost €12.50.
CAR BOOT SALE
Once again, well done to those selfless souls who give up their Bank Holiday Mondays to man the post for the Car Boot Sales. It's a tough, thankless, demanding job and we really could do with some more help. Our next Car Boot Sale will be the Easter Bank Holiday Monday which is just round the corner. The Car Boot Sales are a vital support in supporting Longford Town FC and we really appreciate every help given.
CITY CALLING TOWN
The Longford Association in Dublin (great Town supporters) is holding its 59th annual Gala Dinner on Saturday April 13th in the Red Cow Moran's hotel. It's a must for the increasing number of Longfordians living in the capital and this year promises to be a really special night. Noel Cassidy, Ballinamuck provides the music and the ticket prices have been reduced this year. Contact Town supporter exxtraordinaire Padraic Connolly on 087 9327205 to book your tickets.
The Longford Town FC website is getting rave reviews of late from sports lovers worldwide. If you can't be present at a game, home or away simply log on to www.ltfc.ie for a blow by blow update. As well as that, interesting interviews and photos are being uploaded constantly and proving to be a hit worldwide. Whether you're stuck in the sands of Saudi or newly arrived in New Zealand, we're only a click away.