SUNK IN COBH
There's a long list of ships associated with the port of Cobh which ended up in the bottom of the sea. Hopefully De Town won't be added to that list but we certainly hit some jagged rocks on the south coast on Saturday night last. At the final whistle, it certainly felt like our good ship had sunk but after a the long drive home, maybe we just hit some hidden rocks.
It's a long way from Longford to Cobh and taking that into consideration, a decent crowd of die-hards made the trip in sweltering conditions, some boosting the local tourism numbers by staying overnight. It was a trip made with high expectations, despite the fairly poor display the previous week up in Donegal. Afterall we had already scored nine against the League new boys over two games.
Three one up by the half way mark and it was smiles all round, especially with Sully getting on the score sheet again as well as young Gorman. But the men in the middle have been less than kind to us and down south, it took on the semblance of a bad joke when he gifted Cobh two penalties and red carded Havo. After that, it was the stuff of nightmares as Cobh did to us what we had previously done to them (and Mervue) and scored twice again to leave us mesmerised. It's bad enough to be mesmerised but to have the lost the game and all three precious points hurt deeply as well. From Donegal to Cork in two weeks is long haul haulage but we only managed to haul in a single point from a possible six. That's sore too. And now the sound at our heels is the snapping of the open, sharp and hungry jaws from Athlone.
MERVUE AT HOME
This Saturday night we welcome Mervue to City Calling Stadium,kick off at 7.30. This is going to be in heck of a tough game. We may face Drogheda in the FAI Cup later in the month but this encounter is far more important. Mervue are on the crest of a confident wave at the moment. Last week they hammered Finn Harps 4-0, a team we were lucky to get a point off just the previous week. Make no mistake about it, Mervue will travel with the expectation of all three points. It's said that their club won't even be in the league next season but instead of throwing in the towel, it seems to have spurred them on with a nothing to lose attitude.
What we really, really need now is more support at City Calling Stadium. We lead the league by a single point and any slip now will be costly. Summer soccer means many people head off on holidays and can't attend but then again, there are many Longfordians returning from abroad for a few days too. Why not invite them out to City Calling Stadium to see De Town play in what promises to be a cracking game.......we can't afford anything less.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JULY
It's incredible to think that our home game against Mervue is our final one for July. That , of course means, that it's time to nominate your player of the month for July. As usual you can text your nomination to 087 9896269 along with your own name. In case you can't remember our last few games, we have played Waterford at home then Harps and Cobh away and finally Mervue on Saturday night. It might have been a hot month, but our results have been a tad on the cold side.
Anyway, the July award will be presented at our next home game.....against Athlone on August 10th. Now that will be a red hot one, no matter what the weather is like.
Heartiest congratulations from the Supporter's Club to Mr and Mrs Ghee on their recent wedding. Tony has been an active member of the club now for countless seasons and how he could managed to get time to woo Lisa is still a mystery.We wish Tony and Lisa all the best for a long healthy, happy, fun filled and sporty future. We hear that the knot they tied was coloured red and black.
CELTIC GAME PHOTOS
Last Thursday we entertained a Celtic selection at City Calling Stadium. Unfortunately for us the Celtic first team was playing across the border in a Champions League game the previous night which impacted on our crowd. Many green fans decided to stick to the game in the north rather than driving south to us. There were many photos taken of the crowd and it was promised that they'd appear on the website almost immediately. However Padraig, who does that invaluable uploading work was enjoying the splendours of Slovenia and he promises that all the photos will be available on www.ltfc.ie as soon as possible.
PITY POOR MARTY
Marty Stapleton is one of the Town's greatest and most loyal supporters. Most seasons sees the intrepid Marty attend almost every single Longford Town game, home or away. The growth and strength of Section O is a testament to his “ never say die” attitude. At the moment Marty is enjoying some mixed blessings. He has landed a new job in the capital but his new employer has Marty working every single Saturday which in turn means poor Marty can't attend matches. His frustration however was lessened a little when for a days in a row he bumped into Town legend Alan Kirby. As Martys said himself “ I may not be able to d' LTFC but it comes to me”. Keep the faith, Marty.