VITAL AWAY WIN
The winning way continued on Friday night last in far off Waterford with a 2-0 win over hosts Waterford Utd at the RSC. Despite their poor enough season, the Blues had a decent crowd present which was helped by children being admitted free. But there was an excellent travelling support too and surely, if the FAI were handing out awards for the best travellers, surely Longford would top it.
There was a clear intent about De Town as they attacked from the off. David O Sullivan came ever so close on more than one occasion but he provided the pass for in form Gary Shaw to open our account on 25 minutes. Then just before the break, player of the match Jamie Mulhall smashed home an absolute pile driver from about 30 yards which put a decent look on the scoreboard before the tea break.
Depite bossing the rest of the game, we had to make do with just the two goals. But two goals secured three precious points. Meanwhile, many had an eye and ear tuned in to proceedings up in Finn Park where Shels were surely shocked by Finn Harps 3-2. That game started after ours and we had an anxious wait in the stand while the stewards tried to get us to go home. When Harps scored their third, giving us a a four point cushion, it's likely the roar was heard up in Donegal. It was a vital away win that turned out to be a win on the double. What a feeling!
FRIDAY NIGHT DELIGHT?
All roads for all local sports minded people lead to the City Calling Stadium this Friday night when we face Shamrock Rovers B. For seven long, dreary years we've been in Division 1 Prison but now is our opportunity to escape. As every child in the county knows by now, if we win, then we're promoted, it's that simple. However, what's simple on paper, is never as simple on the pitch. The Tallaght based outfit are acutely aware of the importance of this game to us and they're more than willing to shatter our dream. Not alone that, they know they've beaten us before and are quietly confident of repeating the dose.
But, surely we'll have one huge advantage, that of a huge home, vocal support. Last September the town hosted Little Mayo, but this is our chance to host our own Longford Town FC. Our famous song goes “Stand Up if you're Longford Town”. Well this is your chance to do exactly that.
Every local sporting organisation has its important games when codes are forgotten and locals of each organisation supports one sport. Well, this time we're that sporting organisation and the game is 8pm at the City Calling Stadium on Friday night against one of the country's biggest clubs, Shamrock Rovers.
The outcome is not guaranteed, this is sport after all. But what is guaranteed is a super game of football with total commitment from a dedicated, talented bunch of men. All this with a fantastic, friendly Longford atmosphere. If you've never attended a game, make this your first, if it's a while since you've been out, you''ll be welcome back. We really need to see as many people get behind the team from first to last whistle in what hopefully will be our escape from Division 1 prison...but we really do need your help. Don't let us down. C'mon De Town.
Why is it, that of all away trips, the one to Waterford is always a tough one. On Friday evening last, we waited opposite Lidl for our coach to arrive. It's normally a place where a fleet of school buses pick up rural students. This time, to our horror, it was a yellow school bus which turned out to be our form of transport to distant Waterford. Many of our regular travellers aren't too long out of school, but there's also a group for whem school buses hadn't existed when they were school bound in the dark distant past. It wasn't the most comfortable trip and spening some time on the way back looking for a late night diesel stop , didn't help matters either. But then in fairness, after our wonderful result in the RSC and with the Finn Harps result adding the icing to the cake, it was only the grumpy golden oldies who noticed the bumpy ride home. But it certainly meant that it was a night to remember !
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / SEPTEMBER
Congrats to Jamie Mulhall who is our worthy winner of the September Player of the Month. Jamie has been consistently sound, not alone all month but indeed all season.
Maybe his fabulous goal against Waterford on Friday night was his way of reminding the voters just how good he is. If so, it worked. Jamie will receive his trophy before the game against Shamrock Rovers on Friday night. And while on the subject of awards, it's time to start thinking of your nominations for goal and player of the season which will be handed out at the end of season red and black gala dinner and awards ceremony.
Congratulations to Shane Connolly and his lady who got engaged at the week-end. Birthday wishes to Gerry Reilly who celebrated with the De Town's win last Friday and to ageless Tom McGuinness who hopes to celebrate his birthday this Friday night, also with a Town win.
Club chairman Jim Hanley was on hand at the U17s Internationals last Saturday night to thank Zuzanna and Alicja Pawelec for their wonderful red and black loom bands which are proving extremely popular with young and old alike. (More bands will be on sale this Friday night) Though born in Poland, the young girls are now firm Town supporters. Section O have also strong links with Polska from where they source their banners. Their most recent red and black Pride of the Midlands banner arrived back after just 5 days of ordering.
Well done to all the staff who helped make the CCS a perfect location for hosting the recent U 17 internationals. There was a particularly good crowd for the drawn game between the Republic and Scotland and all newcomers, between teams, supporters and even international scouts were loud in their praise of the facilities and profesionalism at the club.