Friday night's Cup game with Finn Harps was more of a clash than just a game. Harps are a big, physical side and they certainly weren't slow about throwing their weight around. Harps' McNulty received a red card on 20 minutes for a dangerous tackle on Kaleem Simon.
It was a game in which we produced enough chances to have won handsomely. And with Gallagher in the Harps' goal in top form, we just had to settle for the only draw on the night. Heading up to Donegal on what promises to be a wet and windy bank holiday Monday isn't the best preparation for our Friday night game against Bray, but then again another tough bruising encounter might be better than a training session.
Despite being down to ten, the visitors went ahead which was certainly not on the script. When man of the match Stephen Rice bagged the equaliser, most thought we should win it in the second period. When the ever industrious O'Connor rattled the crossbar from 25 yards, it looked like lady luck had deserted us and we had to be content with a return trip to the north west.
Every week seems to be a tough week for different reasons. This Friday we head east to face the Seagulls in their own nest. Bray Wanderers have had a topsy turvy start to the league but with two wins from their last two games, this is a very different Bray side to the one we beat early on. They're now extremely well organised and oozing with renewed confidence. They're fully expecting to extend their winning streak and seemingly were thrilled that we drew with Finn Harps. But we should land on the Bray beach, bloodied and battle hardened and ready to plunder all three points. Here's hoping.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / MAY
The Supporters' Club player of the month for May is Stephen Rice. Although there were many credible contenders for May's award it wasn't his important goal on Friday night that swung it but rather his consistency right through every game. Though it's only his second season with us, he plays like he has lived all his life in Longford, such is his passion for the club. His work rate is phenomenal and his skill always a joy to behold. The presentation will be made just before our next home game (vs Galway) and the identity of the presenter will be revealed next week when the draw is made.
CAR BOOT SALE
Again a huge thank you to every one who supported our June Car Boot Sale. These notes are penned before the event and hopefully the weather conditions won't be as awful as the forecasters say. The Car Boot Sales are vital for our income so a wet day could dry up our funds.
There will be Trials for the U 17 side to compete in the League of Ireland on Wednesday 3rd of June 6.30-8.30 pm at the City Calling Stadium and again on Saturday 13th June 2-4pm and again at the same venue, the City Calling Stadium. If you think you have what it takes and your date of birth is 1998/99, then this is your golden red and black opportunity. Any enquiries email: [email protected]
It was great to see Padraig Stapleton home from London and at the City Calling Stadium to cheer on his (and our) beloved red and black. Though Padraig has to ply his incredible skills in London, he's the man who through the wonder of modern technology maintains and updates all our social media sites. That's some achievement for one man but then Padraig is one heck of a hard working, talented man.