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Longford Town Supporters’ Club Notes (11/09/2018)

Tue Sep 11th 2018

SPIN ‘N SPAN

Whatever about the result, the staging of the FAI Quarter Finals last Friday, was a huge success for everyone associated with Longford Town FC. Self praise, they say, is no praise but it might be the only praise we’ll get.

The pitch looked superb, the stewards were friendly and effective, the Clubhouse volunteers under the guidance of Brendan Finnegan coped admirably with the large crowd, we had a top class match programme and the stadium itself was spotless. Every thing was top class on what was an extremely busy week end for the club. Friday night saw 1,181 click through the turnstiles but the following day Saturday, we hosted an U15 game and then on Sunday we had the international stars of tomorrow in the Ireland v Wales U19 International friendly.

We may have lost the Cup game but we certainly gained many new admirers.

RED OR YELLOW?

One of the main talking talking points after the Cork game was the sending off. No one for a moment would suggest, that we could have won the game if the colour of the card was different.

However, that sending off effectively killed the game. By all accounts, the ref had a yellow card in his hand but the linesman kept calling for a red card to be brandished and the rest is sporting history.

ONWARDS

This Friday is a massive game for De Town. Beat Drogheda in their own back garden and we’re in the play offs. After we beat Sligo, they recovered and have been doing quite well since. Cork were surprisingly beaten at home by Sligo and it was Cork who upped their game afterwards (to our cost). So you don’t need a top class Junior Cert to realise where this is going. We simply have to banish Cork from our minds and concentrate on beating the Drogs. We’ve done it before and we can certainly repeat the dose. Fair play to Kieran Burke in his valiant effort to muster transport and support for this vital game.

BITS AND PIECES

On the subject of buses, those who travelled from Cork maintained that they’d have had 400 extra in the City Calling Stadium if the game had been on our usual Saturday. That’s €4,000 lost. Top marks to Kanes Travel who supplied free buses to and from the game. Fair play too to our other generous sponsors Girasole Pizza and Pasta, Edgeworthstown, Andy Byrnes Pub and of course the Longford Arms Hotel. Great to see all of the Kanes staff at the game too; they were saying Bon Voyage to Rose Kane who was leaving her job to take up a position with the UN in South Sudan. It was nice to see two of our former managers at the game Tony Cousins and Alan Mathews. Donald Keogh though was unfortunately absent due to airline difficulties.

Former player “the Flying Schoolmaster” Paschal Quinn RIP was rightly honoured with a minute’s silence; he’d have been chuffed that the occasion was broadcast nationwide. Seamus Murray was able to avail of the facilities to get an excellent aerial photo of the carpet like pitch; the Height for Hire cherry picker was used. James Donnelly our media manager, was able to rub shoulders with the top RTE media folk and by all accounts, they were mightily impressed with his expertise and passion. The scoreboard wasn’t ready for the night but it’s only a matter of a short time now.

We had 1,181 at the game on Friday. When you consider the population of the town is 10,000, that’s a terrific turnout on a working night. In proportion, that would translate to 20,000 in Cork. Not bad.

FRIENDLY U19 INTERNATIONAL

Sunday saw the stars of the future from Wales and Ireland strut their stuff in an U19 Friendly. Ireland had enough chances to win two games but it was Wales who actually won the game by a single goal to nil. Apart from the score, it was a pity that there weren’t more people present to see tomorrow’s talent on show. One player to catch the eye was Ryan Johansson. Ryan came on as a second half sub and immediately made a huge impression. Although only 17, his future looks bright already. He was born in Luxembourg, his father is Swedish and his mother is from up the road in Mullingar – her name is Christine McCarthy. Although he has featured at underage level for Sweden, his mammy must have influenced him to don the green jersey. He’s now a senior player with Bayern Munich and while on their US tour earlier, he featured against Juventus and Man City. He has also played against PSG. No wonder he’s being called a teenage sensation. And there he was strutting his stuff on a Sunday afternoon out the Strokestown Road. Remember where you saw him first. By the way, in the second of the games, Ireland defeated Wales 2-0 in Galway.

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MORE INTERNATIONALS?

Earlier on in the season, we had a University International game when we hosted Ireland and France at the City Calling Stadium. Then on Sunday we went a step further up the ladder with the friendly. Seemingly all our visiting guests were impressed with our set up which can only be good for the future. Already, there’s word of more than one international qualifying game to be played in Longford. Now surely that’s a massive success for all involved with the club.


Over 1,100 at the City Calling Stadium for Town’s FAI Cup Quarter Final v Cork City

Sat Sep 8th 2018

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

We had over 1,100 at the City Calling Stadium last night. Unfortunately the result wasn’t what we wanted.
Thanks to all who came out and supported de Town. The focus is now firmly on Friday’s game v Drogheda.

Keep the faith – C’mon de Town!

 

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Once again, it was great to see so many young supporters tonight – as well as some old managers and of course our sponsors.

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Match Report: Longford Town FC v Cork City FC

Sat Sep 8th 2018

Match Report by James Donnelly

The largest crowd of the season gathered at the City Calling Stadium on Friday night to witness Premier Division side Cork City take on Neale Fenn’s First Division Longford Town. Current Cup holders Cork City steamrolled into the City Calling Stadium and progressed to the semi finals of the FAI Cup after a controlled, professional performance against the Red and Black.

Cork looked to assert their dominance early on, Karl Sheppard showing intent when he went close after cutting inside from the right wing but his shot was expertly saved by Michael Kelly in the Longford goal.

The visitors didn’t take long in opening their account. Their first goal coming from their Captain on the night – Gearoid Morrissey on 20 minutes. A City corner wasn’t dealt with by Longford and Morrissey somehow, with his back to the goal, managed to flick it over his head and into the corner for a skillful finish.

Dylan McGlade, who had a quiet game for De Town, had a chance only a minute later when he cut inside on his favoured right foot but dragged his shot wide of Peter Cherrie’s goal.

Karl Sheppard showed his class for Cork’s second goal only 3 minutes after their first when he brilliantly rounded Karl Chambers twice before swinging in a cross that was met by a powerful header from Kieran Sadlier at close range that left Michael Kelly no chance.

McGlade went close again, this time picking up a loose cross, he cut inside the box before his zapping shot was deflected narrowly over the bar and out for a corner.

Longford supporters would have felt they could still be in with a fighting chance going in 2-0 down at half time but the game changing moment came on 40 minutes when referee Ray Matthews deemed Darren Meenan to have dangerously fouled a Cork man and gave the Dubliner a straight red. It was an uphill battle from then on for Longford after what seemed like a harsh sending off from the multiple angles the RTE cameras captured of the incident.

Jamie Doyle had a chance to grab a goal back for Longford just before half time. After doing well to hold the ball up from a Town clearance, he turned his man and managed to get a shot off but it was straight into the hands of Cherrie.

[caption id="attachment_19093" align="aligncenter" width="706"] Longford Town’s Aodh Dervin pictured in action during Friday night’s cup clash with Cork City. Pic: Ken Keenan Photography[/caption]

John Caulfield’s men started the second half as they did the first, pushing forward on Longford every time they got on the ball. The extra man didn’t help things for De Town and they conceded a third goal on 54 minutes when Ronan Coughlan pounced on a loose ball in the box to easily slot it home after some great work down the wing by Sheppard.

Cork got their fourth goal 15 minutes later when Sadlier swung a cross field ball to Griffin and his cross was met by Sadlier at the far post. A great move between the two players with the Leesider’s showing no mercy.

Former Longford Town man Josh O’Hanlon got Cork’s fifth goal after an assist from Sadlier from the left side and O’Hanlon made no mistake blasting it home with the left foot.

The goal of the game came from Sadlier on 88 minutes when he sealed his hatrick. Cutting inside from 30 yards out, he unleashed a rocket of a shot that went straight into the net past the outstretched hands of Kelly in goal. A goal that was appreciated even by the dissapointed Town supporters.

Cork wrapped things up in stoppage time when a counter attack saw a 4 on 2 move end with Barry McNamee scoring their seventh and final goal of the game.

[caption id="attachment_19094" align="aligncenter" width="709"] Over 1.100 supporters turned up to the City Calling Stadium for Friday night’s game. Pic: Ken Keenan Photography[/caption]

A tough game and disappointing result for Neale Fenn and his team but there were some positives to take. The likes of Tumelo Tlou and Eoin O’Neill coming on showed the progress of Longford’s youth system. Young players like Aodh Dervin and Karl Chambers, both of whom worked their socks off, will gain valuable experience from playing opposition of such a high level. The main aim of this season was promotion and Longford are very much still in with a chance of doing that and that was always going to be in the back of the mind of the players and managment alike. The big game is against Drogheda at United Park next week.

TEAM LINE-UPS

Longford Town: Michael Kelly, Shane Elworthy, Michael McDonnell, Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Karl Chambers, Peter Hopkins, Dean Zambra (c), Aodh Dervin, Darren Meenan, Dylan McGlade, Jamie Doyle.

Subs: Ben Kelly, Tumelo Tlou (replaced Peter Hopkins), Eoin O’Neill, (replaced Dylan McGlade), Dean Dillon (replaced Jamie Doyle), Jackson Ryan, Evan O’Connor

Cork City: Peter Cherrie, Aaron Barry, Alan Bennett, Shane Griffin, Steven Beattie, Garry Buckley, Jimmy Keohane, Gearoid Morrissey, Kieran Sadlier, Ronan Coughlan, Karl Sheppard.

Subs: Graham Cummins, Shane Daly-Butz (replaced Karl Sheppard)., Conor McCormack, Sean McLoughlin, Barry McNamee (replaced Alan Bennett), Mark McNulty, Josh O’Hanlon (replaced Gerard Morrissey).

Attendance: 1,181

LTFC Supporters’ Club Notes (02-09-2018)

Sun Sep 2nd 2018

WHAT A NIGHT!

There have been several memorable nights in the City Calling Stadium and last Saturday night was surely one of the best. We faced Cabinteely in a must win encounter. For sure, the stakes were high and so too was the tension. The weather was perfect, there was a large appreciative crowd and we were served up with a game to savour.

The final 4-1 scoreline will never reflect a game that had more than its fair share of drama and unbelievable skill. With goals in the first half from Karl Chambers and Dylan Mc Glade, it looked like we’d kick on in the remaining half. Despite having a barrow load of chances, we just couldn’t net goal number three . And any thoughts of the visitors lying down were soon dispelled as they started to control the game as they searched with intent of a goal of their own. When they did finally score, Cabinteely continued to pile on the pressure. That in turn piled on the pressure on the supporters’ thumping hearts. When we saw our net bulge for a second time, hearts sank only to be refloated straight away when it was flagged for an offside. And yet, the visitors pressed and pressed as the large crowd edged ever closer to their seat’s edge.

The four minutes of added time seemed to be a travesty of justice. Would we hold out? Could we get to fourth place in the table? Cabinteely, it seemed were determined to rain on any party plans.

But then up stepped our wing wizard Dylan McGlade, Messi of the Midlands, a born again George Best. You’ll have to check out his mesmerising two goal blitz on the club’s social media to appreciate the genius of those wonder goals. They defied words, but he waltzed past defenders, leaving some on the backside as he found the net twice in a matter of seconds.

The stand was already noisy but it erupted into sheer ecstasy with the scoring drama as it unfolded in front of disbelieving eyes. Long after the final whistle had sounded, there were small groups standing round trying to make sense of what they had just witnessed. Was it wizardry or magic or had we witnessed a sporting miracle? Still not sure but it was pure football poetry in glorious colour and all in our own City Calling Stadium. What a fabulous night!

CORK CITY ON FRIDAY NIGHT

Whatever you do, remember it’s a Friday night kick off this week. The powers that be changed our usual night from Saturday for our Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup clash with the current holders, Cork City.

The crowds attending home games have been growing steadily and we expect a bumper crowd clicking through the turnstiles on Friday. Already, there’s talk from the southern capital of a fleet of buses heading to the Midlands. It promises to be a night of live football to be remembered. RTÉ2 are broadcasting the game live but it’d be a shame to sit in front of a TV set when you can experience all the thrills and spills as they unfold in front of you. For our previous Cup game, the staff of Coral Leisure attended the game together and thoroughly enjoyed every second. It’s not every day that Longford features for about 2 hours live on national TV, so we’re hoping that the council and Chamber of Commerce will all row in and support a local sporting event.

Because the game is on Friday evening, the Strokestown Road, will be busier than usual, so please do arrive early. By arriving early, you’ll avoid a long walk and having to stand in line at the turnstiles. Remember, the Clubhouse will be open before the game serving teas, coffees, sandwiches and snacks. And it’s worth remembering that we have the best value of any club in the land.

Cork City suffered a surprise home defeat to Sligo Rovers in the league last week and their manager John Caulfield came in for a lot of local criticism. He’ll be out to reverse that sentiment on Friday night but will also be aware a potential banana skin awaits him.

What we really need is a massive crowd from all over the county to come out and support Longford Town as we aim to reach the semi-final.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH / AUGUST

Before kick off against Cabinteely, three young supporters Harry Fenn, Corey Maher and Joshua Byrne presented the player of the month award for August to Dylan McGlade. As far as can be remembered, this was the first occasion that any player has won the coveted award twice in the same season. It has been a remarkable spell for Dylan who was making headlines for his footballing wizardry and his cheeky Michael D tweets. But the Presidential tweets had no bearing on this award, it was purely for his magnificent contribution during August. Long may it continue.

NOT A CENT

It seems hard to believe but it’s true. The FAI changed our game against Cork City from Saturday to Friday and never even considered giving us a cent of compensation. Remember, all players work full time jobs. They’re not fully professional players like our Cup opponents. So to make the game on Friday night, they must take time off. And as if that’s not bad enough, how much do you think the club receives from RTE for broadcasting the match ? Not a cent. Our facilities will be used, our players will provide almost 2 hours of entertainment for the viewers and we’ll receive nothing, not a cent. Because a bigger crowd than usual is anticipated, we’ll have to have extra stewards, toilets, facilities etc etc. In short this high profile match could end up costing us money. Now in plain language, that’s mad.

RESPECT

It was lovely to hear the minute’s round of applause on the 19th minute during the Cabinteely match. The applause was asked for by Bohemian FC in memory of their young supporter, Oran Tully who passed away last week. It was a fitting tribute and very pleasing to see and hear the respect afforded him. May he rest in peace.

FRIENDLY INTERNATIONAL ON SUNDAY

Sunday next sees the City Calling Stadium host an U19 International Friendly when the Republic of Ireland take on Wales. Kick off is 3.00pm and it’s a fantastic opportunity to see the talent of tomorrow strut their stuff at our local venue. It’s also a nice feather in the collective hat of all the hard working volunteer crew who, week in, week out, work tirelessly to have our City Calling Stadium looking so good. We’ve always said that we have a top class venue so now it’s pleasing to see that acknowledged by the powers that be in the FAI.

SOCIAL MEDIA GROWTH

Recently all our social media sites have been growing apace. The video highlights of the games have been particularly popular and it was interesting to see someone in RTE share the highlights from our 4-1 win against Cabinteely. Even the lesser Supporters’ Club Facebook site is faring well, having clocked up over 10,000 views in the last 28 days. Keep on clicking and liking.

PASCHAL QUINN RIP

It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of our local legend Paschal Quinn.

Paschal was a former great player and was current Vice President of the Club. A man of deep learning, knowledge and intelligence he was a former principal teacher in Melview NS. In his later life, with his son and friends he attended as many matches as possible, casting a cold eye on proceedings from behind the goals at the car park end. He loved poetry and Yeats was known to be his absolute favourite. Many time and oft’, he penned some excellent verses himself. His wit was legendary and his stories were much loved when he held court in Clarkes of Dublin Street.

He was a gentle man and a gentleman. And as one acquaintance put it, “it wasn’t for nothing that he was known as The Master”.

We extend our sincere sympathy to Paschal’s family at this sad time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.


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