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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

FAI CUP QUARTER FINAL MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Cork City

Thu Sep 6th 2018

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

The RTE cameras will be rolling into the City Calling Stadium this Friday night as Longford Town take on Cork City in a high profile Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Quarter-Final clash.

This is the third successive season that Longford Town and Cork City collide in Irish soccer’s blue riband competition at the Midlanders home venue, with Cork winning the previous two encounters by four goals to one.

In 2016, Kevin O’Connor, Sean Maguire, Karl Sheppard, and Chiedozie Ogbene all rattled the Town net with Eddie Dsane bagging the Longford goal.

Last year’s Double Champions Cork also came out on top in last year’s clash as they again cruised to a four-one victory, a second-half brace from Karl Sheppard along with first-half goals from Kieran Sadlier and Jimmy Keohane sealed the win. The Town consolation strike was credited as a Robbie Williams own goal.

[caption id="attachment_19084" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Action from last season’s FAI Cup Quarter Final tie v Cork City. (Pic: Longford Leader)[/caption]

Only six of the Town players who featured in last year’s tie are still with the ‘Red & Black’. Tristan Noack-Hofmann, Daniel O’Reilly, Peter Hopkins, Sam Verdon and Dean Zambra all started while Karl Chambers was on the bench.

Of those six, Verdon will miss the game through injury and Centre-half O’Reilly is suspended but the other four will start the big match. Dean Byrne and Jamie Hollywood are also out injured for the home side.

En route to the last eight, Cork defeated non-league Home Farm five-one in Whitehall with Ronan Coughlan (twice), Barry McNamee, Kieran Sadlier, and former Longford player Josh O’Hanlon all on the mark.

In the last sixteen, John Caulfield’s rebel army beat another non-league side, Maynooth University Town, at Turners Cross as Sadlier, O’Hanlon, and Coughlan all hit the target for the second consecutive game with Aaron Barry getting the other goal in a four-nil triumph.

Longford Town’s progression to the last eight began with a surprise one-nil victory away to Premier Division Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds as Jamie Hollywood was the match winner.

In the last sixteen, a ninth minute penalty converted by Dylan McGlade and a seventy-second minute strike from O’Reilly knocked first division rivals Shelbourne out of the cup on a two-nil score-line.

The Town and Cork City also met in the 2007 FAI Cup Final at the RDS when Denis Behan scored the only goal to crown the Leesiders as champions.

However, the Town did knock Cork out of the FAI Cup at the second round stage in 2006 with a two-one home victory, as Dessie Baker and a Danny O’Connor thunderbolt sent the Longford fans into ecstasy.

Cork will be looking to bounce back from last week’s shock two-one home defeat at Turners Cross which handed the initiative to Dundalk in the race for the Premier Division title.

Longford Town’s impressive four-one home win over Cabinteely last Saturday night has propelled them into the promotion play-off places in the first division with just two rounds of matches remaining.

Although the league is the bigger priority, a shock cup giant killing act over hot favourites Cork would be the perfect boost ahead of the following week’s crunch league meeting away to Drogheda United.

Friday’s game kicks-off at 7.30pm with Kane’s Travel providing two free shuttle buses to the City Calling Stadium from the Longford Arms Hotel at half past six and seven o’clock, and returning to the Arms Hotel after the match.



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