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MATCH PREVIEW: Athlone Town v Longford Town

Thu Mar 21st 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

The first ‘El Clasico De Midlands’ of the 2019 season takes place this Friday night at the Athlone Town Stadium with the game getting under way at 7.45pm.

After a couple of horrendous seasons, Athlone Town have started this campaign in whirlwind fashion as they are third in the First Division just behind Bray and Shels on goal difference, with the top three having accumulated nine points out of twelve from their opening four matches.

Athlone’s only loss was a two-nil home defeat to Shels, but last weekend, they came away from the Carlisle Grounds with all three points after an impressive one-nil triumph over Bray at the Wicklow venue.

Man-of-the-Match and club skipper Aaron Brilly scored the crucial goal that secured the victory over Bray as he finished off a move that involved three former Longford players.

Darren Meenan joined Athlone from Longford in the close season and he supplied the pass to another ex Longford player, Keelan Dillon, and he inturn played the ball to skipper Brilly who slotted home past Bray keeper Sava.

[caption id="attachment_17633" align="aligncenter" width="5472"] Action from one of Longford Town’s games against Athlone Town last season.[/caption]

Longford Town are the only unbeaten side in the first division with one victory and two draws in their opening three games as they are currently fifth on five points, however, the ‘Red & Black’ do have a game in hand over the teams above them after last week’s game at home to Galway Utd was postponed.

The last outing for Neale Fenn’s charges was the one all draw away to Cabinteely with Sam Verdon on target for Longford.

Last season, Longford won five-one and three-nil at the City Calling Stadium, while the other league encounter at the Athlone Town Stadium ended in a one all draw.

As well as Brilly, Meenan, and Dillon, Athlone have two other former Longford players in their ranks. Rhys Gorman who won the First Division Title with Longford back in 2014 and Kaleem Simon are also now playing for the opposition.

On the team news front, apart from Carlton Ubaezuono, all other squad members are available for selection.

Finally, for those that cannot make the game, Kieran Burke and Jon Brier’s Between The Stripes will be broadcasting live coverage of the big match on mixlr.com/betweenthestripes/

PLAYER INTERVIEW: Conor Kenna

Thu Mar 21st 2019

INTERVIEW BY ANDREW DEMPSEY

All systems are go in the Longford Town dressing room ahead of El Clasico de Midlands this Friday evening at Athlone Town Stadium.

During an off-season of change, Neale Fenn brought in plenty of reinforcements to deal with many of the notable departures from City Calling Stadium. One man who has joined an impressive squad during the off-season is defender Conor Kenna who has a glittering CV to say the least.

The 34-year-old defensive rock at the heart of the Longford defence has impressed suitably since his arrival at the Strokestown Road venue.

So, ahead of the El Clasico on Friday evening the former Premier Division title winning captain spoke to LTFC.ie ahead of the crunch derby clash at the Co. Westmeath venue.

[caption id="attachment_20650" align="aligncenter" width="455"] Conor Kenna in action. Pic: Sportsfile[/caption]

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club to be fair.” The former Bray Wanderers centre back said.

“I was kind thinking of giving up football at the tail end of last season. Daire and Neale got onto me and asked me to come and see if I wanted to give it another go and as soon as I went in, I really enjoyed it. They’ve got a great bunch of lads together and a great atmosphere around the place. It’s great seeing a good bunch of las all wanting to work hard for each other and that’s what you have here.”

It has been a solid start to the season for Neale Fenn’s side so far this season.

A strong defence has underpinned the impressive nature of Town’s opening four performances of the season. Kenna, while being pleased with his defensive showings thus far, has been impressed with the team effort so far within the Longford Town dressing room.

“Neale has his way of playing and it’s great. He sticks to it and it is great to see. I’ve really enjoyed it so far, he likes us to play football the right way and I can’t complain at the moment!

“The clean sheets are an overall thing really. It shows you how hard we are prepared to work for one another. I know we had a bit of luck against Drogheda with Lee (Steacey) pulling off some incredible saves. Even the cup game as well against Cockhill Celtic we got a clean sheet with a different team so it’s nice to be in an environment like that.

“You obviously want to win your first game, but we went down to Limerick, it’s a tough place to go to and with it being the first game of the season it’s always going to be harder and to come away with a draw was good. We played some good football at times. We’re very happy with the start we had, saying that we would’ve liked more points but that’s football. The Cabinteely game was a disgrace, the pitch was a disgrace, but a draw was probably a fair result. We were happy coming away from it with a draw and knowing that we can play better.”

Having endured a tumultuous year at the Carlisle Grounds last year, 2019 has the makings of a year to remember for the former Coventry City youth.

Eager to right the wrongs of last year’s disappointment in Co. Wicklow, Conor is looking at promotion to lift his mood after the bitter taste of relegation last year.    

“I want to turn things around after what happened at Bray last year. I feel like I’ve got a point to prove and Paul O’Conor is like me in that sense after last year at Bray. It wasn’t an ideal year for us, and we just want to get back enjoying our football again. You enjoy football when you’re winning so getting promoted is the aim!”

This Clasico has the makings of a real classic, cue the christened name of the game. In addition, this will be Kenna’s first engagement with the Clasico, a prospect which excites the multi-trophy winner greatly.

“I’m really looking forward to it. There’s a fair bit of slagging going on at the minute with Aodh letting us know how important this game is. He’s been tormenting us all week about it. I’ve never played in one of these games before, so I don’t know exactly what it’s like but going by what Aodh has said, I’ll be taking his advice for definite.

Having played in so many big games previously, the former UCD defensive mainstay noted that he will be looking to utilise his big game experience from times gone by.

“Yeah hopefully I’ll be looking to use my experience on Friday. To be honest I’m just looking forward to getting back out there on the pitch. We didn’t play last weekend, so I just want to get back out there and get another game under my belt. Hopefully we can get a good result and start a good run on our push for promotion!”

And finally, with the hours just counting down to the big kick-off in Co. Westmeath, Conor had this message for the fans ahead of Friday night’s clash down the N55.

“It’s been my first time at the club and I’ve really enjoyed what the fans have brought to the table for us. the fans have been great during the games. They know what the game means to them and the players know what it means as well, as Aodh has driven it into us! We’ll be all up for it and hopefully we can grab a win at the end of the game!”


MATCH POSTPONED: Longford Town v Galway United

Sat Mar 16th 2019

MATCH POSTPONED

Tonight’s SSE Airtricity League game v Galway United has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the City Calling Stadium.

The game will be rescheduled to a later date.

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MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Galway United

Fri Mar 15th 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town will hope to continue their unbeaten start to the season when they host Galway Utd at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night.

The Town go into the contest on five points after a home victory over Drogheda and successive away draws with Limerick and Cabinteely, while Galway’s three points were earned courtesy of a convincing four-nil victory away to Wexford.
Galway lost both their home games against the two favourites for the First Division Title. They were two-nil up against Shelbourne after seventy four minutes but incredibly lost three-two. Then last weekend, Galway also lost one-nil to Bray with Dean O’Halloran’s seventy-first minute strike inflicting defeat on the Tribesmen.

Last week, Longford took the lead away to Cabinteely as Sam Verdon struck for the visitors, but a much improved second-half display secured the Dubliners a point as Rob Manley equalised on fifty-six minutes.

[caption id="attachment_20622" align="aligncenter" width="1124"] Screenshot: Longford Town TV (YouTube)[/caption]

Neale Fenn’s charges will have to keep a careful watch on dangerous striker Vinny Faherty who scored against Shels and also Colin Kelly who has two goals in the opening three games. Big Galway centre-half, Stephen Walsh is a former Longford Town player and he is a quality opponent who is excellent both defensively and from set-pieces as an attacking threat.

The return of defender Kevin Knight to the Town squad means that Carlton Ubaezuono is the only absentee for the home side.

Goalkeeper, Lee Steacey had this to say about the opposition for Saturday night.



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