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MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Drogheda United

Thu Jun 14th 2018

Preview by Andrew Dempsey

After two consecutive away trips to Ballybofey and Cabinteely, Longford Town will be returning to home comforts for the first time in 14 days as Neale Fenn’s side welcome Tim Clancy’s Drogheda United to the City Calling Stadium in a colossal First Division clash on Friday evening. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

After last week’s disappointment at Stradbrook, Longford Town will be keen to get back to winning ways as the Red and Black look to catapult themselves back into the Playoff places before the mid-season break.

As for our opponents Drogheda, they will also be looking to bounce back with a big win after Tim Clancy’s side fell to a bitterly disappointing two nil defeat against top of the table UCD at the UCD Bowl last week. A brace from the in-form Georgie Kelly sealed the deal for the Students on that occasion.

Last time we met Drogheda United, Neale Fenn’s side played out an entertaining one-all draw as Ciaran Kelly popped up with a late, late strike to break Town hearts on Boyneside after Dean Byrne’s sumptuous thirty-yard strike looked to have sealed the deal for De Town at United Park.

After having our recent unbeaten run snapped by Cabinteely last week, Neale Fenn will surely be hoping that his side can bounce back from last week’s defeat, and with good measure too, as the last time his side fell to defeat away from home, they won the very next home game which was the 5-1 derby day demolition job win over Athlone Town at the City Calling Stadium.

In terms of team news for De Town, Evan Galvin and Darren Meenan must sit out this vital clash due to suspensions picked up in recent games while Alan Kehoe and Cian Byrne remain out with injuries.

In a game that promises to be a fantastic footballing spectacle, be sure to get out and support the Red and Black of Longford Town in our final game before the mid-season break at the City Calling Stadium.

Match Preview: Longford Town FC v Galway United

Fri Jun 1st 2018

SSE Airtricity League First Division

Longford Town FC v Galway United
Friday 1st June 2018
City Calling Stadium, 7.45pm

by James Donnelly

The last time De Town and the Tribesmen met, both clubs played out an entertaining scoreless draw at Eamonn Deacy Park, in a game where local star Aodh Dervin shined, both managers, in particular Town’s Neale Fenn, felt that they could have nicked a winner. A good result away for Longford Town all the same.

Coming into tonight’s game off the back of a disappointing away draw against Athlone Town, Longford will be looking for all 3 points to put them back in the run of things for a play-off spot come the end of the season. Luckily enough with the way league results have gone, Longford have not fallen behind by much. Galway are only 4 points ahead of us going into the game, albeit 3 places ahead on the table, so a win for De Town is a must.

Galway come to the City Calling Stadium off the back of a frustrating 1-0 loss at home to Drogheda United last week. Shane Keegan’s men have been doing well however, currently sitting pretty in 3rd place, they’re only 5 points behind league leaders UCD.

Longford’s Shane Elworthy pictured in action against former Town player Ryan Connolly during the club’s last encounter at Eamonn Deacy Park in March.

Longford Town will be looking to the likes of Daniel O’Reilly, Aodh Dervin and Dean Byrne tonight, should Dean get his chance to go in, with Town striker Chris Mulhall suspended after receiving a straight red in last week’s draw with Athlone. The experience of O’Reilly along with the creativity of Dervin in midfield may prove crucial in tonight’s game.

Galway have former Longford Town player Ryan Connolly in the centre of the field. Connolly, who is club captain, is one of Galways top players, and the Westerners will be looking to his leadership to guide them to a win. Throw in the the possibility of the always threatening Danny Furlong and Town’s defence will have their hands full.

De Town will have to do without Peter Hopkins, Adam O’Connor, Shane O’Connor, Cian Byrne and Alan Kehoe who all remain on the injured list. Chris Mulhall misses out through suspension. Galway are still missing Alan Conway (injured) while prolific goal scorer Danny Furlong remains doubtful along with Tadgh Ryan.

Kick off tonight is 7.45pm


MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Shelbourne

Thu May 17th 2018

Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town hope to make it three successive league wins on Saturday when they host promotion chasing rivals Shels at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night. After successive home defeats to UCD and Finn Harps, Neale Fenn’s ‘Red & Black Army’ are back on track after beating Cobh 1-0 and Wexford FC 2-0 on their travels over the last two weeks. There was disappointment inbetween as Town exited the EA Cup losing to Cobh in the quater-final, but after three away games in-a-row, the home faithful should turn out in force to support the Midlanders in a crucial six-pointer against the Tolka Park outfit.

In the earlier league meeting at Tolka Park, Longford finished the game with nine players as both McGlade and Verdon received their marching orders in the last fifteen minutes with Shelbourne winning the game 3-2 with a late, late injury time penalty. David O’Sullivan who spent five seasons at the City Calling Stadium, earning iconic status as the club’s all time record goalscorer, came back to haunt the Town with a hat-trick against his former club that he only left at the end of last season. Sully has continued his rich vein of scoring form with the Dubliners netting ten times already this season.

As well as O’Sullivan, the Town defence will also need to keep an eye on the mercurial James English and the lively Adam Evans in their bid to record a third successive league clean sheet. Since beating Galway 2-0 at Tolka Park towards the end of April, Shelbourne have drawn their last three league matches,1-1 away to Drogheda United, 1-1 at home to leaders UCD, and 0-0 at home to Finn Harps, so they are under pressure to get back to winning ways.

Action from Longford Town’s last league encounter v Shelbourne in Tolka Park. Photograph: Eoin Smith / extratime.ie

Only three points separate second placed Drogheda from sixth placed Longford Town with Shelbourne in fifth place just a point ahead of Longford and the current top six should be the teams that will battle it out for the title and the three promotion play-off places at the end of the season.

On the team news front, Aodh Dervin and Peter Hopkins have recovered well from their knocks but Saturday’s game is probably too early for them to be risked with the Midlands Derby the following week away to Athlone their likely return fixture, but definitely out of Saturday’s match are Shane O’Connor, Adam O’Connor,  Cian Byrne, and Alan Kehoe.

Kick-off on Saturday evening at the City Calling Stadium is 7.30pm.

MATCH PREVIEW: Cobh Ramblers v Longford Town

Sat May 5th 2018

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town look to bounce back from two successive home league defeats to UCD and Finn Harps when they travel to St. Colman’s Park to face Cobh Ramblers in their next league encounter on Saturday night.

The Town were outplayed in their 2-0 defeat to UCD, but they were the superior team against Harps despite losing the game in the last minute. The Town have recorded two excellent cup wins in the last two weeks, beating Shamrock Rovers away in Tallaght in the EA Sports Cup courtesy of an 89th minute winner from Daniel O’Reilly and then on Tuesday night of this week, Longford defeated UCD 2-1 in the Leinster Senior Cup at the UCD Bowl.

Neale Fenn played a strong side in Tuesday night’s cup win over UCD with Hofmann, Adam O’Connor, Galvin, Chambers, Dean Byrne, Meenan and McGlade and Hollywood all starting while Mulhall, McDonnell, and Zambra all made substitute appearances.

Goalkeeper Jack Brady, midfielder Daniel Ridge, and striker Jackson Ryan were given much needed game time against UCD. Ryan’s Man-of-the-Match display and two goal salvo against UCD might earn him a starting place against Cobh on Saturday night as the ‘Red & Black’ seek a more clinical edge in front of goal.

Last season, Cobh’s impressive young team finished second in the league and won three of the four league encounters against Longford with the Midlanders emerging triumphant in the other clash, however, Cobh have struggled to maintain that momentum this season as they lie eighth in the table with just eight points.

Action from Cobh’s league visit to City Calling Stadium earlier this season.

Longford Town have dropped to sixth after the two recent losses, ten points behind leaders UCD and three points off a play-off spot, so a first away league win of the season is vital to keep the Town in touch with the teams above them.

In the earlier meeting this season, goals from Mulhall and Zambra gave Longford a 2-0 half-time lead, but second-half goals from Andrew Wall and Cian Leonard earned the Cork side a draw.

Saturday’s league game is the first of two games between the sides in just four days as they will meet again in the EA Sports Cup Quarter-Finals on Tuesday night also at St. Coleman’s Park.

On the team news front, Shane Elworthy, Alan Kehoe, Shane O’Connor, and Cian Byrne are still out, and they have been joined on the casualty list by Aodh Dervin who had to be replaced at half-time last Saturday against Harps. Exciting winger Peter Hopkins is available for the game and that is a big boost for the club.

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