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.