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Talk of the Town match programme out this Saturday!

Thu Mar 28th 2019


In this weeks issue:
• Hear from Manager, Neale Fenn
• Captain’s Notes from Dean Zambra
• Andrew Dempsey interviews Lee Steacy
• Kieran Burke reports on the opposition
• Take a trip down memory lane with Marty Stapleton
• and much more!

MATCH PREVIEW: Longford Town v Shelbourne

Thu Mar 28th 2019

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town take on joint title favourites Shelbourne at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night with the big match getting underway at 7.30pm.

Longford are the only unbeaten team in the first division with wins at home to Drogheda and last week’s crucial away victory over a vastly improved Athlone Town, while Neale Fenn’s charges have also earned away draws with Limerick and Cabinteely.

Sam Verdon’s match winning goal in last week’s ‘El Classico De Midlands’ means that the Town are just one point behind the leading trio of Shelbourne, Bray and Athlone Town who all lost last weekend.

Bray were surprisingly beaten by bottom placed Wexford, while Shelbourne lost 2-1 away to Cobh.

Shelbourne also lost at home to Cabinteely but they have recorded three victories. They came back from two down to win three-two away to Galway, they impressively won two-nil away to Athlone Town, and also earned a three-nil home triumph over Wexford.

Last season, Shels won two of the three league meetings between the sides. The Dubliners won the opening encounter three-two at Tolka Park with Longford having two players dismissed late in the second-half. The second clash at the City Calling Stadium ended in a one-all draw, while Shels hammered Longford five-one in the final meeting at Tolka Park.

Shels have a lot of quality players in their ranks with Dean Delaney in goals, Derek Prendergast and Luke Byrne in defence, Ryan Brennan and Conan Byrne in midfield, and potent goalscoring threats in Karl Moore and the division’s joint top goalscorer Ciaran Kilduff.

The visitors will be without the suspended Greg Moorhouse after his injury time dismissal in last week’s defeat to Cobh, while Longford’s only absentee is the injured Carlton Ubaezuono.

Supporters’ Club Notes (26/08/2018)

Sun Aug 26th 2018


It was a grand evening for football and a right good crowd was in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday to witness De Town progress to the next round of the FAI Cup. With so many old familiar faces  back in the crowd, it was like the old times again. The best part of the night was the determined spirit with which the team played. Shels, on numerous occasions tried to play the ball out of defence but were harried non stop. It was an excellent team display from start to finish. With Mick Kelly outstanding once again between the sticks, each Town player in front of him played their part in the uplifting 2-0 win. It looked like  we’d go in on level terms but when Dylan Mc Glade fired home an added time penalty (we don’t get too many), there was a sense that justice was done.

We expected the visitors to emerge with all guns blazing and hoped that a certain former player wouldn’t find the back of our net. But it was the hosts who upped the tempo and took complete control of the game. Daniel O’Reilly smashed home a real cracker to soothe whatever nerves there may have been.

Some visiting supporters said they were happy to be out of the cup so that they could concentrate on promotion. Fake news. They beat us 6-1 in our last game and genuinely expected to beat us, if not by that same margin. If we can maintain the present momentum, we’d be a match for any premier side in the next round.

“Stand up if you’re Longford Town” rang out from the stands in the final minutes. Hopefully, that chant will become  familiar again- just like the old days.


We have yet another vital game at home this Saturday. Cabinteely are our visitors, with kick off on Saturday September 1st at 7.30. While they may be 12 points between us, that’ll matter for nothing come kick off time. They’ve proved to be tricky opponents before but hopefully we’ll pull a few tricks out of the bag ourselves to keep the pressure on Drogheda. This Friday night, the Drogs face league leaders UCD at home . Hopefully the students can do us a favour up there.

But what we really, really need is a huge and vocal home support on Saturday night. We can only concentrate on our own games and get as many as possible out to support the effort. See you there, on Saturday night.


You could be forgiven to believe that the FAI Cup is a state secret with its lack of decent coverage in the national media, particularly on our national broadcaster. Thankfully there are a number of social media platforms which are doing a pretty good job. Following our Saturday night win, the dedicated sports forum The 42 had a very good and detailed account of the win. They also included 3 top class photos from the INPHO agency. Contrast that to the 7 seconds on RTE Radio sport.

MATCH REPORT: Town Cup run continues after victory over Shelbourne

Sun Aug 26th 2018

Match Report by Tony Ghee

Longford Town progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup with a comfortable two-nil victory over Shelbourne, as goals from Dylan McGlade and Daniel O’Reilly sealed a place in the last eight for the Midlanders for the second successive season.

It was a thoroughly deserved victory for the home side as they dominated proceedings and outplayed the visitors for much of the contest despite missing several key players.

Karl Chambers versatility was again demonstrated as he slotted in at left-back in the absence of Mick McDonnell, with Tristan Noack-Hofmann moving across to partner O’Reilly in the centre of defence.

Shane Elworthy and Peter Hopkins made welcome returns to the starting eleven after their injury absences and came through the game unscathed.

In the second minute, Dean Zambra gained possession and set-up Jamie Doyle, his shot was blocked, and Aodh Dervin fired the rebound just over the Shelbourne bar.

On nine minutes, superb wing wizardry from man-of-the-match McGlade bamboozled the Shels defence, and his cross resulted in Zambra glancing a header well wide from a good position.

Longford came close again in the nineteenth minute when the towering O’Reilly headed a McGlade cross inches over the bar.

Shels striker David O’Sullivan had the visitors first opportunity a minute later but he volleyed over from a John Ross Wilson cross.

The Dubliners enjoyed a good fifteen minute spell just after the half-hour mark creating three good chances.

On thirty-one minutes, Town keeper Mick Kelly produced a magnificent save to keep out Lorcan Fitzgerald’s close range strike from an Evans corner with Greg Moorehouse rifling the rebound over the crossbar.

Two minutes after that, Paddy Kavanagh skipped past the challenge of Town centre-back O’Reilly, raced in on goal, but just as he was about to pull the trigger, Noack-Hofmann got across to make a brilliant goal-saving challenge.

Just before half-time, Town keeper Kelly was called into action again as he kept out Gavin Boyne’s deflected long range strike.

Longford Town struck in first-half stoppage time as McGlade calmly despatched a penalty to the bottom left corner after he had been brought down by Reece McEnteer.

Town stopper Kelly produced a stunning save five minutes into the second-half. Kavanagh played in Adam Evans but his fifteen yard shot was brilliantly stopped by Kelly.

The home side were in the ascendancy for the rest of the match and on fifty-three minutes, O’Reilly’s downward header from McGlade’s corner produced a marvellous save from Dean Delaney.

In the sixty-fifth minute, a quick-fire one-two between McGlade and Doyle carved open the Shelbourne rearguard, McGlade surged into the box and his cut-back found Meenan just inside the penalty area, however, Meenan’s firm strike came back off the post.

Longford ensured victory on seventy-two minutes when O’Reilly volleyed home a McGlade corner to finally beat Shelbourne at the fourth attempt this season, and book the Town’s passage into the quarter-finals of the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup.


Longford Town: Kelly, Elworthy (Tilou 94 minutes), O’Reilly, Noack-Hofmann, Chambers, Meenan, Dervin, Zambra, Hopkins (Dillon 90 minutes), Doyle, McGlade.

Shelbourne: Delaney, Ross Wilson, Prendergast, McEnteer, Fitzgerald, Moorehouse, Byrne (Boyne 26 minutes), Moore, Evans (Farrell 75 minutes), Kavanagh (English 57 minutes), O’Sullivan.

Referee: John McLaughlin (Athlone).

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