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Supporters’ Club Notes (20/08/2018)

Mon Aug 20th 2018

BEST IN WEST

It was one thing beating Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup and on their ground. But the big question on all supporters’ minds leading up to the Galway game was, could we maintain that momentum. After all, there was huge motivation for the westerners too because home defeat would surely signal an end to their season’s ambitions.

Thankfully our fears were laid to rest with a controlled display by a determined, spirited Town display. Two well goals each from Jamie Doyle and Dylan McGlade saw us run out comfortable 1-4 winners. Three points bagged and three goal cushion away from home saw the large travelling support leave Galway with Galway Bay sized grins. What was particularly pleasing about this win was that our mounting injury list didn’t seem to impact as much as some feared. We’ll need all the stored up reserve energy as we face more vital league games in September.

ERIC’S GHOST

Quite a few people are now comparing the heroics of Dylan McGlade to those of Eric Lavine. For those who never witnessed Eric’s wizardry, it’s a huge compliment. Sporting media outlets in the west have been marvelling at his silken skills which always make for pleasing reading. Long may Dylan continue to ply his magic while donning the red and black.

WE’RE DUE ONE

This Saturday night we face Shels once again. This time it’s the FAI Cup Second Round. Despite our poor form against the Dublin side, we’ve never been too far behind them. We know from top displays throughout the season that we beat the very best of teams. Well surely we’re due one victory in late August against our visitors. We’ve already put one team wearing red and white to the sword, now it’s time to repeat the dose against Shels. Kick off is 7.30 this Saturday night in what promises to be a real cup cracker.

PICTURE PERFECT

Congratulations to Ken Keenan, a sports photographer based in the west. His timely pic perfectly captured our heroic win over Galway last week end. In it, the beaten home keeper looks distraught as he lies facing his own goal post. Goal scorer Jamie Doyle, his chest puffed out awaits the plaudits from his onrushing, jubilant team mates and in the background the visiting Town supporters jump in noisy celebration with young Burke as cheerleader. Some supporters are seen, out of focus, texting the welcome news. If ever a picture painted a thousand red and black words, this was it. Well done Ken with the keen eye.

You can find his pictures from the night here…

MARATHON MAN

It was great to see our long serving, loyal supporter Raymond Grehan picking up his well merited medal on Sunday. The Longford Marathon was run on Sunday last and one of the many participants was our own Ray of sunshine. There may have been many more but he was the only one noticed by this note scribbler.

MATCH PREVIEW: Sligo Rovers v Longford Town (FAI Cup First Round)

Sat Aug 11th 2018

Match Preview by James Donnelly

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup First Round
Sligo Rovers FC v Longford Town FC

Saturday 11th August 2018

The Showgrounds • 7.45PM

Sligo Rovers and Longford Town FC face off tonight in the first round of the FAI Cup. In a repeat of last years first round clash, Gerard Lyttle’s side will be hoping to gain revenge after they were sent crashing out of the tournament after extra time at the City Calling Stadium last time out.

Longford won 4-2 after extra time thanks to goals from Karl Chambers, Sam Verdon, Kealan Dillon and Peter Hopkins. Dillon has since moved on to pastures new but Chambers, Verdon and Hopkins are all available for selection.

Looking at both clubs current form, Sligo come into tonight’s game off the back of a 1-0 loss at home to Derry in the EA Sports Cup Semi-Final. Only a few days previously, they had made the trip up to the Brandywell for a league fixture and left with all 3 points. Sitting third from bottom in the Premier Division, the West Coast side have had struggled at times. Much like ourselves in the league, they have shown they can be a good footballing side at times but they have also shown they are vulnerable in areas. With that being said, Sligo boss Gerard Lyttle knows that they can’t underestimate Longford. Speaking to Sligo Rovers official website, he commented: “Longford turned us over last year and we know they are a good side. Neale has them playing a good brand of football, out from the back, and they’re up there challenging for the play-off spots. We know the dangers and I don’t think complacency will be an issue for us. I do feel we’re stronger this year and that’s no disrespect to any players here before. However, it’s up to us to go out and put the performance in. I think if we keep playing like we have been that we can win games and that’s the job for the lads on Saturday.”

[caption id="attachment_18759" align="aligncenter" width="645"] Sam Verdon celebrates scoring his goal along with Karl Chambers during last year’s Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup First Round win over Sligo Rovers at the City Calling Stadium last year.[/caption]

Sligo Rovers and Longford Town FC face off tonight in the first round of the FAI Cup. In a repeat of last years first round clash, Gerard Lyttle’s side will be hoping to gain revenge after they were sent crashing out of the tournament after extra time at the City Calling Stadium last time out.

Longford won 4-2 after extra time thanks to goals from Karl Chambers, Sam Verdon, Kealan Dillon and Peter Hopkins. Dillon has since moved on to pastures new but Chambers, Verdon and Hopkins are all available for selection.

Looking at both clubs current form, Sligo come into tonight’s game off the back of a 1-0 loss at home to Derry in the EA Sports Cup Semi-Final. Only a few days previously, they had made the trip up to the Brandywell for a league fixture and left with all 3 points. Sitting third from bottom in the Premier Division, the West Coast side have had struggled at times. Much like ourselves in the league, they have shown they can be a good footballing side at times but they have also shown they are vulnerable in areas. With that being said, Sligo boss Gerard Lyttle knows that they can’t underestimate Longford. Speaking to Sligo Rovers official website, he commented: “Longford turned us over last year and we know they are a good side. Neale has them playing a good brand of football, out from the back, and they’re up there challenging for the play-off spots. We know the dangers and I don’t think complacency will be an issue for us. I do feel we’re stronger this year and that’s no disrespect to any players here before. However, it’s up to us to go out and put the performance in. I think if we keep playing like we have been that we can win games and that’s the job for the lads on Saturday.”

Longford Town come into tonight’s game off the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Athlone Town at the City Calling Stadium last week. While that game went off without a hitch, De Town’s last few weeks have been anything but easy. Losing 4 out of 6 in the month of July, Neale Fenn’s side have struggled to find consistent form in the second half of the season. While we are still very much in the mix for a promotion playoff spot, Longford will need to find the form they showed in beating league leaders UCD 5-1 earlier in the season. Speaking briefly to LTFC.ie, Neale Fenn said he feels Longford can win the game and won’t fear Sligo. Having beaten the home side last year and it being the cup, anything can happen.

In terms of team news for Longford, Jamie Doyle is suspended for the game while Dean Byrne is still on the injury list.

For Sligo, Gary Boylan is the only loss as he is still recovering from a long-term cruciate ligament injury.

Kick off at the Showgrounds tonight is 7.45pm.

Safe travels to all Longford supporters making the trip to Sligo.

#CmonDeTown!

Supporters’ Club Notes (11-06-2018)

Mon Jun 11th 2018

DROGHEDA ON FRIDAY NIGHT

It’s been a while since we welcomed Drogheda to the City Calling Stadium but they’re our welcome visitors this Friday night. And then we have our mid-season break. And that’s welcome too. Last Friday night was a huge disappointment when we beaten by a single goal by Cabinteely. It brought our long unbeaten run to an unexpected end. The Drogs also lost on Friday night so obviously both teams will be hoping for an improvement. We certainly could do with a three pointer heading into the break. Whether we have new signings during that period remains to be seen but a big crowd on Friday night is really what we want and of course three points at the end of all that shouting and supporting.

INTERNATIONAL ON TUESDAY

Tuesday, 12th June at 4pm sees an international at the City Calling Stadium. The Irish Universities take on their counterparts from France in what should be an intriguing game. These players should have skill as well as brains in abundance so it should be a perfect way to spend an afternoon locally. The game has been below the radar but now you know, we hope to see you there.

SCOREBOARD

Work is in progress in re establishing a new state of the art scoreboard. Setting it all up is more complex than you might think and it’ll probably take us a few weeks to get it up and running properly. And if you’re wondering where the funds came for this latest project. Well, the answer is from the Supporters’ Club and particularly from the car boot sales. Remember when you support the Supporters’ Club, you’re supporting the facilities at the City Calling Stadium.

BREAK TIME

With the players and management taking their summer break, these short notes will be doing likewise. So just that you won’t be overly disappointed when you search for them next week!!

Pictures from Longford Town’s 3-2 win over Galway United

Sat Jun 2nd 2018

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

Our 3-2 win was a game with everything….great goals….a sending off….a penalty missed….drama and tension from start to finish… fantastic atmosphere …summed up in 3 pics.

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It was a busy night for Sam Verdon….receiving his player of the month award from Pauric Connolly….then he scored and performed his dance routine for his little brother Bobby…..various underage awards too and of course the half time match, while some in the crowd kept an eye on the match programme or texted updates…..all captured by the Supporters’ Club photographer!!

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There’s a small army of volunteers working hard non stop behind the scenes….thirsty work on a balmy June night.

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A few more pics from tonight’s action including the visitors’ penalty miss…..

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Goals 1, 2 and 3 from tonight’s inspirational win against Galway.

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Tonight’s fabulous win has been dedicated to Marty Stapleton……best wishes MARTY from the players, management, Supporters’ Club, Section O, the Cub committee and every follower of de Town… C’mon DeTown ..and ..C’Mon Marty……

And finally it’s great to see the young supporters show their appreciation to their young local hero……the Supporters’ Club wish Aodh all the very best in his Leaving Cert next week.

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