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Supporters’ Club Notes (23/09/2018)

Sun Sep 23rd 2018

OVER AND OUT

Well, despite a spirited second half fight back to draw 2-2 with newly promoted UCD, our season came to an end on Saturday night. Under a bright moon, on a chilly evening, it looked like the Students were going to run riot. But it was De Town who played the superior football in the second half with Dillon netting twice to draw us level. Indeed, but for poor referring decisions, we could have finished the season with a win.

What was heart warming on a chilly night was the reaction of supporters and the team after the final whistle. It was lovely to see the team acknowledge the supporters and vice versa.

Over a long season, we’ve had some superb results and of course we had banana skin slippages too. But as the Charles Buchan Football Monthly used to say “Support your club in good times and bad”.

Roll on the 2019 season.

LONG, LONG ROCKY ROAD

If there had been a sporting miracle and if we had qualified for the play offs, consider the long road that would have faced us. We’d have to play Shels twice and then face Finn Harps twice. Now if we were still standing after those tough four encounters, we’d be up against Limerick or maybe Sligo for a few more games. While winning all those games would generate huge excitement, the financial outlay for the extra month could have been crippling. So next season, it’d be much handier if we just won the division and leave the rocky road of play offs to the others.

UCD’S ROAD AHEAD

The handful of UCD supporters were happy enough bunch on Saturday night. They were certainly happy not to have lost their last league game . Next up for the Students is the daunting task of facing Dundalk in the Cup. But for their little band of supporters they weren’t looking on the tie or their move up to the big time as being particularly daunting. They said that they’ve no intention of spending extra money that they don’t have. For the past two seasons, they’ve stuck with their policy of having no “outsiders” in their squad. In other words, all of the squad are scholarship students and that will remain their policy. Because they play Colleges football, they play during the winter months too. The team which won the First Division have been together now for three years, more or less. That’s a situation foreign to most ordinary clubs. We wish them the best of luck next season but maybe our paths will cross at the end of the 2019 season.

SUPERB SUPPORT

One thing from the 2018 season, that stands out for this scribbler is the superb standard of support given to the team all season. Part of the reason, is the style of football, the quality of goals and some excellent victories, especially away from home. Credit must also go to the management and how they’ve interacted with the supporters and the community, generally. An other pleasing aspect was the positive contribution made by Section O as well as the die hard regulars scattered around the ground and who occupy the exact same seats, game after game. Throw in the dedicated Supporters’ Club and our efficient and friendly ground staff/stewards into the mix and it all adds up. This season, the social media aspect of promoting the Club has gone up many notches, which in turn helps our ever growing young support base. We may not have won the league but, I think we’ve won many new, young supporters and held on to our golden oldies too. So we must be doing something right.

 

ELSEWHERE

I fully realise that we are blowing our trumpet in the above piece. But when you cast your eye around other nearby clubs, we’re doing OK. Galway, a city club, with a massive potential finished a good distance behind us on the points scale. Sligo Rovers will probably remain in the top flight but their set up costs a small fortune and many of their fan base can’t wait for the end of the season. And Athlone’s sad troubles are too well documented already. So that just leaves Finn Harps and they have an unwelcome break before they go to battle again. Derry City are hardly in our area but after Brexit they won’t even be in the EU, so what’s their future? Grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Anyway, we have Seamus Murray keeping our grass nice and lush and well maintained.

SOME GOOD NEWS

And so, we’ll finish with some good news for lovers of the beautiful game locally. Later on, we’ll conform details of our Gala Awards Night. But at long last, our wonderful facilities at the City Calling Stadium will be used on an international scale. Although the final dates have yet to be confirmed, we will be hosting three U19 competitive internationals in November. The Republic of Ireland will face the Faroe Islands, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Holland and our new score board should be up and ticking over by then. The season may be over but our sporting life lives on.

C’mon de Town.

Pictures by Tiernan Dolan

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Match Preview: UCD v Longford Town

Thu Jun 28th 2018

Match Preview by Tony Ghee

Longford Town will continue their promotion push when they resume league action away to league leaders UCD at the Bowl on Friday night with the game getting underway at 7.45pm.

UCD are seven points clear of second placed Drogheda and third placed Shelbourne while nine points is the gap to Longford Town in fourth, so a victory for Neale Fenn’s charges is a necessity if title ambitions are to remain realistic.

College are unbeaten at home all season with their three league defeats all on their travels as they lost away to Drogheda, Galway, and Cabinteely. At the Bowl, UCD have won seven of their eight league games with only Galway Utd escaping with a point after a one all draw.

Longford Town have lost just one of their last seven outings when losing 1-0 away to Cabinteely, however, three successive victories over top six rivals, Galway Utd, Finn Harps, and the crucial 1-0 home victory over Drogheda before the break have given the Town a massive boost ahead of this titanic clash.

UCD are the only team to outplay Longford this season as they gave the Midlanders a footballing lesson in their two-nil victory at the City Calling Stadium earlier in the season and are the best side the Town have played.

A brace of goals from star striker Georgie Kelly secured the victory for UCD against Longford that night with his opening goal around the hour mark resulting from a clever one-two with O’Neill, and his second on seventy-seven minutes was a close range strike that was set-up by a rampaging McClelland run down the left-wing.

Action from our last encounter v UCD at City Calling Stadium

Indeed, UCD should have won by more as they missed a plethora of chances due to a combination of poor finishing and superb goalkeeping from Mick Kelly, while the Town only produced one shot on target in the entire match.

Form between the two teams would suggest that a draw would be the most likely outcome. Georgie Kelly, Greg Sloggett, Jason McClelland and Collingwood Cup player of the season Daire O’Connor will be formidable opponents, however, Longford have plenty of quality in their ranks as Aodh Dervin, Dylan McGlade, Sam Verdon, Shane Elworthy and Karl Chambers should all pose a significant threat to UCD.

Longford Town will be missing five players on Friday night as Peter Hopkins, Alan Kehoe, Dean Byrne, Cian Byrne, and Daniel Ridge are all out injured. In transfer news, Shane O’Connor and Evan Galvin have both departed the club.



Aodh Dervin on the importance of our travelling support

Tue Jun 26th 2018

Town’s young midfield dynamo, Aodh Dervin on our supportive Town fans. The importance of our travelling support cannot be underestimated, so lend your voices for Town’s away match against UCD on Friday.

Text only to 0831670304 to book a seat for the bus going there. #cmondetown



LEINSTER SENIOR CUP MATCH REPORT: UCD 1-2 Longford Town

Wed May 2nd 2018

Match Report by James Donnelly

Longford Town progressed into the next round of the Leinster Senior Cup last night with a 2-1 victory over UCD in Belfield. Jackson Ryan got both goals for De Town in the second half after Ben Hanrahan had opened the students account early in the first.


Both managers made big changes to their starting eleven coming into the game, for UCD, the stand-out missing man was star striker Georgie Kelly while Longford Town were without the services of midfield maestro Aodh Dervin who is out for at least a month after picking up a nasty injury against Finn Harps last week. Centre backs Daniel O’Reilly and Michael McDonnell were rested, both starting the game on the bench. Adam O’Connor and Daniel Ridge started in their place.

The first chance of the game came to Longford’s Tristan Noack-Hofmann. A slack UCD clearance fell to the Arvagh man about 30 yards out but his shot went over and didn’t trouble Conor Kearns in the UCD goal.

Evan Galvin played in Dylan McGlade not too long after but his shot only stung the hands of Kearns and it eventually ended up out for a corner. Dean Byrne also went close when he got onto the end of a cross from Darren Meenan but his volley was blasted high into the sky.

UCD wasted an opportunity on 15 minutes when Kevin Coffey was played in but he dragged his shot wide past Jack Bradys right post.

However, the students eventually opened the scoring on 20 minutes. Some lax passing from Longford saw Yoyo Mahdy pick the ball up on the left wing, he played in Ben Hanrahan who managed to get himself between Towns two centre backs and he blasted it past Jack Brady in the Longford Town goal.

Longford had a chance to equalize on 38 minutes when a corner from Darren Meenan was met in the air by Adam O’Connor but his header bounced inches wide.

Town started the second half with a purpose and it was only 3 minutes in when they equalized. Tristan Noack-Hofmanns header from a corner wasn’t dealt with, Conor Kearns in the UCD goal palming the ball out but into the path and off Longford’s Jackson Ryan who was in the right place at the right time as the ball ricocheted off his leg and into the UCD net.

UCD’s Yoyo Mahdy swung in a cross from the left on 49 minutes and it was met mid-air by Hanrahan but his shot was wide of the mark.

Jackson Ryan, who was Longford’s man of the match, almost got his hat-trick on the half hour mark when a cross from Darren Meenan went over the head of the UCD defenders but he failed to connect properly and his shot went over the bar.

[caption id="attachment_17204" align="aligncenter" width="346"] Jackson Ryan, scorer of Town’s two goals on the night.[/caption]

Evan Galvin was on the receiving end of a crunching tackle and had to be replaced. Neale Fenn will be hoping it’s not another addition to Longford’s ever growing injury list. Although on the bright side, Shane Elworthy and Peter Hopkins are expected back soon.

Michael McDonnell went close on 74 minutes when he got in behind the UCD backline but his header was over the bar.

Longford finally got the breakthrough they deserved on 80 minutes when a quick break saw Chris Mulhall lay it off to Dean Byrne 30 yards out, he turned and gave it to Jamie Hollywood who played in a perfect pass to the waiting Jackson Ryan who had gotten in between the two centre backs where he easily rounded Kearns and passed it into an empty net to put De Town into the lead.

UCD had one more chance on goal in the dying seconds of the game when substitute Jason McClelland rattled the cross bar from outside the box but it wasn’t enough as Longford Town edged out the game and progressed to the next round.

TEAM LINE-UPS

UCD: Kearns, Corcoran, Osam (sub: Dignam), Farrell, Boore, Crowley, Doyle, McDonald, Mahdy, Coffey (sub: McClelland), Hanrahan.
Sub not used: Williams, Tobin, O’Neill.

Longford Town: Brady, Noack-Hofmann, O’Connor, Galvin (Zambra), Hollywood, Chambers (sub: McDonnell), Byrne, Meenan (sub: Mulhall), Ryan, Ridge, McGlade.
Subs not used: Keller, O’Reilly, Verdon,

Attendance: 60 (est)

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