Fri May 24th 2013
LTFC.ie reporter, Kieran Burke (@burko77_) seems to have a knack for picking out entertaining match ups and yet again this week he is tipping this game to fall into that thriller category. Here is his match preview to help raise your excitement levels ahead of this top of the table encounter:
Third placed Mervue United welcome league leaders Longford to Fahy’s Field this Friday night where the Galwaymen will have the chance to cut the gap at the top to just three points with a victory over Tony Cousins side. On the flip side however, “DeTown” come into this crunch encounter knowing a win for them would see a nine point gap open up between themselves and United while any potential Finn Harps slip up in Wexford could leave the Midlanders as much as seven points ahead of their nearest challengers.
The home side are yet to lose a league game at Fahy’s Field this season and while they have only claimed two victories in their last nine games, Johnny Glynn’s men will feel they owe Longford one so to speak, after their previous meeting at City Calling Stadium ended one apiece, a game many feel Mervue United could have won.
A lack of cutting edge from young forward Ryan Manning and star winger Tom King on the night saw Longford take a point from the game but if the likes of Manning, King, Lavelle, Sibanda and Molloy are on the top of their game come Friday night then the Longford defence will have plenty to worry about.
Whoever the opposition this season, Longford Town FC go into every game full of confidence and belief that they can outscore any rival and that is mainly down to the goal scoring exploits of David O’Sullivan. The former Wayside Celtic striker has proved to be a revelation since joining from the non-league side in the off-season, scoring an incredible 11 goals in 11 league games. Throw the attacking prowess of players such as Daniel Purdy, Keith Quinn, Mark Salmon and Gary Shaw into the mix and you are almost guaranteed goals with Longford failing to score in only one league outing all season.
Many people feel that Longford can sometimes become complacent when facing into games against the Galway sides, Mervue United and Salthill Devon. However, the stats for Longford’s last five meetings with Mervue do not suggest that with “De Town” winning four of the last five with Longford’s only slip up coming in the 1-1 draw back in April. I have already mentioned how goals should be expected when these two sides face off and the statistics back that claim up with 20 goals scored in those last 5 meetings, including the unforgettable 4-5 game last season when Longford came from 3-0 down to claim the most unlikely of unlikely victories.
No matter what the result is on Friday night, we should be in for another brilliant game of football between these two top sides where a win for Longford could spell the start of a two horse breakaway between themselves and Donegal side Finn Harps while a Mervue victory could blow the promotion and title race wide wide open again.
ENJOY THE GAME.