With the sun blazing down on Friday evening, De Town bowled over UCD in a magnificent 5-1 win away win. Apart from the hosts, the only losers were those who didn't travel for this incredible win against the runaway league leaders. With the second half about to start, some said, they'd even settle for a share of the points. After all, most agreed that UCD had been the best opposition we had faced all season. So really that puts the four goal winning margin into perspective. Dylan netted twice with Sam Verdon, Shane Elworthy and Daniel O Reilly also rattling the back of the net in what a sizzling five start performance by all the players. Some of the goals were top class but Shane Elworthy's 35 yard lob is surely worthy of inclusion as contender for goal of the season.
You can find the highlights and post match interview with Neale Fenn here.
The travelling support at the UCD Bowl certainly played their supportive part in the superb 5-1 trouncing of the students on their home patch. The singing was non stop right throughout the game and their were many hoarse throats on the way home. But the broad grins and happy smiles certainly made up for any sore throats. Once again, fair play to Section O for spreading the good news before the game and then roaring their support right through the encounter. Well done lads and lassies, terrific job.
COBH AT HOME
On Saturday, it's back to base again when we welcome Cobh Ramblers to the City Calling Stadium. While confidence will be soaring as high as recent temperatures, it's going to be another tough, robust encounter. It has to be remembered that last week end, Drogheda just about got the better of a dogged Cobh team in a game played up in Drogheda. We can't expect another champagne performance but it's vital that we don't slip up and take full points to maintain our hard earned momentum.
BIG CROWD NEEDED
Apart from the obvious three points, we also need to see a much bigger crowd out in the City Calling Stadium this Saturday evening. The team are certainly playing their part on the pitch and off the pitch, the stadium continues to look magnificent. As usual, there will be the core support but really at this stage, we need to see so many more supporting Longford Town. If you have friends or relatives visiting for the holidays, then why not take them to see De Town in action. The World Cup is grand but it's only on the telly, the real, live experience is the true authentic experience. Come on out on Saturday evening, we'd love to see you there.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JUNE
Heartiest congratulations to Dylan McGlade who is Player of the Month for June. Although, we had a break mid month, it was an extremely difficult choice with so many worthy players having an outstanding few weeks. The presentation will be made just after the players come off the pitch after their warm up and before the game against Cobh.
And once again, we extend our sincere congratulations to Dylan McGlade on yet another honour.
Following his top drawer performance against UCD , Dylan was named as the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Week. His two goals helped De Town to possibly the shock of the domestic soccer week end. Apart from extra dusting duties on his recent trophy haul, it'll keep him busy updating his twitter account too.
It may sound like idle boasting, but credit where it's due. The online coverage of our games has reached dizzy heights recently. Not alone are there instant goal and incident updates but now all the action and goals are posted on our website almost as soon as they happen. The videos, still images, interviews are really excellent and any larger club would be chuffed to have this service. Checking out other clubs' websites, we're more than holding on our own these days. Fair play to our IT and media savvy experts...you're playing a blinder and it's appreciated by Town supporters both home and very far away.
While this blistering hot weather continues, a word of caution to our younger supporters who are taking part on different summer skills schools. Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated and if resting on the sidelines, stay in the shade if at all possible. It was nice to see former Republic of Ireland legend Damien Duff distributing water bottles during the water break at the U15 game in the City Calling Stadium last Saturday afternoon.