PIKE GUTTED BY TOWN
Many years ago, Pike Rovers also played Longford Town and afterwards a local wit was heard to comment that “they came as Pike but left as Pinkeens”. Well, on Saturday night last at City Calling Stadium, it was a similar story with De Town running out convincing winners on a 4-0 scoreline, with Super Sully bagging a hat trick. Last season we played another non league side,Cherry Orchard who left us floating like cherry blossom leaves in the breeze, having defeated us 2-0. So this time,Tony Cousins was taking no chances and fielded a very strong side. It was important that we maintain our momentum and thankfully, that's the way it worked out.
But by half time we were only a single goal ahead which did not reflect the huge amount of possession we had. That goal of course came on 15 minutes, as a result of Davy O'Sullivan. As the second half progressed, Pike Rovers seem to tire and with more players than supporters, it was only a matter of when we'd score again. It was Davy O'Sullivan who again popped up with goal number two on the hour mark and the same player netted for the third time on 75 minutes much to the delight of the disappointing attendance. In added time the game took a distinctive fishy twist when Pike Rovers went fout down with Salmon scoring from the penalty spot.....could be a case of the Salmon finishing off a Pike ?
Over all it was a good, solid workmanlike performance all over the perfect pitch but in fairness Pike Rovers never troubled Chris Bennion in goals. However it's a great start to the summer with the improvement in the weather and still in the Cup and on top of our league. Derry or Sligo next ?
WEXFORD YOUTHS NEXT
On Saturday night we entertain Wexford Youths at City Calling Stadium with the kick off at the usual time of 7.30. This will be a huge difference from the challenge of Pike Rovers and a very important game to win if the momentum is to be maintained. Wexford are on a great run ever since Athlone beat them over in Athlone. Despite arriving at Finn Park just 35 minutres before the kick off, they were unlucky not to come away with a draw against Finn Harps in their FAI Cup game on Friday night last. Just before that, they did us a huge favour in beating Harps down in Wexford, so they're not afraid of any team above them. They'll come to City Calling Stadium brimful of confidence to cause us maximum damage. But we've put a few good performances behind us now too so it should be a cracking game on what promises to be a lovely summer evening for football. And if you notice Marty all spruced up, it's because of a certain encounter he had with some female Youths' supporters in Supermacs of Portlaoise recently. There could be plenty of scoring on Saturday night in Longford.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ MAY
Noel Haverty was the deserved winner of May's Player of the Month. The presentation was made by Marty Stapleton, Supporters' Club secretary, before the Pike Rivers game. Noel is a whole hearted player who gives it everything in every single game. Unfortunately he picked up an injury in the game against Mervue and was unable to play in the Cup game. Hopefully, the award will help speed up his recovery.
The June award is being sponsored by the Turner family in memory of our past chairman, Brendan and will be presented by them in early July.
The big sporting news around town these days is the arrival of Glasgow Celtic in mid July. The team will comprise of a large number of first team players and promises to be a massive night in City Calling Stadium. In Longford as well as towns all over the midlands, Celtic have a huge following and many of them travel to Scotland on a regular basis for games. Last season we had a Man Utd selection out the Strokestown Road and a massive crowd turned up for that one despite it being the wettest and most miserable nights of a miserable summer. More details to follow.
CAR BOOT SALE
As usual the sun shone and the crowds thronged to City Calling Stadium for our June Bank Holiday Car Boot Sale. A huge thanks for all the selfless volunteers who put in truly Trojan work. The event provides a considerable boost to our funds which in turn, is ploughed straight back into the Club.
REEK CHALLANGE LAUNCH
Lat Wednesday night Emmet Ryan had the Clubhouse shining brighly for the launch of the Reek Challenge for GOAL. Those from GOAL who had travlled down as well as a good few locals who had never been in the City Calling Stadium before were loud in their praise of the venue and the running of it too. It was a well attended event and a surprising number of those associated with the Club have signed up to climb Croagh Patrick on July 28th to raise funds to provide a water supply to a school in Calcutta. Maybe it was the photo of a group of smiling street children kitted out in Longford Town jerseys that did it.
After numerous approaches, e-mails and tweets we finally made our voice heard in certain media outlets. For ages the national media and Aertel have been using our former name but as of last week, even the Irish Times have realised that we strut our stuff at City Callling Stadium.
A few people have been asking us if we've heard back from President Higgins. Well, yes we have. In fact we've had a couple of letters from his office. At the moment, he's extremely busy, but it's hoped that we'll have Irealnd's first citizen visit us at some point in the not too distant future, which, if it happens, will be yet another considerable coup for the club.
In a team sport, it's maybe not right to highlight one player but, we might be forgiven for noting the recent exploits of recent signing David O'Sullivan. Davy or Sully as he's called joined us from junior club Wayside Celtic and since he arrived he has been a sensation. To put his scoring prowess in context, Marty Stapleton spent hours trawling the archieves. He discovered that Davy O Sullivan is the 11th player to score hat trick for De Town in the League of Ireland. He's the only player who has scored two hat tricks in one season and remember this season is not at its half way mark yet. In the '09 season Derek Glynn and Liam Lynch scored a hat trick each but never ever two. His goal was to score 15 in the season and he has achieved that already.
Surely Sully has the making of a Living Longford Legend.
Well done to Peter Malone who picked up a deserved award for his team's efforts in making the Mall the beautiful place it is. Seemingly he wants the Celtic team to visit the Mall before they head out to City Calling Stadium in July where he's designing a special flower bed for them.