ONE STEP CLOSER!
A huge expectant travelling support descended on Tallaght on Friday evening as Longford took over the stadium while watching the lads take that one step closer to promotion. Coming into the game, there was a stark contrast in the recent fortunes of the two teams with Rovers B on an 8 game losing streak while Town in comparison were on a 7 game winning streak. As was the case against Waterford, Town made a slow start to the game keeping most of the possession but failing to make any of their few chances count against a Rovers team who seemed content on sitting back and letting the game play out. Town came out in the second half energised and determined to get the job done but even with the plenty of encouragement from the stands it wasn’t until the 61st minute that the deadlock was broken as Mark Salmon sold a quick dummy to the Shamrock Rovers defender before slotting the ball past their keeper sending the fans into raptures. At this point it was clear just how many Town fans were present in Tallaght as the majority of the crowd in the stadium stood to their feet. Minutes later it was two as that man David O’Sullivan twisted and turned inside the Rovers box before calmly passing into the net ensuring victory. In truth Town never really looked like they had left 3rd gear and the icing was put on the cake in the dying minutes when Sully scored an almost identical goal to his first turning the Rovers defence inside out with ease. As each win goes by it is getting increasingly hard for most of us to keep our expectations down as we’ve all been burnt before but one thing is for sure, at the moment it feels good to be a Town fan.
Although our next two games are at home, many of the sizeable travelling support leaving Tallaght Stadium on Friday night could not help but think about our next trip to that very stadium in 3 weeks time. The cup draw certainly could have been kinder to us given the large number of both first division and non-league teams in the hat but that’s not to say that this Rovers team are anything to be feared in their current state. With the recent inevitable departure of Trevor Croly as manager after one too many lacklustre performances in the league and an expectant home support ready to jump on the players backs after every mistake, there’s no reason that this Town team in their current form shouldn’t be capable of putting it up to them with a possible place in the FAI Cup Quarter Final up for grabs. After such huge demand for places on the bus last Friday against their B team we would expect demand to be through the roof for this Cup game so if you are interested in booking your place on the bus text Kieran on 0831670304.
LEINSTER SENIOR CUP FINAL VISITS LONGFORD
In the midst of all this excitement as De Town continue their march towards the promised land while looking forward to testing themselves against Rovers in the cup, some of us have almost forgotten that we’ve a Cup Final to play in between all of this. It has been announced that the Leinster Senior Cup Final versus St Pats is due to take place in the City Calling Stadium on Monday the 1st of September. Although it may not be as prestigious as the other Cup Finals it is still a privilege to have a Cup Final taking place in Longford and it is a testament to all the good work which has been done on the ground in recent times.
LONGFORD TOWN FC SUPPORTERS' CLUB FANTASY LEAGUE
After the success of last year’s competition the Supporter’s club in conjunction with Section O are running their own Fantasy Football league. Entry is once again €10 with cash prizes for first, second and third place as well as some bonus prizes throughout the year. To enter text 0877619299 or contact any member of the Supporters Club committee. There will be a stand set up at next week’s game against Finn Harps giving out details of the competition and also collecting entry fees. The deadline for paying your entry fee will be the 1st of September.