Section O brought some flair and indeed some flares to Oriel Park last Friday night but in the end we just didn't have enough flair up front on the pitch to trouble the potential League and Cup winners. Overall this season, we've played three times up in Dundalk and have conceded three times but without scoring once. Playing the top side in the land on their own patch and missing a few of our first choice players, proved to be a bridge too far. A set piece goal and a deflected goal were enough to see the Lilywhites play Cork in the FAI Cup Final next month in the Aviva. Most of the players put in a hard night's effort but the gulf in class was all too evident. In truth the hosts were comfortable winners and we never really threatened their keeper. There are much more important games on the menu now for the whole month of October. Here's hoping for some flair on the field of play for the remaining games.
SLIGO AT HOME
This Saturday night we face our near neighbours, Sligo Rovers, kick off 7.30 at the City Calling Stadium. Each remaining game is vital and with Galway the latest of our rivals, now on a winning streak, it's time we started our own winning streak too. Sligo were beaten 2-1 by the Tribesmen last weekend and so will be all out to get back on winning ways themselves. With no hope of seeing Cowan or tweeter Flynn in the red and black again this season, hopefully the three others absent in Dundalk, will be back in fighting form; we need them badly.
But what we need equally as badly is an improved local support. All going well, we have just two home games left and we really could do with much greater support. The team have been doing their best in a long hard season, the various volunteers have been working their socks off too to keep the whole show on the road. If only, if only we could get more support for our next two home games instead of leaving it until play offs, it could mean a huge difference. We don't want to even think of play-offs but if more local people came out to support Longford Town FC, then there should be no need to bethinking of UCD or Finn Harps. Support makes a real difference, will you be there on Saturday night to support us?
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/SEPTEMBER
Kevin O Connor will receive his trophy for September's Player of the Month before the game against Sligo Rovers this Saturday night. It's a well deserved accolade for the hard working and quick thinking man in the middle. If he scores the winner afterwards, we'll consider him again for the October award!
Davy O Sullivan came on as a sub in the Cup game against Dundalk and did reasonably well. I'm sure he'd have loved a goal to help him celebrate the week end which also saw him celebrate his birthday. Hope you're still celebrating after the Sligo game Davy.