TOWN TOPPLE SHELS
On a perfect night for football, Longford Town produced a scintillating display to dispatch league leaders Shelbourne with an emphatic 3-0 defeat. Played in front of a very large vocal crowd, the disappointing travelling support didn't have much opportunity to make their voices heard. From the very start, De Town were clearly the better side in every department from bench to the last squad member. The chances came quick and fast and how the Shels goals remained intact was a mystery, even the woodwork came to their rescue a few times.
This game had everything and then some more. In the first a Shels defender had to be stretchered off following a clash of heads between two Shels players and the respect shown during this period was commendable. While the visitors' counter attacks were well and truly snuffed out, wave after wave of De Town attack still failed to produce a goal by half time.
After the break, we continued where we left off and again came agonisingly close on a number of occasions. As the clock turned the hour mark, some locals were getting a bit edgy thinking we might have to settle for a share of the points. But as a glorious rainbow brought colour to the evening sky, the ref added his own colour when flashing a red card at Glen O’Connor in a decision that was totally wrong. A minute later, former Town player Wilo McDonagh also saw red. Within two minutes the game and the crowd exploded as Davy O’Sullivan flicked the ball past the outrushing keeper and then followed up to hammer home a superb goal. By now the game had opened up completely which suited the superior outfit. Gary Shaw headed home goal number two following a delighful Kevin O’Connor pass. And just when you'd think it couldn't get any better, Davy O Sullivan set the place alight with goal number three, and another gem, still with ten minutes to go.
We could have won by more as Shels were left chasing shadows until the final whistle. And when that sweet final whistle did sound, we were left sitting on top of the table for the first time this season, in a welcome and total contrast to the situation this time last year.
Another terrific win, an other clean sheet and Shels toppled on a summery Saturday night. What a feeling, C'mon De Town.
It's back on the road again this Friday night, July 11th . The destination is Ferrycarrig Park and Wexford Youths the opposition. We can expect a very tough close encounter down there as is the norm. Later on in the month, the Youths come to Longford for the refixed match. It's going to be tough, but at this stage, we are tough. Section O will be running a bus, so keep an eye on social media or just call the usual suspects to book your spot to the sunny south east, where, hopefully, the sun will shine on us.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Marty Stapleton was on hand to present Davy O’Sullivan with his May Player of the Month trophy. Before handing over the award, Marty reminded the ace goal scorer of how close he was to the Club record, so Davy being an honourable banker, duly obliged by netting twice. The winner of the July Player of the month award is captain Mark Salmon who will be presented with his mantlepiece award, at our next home game. Well done to Davy and Mark.
Plenty of internal work has been completed recently at the City Calling Stadium as well as some great work on the new pitches. Currently the Supporters' Club are paying for the plastering and painting of the external walls and the high wall of the stand facing the entrance which should enhance the overall appearance greatly. So, if you ever wonder where your euro for your cup of tea goes, just look around. We hope you'll agree that it's being well spent.
Davy O’Sullivan equalled Richie Parsons all time Club record of 42 goals when netting his second on Saturday night last. At the other side of the pitch, clean sheets are fluttering in the breeze and we need just one more clean sheet to equal our Club record from 2005 which is seven. No matter what way you look at it, this is a wonderful run and full credit to each and every member of the squad, both players and management.
This note scribbler is taking leave to sharpen the pencil for a short period, so next week's notes will be of a much higher quality. Enjoy.