HAVERTY MAKES A POINT
There was a large and vocal Town support present at Dalymount Park on Friday night to see De Town gain a valuable point courtesy of a Noel Haverty headed goal right on 45 minutes to level matters with Bohs. Later the same player showed his defensive quality to make a terrific clearance off the line from an Akinade header five minutes into the second half.
In the early stages O Connor, Kelly and Rice all came close enough. Later it was Pat Sullivan who twarted the ever dangerous Akinade when he headed off the line. The Bohs player Buckley was sent for an early shower after his second yellow following a foul on Sullivan. But as is so often the case, the sending off only served to galvanise the hosts into action, when Paddy Kavanagh scored a pretty good solo goal ,”poetry in motion” is how one Bohs fan described it. Thankfully De Town drew level following a good corner delivery from Ayman Ben Mohamed.
Dean Kelly who was celebrating his 30th birthday was really fired up for this game and would dearly have loved to be on the score sheet. He did come close with his cracking shot shaving the outside of Dean Delaney's right hand post. It was a pity that he was injured and had to be replaced by Sully on 65 minutes. Hopefully, it's only minor as we can surely do with his experience for the remaining vital games.
It ended all square on a night when if we won, we wouldn't have been flattered. But a point away to Bohs could point us ever closer to safety in the Premier league. More close encounters to come.
ST PATS AT HOME
On Saturday night we welcome the new EA Cup winners, St Patrick's Athletic to the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30 kick off. They won the Cup after defeating Galway on penalties in front of almost 4,000 fans at Eamonn Deacy Park. That victory will surely have lifted their spirits following a few disappointing results and so will all fired up for meeting us. Every game now is vital for all teams from Bray down. Dundalk are not going to be caught at the top but at the bottom half, it's a totally different scenario with every point taking on an added importance as the fight for survival intensifies.
It's now more important than ever that Longford people get behind Longford Town. We have only a handful of home games remaining and we'd love to see hundreds more come out to support De Town. Are you with us?
JUST THE TICKET
Tickets for the FAI Daily Mail Senior Cup semi final away to Dundalk will be available at the St Pats game. It's an all ticket affair with a capacity crowd anticipated. Of course it's going to be tough,Dundalk having scored ten times without reply in their last two home games. However, remember we held them scoreless up there fairly recently. And then we had sporting history when Japan against South Africa in rugby at the week end. In sport, anything can happen.
The game against Dundalk kicks off at 7.25 and will be live on RTE TV. The replay will be on Tuesday October 13th at the City Calling Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off.
REMAINING LEAGUE GAMES
After we play St Pats, we're into October and the final round up of vital league games. In case you haven't had time to check, this is how it plays out. On Sat Oct 10th we're due to face Sligo Rovers at home,the next Friday we head south to beat Cork City at Turner's Cross, then we're still on the road as we head north east to face Drogheda Utd and finally, finally, back at home at the City Calling Stadium, we go head to head with Derry City on Friday 30th October.