SIX GOALS, ONE POINT
There were many different opinions floating about before our trip to Limerick to face a resurgent Limerick side. While some older heads were nervous because of Limerick's recent surprise wins over Bohs and Cork City, many young guns were expecting all three points. Going two down very quickly didn't help some nerves. There were almost 1,800 happy local fans singing “we are staying up” and with the well appointed Markets Field looking in great shape, we seemed out of sorts. But then we have to remember that magnificent point in Dundalk and from somewhere, a fight back emerged from the gloom. Rhys Gorman and that man Lorcan Shannon both found the net to level matters and suddenly anything seemed possible. But De Town's fight back spirit was tested again with Limerick edging ahead 3-2 and it looked like they had pulled off Mission Possible a label they had tagged to the game with us. But Stephen Rice is noted for never, ever giving up and it was Ricer who levelled things up and in so doing got a share of the points. Expect another surprise or two from the Limerick men but thankfully, we won't be on the receiving end of any as that was our final trip to the Treaty city for this season.
BRAY AT HOME
Early on in the season, Bray were in complete disarray and had more managers than dry, sunny days this summer. But the players on the pitch showed incredible resolve and will surely go down as the surprise packet of this season. With a series of wins, they have overtaken us and even have built up a fairly comfortable buffer zone. So our clash with the Seagulls this Saturday night is a hugely important game. If we an manage all three points, it would help ease nerves as the area around us in the league is terribly congested with each team hoping the others slip up. This game and the one the following weekend in Galway are vital. Equally vital is a large, animated, vocal crowd to support the team from the kick off. As the season starts to wind down, each point or three points take on a whole new importance, be part of that vital 12th man and come out to support De Town.
It's an extremely long road from here to Buncrana where we faced Cockhill Celtic at 5pm last Saturday. They have a lovely set up and the staff there were friendly and as helpful as they could be. However, they weren't giving much away on the field of play until around the hour mark when we went ahead through what some called a gift own goal but which Sully would also be claiming. A one goal lead is never secure and a return game on Monday night was not what we wanted. However, Lorcan Shannon is turning out to be a bit of a goal machine, cooly netted before the end to make the long trip home a lot easier.
It didn't matter a whit that the opposition were Ulster League or Premier Champions, what mattered most that we were in the draw for the quarter finals which were held on RTE Radio's Sunday sport programme. Again, lady luck seemed to favour when we were drawn at home against the winners of tonight's replay between Athlone Town and Sheriff. Should Alan Mathews' side win that tie, it'll set up a mouth watering tie between the two Towns to be played in mid September.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/AUGUST
At the time of writing, we have to face Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday in the Leinster Cup competition and then Bray on Saturday night. The Bray game will be the final one for August which,like July meant we will have played five games. Who will win the coveted August award. Already a few names are being bandied about but with two games remaining, anything can happen.
Birthday wishes to Emmet Lyons and Sean Hussey on yet an other birthday recently. On the footie front, congrats are in order for Keith Beirne, Player of the Year in the U19 squad and also to Darragh Doherty who was named Players' Player of the year. Both received their awards recently from team manager Mark Connors.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to the Keenan family on the recent death of Mrs Bridget Keenan, Bannon Terrace. The Keenan family have long being closely associated with Longford Town FC, and are great supporters, with the late Peter Keenan, Bridget husband being President for many years. May she rest in peace.