LUCKY, LUCKY LONGFORD
With Wexford Youths scoring a last gasp added time winner against League leaders Shelbourne on the Friday night, our game against Galway FC was just the chance we needed to narrow that gap at the top. The carrot was sweet and juicy but at times during the game on Saturday night, it seemed to be jangling at a cliff edge. As in our first game against the westerners in Galway, they came at us with serious intent. But just before the quarter hour mark, the old reliable Sully managed to find the back of the net to send us one up. It wasn't one of his better strikes and it was against the run of play but it certainly settled nerves. However the nerves were back tingling four minutes later, when Galway equalised much to the delight of their vociferous travelling. In truth it was no more than they deserved.
The second half was a completely different affair with the hosts coming more into the game. Sully blasted over when scoring seemed easier and as the evening became chillier, a drab 1-1 draw was on the cards. But in the dying minutes there a few more more turns, twists and talking points yet to unfold. Ryan Manning, Galway who is making a name for himself on the international underage set up, found the net with what was either a brilliant or a freak goal from an impossibly acute angle. The travelling chanters went into hyper overdrive with their taunts and cheers. They became further agitated when play proceeded despite a Galway player doing his best at playing dead on the side line.The same Lazrus from the west was subsequently booked on his return to the fray.
But if that wasn't enough to madden the men from the west, it got decidedly worse for them. In the mayhem of a goal mouth scramble in the 92nd minute, with legs and heads everywhere, Stephen Rice fired home to give us a most unlikely share of the points. Galway were stunned, shocked, silenced... we were simply relived. In truth we had gotten out of jail and for the second night in a row, we were lucky, lucky Longford.
A highlight of the game on Saturday night, was the return of Mark Salmon who came on as a second half sub. Sammo suffered an horrific leg injury against Athlone and many mark his enforced absence as the start of our slippage last season. It was great to see him back where he belongs in the centre of things on the pitch and it was also pleasing to hear the great applause on his return. With two captains now, the only way is up!
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / APRIL
With memories of Easter and April fading fast, it's now time to nominate your player of the month for April. Stephen Rice was the worthy winner for the opening month and once again, it's up to you to say who is to receive the award for April. Text your nominated player to 087 9896269 and remember you must include your own name too, otherwise your vote is invalid. The award will be presented before our next home league against Wexford Youths on Saturday May 10th.
On Friday night we face a mighty challenge when we come up against Shelbourne at Tolka Park, kick off 8pm. Shels were stunned by a late,late goal against Wexford Youths which saw them crash to their first defeat. However they're still top of the league and if we're to pose a serious threat to their position, we really need to get something from our trip to the capital. They'll have been stung by that defeat and we should be buoyed by our last gasp equaliser and return of Mark Salmon. The character of the team continues to strengthen. It'll be certainly needed on Friday night. Section O are running a bus to the game and places are filling fast, so get in touch asap.
SUPPORTERS' CLUB AGM
The rescheduled AGM of the Longford Town Supporters' Club will be held on Tuesday night May 6th at 8pm. The Supporters' Club simply do what it says in our title...we support the club. Car Boot Sales, raffles, awards, running the Clubhouse etc are all part of what we like to think, we do well. Since our formation, we have contributed €120,000 to the club and we're pretty proud of that. But the age profile and gender balance could be improved, so if you could help in changing either or both, we'd be delighted to see you at the Clubhouse, Tuesday May 6th at 8pm and that's 8 sharp.
MAY CAR BOOT SALE
Our Easter Car Boot Sale was probably the most successful yet. Some stall holders had travelled long distances and some were up before the dawn to get the best pitches. But all were thrilled with the day and promised to be back for our next one, which is Monday May 5th at the City Calling Stadium 10am-3pm.
Due to the huge success of the event, an increasing amount of hard working volunteers have to be present to ensure its smooth running. This involves volunteers setting up, collecting fees, providing traffic and parking control and finally litter picking. A massive and sincere thank you to all who helped out, the Car Boot Sales couldn't be as successful without your dedication.
Buying or selling...see you at the May Car Boot Sale on the bank holiday Monday, the City Calling Stadium 10am-3pm.