AN EXCELLENT WEEK
Last week was an excellent one for bringing home the turf, adding to the tan but most of all, it was an excellent week for Longford Town FC. Last Tuesday we entrtained Wexford Youths in our game in hand. With little over 20 minutes gone, we were three up and looked home and hosed. But sport has more twists and turns than a Longford by-road and with our right flank exposed, we found ourselves at the receiving end of two goals and all before half time. Despite being reduced to 10 men, (after a horrible challenge on Willie Tyrell), Wexford continued to press and certainly weren't put off by the large local and vocal crowd. As the tension packed game wound down, the visitors left three at the back as they went in search of a valuable point. However with the likes of O Connor and Sullivan playing cool, intelligent balls, we managed to hold out for a very valuable if edgy win and maximum points. Afterwards, the Youths manager was thrilled with his side's fighting spirit; so hopefully they'll reproduce it for a few other teams later on.
The City Calling Stadium was again the venue for our second match of the week, this time the other side from the south east, Waterford Utd. were our visitors. Waterford went ahead ten minutes later with an excellent goal and against the run of play. Some were getting nervous. However time was on our side surely.
Though we came close on more than one occasion, it took until the first minute of added time to find an equaliser, courtesy of in -form Gary Shaw, in a move which involved Don and Sully.
Gary Shaw bagged his second on the night and his 6th in six games to put us ahead following a neat cross from Sully. Then with seven minutes remaining on the clock, Sully netted for the 17th time this season after a superb ball from Mark Salmon found Hynes whose deft pass picked out Sully who did the rest in style and leave us 3-1 ahead. It was no more than the hard working team deserved and it was great to see the fantastic standing reception afforded to Gary Shaw on being replaced.
Six goals, six points ahead, an excellent week for De Town for sure.
CAR BOOT SALE
Monday August 4th is our next much anticipated Car Boot Sale. As usual it happens at the City Calling Stadium 10.00am-3.00pm but if you're selling, make sure you're early, very early. The Supporters' Club has been able to fund some significant upgrades at the ground this season and the support of the Car Boot Sales has played a huge role in this. It's our second last of the season, so make to sure to get out there in plenty of time. With many volunteers on holidays, any additional help will be more than welcome for this event. We need helpers during the Car Boot Sale and also after it to tidy up the car park. Get in touch with any committee member to play your part, all help greatly appreciated.
GET WELL WISHES
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its best wishes to Willie Tyrrell following his horrible injury sustained against Wexford Youths. Immediately afterwards, it was thought he'd be OK in ten days but the unfortunate Willie suffered a complete fracture and so will miss the remainder of the season. Though the offending player was flashed a straight red card, it'll be a little consolation for the popular and skillful Willie who will have to sit out the rest of this very important season.
ROVERS “B” AWAY
On Friday night we travel up the N/M4 to take on Shamrock Rovers B in Tallaght Stadium at 8pm. Once again, as we need reminding, this is going to be another tough encounter . Rovers have a few of their better players back from when we last meet and beat them at home. Our Dublin supporter scouts (Connolly and Son) watched them recently against Shels and reported that the 2-0 scoreline to Shels totally flattered Shels. One game at a time and for now, it's total focus on Rovers B and hopefully that B will translate into “Beaten” by the end of the game.
And it's Cup Specialists Shamrock Rovers A team, at the end of August which stand between us and the next round of the FAI Cup. It's been so long since our last Cup game that it was easy to forget about the whole thing. Normally, a good Cup run is a real bonus but if we make a few bob, beat them by just one sloppy goal and get away with no injuries, that would count as a good result !!!
PLAYER OF THE MONTH /JULY
The range of nominated players for the July, Player of the Month was staggering. Players from all areas of the squad were nominated and though not necessary, texts included reasons for the nominations this time round. In the end, the winner was our safe pair of hands Paul Hunt, who created his own piece of history with the highest number of clean sheets.....”more than in a laundry”, as one texter put it. Paul will receive his trophy before the next home game.