Last Saturday night was perfect for a game of football. We hoped for a win but would have settled for a share of the spoils. A huge bright moon rose on the town side on a mild autumnal night and before kick off everything looked all right. However the moon was about as bright as things got and going behind after five minutes surely darkened our expectations. Maybe playing in the dark away strip didn't help. Two down after just 24 minutes...
Over the 90 minutes, we did manage to hit both the crossbar and the upright but it really was a night of utter frustration as the visitors found the net again on 76 minutes to rub more salt into an open wound. While some other results went our way over the week end, we still slipped to an uncomfortable eighth. We can just hope that we don't slip any further in the remaining four games. It's not going to be easy.
FAI CUP SEMI FINAL
On Friday, in the FAI Cup semi final we face Dundalk away, the best team in the land by a Longford mile. While we've only conceded once up there over two games, Dundalk have scored ten times in the their last two home games. It's a real Goliath versus David contest but then the Cup is supposed to be the stuff of dreams, where the underdog has his day. The prize on offer is huge but surely most would prefer to be staying in the top tier of the league. It's a tough start to a tough month for De Town.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / SEPTEMBER
Kevin O'Connor is the Supporters' Club player of the month for September. Kev constantly works hard and is an extremely intelligent player who reads the game very well and has great vision. He's never afraid to have a shot but it's for his relentless work rate that he's awarded the September player of the month award which he'll receive before the Sligo Rovers game.
Longford Town FC are having a fundraising night at the dogs in aid of the Youth Development fund. The event kicks off on Friday 9th October at Longford Greyhound track at 8pm. The location means a lot to the older supporters who used to cheer on De Town when we played at the Park Road venue. It's a cause well worth supporting and is always a great night for a bit of craic and banter as well as raising greatly needed funds for the under age set up.
On Friday night we face Stephen Kenny's present team, Dundalk. The following weekend we face Mickey Adams' team Sligo Rovers. Back in 2001, both managers faced each other in a torrid encounter here in Longford. Stephen Kenny was in charge of De Town while his opposite number was responsible for Brighton. The game was supposed to have been a friendly but when a slick Town side passed the ball so effectively that the visitors couldn't get a touch, they went for the players and not the ball. That game was abandoned by half-time...
Happy birthday to our great and loyal supporter Tom McGuinness who will be celebrating an other birthday all next week end. Tom is one of the few who has played numerous times in both the City Calling Stadium and Pearse Park without ever having lost a game. Figure that one out !