Beaten 4-1 by Cork at home in the Cup and then 5-2 away in the league, meant that there was a three goal losing margin in each game. Not that you'd need to be a genius to work that one out. But despite the similar margin, there was a marked improvement in the performance down in Cork, especially in the second half. Our first McGlynn goal was a fantastic strike and deserves to be a goal of the month contender. Whether or not this performance can see us catch Wexford Youths remains to be seen. Just over two thousand fans paid in to see the game in Turner's Cross. However, a more interesting statistic would be to know how many Longford people watched the game or part of it on RTE. My guess is more than would attend the CCS.
BRAY AT HOME
This Saturday night sees the arrival of Bray Wanderers to the CCS for a 7.30pm kick off. Although all sorts of strange things can happen in football, it looks like Bray are safe enough ahead of Wexford Youths, thanks to a number of recent good results. For us, we must win if we want to climb the slippery ladder. In a recent Oxford University study, they came up with the idea that relegation threat actually bonds and strengthens a club fan base. Personally, I think that's daft but the theory will be surely be tested in Longford on Saturday night. Will we see you there ?
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The winner of the August Player of the Month award will be announced later and then the presentation will be made on Saturday night before kick off. Keep an eye on the website.
Congratulations to club supporters Emmett Ryan and Frank Murtagh who participated in the Longford Marathon last Sunday. Despite the intense heat, both men looked remarkable fit and in good shape following their ordeal. And while on the Marathon subject, fair play to the local organisers who worked so hard in keeping the event alive and running. This is its 15 year in existence and this year attracted over 800 participants. Sadly, there didn't seem to be much national coverage but that's something all local sports are used to.
Happy motoring to our club chairman in his new motor. The registration may be D but, at least he managed to work in LD lettering on the boot, well done Jim and safe, happy miles ahead.
BACK TO SCHOOL
We wish all our student supporters all the best as they make their merry way back to the excitement of the classrooms this coming week. We extend the same wishes to the teachers who are supporters who probably find the return even worse. Our hearts go out to you all!