The scene for summer soccer was perfect, the setting was ideal as the chirpy t-shirted crowd made their way to the City Calling Stadium. An impressive spattering of good natured Cork accents added to the occasion. It was bottom of the table hosting second from top and a team that had hit us for six down in Cork. Yet, for the opening 34 minutes we held them at bay and indeed posed some threats ourselves. There were no complaints until the 34th minute when the whistleblower decided to flash red at the unfortunate Tristan Noack-Hoffmann. Although we managed to go in at half time on equal terms, it was obvious that there'd be a mountain to be climbed in the second half. And so it turned out. Maguire, who seems to like to score against us put them one up early on and then two late goals sealed it for the Leesiders when ten man Town simply ran out of steam. If ever a result didn't reflect the play this was it. Some travelling Cork City supporters weren't overly impressed with their own performance and admitted that if it wasn't for the harsh (they agreed) sending off, the outcome could have been a whole lot different.
This Friday night, the players have to pick themselves up again as they play fellow struggling Bray. This vital, bottom of the league clash kicks off at 7.45pm in the Carlisle Grounds and we hope as many as possible Dublin based Longford people can make the short trip on the DART to support the red and black. After that, there's a break and hopefully our second half will be a million miles better than our opening period. With Wexford, Finn Harps and Sligo now doing well, the second half is going to be intense. But everything is possible and of late St Pats and Galway aren't exactly flying either. It's going to be tough, very tough.
A small army of drug testers descended on the City Calling Stadium ahead of last Sunday afternoon's game. It was an unannounced visit and before the game two players and one sub from each side were selected. The players were unaware of this until after the game. The head of the visiting delegation was suitably impressed with the facilities afforded himself and his team and even went as far as saying that “they were tops in the league and that included those at Tallaght Stadium”. The drug testing team watched the game from the far side of the tunnel.
As was said earlier there was a good crowd from Cork up for the match. One Leeside couple met our hard working Treasurer in the Clubhouse at half time and had plenty of positive comments about our set up. But it was one comment which they made, made complete sense. They had stopped in the town before the game and asked for directions to the City Calling Stadium. They asked six people. Five hadn't a clue. The sixth, a Polish national gave them perfect directions.
You don't have to be a genius to work out that we really need some signs informing visitors of where we play. Surely, the County Council could erect a simple sign at the Longford Arms and an other at the N4/N5 roundabout. Is that too much to ask ?
CAR BOOT SALE
As if you didn't know, our Car Boot Sale is on this bank holiday Monday, June 6th. It kicks off very early and the final whistle sounds at 3pm. We're always looking for volunteers to help Liam and his team at the start and then for the litter pick up after 3pm. The last Car Boot Sale was a magnificent success but that success doesn't happen by magic, we really could do with your help.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The Player of the Month award for May will be made at our next home game which means June 25th against Finn Harps. It's a long way away but with the way time is flying and the sun is shining, it'll be like tomorrow. The winner will be announced here next week.
NO CREEDON SHOW
It was widely anticipated that John Creedon, RTE would have been among the attendance on Sunday. However, an e-mail late in the week stated that due to filming commitments the affable Cork City supporter and Longford Town fan couldn't make the journey. On Friday night though, on the Creedon Show on RTE Radio, he gave the club a massive plug promising he'd be in the CCS before too long.