A perfect rainbow arched beautifully above the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night last but there was no crock of gold at the end for De Town. Although expectations were high before the game as a very good crowd made its way into the stadium, Lady Luck deserted us very quickly. Our influential captain Kevin O'Connor injured himself in the warm up, which wasn't the best of omens. However, after just ten minutes the ever improving Tristan Noack-Hofmann put us one up with a powerful header and most supporters expected us to push on for a comfortable win. It was Tristan's second goal in two games. But the direct opposite was to unfold. First the hard working Noel Haverty had to leave the field injured and then following some sloppy play, Shels found an equaliser.
The second half got worse when Daniel O'Reilly received his marching orders (only our second but the second in two games). But as the game progressed, Shels' robustness went unchecked as they bullied their way to an unpredicted 3-1 win.
We played some lovely flowing football at times, with Sam Verdon getting in some sublime passing. However, hearts are still in the mouth with some of our passing in the danger zones. It was great to see an increase in attendance which is also boosting the recent 50/50 draw. Congrats to Ursula on her fabulous pic of the perfect rainbow. The crock of gold remains elusive, alas.
On this Saturday night we make the long trip south to play Cobh Ramblers at St Colman's Park which has a 7.15pm kick off time. Cobh have been doing very nicely again this season yet will probably finish runners up again. The new FAI system certainly is helping affairs in the First Division either for Cobh or the bunch behind them. It has also sent relegation tremors rippling through the ranks of Sligo and Galway. Cobh, I suppose like Finn Harps, are currently punching way above their station and are making great progress on all fronts. Last week end Cobh U19s beat a highly rated Cork City outfit. So whatever else, the Cobh lads won't be lacking for confidence on Saturday night but then again, pride always comes before a fall. Safe travelling to all those heading south.
CAR BOOT SALE
This August Bank Holiday Monday, August 7th, sees our final Car Boot Sale of the summer season at the City Calling Stadium car park. So far again this year, they have proved to be a fantastic success and the finances gained have helped the club in a host of different ways. People now travel from the four corners of Ireland to be in attendance and the earlier you're there, the better. Although, unconfirmed at the time of writing, there may be a huge volume of traffic on the road as Mayo and Roscommon fans head to Dublin for a replay match. So if that is the case, please do take extra care on the road to the Car Boot Sale and especially if you have to cross the road. The car boot sale starts very early and concludes at 3pm. By buying, selling or simply attending, you're helping to support sport locally.
CUP GAME V SLIGO
Although, unconfirmed at the time of writing, it looks like we'll be playing Sligo Rovers on Saturday week in the FAI Cup with a 7.30pm kick off time. At the moment, Sligo Rovers are fighting for their lives in the top flight and one wonders how they'll view this Cup tie. They had a great crowd for the visit of Dundalk last week and if they can over come St Pat's in their clash, then tails will be high. But the Cup has its own special tales and this upcoming N4 Cup tie is set to be a mouth watering prospect.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
The Player of the Month recipient is Noel Haverty. Once again, there were a number of worthy contenders but few can argue with Noel's work rate, skill and passion which have plain for all to see (and admire). The presentation will be made before the next home game by a member of the Supporters' Club. That draw is set to take place later today and we'll let you know next week who the lucky person is.
Dan Beya, U19 player and senior squad member, was featured over the week end on the Facebook page 'Humans of Longford' and it certainly made for interesting reading. The popular young lad has come a long way in every sense of the word since being born in the Congo. His ambition besides being a forensic scientist is to play for Ireland. And why not. His post certainly was popular all over Longford and indeed the world with over 21,000 views in two days and over 460 likes.
Other young humans excelling, were the young players from Gaels United and their visitors CCS Dunshaughlin who provided efficient ball boys and also provided the half time entertainment. Full credit to our own players who helped them out and to Caroline Maher, Jimmy Dermody and of course Avril Gilchriest, all of whom have put in a massive effort.
Our social media platforms are expanding at a heady pace. While the website and Facebook page are well established, our Twitter account is also now extremely popular. More recently the Supporters' Club has set up its won Facebook page and continues to grow and expand. But our most recent foray into social media is Longford Town FC TV on YouTube which has some recent highlights. In the near future, some older footage will be uploaded for those who like a bit of history and reliving some magical past moments. It's great to see another young lad, James Donnelly as match programme editor. The last front cover was a particular gem.