Cork City came, saw and conquered us 4-1 in the City Calling Stadium on a rain drenched Saturday night. While some argued that their final two goals were offside and their second was an own goal, we were really outclassed by a slicker, hungrier travelling side.
They scored twice in either half while Dean Kelly scored a long range cracker in added time to give the faithful something to cheer.
But then, when you think about it, Cork City, a professional side are second in the league with some real talent in a strong squad. We're just up from the lower division after all. Also as Stephen Kenny rightly pointed out, as he watched from the stand, we were minus three of our most experienced players through long term injury to Cowan and Flynn and Stephen Rice, the team's engine, was suspended.
Every real Town supporter was disappointed but we simply have to put Saturday night's performance down to a very harsh learning lesson, put it behind us and look forward to a better result next Saturday night. Stephen Kenny, one of the domestic game's most respected observers knows we're better than that performance. So too, do we.
DROGHEDA NEXT SATURDAY
We stay at home next Saturday night when Drogheda Utd are our visitors, kick off at the City Calling Stadium,7.30. When we last played the Drogs we came away with an unexpected 3-0 away win. Since then, they've added considerably to their squad as they attempt to rise up the league. The Saturday night game is a six pointer for sure with both teams breathing down each others throats. Tony Cousins knows well where we're slipping and with seven goals conceded in the last two games, the defending must improve. Dean Kelly has scored in each of his two games for us and that's surely a cause for optimism. Hopefully, Stephen Rice will be back and Don Cowan must be nearing a return also.
The crowds have been disappointing but then the “summer” weather isn't exactly helping on that score either. We need more out and getting behind the team from the very start.
A photograph of a group of happy Town supporters in Vaduz, Lichtenstein appeared on Facebook during the week and caused quite a stir. It was taken in 2004 when we were in the UEFA Cup before heading out to the stadium behind a piper. It was truly a magical trip in the long, adventurous journey that we make in supporting Longford Town. As one observer mentioned, the same hard core of supporters are still supporting De Town week in, week out. Hopefully, those heady days will be returning in the next few years. If you haven't seen the photo, it's on the Humans of Longford Facebook page.
FAI CUP DRAW
The draw for the third round of the FAI Cup was made in Sligo at the week end and we drew Cockhill Celtic away. Cockhill Celtic are based up in Buncrana, Co Donegal which will mean a drive of about three hours. It will be our second FAI Cup game up in Donegal this season but hopefully it won't be as stressful as the shoot out against Finn Harps. They may not be a league of Ireland side but what is certain is that they could be a banana skin side, something we surely want to avoid. The game will probably be played in the afternoon on the weekend ending August 23rd.
THREE GENERATIONS SUPPORTING
Jamie Finnegan is our youngest paid up member of the LTFC Supporters' Club; he was born on June 16th, 2015 and is the third generation of the Finnegan family to be a member. Altogether there are 7 family members paid up and supporting De Town through thick and thin. A few members have yet to receive their cards and hopefully our secretary will be in the Clubhouse next Saturday to solve all problems and queries.
Two members of the club were working so hard tidying up after half time at the Cork game, that the key holder turned the key on the doors with realising two colleagues were trapped inside. Phone calls were made but by now, the game was ongoing and some of those contacted had switched off their phones while others had severe age related hearing difficulties. One person who did answer, however, was enjoying the sunshine on an island off Africa so an expensive call and still locked in. Eventually, Liam Healion came to the rescue of the stranded duo who were thinking they'd be there till the Drogheda game.
With the holiday season in full swing, we really need more help as we head to August. Most of the regular members who serve behind the Clubhouse counter will be absent next Saturday and then there's the August Bank holiday Car Boot Sale to be manned. Any offer of help would be greatly appreciated.
CAR BOOT SALE
With July slipping away at a frightening rate, the August bank holiday Car Boot Sale will be on top of us in a matter of days. It's an extremely busy event and we need all the extra help we can get, especially tidying up afterwards. Many hands make light work and of you can help for even half an hour at three o clock on the August bank holiday Monday, we'd love to see you.
Sincere congratulations to former Town player and regular supporter with his family, Dessie Barry who was inducted into the Leinster Hall of Fame last Sunday week. Congrats too to Town supporter Shane Maguire, Stonepark who, along with his grandfather Mick Maguire made the main picture on page one of the Longford Leader last week.
The Town Lotto is doing quite well and a big thank you to all who sell, support and buy each week. Fair play to the group who week in, week out take envelopes and promote the club in this way. There's also a group who sit for hours each week end in the Shopping Centre. It's not exactly the most glamorous way of supporting Longford Town FC but it's a vital cog in helping to keep the show on the road.