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Match Preview: Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town FC

Tue Apr 24th 2018


Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town FC
Tuesday 24/04/18 | Tallaght Stadium | 7.45pm

by Andrew Dempsey

Longford Town have the perfect opportunity to shake off their disappointing two-nil home defeat against a Georgie Kelly inspired UCD side by kicking off their EA Sports Cup campaign in mouth-watering fashion with a fascinating away tie to Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium this evening (Kick-off is at 7.45pm).

After losing our unbeaten home run against the “Students” last time out, Neale Fenn must prepare his Longford Town side for a fantastic opportunity to write the wrongs of last weekend’s defeat at the City Calling Stadium with a big win at Tallaght Stadium.

Coincidentally, “Town” were in fact unfortunately knocked out of last season’s version of the EA Sports Cup with a defeat in the Quarter-Final against Stephen Bradley’s side while under the stewardship of previous boss Alan Matthews as the “Hoops” went on to reach the final, where they lost to Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium.

After a solid start to our season, we currently lie in 4th place in the First Division following some excellent wins over Cabinteely and Athlone Town at home which has kept the “Red and Black” well in contention for the promotion places come the end of the season while playing an entertaining brand of football at the same time.

Our Premier Division opponents currently lie in 5th place of an incredibly competitive and fiercely contested league and have had some big wins over Bray Wanderers and Derry City in recent weeks at Tallaght Stadium.

However, the last few weeks haven’t been kind at all to Stephen Bradley’s charges having gone on a four-game winless run that is not typical of a Shamrock Rovers side that have so much quality within their ranks.

Neale Fenn will have to contend without the services of right-full back Shane Elworthy, dangerous midfield star Peter Hopkins, the industrious Shane O’Connor and former Bray Wanderers man Alan Kehoe this evening as injury issues all have ruled the quartet out of the exciting trip to Tallaght Stadium this evening.

Match Preview: Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town

Sun Apr 1st 2018

Match Preview by James Donnelly

Shamrock Rovers v Longford Town FC
Monday 2nd March 2018

Tallaght Stadium | 7.00pm

Longford Town head to Tallaght on Monday night to face Shamrock Rovers in the second round of games in the EA Sports Cup. It was Rovers who knocked De Town out at the quarter final stage of this competition last year after a 1-0 defeat in Tallaght saw Longford bow out. There is currently only 7 of that Town team currently with the squad while all other players & management have since moved on.

Rovers come into the game off the back of a 1-0 victory over Sligo Rovers in the league while Longford left Galway last Friday night with a hard earned draw. Longford will be feeling optimistic having had a decent run of results in the league (bar the 3-2 loss to Shels courtesy of a last minute peno winner), the opening encounter with Cobh ending 2-2 followed by a comfortable 3-0 win over Wexford, throw in the 5-1 thrashing of Athlone and the performance of the team in Galway last Friday, De Town should be feeling fairly confident they can go to Tallaght and get a result. Rovers have had a similar start to their league campaign, an opening day draw with Dundalk, was followed two 6 goal thrashings of Bray and Derry. Followed by a loss to Cork City, the south Dublin derby with Pats ended in a 1-0 victory for Rovers and they followed that up with an away win over Limerick before losing out to Waterford at the RSC.

While clubs sometimes use this competition to throw out a few of the “youngsters”, Longford fans can expect a strong side to be fielded by Neale Fenn with maybe 2 or 3 changes from the team that lined out against Galway. Alan Kehoe and former Rovers player Darren Meenan are still out injured, Peter Hopkins who was on the bench v Galway remains 50/50 while Dylan McGlade will see out his last remaining game under suspension tonight. Sean Boyd and Joey O’Brien are on the injured list for Rovers.

Pic from 2017’s EA Sports Cup Quarter Final between Shamrock Rovers & Longford Town. Pic: Sportsfile

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