After weeks of hard pre-season training the Town squad face a tough examination when Stephen Kenny and his new look Premier Division side come to Flancare Park for a friendly this Thursday night, kick-off 7.45pm.
There is no doubt that Stephen has assembled a very strong squad of players for their return to the Premier Division. Experienced striker Eamon Zayed has joined the club and would be one of their top players. With Bohemians having their own problems Stephen stepped in and resigned both Garrett McGlynn and Ruairi Higgins who had previously moved from Derry to Bohs and those three players will undoubtedly make a huge difference to Kenny’s side.
Last season in the First Division Kenny could call on keeper Ger Doherty who could have left the club when they were relegated. Eddie McCallion and Mark McChrystal have lots of experience in defence. They also have experienced midfielders Ruairi Harkin, Barry Molloy and Kevin Deery in their squad. Mark Farren was in outstanding form up front last season and he had great support from the experienced Stephen Parkhouse and David McDaid.
Tony Cousins who is now in his second season with Longford Town and there is no doubt that he is doing a great job and he is still busy finalising his squad for the coming season. He has already signed Des Hope, Paddy Collins and Austin Skelly from near neighbours Athlone town.
Keeper Alvin Rouse has signed but we still need clearance for him and the signing of Piotr Szcerbowski from Longford Celtic is a good move for the club getting one of the top local players into the squad. Craig Walsh, Don Cowan along with Jason Oladele who were all on loan last season have now signed for the club.
Don Cowan is doing tremendously well with IT Tallaght in the Universities Premier League and they have qualified for the final. Don is the leading scorer in the tournament and he is joined in the team by Jack Morley who has also signed for the club this season.
The Town also have some trialists training with the team and some could be on view on Thursday night. Niall O’Reilly is back with the club after being out injured for a lot of last season while Chris Deans and Michael Lee are all looking forward to the visit to Galway on March 5th to play Salthill Devon in the opening league game. Mark Salmon,
Thomas Hyland, Cathal Brady and the Roche brothers will all undoubtedly be more experienced after a full year in the First Division. Thursday night’s game against Derry will give supporters a chance to see the new look Town team. The game kicks off at 7.45pm and we hope that a good crowd will come out and support the Town.