Under pressure Longford Town travel to Ferrycarrig Park in Wexford on Friday night next when Tony Cousins misfiring side try to get back to winning ways.
After the dramatic slump against Cobh in St Colman’s Park on Saturday week the Town supporters thought that things couldn’t get worse but unfortunately that wasn’t the case.
Athlone, who have moved to the top of the table at the moment on goal difference, are now setting the pace while Mervue are now third and managerless Waterford now in fourth place but only five points off the top. Admittedly the club have a lengthening injury list like last season and we have a very poor disciplinary record which meant that we haven’t had a full squad to pick from for most of the season.
At this stage the list of excuses has lengthened but we are a club that has one of the best squads in the league and performances like last weekend’s match against Mervue are unacceptable.
The defending on Saturday was very poor to say the least as a very energetic Mervue team ran riot and the scoreline could have been worse only for some outstanding saves from Chris Bennion.
Wexford were beaten last weekend when they lost one nil to Finn Harps who recorded their first win in eight games with the all important goal coming from Kevin McHugh.
The Town have played Wexford twice this season and they have a 100% record against them. The first game was in Ferrycarrig Park and the Town’s goalscorer on the night was David O’Sullivan. The return game at City Calling Stadium ended 3-1 in favour of the Town. Willie Tyrell and David O’Sullivan (2) were the Town scorers.
In the 1-0 away victory the Town played almost an hour with ten men as Keith Gillespie was sent-off. On the player front we will have Noel Haverty back after his one match suspension for his sending off in Cobh.
On the injury front there doesn’t seem to be any good news as Des Hope, Michael Lee, Michael Isichei and Ethan Nkololo are still out while Willo McDonagh may be out also.
When you look at the Town squad – it’s one of the most experienced in the league and they were overrun by a youthful Mervue side. Let’s hope the team show the supporters that recent performances are only a blip and we can return to the top of the table. After the trip to Wexford and hopefully a win we have Athlone at home on Saturday week.