Longford Town’s Gary Shaw: ‘Everything is clicking right for us’

By Deniese O’Flaherty

By Deniese O’Flaherty

After collecting another three vital points with a 2-0 win over Wexford Youths on Friday night last. Longford Town striker Gary Shaw admitted that the recent fine form is very much a team effort.

Speaking to the Leader after the game he said: “With the team we have; the defence and Paul Hunt in goals we are always going to be in a strong position to keep a clean sheet. We have proven that and then going forward we are scoring goals. Everything seems to be clicking right for us. We can’t fault anyone and the whole squad is a winner at the moment.”

Shaw scored the Town’s second goal on Friday night, his third in three games. He’s delighted with how things are going at the moment: “I can’t complain. Every time I get the ball they seem to be going in. I have to give credit to Davy (O’Sullivan) as well; he’s working equally as hard and is setting me up. He done well to give me the ball (against Wexford) and I put it in the back of the net.”

The Kildare lad was full of praise for O’Sullivan and the partnership they have formed up front for the Town. O’Sullivan himself was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at Ferrycarrig Park on Friday.

Shaw said: “He (O’Sullivan) deserves a goal in every game. He has scored so many goals and no doubt he’ll break the record in the next few weeks. He’s that kind of player that as well as scoring goals he will put in a good shift. Fortunately the two of us are working well together and understanding each other more this season.”

In previous seasons, Longford Town have struggled in the third phase of fixtures but this year at the same stage they have succeeded in winning three games on the trot as the race for the league title and promotion gets really serious.

Nothing much has changed according to Shaw but they do have belief in their own abilities and what they can achieve. “There’s nothing really different. We just have that belief. Every player that’s in the squad believes that we can win the league this season. We are not looking at anyone else, just ourselves. Tony (Cousins) has us thinking positively and hopefully we can finish the job this season.”

There’s still a long way to go in the title race but it’s very much in Longford’s own hands. “If we win our games, we win the league,” said Shaw. “And with the form we are in; clean sheets and scoring goals, we have a good chance. But we will just take it game by game.”