The Town are on the road again as they travel to the RSC on Friday night to take on a fast improving Waterford Utd in what should be a cracking game. After last weekend’s games Waterford sit in fourth place in the table on 11 points but they are only two points behind second in the table Mervue Utd and eight points behind the Town. At the beginning of the season Waterford Utd were favourites to win the First Division after only losing to Dundalk at the end of last season. Like last season Waterford are having a slow start to the season but in recent weeks their performances and results have been very encouraging. Their League record to date is three wins, two draws and three defeats and their first defeat of the season was at City Calling stadium when they lost 2-1.After that defeat they lost 4-0 to the very impressive Mervue Utd at the RSC – an unbelievable result. The following week they travelled to Ferrycarrig Park and lost 2-1 to Wexford Youths. Their two draws were a one all result at home to Finn Harps and a nil all draw against Cobh Ramblers at the RSC. Their three wins were a one nil home win over ten man Athlone , a 2-1 win over Salthill in Galway and the very impressive one nil victory over the high flying Finn Harps at Finn Park on Friday night last. The match between the Town and Waterford at City Calling stadium in the middle of March was a close one with the Town coming from behind to secure a very well deserved 2-1 victory. In form striker Paudie Quinn gave the Blues an early lead (after 13 mins) but the Town got on level terms with an excellent strike from Michael Isichei who ran past three defenders to beat former Town keeper Hyland , no chance from around 20 yards. The Town took the lead just on the stroke of half time and it came from striking sensation David O’Sullivan . The goal came from a corner that was headed across goal by defender Willie Tyrell and Davy headed the ball past Craig Hyland. Hyland saved his new club on quite a few occasions during the game and his super saves kept the Town’s goals down to a minimum. During that game defender Corie Treacy got a bad leg injury and he is still on the injured list but he seems to be making good progress and should start training soon. The news on the injury front are improving with Des Hope on the bench on Sat last and Michael Isichei coming on in the game against Salthill. The only players who are missing through injury at the moment areMichael Lee and player coach Gary Cronin. Keith Gillespie who missed the last two home games through suspension is also available for selection this weekend. Waterford were without their striker Vinny Sullivan last week in Finn Park but Quinn made up for his absence with the vital goal – his fourth of the season. The Town played Waterford on six occasions last season , four times in the league and twice in the League play offs. The first play off was at City Calling stadium and the Blues went home with a two nil victory and the following week the Town drew one all in the RSC. The League meetings between the clubs ended with both teams recording two victories each. The first meeting between the clubs at City Calling stadium ended 3-2 in favour of the Town with goals from Colin James and Des Hope who scored two. The visitors goals came from two excellent strikes from Dunphy and Dempsey both in the second half. The second meeting between the clubs at the RSC was a 2-0 victory for the Town with goals coming from Austin Kelly and Michael Lee.The third meeting between the clubs at City Calling stadium was decided by the only goal of the match from Blues midfielder Peter White who scored in the 65th minute. The final meeting between the clubs at the RSC ended 4-2 in favour of the home side. The Town took the lead after 20 minutes when a great strike by Thomas Crawley flew past Waterford keeper Holden. The home side got on level terms in the 51st minute with a goal from Sean Maguire the first of his hat trick. Worse was to follow in the 56th minute when Willo McDonagh saw red and it got worse a few minutes later when Austin Skelly also saw red. The home side took the lead in the 66th minute when Keegan scored but despite the numerical disadvantage the Town got back into the game three minutes later when Tony Griffiths netted for the Town. Sean Maguire put the home side back in the lead in the 74th minute from the penalty spot and he completed his hat trick just on the stroke of full time. Once again the Town were on the end of some outrageous refereeing decisions. The current Waterford team shows quite a few changes from the one that played in the league last season. Craig Hyland joined them from the Town while Gavin Kavanagh and Vinny Sullivan joined the club from Cork city. Paudie Quinn who is doing well up front this season joined the club from Limerick. On the minus side they have lost Sean Maguire to West Ham Utd and the current Republic under 19 player and undoubtedly is sorely missed. Gary Dempsey who was one of the best midfielders if not the best last season returned to former club Bray Wanderers and he like Maguire is an awful loss. This Waterford side are one of the best teams in the First Division with experienced players John Frost, David Breen, Vinny Sullivan and Peter White giving them a great backbone. The Town currently have a six point cushion at the top of the table but will need to be very wary of this Waterford side especially when they are at home but this Town team show that they can grind out results and they fight till the final whistle as quite a few teams can testify this season. Tony Cousins has possibly his strongest squad to date and we will be hoping for three more points this weekend.
The winning numbers in last week’s Lotto draw were as follows 4, 16, 27, 28. No jackpot winner. 100 euro winner P Patton, 4 Foynes court,Longford. 25 euro winner Keilon Gilmore Clonfore, Lanesoro, Co Longford; Margaret Ghee Briskill Newtownforbes Co Longford. Next week’s Lotto draw will be held in John Browne’s Bar, Market Square Longford. Lotto tickets are on sale every Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-6.Lotto tickets are 2 euro each or 3 for 5 euro. A special word of thanks to all our sellers for their continued help and support of our lotto on a weekly basis.
Join the Supporters Club
Membership of the Supporters Club is now open . Membership is 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children. Supporters local and world wide can join the Supporters Club by getting in contact with the Supporters Club at City Calling stadium Strokestown Road , Longford or get the application forms at the clubhouse on match nights. Your support by joining the Supporters Club would be greatly appreciated.
Car boot sale
Why not clear out your garage or attic and go out to next Monday’s car boot sale at City Calling Stadium. In the last year or so Car Boot Sales have been very successful and there is no doubt that the one at City Calling stadium is one of the best around. The recent car boot sales have been packed and great value is on offer for people who are buying or selling. See you there on Bank Holiday Monday. Times of the car boot sale are from 10am – 3pm.
Bus to Waterford
The Supporters Club are running a bus to the RSC in Waterford on Friday next. It’s a tribute to the Supporters Club and Section O that we have buses to all away games to date. Anyone interested in going to the game at the RSC are asked to contact Liam at 087 6141926.
The support at away matches has been very good and the Town manager Tony Cousins is happy to have his twelfth man at the away games. The support at home games has also increased so much in recent weeks and hopefully when Finn Harps come to town on Sat week we will have the biggest crowd to date. Thanks again to all our supporters for their continued support of the club and the team.