Longford Town face possibly its biggest test of the first round of matches when they travel to Cork to play a strong Cork City side at Turners Cross. As the table stands at the moment both clubs are in joint second but Cork have a superior goal difference.
Its amazing that a big city like Cork doesn’t have a Premier Division club but unfortunately Cork like many other big spending clubs got into financial trouble, hence their stay in the First Division. Last season the Cork City supporters took over the club and they have done tremendous work.
Cork manager Tommy Dunne made quite a few shrewd signings this season to strengthen his squad. Danny Murphy rejoined the club from Shamrock Rovers while Alan Carey and Vinny Sullivan joined from Waterford United. Timmy Kiely joined from Limerick and Vincent Escude Candau joined Cork from Aviron Bayonnais. Cork have the experience of keeper McNulty, defenders Horgan and Murphy along with former Town player Greg O’Halloran in midfield and striker Graham Cummins who was last season’s leading scorer.
Looking at the Cork squad you can see that they have lots of experienced and talented players but the Town are capable of causing an upset at Turners Cross. Last season the clubs met three times and Cork held the upper hand when they beat us 1-0 twice at Turners Cross while the game at Flancare Park ended 1-1. But this is a new season and anyone present at Flancare Park in recent games would see that Tony Cousins new look team really play top class football.
Cork are a good team with striker Graham Cummins undoubtedly their dangerman and Tommy Dunne made a very shrewd signing in winger Derek O’Brien who joined the club during the summer from Galway United.
Last weekend the Town played basement club Salthill Devon at Flancare Park and scored a 2-0 victory. Don Cowan’s goal was a great effort but equally good was the second that was scored by one of the teams unsung heroes Des Hope who is having a brilliant season in the centre of the defence alongside Chris Deans.
Another experienced defender Gary Cronin had an excellent game at left full as he deputises for the injured Michael Lee. Thomas Hyland and Mark Salmon had their moments in the centre of midfield while the wide men Keith Gillespie and Jacques Morley caused many problems against their tough opponents. Craig Walsh made some very telling passes when he came on in the second half and he must count himself very unlucky not to be getting in from the start in more games.
Tony Cousins has assembled a very good squad of players and he has lots of options when he loses players through injury. It was encouraging last week to see many familiar faces return to support our team as everyone knows that the current team play attractive football.
There is no doubt that the club needs your support on a weekly basis to keep senior football in Longford and to maintain our chase at the top of the table. As the table stands at the moment we are eight points better off than last season at the end of the first round of matches. Well done to manager Tony Cousins, his backroom staff and the players who are doing a marvellous job on the pitch but we need your support to keep the show on the road.
Supporters Club Easter Draw Results
First prize: Archie Gillen, Ballymacormack Co Longford; second prize Jimmy Feeney, Springlawn, Longford; third prize Matt Kilduff, Croshea, Mostrim.
Calling all Golfers
The Supporters Club annual Golf Classic will be held in Longford Golf Club on June 18th. The annual event is one of our main fund raisers and we urge former committee members and former players to come out and support the club and the supporters club in this event. Liam Healion and Brendan Turner are the main organisers but you can contact any member of the Town Committee or the Supporters Club Committee.
Join the Supporters Club
Membership remains open for the Supporters Club. Membership is only 10 euro and we urge supporters and committee members alike to join the Supporters Club for the coming season. Membership envelopes are available from all Supporters Club members or at Flancare Park on match nights. Next home game: Thursday 26th May v Wexford Youths.