Longford Town play their second home game in succession on Saturday night next when they entertain Cobh Ramblers at City Calling Stadium, kick-off 7.30pm.
After last weekend’s 3-2 defeat against bogey team Finn Harps at the Strokestown Road venue, Tony Cousins will need to lift his troops for the visit of Cobh who are a very useful team.
Looking back to last weekend’s game against Finn Harps one would have to say that the game as a spectacle was spoiled by what must rate as the worst refereeing seen so far this season. Admittedly the performance of our team for long periods was sub-standard but when a team is robbed of two blatant penalties one wonders if the powers to be want Longford Town to get back into the Premier Division.
The two penalty incidents in the first half were remarkably waved away by the official. This is a game that everyone will want to forget and the players will need to go out on Saturday night next and rectify the position with a good victory in front of the Town supporters.
One would not want to take Cobh for granted as they have a fine footballing side, many of whom are good young players who have come through a very good youth set up at the club. The first meeting between the clubs this season was at St Colman’s Park at the end of March and it was a real cracker, ending up 4-3 in favour of the Town who staged a dramatic recovery to snatch all three points.
Cobh may be second from bottom of the table at the moment on 11 points but they are only three behind Athlone Town who drew with them last week. Athlone are now in fourth place, six points behind the Town and as their manager says are the form team and the one to be feared. Knowing Roddy Collins he will be pushing his team to the limit to get them into the Premier Division.
The Town need to win the vital game against Cobh on Saturday night to keep the pressure on the chasing pack and in doing so will continue our quest for Premier Division football.
Away to Drogheda in EA Sports Cup
The Town are on the road again in this season’s EA Sports Cup when we play Drogheda United away on Monday night next, kick-off 7.45pm. The Town got to this stage of the League Cup last season and were knocked out by another county Louth side Dundalk at City Calling stadium.
Drogheda are holders of the EA Sports Cup and were one of the sensations of the Premier Division last season when they were runners-up to champions Sligo Rovers in the League. This season their league form hasn’t been as good as they are currently in mid table after twelve games played. They have a record of three wins, two defeats and seven draws. They played the Setanta Cup Final against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday last and crashed to a crushing 7-1 defeat. Rovers incidentally had the man of the match in Ronan Finn whose father comes from Longford.
Drogheda, managed by former Monaghan United boss Mick Cooke, have a lot of former Monaghan players in their squad. Keeper Gabriel Sava is one of the top keepers in the league while the defence are a very solid outfit that includes Alan McNally, a brother of Paul who played for the Town. Fabio O’Brien is still one of best strikers in the league as is his strike partner O’Neill. Former Town player Cathal Brady is with the club but has been out for some time due to injury while another former Town man Peter Hynes is also part of their squad.
The Town beat Athlone 2-0 in the opening round of the competition in Athlone with goals from Daniel Purdy and Josh O’Hanlon. Tony Cousins gave all his panel members a run out against Athlone and more than likely he will do likewise on Monday night next.
Bus to Drogheda on Monday night
Contact Liam if you are interested in travelling to the EA Sports Cup game in Drogheda on Monday night next. The Supporters Club and Section O are doing great work in organising trips and also fund raising and their efforts are greatly appreciated. We all know how hard it is for clubs to survive and all the help both financially and at the ground is a tribute to all our hard working people within the club.
Join the Supporters Club
Membership of the Supporters Club is 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children. You 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.
The winning numbers in last week’s Lotto draw were as follows: 10,11,26,27. No Jackpot winner. 100 euro winner Liz Oates, Trillick,Longford; 25 euro winners Jack Flanagan, Aughnacliffe, Co Longford; Chris McKenna, Newtownforbes, Co Longford. Next week’s draw will be held in PVs, Ballymahon Street, Longford. Lotto tickets are on sale every Friday 10-6pm and Saturday 10-6pm in Longford Shopping Centre. Tickets are 2 euro each or 3 for 5 euro.
School children free
The Town club are allowing 2 school children free with each paying adult to next Saturday night’s game v Cobh Ramblers at City Calling Stadium. The reason for the two schoolchildren per adult is due to safety in the grounds as we don’t want children unsupervised.