Longford look to step over Bangor banana skin – Match preview

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Bangor Celtic vs Longford Town FC

By Andrew Dempsey (@AndrewDempsey2)

Longford Town look to build on the momentum of two great victories over both Sligo Rovers and Athlone Town as “De Town” make the trip to Dublin to face Bangor Celtic at the Iveagh Grounds.  Kick-Off is at 7.45PM on Friday night.

With this being the weekend of Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas, many may see this as a less significant clash compared to what is due to take place on Saturday night or the early hours of Sunday morning in McGregor’s boyhood home area. However, both sides will see this as a major opportunity to reach the Quarter-Finals of the FAI Cup which happens to be only 3 wins away from European football!

Speaking about the hammering of local rivals Athlone Town, manager Neale Fenn didn’t want to get too carried away by the great result after speaking with theleagueofireland.com

Fenn said; “It was a strange game. Yes we were delighted to win and score 7 goals, but there were still aspects of it where I thought we could improve.”

“We could have pressed them more and kept possession better but overall we have to be happy with the performance.”

These comments must surely wet the appetite of all Longford Town supporters as Fenn looks to elevate standards within the first team, and hopefully spark a run of form that should raise supporter expectations for next season in what will be an ultra-competitive first division.

However, Fenn is wary of complacency after two big wins by saying;

“Confidence is high at the moment after the last 2 results but we can’t let complacency set in, we have a big FAI Cup game this Friday and still want to finish as high as possible in the league.” You can read the full article here.

As for Bangor Celtic, they are a Leinster Senior League outfit and recently defeated fellow non league side Everton (Not the English Club!!!) of the Munster Senior League (MSL). The Crumlin based outfit went 2-0 down to their MSL counterparts before embarking on a fantastic 10 minute comeback which saw them progress.

If there is anything that you can draw from this it is that they certainly don’t lack character which will surely make for an intriguing match-up in the FAI Cup second round.

Bangor can also count on a former Town player in goalkeeper Stephen Conlon. “Congo” as he has always been known by played for “De Town” during 2010 and 2011 making 16 appearances for the club. Conlon also said hello to Between the Stripes LOI podcast giving his thoughts ahead of the game. You can take a listen to our podcast on iTunes, Mixcloud, pocketcasts, Podcast Republic and/or audioBoom.

Paddy Power have Longford Town as clear favorites at 8/13 with Bangor Celtic out at 4/1. On paper at least you would have to imagine that the Midlanders will have too much for Bangor but with the winner being decided on the night, the underdogs may have their day as we saw in the last round when Fenn’s charges scored twice in injury time to dump out a hapless Sligo Rovers team.

Prediction: Bangor Celtic 1-3 Longford Town

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Between the Stripes LOI podcast now available on Itunes, Audioboom, Pocketcast and Podcast Republic!

Last weeks saw the Between the Stripes team celebrate a landmark 10th episode of Between the Stripes LOI podcast with Major League Soccer referee Alan Kelly the star guest. However, episode 11 was the beginning of a new era for the #BTS team as the show was publised on Itunes for the very first time. For all Between the Stripes Android users, you can access the podcast on both the Pocketcast and Podcast Republic applications. If that wasn’t enough, the podcast is also available on Audioboom and Mixcloud, meaning there are more ways than ever to catch the show!

As for this weeks show, following Saturday’s 7-1 demolition job on local rivals Athlone Town, Burke & Brier discuss the crisis at Lissywoolen, while hat-trick hero and club legend David O’Sullivan joins the lads to talk records. There’s a full review of the weekends action from both divisions as Dundalk FM’s Ciaran Callan joins the show, while Bangor Celtic ‘keeper Stephen Conlon is also a special guest on episode 11.

Below are our Audioboom and Mixcloud players, allowing you to listen to the show immediately. If you’d prefer to listen or download the show on Itunes, click the following link and be sure to not only subscribe to the show but to leave us a five-star review – https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/between-the-stripes-loi-podcast-episode-11/id1274112407?i=1000391392342&mt=2 

 

Episode 10 of Between the Stripes LOI podcast

It’s our landmark 10th episode and to mark it Burke & Brier are joined by three huge names…Former LOI referee and current MLS official Alan Kelly, Longford Town manager Neale Fenn and in form Finn Harps winger Caolan McAleer. Listen, like & share!

Prunty & Cronin call for local support ahead of Sligo tie

Speaking exclusively to Between the Stripes founder Kieran Burke earlier today, Longford Town legend Sean Prunty and current assistant manager Gary Cronin called on the people of Longford to get behind the team this Saturday night when Premier Division strugglers Sligo Rovers visit the City Calling Stadium.

First to speak with Burke was 2003 & 2004 cup winner Sean Prunty, who spoke on his up and down relationship with Alan Mathews, the importance of strong local support and the emergence of young talent at the club.

Finally, assistant manager Gary Cronin followed up Prunty’s calls for a big home crowd on Saturday, particularly a big turn out from “Section O”.

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Between the Stripes LOI podcast episode 9

In form Bohemians striker, Dinny Corcoran joins the lads on this weeks show as does Portmarnock manager Willie O’Leary. Limerick reporter, Mike Ahern is also on the line to talk relegation worries at Markets Fields, while Burke and Brier talk all the latest transfers, news, results and fixtures in the wonderful world of LOI!

Longford looking for first win in Cobh this season on Saturday night

Cobh Ramblers vs Longford Town Preview by Andrew Dempsey (@AndrewDempsey2)

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Neale Fenn took over at Town following their 2-1 home win against Cobh a week previous.

Neale Fenn will be looking for his team to bounce back straight away from a bitterly disappointing 3-1 home defeat to Shelbourne as they make the long trip down to Cobh on the August Bank Holiday weekend (Kick-Off, Saturday at 7.15pm) Continue reading