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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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

Town looking for bounce back win away to Wexford

Wexford FC vs Longford Town Preview 

By Andrew Dempsey (@Andrewdempsey2)

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Longford Town travel down to Ferrycarrig Park in the SSE Airtricity League First Division on Friday night looking to bounce back from defeat against the other South-East based club, Waterford FC. (Kick-Off 8pm). Continue reading

Second placed Cobh looking for hat-trick of wins over managerless Longford

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Hot on the heels of league leaders and Munster rivals Waterford, Stephen Henderson’s Cobh Ramblers head to the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night in search of not only a third consecutive win over “De Town” but three points which could potentially fire the “Rams” to the top of the table. Given Waterford FC’s huge spending power this season many had expected the “Blues” to “do a Limerick” and run away with the First Division title, however with just thirteen matches left to play the “Islanders” are in with a real shout of playing top-flight football in 2018.

As for Longford Town, who remain without a manager following the sacking of Alan Mathews and his assistant Kevin Doherty, the Midlands side played out a dull scoreless draw with sixth placed Shelbourne prior to the mid-season break, with both clubs long out of contention for promotion this season. Having been relegated from the top-flight last term, Town were many peoples tips to challenge Waterford for the second tier title this season, with both clubs forking out on a large playing budget during the off-season.

As already mentioned, Henderson’s men have had Longford’s number so far this seaon with two wins from two over Alan Mathews charges. First-team coach and current caretaker boss Gary Cronin will not only be looking to end that Cobh dominance but claim a big home win in front of chairman Jim Hanley, who will ultimately decide the next name to take up the hot-seat at Longford Town FC. Speaking to Between the Stripes after that recent draw in Tolka Park, Cronin revealed to us first that he had indeed applied for the vacant managers position at the club and the former Town player will surely view this encounter as his final chance to leave a lasting impression ahead of another round of interviews.

In terms of team news for Saturdays game, the hosts will be without perhaps their best centre-half this season in Daniel O’Reilly who is suspended. Meanwhile, remaining sidelined are David O’Sullivan and Mark Langtry, while Enda Curran, Don Cowan and Cody Mulhall are all hopeful of returning to first-team action after injury. Ramblers have no suspension issues to contend with, while there is no injury news to report as of yet.

Kick-off at the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night is 7:30PM.


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Mathews former clubs collide as Cronin leads Longford into battle at Tolka

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Alan Mathews was sacked by LTFC last weekend. 

Less than a week on from the shock news that Alan Mathews and Longford Town FC have parted ways, first-team coach Gary Cronin will lead Longford into a battle for mid-table supremacy when they face thirteen-time League of Ireland winners Shelbourne on Friday night.  A 5-0 home win over rock-bottom Wexford FC was not enough to save Longford Town’s most successful ever manager from the chopping board, as a slow start to the season effectively killed off the clubs hopes of an instant return to the Premier Division, with Mathews paying the ultimate price.

Ahead of this final game before the mid-season break, Gary Cronin will be looking to not only throw his name into the hat for the hot-seat position at Longford Town FC, but in the process claim a win which would see “De Town” move four-points clear of sixth placed Shelbourne and potentially within a single point of fourth placed Cabinteely. Continue reading

Injury hit Longford face bottom side Wexford FC at City Calling Stadium

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Sadly, a small crowd is expected at City Calling Stadium on Saturday.

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, not too many would have envisaged this meeting of Longford Town and Wexford FC as being a bottom-of the table encounter, however after respective poor runs of form nothing more than pride is realistically on the line in the Midlands on Saturday night (kick-off 7:30PM).

Alan Mathews Longford Town team come into this home-tie off the back of a horrendous couple of weeks which has saw “De Town” go not only four games in all competitions without a win but also without scoring a single goal. The last time the “Red and Black” of Longford successfully found the back of the opposition net was on April 29th, in the now infamous Midlands derby against Athlone Town as Enda Curran bagged a hat-trick. That result had saw the Midlands outfit claim back to back home wins for the first-time in 2017, however hopes of a treble failed dramatically when UCD left with all three points and 1-0 win just a fortnight ago.

Last Friday’s defeat away to league leaders Waterford FC, also a 1-0 scoreline, sees “De Town” enter this weekends round of fixtures an astonishing fifteen-points off the pace, with manager Alan Mathews admitting it is now extremely unlikely his side will play Premier Division football next season. Continue reading

Under pressure Longford looking for RSC revival

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Town boss Mathews has faced heavy criticism on social media after recent results. Image via http://www.ltfc.ie

When the fixtures were announced ahead of the 2017 season many saw this Friday’s game at the RSC as being a potential promotion six-pointer. With both Waterford and Longford spending freely during the off-season, the bookmakers made the two joint favorites for the First Division title. However, while Lee Power’s “Blues” have won seven of their opening twelve league games, Longford Town already find themselves twelve-points behind the early leaders with just three wins to their credit this season. Continue reading