It’s been a season of unwanted records for Longford Town in 2017, seventeen months without a home win up until the recent 3-1 triumph over Shelbourne at City Calling Stadium, without back to back league wins since the tail end of their 2015 Premier Division campaign and now “De Town” go in search of a first ever win over Shamrock Rovers senior side at the Tallaght Stadium. A struggling Shamrock Rovers side are the hosts in what may prove to be a far bigger game than anticipated for “Hoops” manager Stephen Bradley, given the Dublin clubs wretched league performance to date.
A 90th minute equaliser from Brazilian sensation Rodrigo Tosi saw manager-less Limerick nick a point at the Capital based venue on Friday night, a result which saw Rovers slip into a mid-table position, just three points above Sligo Rovers in the final relegation place. While talk of Irish footballs biggest name being dragged into a relegation scrap seems unthinkable, mutterings of discontent have long been heard from the Tallaght stands now, with rookie manager Stephen Bradley perhaps already looking over his shoulder in the Rovers hot-seat. Having failed to win this competition since 2013, the EA Sports Cup is Rovers most likely route to silverware this season but even at that it may not be enough to appease the Tallaght faithful should the “Hoops” record of six defeats in eleven league games not improve and dramatically at that. Continue reading