With the sun splitting the rocks all over the country a mid-table showdown will take place between the Premier League new-boys, Longford Town and Galway United at The City Calling Stadium. The teams last met at the end of March at Eamonn Deacy Park this year in a game that was entertaining and controversial to say the least, with Stephen Walsh, Sam Oji and Pat Flynn all sent for early showers by Adriano Reale. Adriano will also be surprised to hear that neither team has any suspensions coming up to their meeting this Friday evening. With a bit of luck the fine weather will hold up and both set of fans will be treated to a fine battle on a fine day.
Tommy Dunne’s men will come into the game with only one injury and that is of Andy Ó Connell whose foot injury is a lot worse than first thought and he will now be sidelined until September. A return to winning ways is a must for Galway United as they have now lost two games on the trot in the League and were less than convincing against Donegal outfit North End United in the F.A.I Cup. Time and time again the Tribesmen look susceptible to set pieces, three of Cork City’s goals at Eamonn Deacy Park last Friday evening came from set pieces, something which will have to be looked at and rectified during the break.
Tommy Dunne had this to say before the upcoming travel:
“We’re going to a ground where we had reasonable results last season, but we know it’s a different game on Friday night and that Longford will be looking to continue their own push up the table also.
“If we win, we’re within a point of Longford and that’s something to aim for as we approach the mid season break.
“We’re coming off the back of two league losses so we know we’ve got to improve to stay in touch with the likes of Longford.
“Longford are a good side, they’ve come up and picked up some excellent results and Tony has them well organised and they’ve got threats that can do damage to teams in this league. We’ll need to be on our game to get the positive result we crave.”
Ex-Galway United manager Tony Cousins will hope to have a fully fit team available with the only doubt being Don Cowan. The American striker who netted the winning goal in injury time at Eamonn Deacy Park at the start of the season is returning from injury and Tony Cousins and co. are still awaiting confirmation of his fitness coming into the match. Midfield stalwart Stephen Rice is set to return for “De Town” and will be welcomed back into the fold as Longford’s experienced midfield four will hope to boss their counterparts youthful midfield who have held their own on may a outing this term.
Longford come into the tie having won their last two games on the trot and riding a wave of confidence having put up a brave performance away from home against Shamrock Rovers in their last loss in the league away from home at the start of May.
Doubtful: Don Cowan(fitness)
Injured: Andy Ó Connel (Foot)
Doubtful: Ger Hanley (Fitness)
Referee: Sean Grant
Assistant 1: Alan Sherlock
Assistant 2: Brian Fenlon
Fourth Official: Ray Matthews
P.J Ó Cualáin, Pundit Arena.