Tomorrow evening sees the final mid land derby of the 2017 season in the First Division as Longford Town welcome Roddy Collins Athlone Town to The City Calling Stadium.
Longford come into the game on the back of a huge win over Premier Division side Sligo Rovers in the FAI Cup last weekend. Many had The Town wrote off ahead of the game but Neale Fenn’s men showed great belief and came out as deserving winners.
Athlone also had success in the FAI Cup with a 5-0 victory away to Munster Senior League side Ballincollig. The win for both teams is a real confidence boost as they look to creep up the table heading into the final few games of the season.
Longford manager Neale Fenn made a few big decisions last weekend by leaving Don Cowen, Kealan Dillon and Cody Mulhall on the bench so it will be very interesting to see whether or not he sticks with the same starting 11 tomorrow.
Athlone will have a few familiar faces to Town supporters, Ethan Nkololo, Enda Currans and Stephen Walsh will look to make big impacts on the game to deny their former club.
The two teams have met four times to date this season with Longford winning the first three game while the last game ended 2-2.
With three home games left in the season support will be very much needed again this Saturday and for the remaining games. A great crowd turned out for the visit of Sligo last weekend and the same will be very much hoped again tomorrow.
Ahead of the match our reporter Kevin McDermott spoke to Town manager Neale Fenn
Kick off at The City Calling Stadium tomorrow is 7:30pm