Whereas the FAI Cup is taking centre stage for the supporters of Longford Town at present the Town players must turn their attentions back to league matters for this evening’s match against Cabinteely.
Neale Fenn’s side reward for knocking out Bangor Celtic last week is a glamour tie against Cork City on Saturday September 9th. John Caulfield’s men could be crowned premier division champions if results go a certain way and there is no doubt it will be a massive challenge for Longford.
The Cork challenge is for another day however, and for this weekend the Longford manager is concentrating exclusively on Cabinteely. Tonight’s opponents were sent packing from the Cup last weekend after going down to Bluebell United. For their part Longford were perhaps a more superior side than their 1-0 win over Bangor suggested. Fenn pointed out this week when he spoke to Shannonside Sport that if his side were more accurate in front of the posts in the first half then the game cold have been ended as a contest by half time. The tie with Cork has everybody buzzing around the squad. Longford have of course already defeated Sligo Rovers in the current cup run and that will help to boost confidence levels for the Cork tie.
How Cabinteely will react to the events of last week and that surprising reversal against Bluebell will be one of the big questions that will have to be answered this evening. Neale Fenn expects the Stradbrook based side to be positive. He feels that they will be looking to make amends as quickly as possible and finish the season ah high up the table as possible.
For his own concern the Longford manager is happy to have a settled team in place, however he does like to freshen up the team selection where possible. In conclusion the Longford manager is expecting a close match tonight between two sides that are very similar to each other.
Full interview with Neale Fenn: