Town Set For First Division Play-Offs

Daire Doyle admits that anything can really happen in the play’offs as Longford Town begin their promotion hunt against Cabinteely tonight.

Doyle was part of the Bray Wanderers team which avoided relegation in 2010 where a boundary wall collapsed during their contest with Monaghan United.

“They can be crazy games” joked Doyle, “The wall fell down in the 119th minute after Chris Shiels had equalised for Monaghan.”

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“The game was held up five minutes or so and we went and equalised right from the tip-off to bring to penalties” joked Doyle, a game Bray won 7-6 on penalties.

“We said from the beginning that if we didn’t finish second we want to finish third” explained Doyle, “which means we get the second leg at home.”

“It won’t have a huge bearing on the tie, but it will go a long way for help us” added Doyle.

“It’s very worthwhile. It’s been a great season. The lads have been fantastic” said Cabinteely Director of Football Pat Devlin.

“We were perhaps unfortunate to finish fourth. We could have finished much higher. I think we underachieved a little” added Devlin.

“This gives the players and staff an opportunity to fix that. We played Longford three times this season.”

“We’ve beaten them twice. But we wouldn’t underestimate them. There’s not a lot between us, so, it should be a very good game. And an interesting two-legs.”

Devlin stressed “We know we have a lot of work to do. We know we will have to work very hard over the two games. And hopefully get a little bit of luck along the way.”

Longford Town are without the suspended Anto Breslin and Shane Elworthy, while Sam Verdon and Aodh Dervan and Sean Boyd carrying knocks and need to pass fitness test.

Cabinteely say they have a near full squad available.