Longford Town host title favourites Shelbourne at the City Calling Stadium this Saturday night at 7:30.
Longford are the only unbeaten team in the first division with wins at home to Drogheda and last week’s crucial away victory over a vastly improved Athlone Town, while also earned away draws with Limerick and Cabinteely.
Sam Verdon’s match winning goal in last week’s “El Classico De Midlands” means Town are just one point behind the leading trio of Shelbourne, Bray Wanderers and Athlone Town who all lost last weekend.
Bray were surprisingly beaten by bottom placed Wexford, while Shelbourne lost two-one away to Cobh.
The visitors will be without the suspended Greg Moorhouse after his injury time dismissal in last week’s defeat to Cobh, while Longford’s only absentee is the injured Carlton Ubaezuono.
Shels have a lot of quality players in their ranks with Dean Delaney in goals, Derek Prendergast and Luke Byrne in defence, Ryan Brennan and Conan Byrne in midfield, and potent goal scoring threats in Karl Moore and the division’s joint top goal scorer Ciaran Kilduff.