Longford Town finally won a home game at City Calling Stadium, their first since October of 2015, after a 3-1 comeback win over Shelbourne.
Shelbourne looked like they could extend that losing streak early on as Dave Rooney had them in front after only three minutes. However, once Longford settled down they gained control.
Striker Enda Curran was the hero on the night with two goals, however it could have been a hat-trick after striking the crossbar late on. Club captain Kevin O’Connor also scored for ‘De Town’.
Enda Curran told us after the game “Yeah it was great to get the monkey off our back, after not winning at home in a while and it was great for the fans.”
On his own performances this season Curran said, “Personally I feel I’ve been playing well and had a few chances, but I hit the bar and had a few close ones, but hopefully tonight’s goal gets the ball rolling for me now.”
Here is Kevin O’Connor’s goal;
Assistant Manager Kevin Doherty was pleased saying, “Yeah good result and performance. We took our chances and probably for the first time this year we got a couple of breaks.”
Dylan McGlade said, “Yeah it was a great win tonight against a very tough Shels side. We are a team of footballers but I think tonight we showed we can do the other side of it as well and fight and battle.”
He was also delighted to start winning at home, “We’re not the biggest side but the lads were like terriers tonight all across the pitch. It was great also to finally kick that home record of not winning a game since 2015, it’s a monkey off the back.”
McGlade also spoke about how the crowd’s backing helped the team win the game, “It was great to see a good vocal crowd there tonight also and I think that could be a major factor at home to help spur us on. If the fans keep coming out and supporting us and being vocal, and letting us know they are there, I think it will help with our ambition to turn the City Calling Stadium into a fortress.
“That’s the 2nd game in two weeks that we’ve come from behind to get the win, and it just shows the strength of character of the team. Hopefully we can continue that on now into Monday and for the rest of the season, and just keep clawing back up the table.”
He also feels there’s more to come”I still feel like we haven’t reached anywhere near our best in terms of our style of play, but as we get more confident with wins, I think we’ll start to turn the style on and play the attacking free flowing football we are more than capable of.”
We asked him about his frustrations when at St Patrick’s Athletic, and he said, “It’s been great to get out and get some games under my belt after a frustrating season at St Pats last year. It’s hard when you have the likes of Conan Byrne, Mark Timlin and. Billy Dennehy in front of you, but I’m just glad to be playing games again and hopefully I can repay the faith that Alan, Kev and Gary have placed in me.”