Andrew Dempsey reports from City Calling Stadium
Longford Town eased past the rather poor challenge put up by Bray Wanderers on Saturday evening at City Calling Stadium to return to the top of the First Division.
Defender Mick McDonnell and winger Peter Hopkins scored the crucial goals for the Midlanders in the 2-0 win, but it was the performance of Sean Brennan who caught the eye of many at the Strokestown Road venue.
The on-loan Southampton midfield virtuoso spoke after the game with extratime.ie, noting that the win over Bray was important in keeping the forward momentum going for the time being at least.
“It was a great result to keep the unbeaten run going,” the talented 17-year-old said about De Town going undefeated in the league so far this season including winning four league games in a row.
“I thought we dominated from the start and we carried it out the whole way through and it’s another good three points on the board.
“As long as we stay on this run, we’re going to keep each game going on a one by one basis. We’ll be taking it step by step and keep going to push ourselves on.
“We don’t really think about the unbeaten run and we’re keeping it each game at a time.”
With this being the former Belvedere schoolboy’s first foray into senior football in the First Division with Longford Town, Neale Fenn’s loanee admits that senior football is a much greater test than what he has experienced at youth football thus far.
“It’s very different to youth football,” he admits.
“Obviously I was over there, happy with my football, it was nice, tactical playing it around the back and playing it through the thirds.
“I think this is very different. It’s a bit of a wake up call for me, it’s hard but this is what senior football is like and it’s physical. I think it’s great to get this experience so early.”
The difficult tests continue for Longford Town in the coming weeks. Next up is a trip to Cobh where Longford were beaten on their last visit to St Colman’s Park in the EA Sports Cup.
“It’s looking positive at the minute. We’ve a great bunch of lads in the group with lots of experience so we just have to keep going and keep pushing on. We’ll see where that takes us then.
“It’s tough always travelling to places like Cobh. It’s a long journey and we’ll have to be ready for it as it will be tough down there.”