Preview: Midlands Derby In FAI Cup Tonight

Written 1 week ago by Newsroom

There is a Midlands derby tonight as Longford Town host Athlone Town at the City Calling Stadium in the first round of the FAI Cup.

7.45 is the kick off time, with the winners to face Bohemians in the next round.

Terry Butler will be hoping his side can recover from the drubbing they received from their Midlands counterparts in the league.

The Black and Blue have a clean bill of health heading into tonight’s cup tie, something he hasn’t often been able to say this season.

Manager Terry Butler says ”It’ll be a great day and occasion for the club playing in the cup. It’s a shame its away from home as it makes it that bit harder, but the boys will relish it.”

Jack Doherty is Longford’s only injury worry but it’s widely expected manager Neil Fenn will name a much changed side ahead of an important fixture with Shelbourne at the Weekend.

Journalist Andrew Dempsey is expecting Athlone to improve on their recent league showing: