Last season was seen as a massive success for Longford Town and Tony Cousins as a whole.
A highly credible 6th place finish was deemed as a great achievement for Cousins and his men on a shoe string budget and it was expected that the club would kick on from that in the 2016 season.
That doesn’t seem to be the case so far this season.
Longford Town have only one league win this season and have only scored three league goals in six fixtures in the League and two of them came on the first day against newly promoted Wexford Youths.
Since that opening day victory, Longford have only seen victory once and that was against very low standard opposition Drumcondra FC in the Leinster Senior Cup in which they are now knocked out of losing to Wexford Youths last night in Extra time.
Although a slightly higher standard than Longford, Cork City steam rolled the midlands team with a 6-0 victory a few weeks back and within a week of that defeat they were put out of the EA Sports Cup by Bohemians.
Goals seem to be a big issue which seems strange as David O’Sullivan is one of the most positively talked about forwards in the League?
The capture of Lee Duffy from Drogheda was a brilliant purchase as a quick paced eager striker would benefit any side, but unfortunately that isn’t the case so far through injury.
Is it signings? Or more importantly who the club did not re-sign?
The loss of Gary Shaw and Ayman Ben Mohamed seems too big a gap to fill which is noticeable even six league games in.
Unfortunately for the Town, Ayman Ben Mohamed has already came back and haunted them with a goal against them in their 2-0 defeat to Bohemians.
It is very early to be writing any team off as it is only six games in, so this is more a piece on a team on a bad run of form and one or two wins for Cousin’s men puts them right back in the mid table mix, but I think a lot of work needs to be done on the training field for things to change.