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Longford's return to top tier on cue

LONGFORD Town hope they can end seven years of pain by winning promotion back to the Premier Division tonight.

But Shelbourne have promised not to give up on their dream of being promoted automatically back to the top flight.

Since their financial collapse and demotion from the Premier Division at the end of the 2007 season, Town fans have endured seven seasons in the second tier but a win at home to Shamrock Rovers B tonight would seal promotion.

Clear title favourites at the start of the season, Tony Cousins' (inset) side have come through some sticky spells - a run of four games without a win - to go clear at the top and beating Rovers tonight would seal the deal.

Shels had posed a real threat to Longford thanks to a recent run but defeat away to Finn Harps last weekend leaves the Reds four points behind with two games left as Shels take on promotion rivals Galway tonight.

"We will push hard to gain all three points in this game and finish the home league campaign with the victory.

It's still possible to get automatic promotion, even if it is out of our hands.

"We will push this all the way - to the very end," says Reds boss John McDonnell.