It’s always food to report a win even if it’s the Cup. Last Friday night the long journey to the RSC,Waterford was made worthwhile with a good 0-2 win. Two goals in rapid succession by Lee Duffy, (a really stunning goal) and then Philip Gannon from the edge of the box. It was a wet night down in the south east but at least we’re in the hat for the next round, so fingers crossed for a decent draw. One of the talking points was the poor local crowd. It’s amazing that for a place the size of Waterford that they’re not rallying behind the cause, especially for a one off cup tie. At the end of the game, some of their hardcore, truly dedicated and hard working supporters were shaking their heads, not so much at the outcome of the game but for their actual future. It’s a long, long way from the buzz that’s building for the international team and the Euros.
On Sunday 29th May, we host Cork City at the City Calling Stadium with a kick off time of 3pm. This note got his days wrong last time and sincere apologies for that. Following an in depth investigation, 2 weeks wages have been docked to ensure that there’s no repeat goof. Our first trip to Leeside was one we’d prefer to forget so this is a chance to set the record straight and give them a bit of a fright. Hopefully the unusual time of three o clock on a Sunday afternoon will help bring out a crowd. We could do with as many Sunday supporters as possible.
Last week end UCD had an exciting win against Bray. Pity though it wasn’t a league game, which would have taken us off the bottom rung. Hopefully, we’ll be climbing up a rung or two very soon.
Best wishes to Paddy Donnelly who reached the half century last weekend. By all accounts he had a great weekend of it especially with all his teams doing well too.
Don’t forget our next Car Boot Sale is fast approaching. Monday June 6th is the date and then there won’t be one till the August bank holiday week end. We have been promised some extra volunteer helpers for this event but we could always do with more. Give Liam a shout, he certainly could do with some more back up, especially on the early shift.
The coverage of the domestic league by the nationals always leaves something to be desired. However one man who always gives every club a mention is RTE’s John Creedon. De Town seems to hold a special place in the heart of the affable Cork City fan and he often gives us a plug on his nightly music slot. So, if you’re travelling north for the match Creedo, you’re very welcome to the City Calling Stadium.
Well done to Hugh Connolly, Oscar Deacy and Darren Quinn who finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Supporters’ Club competition. Thanks to all who entered this popular competition and fundraiser. We’ll be in touch regarding prizes during the week.
As De Town travel down to Waterford to kick start their 2016 FAI Cup journey, a few sweet memories from the 2004 archives when that journey ended in dreamland and a Cup Final victory.
Following our poor 2-4 defeat at home to Wexford Youths at the start of last week, we travelled to Richmond Park with a little trepidation. After all it was Friday 13th but then it was the same date for our hosts. The 60 or so travelling supporters were happy enough with the first half with many expressing the view that a share of the points would be no bad result. But nothing prepared us for the enthralling second half half which produced an incredible 6 goals and indeed a share of those points. There were six goals on Tuesday night too but this was so much better. We went ahead three times and each time St. Pats were able to find a way back, which left a few disgruntled at the final whistle. But on mature reflection, it was a pretty solid performance even though we’re still rooted to the bottom of the league table. One player who certainly won’t believe in Friday 13th is Davy O’Sullivan who missed his first penalty effort but it had to be retaken as the red carded Pats player was still on the pitch. He was coolness personified when scoring his second attempt.
We take a break from the league this week end when we travel down to Waterford for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup tie. The venue is the familiar RSC with kick off this Friday 20th at 7.45pm. Waterford may be struggling off the pitch but they had a solid 3-1 win at the week end and will be looking for a decent Cup run to help swell their coffers. They certainly won’t fear us and it’s all set up for yet an other enthralling cup clash against the Blues. It’s hard to think that just a few very short seasons ago they were involved with Dundalk in a promotion/relegation play off (after they had beaten us). But the Cup is a whole different ball game but hopefully we can do the business down there and look forward to a decent Cup run ourselves.
The week after the Cup game, we welcome Cork to the CCS at what’s an unusual time of 3pm on Sunday May 29th. Our first game against the Leesiders this season was on a Monday night and it’s one we’d prefer to delete from memory. Maybe the unusual kick off time will help us spring an other shock on the rebel outfit.
I suppose it’s a measure of our success that other car boot sales are springing up in the locality. But we like to think we have the best and at least at ours, all monies raised are ploughed back into the community via the club. Some people have phoned already wondering if we’re holding a car boot sale on Monday 30th May. That particular confusion is understandable because it’s a bank holiday in the UK . But our Car Boot Sale will be on Monday, June 6th from very early till 3pm. The good news is that some new volunteers have come forward to help out.
The Supporters’ Club would like to extend a warm welcome to our latest signing Cody Mulhall who comes to us from Hibernian FC, Scotland. Cody was to sign for Shamrock Rovers but Pat Fenlon decided against it despite him having trained in per season with them. Fingers crossed that he can make a significant difference to our fortunes on the pitch.
Our item regarding the stealing of our signs in last week’s piece has grown some legs. An eagle eyed reporter with the Herald, a national paper, spotted our cry for help in getting our sign back and duly highlighted it. We’re still looking for our sign’s return.
A motley crew of Town supporters are currently taking a crash course in French as they prepare to land on the beaches of Normandy and Calais for the upcoming Euros. One bright spark even went as far as asking at the credit union what currency he’d need for the Euros. The response isn’t printable. The three Amigos of Gary Cassin, Sean Prunty and Alan Kirby are also taking part in the France adventure and we wish them all bon voyage and bon appetit for a green summer.
A bad night for De Town who despite scoring twice, went down 2-4 to Wexford Youths tonight.
Before the game tonight, Ryan Connolly presented Noel Haverty with his trophy for player of the month for April………….and a few faces in the crowd……it’s not hard to guess which photos were taken at the end of the game…
It was a windy night for football and tying banners.
At least there was great skyline tonight……..
It was more like sodden soccer than summer soccer last Saturday night after a day of non stop rain which continued right throughout our game against Shamrock Rovers. The rain was so bad the visiting supporters were allowed into the stand. Shamrock Rovers are supposed to be a top professional team so we wondered how we’d cope facing the mighty Hoops. From early on, it was the home side that was on top despite the atrocious conditions and a changed starting eleven. But slippery conditions and an unfortunate mishap put paid to what could have been a super night in the rain. Kaleem Simon was pulled down in the penalty area when straight through on goal but the ref waved play on. Had we scored from what should have been a penalty, well, we’ll never know now. It got worse when our keeper Paul Skinner fell awkwardly following a kick out and he had to be replaced by 19 year old Ian Molloy.
The battling Town were dealt another hammer blow when the hosts were gifted their lead goal following an OG. Despite this set back, De Town continued to get back in the game. But then the slippery conditions played a cruel hand when Molloy slipped coming to gather with the ball ending up in the net. After that, it seemed like the heart went out of the struggle.
It was a truly a cruel night when the score certainly didn’t reflect the heroic effort on the pitch. Overall our performances are improving and hopefully we can something from Tuesday night when fellow strugglers Wexford Youths come to town.