De Town put on a wonderful display on their final night of the 2015 season to comprehensively defeat Derry City 4-2. Leading 4-0, the home side simply took their foot off the pedal and allowed their visitors in for two consolation goals. Even though it took most of the first half for the opening goal to come, the hosts could have been out of sight by half time had it not been for some top class saves by the Derry net minder.
David O Sullivan scored the first from the penalty spot just before the break and then Mark Rossiter added his name to the goal of the season list with an absolute cracker from all of 40 yards. Gary Shaw continued his recent excellent run with a very sweet header making it 3-0 ;the same score line as when we played Derry in our final game in the top flight back in '07. But just when we thought it couldn't get any better, Gary Shaw was upended by the keeper as he bore down on goal and Pat Sullivan was thrilled to find the back of the net with his spot kick.
Though the Candystripes pulled two back, the mission had already been well accomplished by then.
The league is a very long, rocky, torturous campaign. We started well, had some long term injuries to a few senior players which naturally resulted in a bit of a wobble. But manager Tony Cousins steadied the ship again and when he finally headed to the shore, boy did he do it in some style. With the tightest and most tense run in to the finale, De Town dug deep and pulled away with some extraordinary results to finish 6th. In the final four games we scored 11 goals, 6 of them away, we amassed 10 points from a possible 12, winning our last three games. As was pointed out elsewhere, taking the last 8 games in total, we'd have ended up in 3rd place in the league. And then remember, 12 of the players had never tasted premier football before this season, we had a small squad overall and had just been promoted. Surely the above stats answer all local critics.
A huge thank you to Tony, management and all the squad for a wonderful 2015 footballing season.
IMPORTANT SUPPORTERS' CLUB MEETING
The season on the field may be done and dusted but the work off the field continues. On Monday night next, November 9th, we have an important meeting in the Clubhouse, starting at 7.30pm. It's important that all paid up members, who can attend, do attend because we're having the vote for Player of the Season. A short list will be then drawn up and the announcement will be made at our Red and Night Gala Awards Night on Saturday, December 5th in the Longford Arms. The list for goal of the season is currently being worked on and that award will also be made in early December. If you're unable to attend Monday night's meeting, you can text your vote for Player of the Season to 087 9896269, cut off time is 6pm on Sunday November 8th. You MUST include your own full name with your nomination, failure to do so will render your vote invalid and of course you MUST be a paid up member of the Supporters' Club.
MANAGER STEPS DOWN
After many years working like a Trojan to secure top class facilities for the Club, our Clubhouse manager, Emmet Ryan announced his retirement after the Derry City game. Emmet's commitment went way beyond the call of duty and often spent long hours tidying, cleaning and re arranging the Clubhouse to make it the very best and most comfortable in the land. Apart from having to oversee everything ahead of games from tea bags to freshly made sandwiches, have the place spotless, arrange various photos and pennants, have teas and coffees for match officials and players, green tea for Don Cowan, he also had to deal with staff (some of whom took some dealing with!).
Emmet will probably not be living locally from early in 2016, but his presence will always remain in the Clubhouse which he managed so professionally and cared for so professionally. The team were 6th in the 2015 season but the LTFC Clubhouse was top of the pile. From all those who benefited from your selfless work, thank you Emmet and continued success and happiness in your future career.
NO TIME IN THE TIMES
Last week end, any one who wanted to read the match report against Drogheda Utd and hoped to do so in their copy of the Irish Times, were severely disappointed. On a Saturday, the IT carries a Sports supplement. But not one line of even one Airtricity match appeared. For many seasons we used to complain (and rightly so) about the abject coverage of the First Division. But last weekend's non coverage was about as bad as it can get. The media section of the Supporters' Club duly dispatched an email to the editor. Reply? We're still waiting. We will be waiting.
AND FINALLY, FINALLY
This is one of the last notes for the season but before the ink dries, we'd like to thank Padraig O'Brien in the Longford Leader for publishing these notes and sometimes, some photos from the Supporters' Club. A big thank you to Padraig Stapleton who through the miracle of technology, uploads these same notes and loads of photos from his London base. And of course thanks too to yourself for reading the scribbling. Sometimes, we think that no one reads them and then a mistake appears and suddenly, we realise that there is a reading public out there. Well again, thanks for reading and for the mistake spotting. And as always, the message will remain the same...C'MON DE TOWN !!