De Town had 89% of the possession in Saturday night's game against Cabinteely but it took a piece of individual magic from Daniel O'Reilly to break the deadlock and secure three vital points. With only five minutes of normal time remaining, Daniel flicked the ball past past a defender and then let fly with a thunderous half volley from more than 20 yards which left the the visiting goalie grasping at fresh air. The crowd erupted in admiration and the standing ovation was truly deserved. That superb strike alone was worth the entrance fee. Already it's being touted as a goal of the season with some seasoned supporters reckoning it was one of the very best seen at the stadium.
However the wonder goal ignited Cabinteely from their slumber and when the board went up to signal five added minutes, there was an audible groan all round the ground. The remaining five minutes seemed like two eternities. With time almost up, the visitors almost snatched what would have been an undeserved equaliser but Noel Haverty came to our rescue with with a very brave block.
This win saw us move up to fourth place in the table just behind UCD, who provide the opposition on Friday night away. The game was played on a perfect pitch in perfect conditions despite the glaring sun and the midges invasion towards the end. One interested spectator was the FAI Head of Decurity who took in the game on his way to Sligo for the clash of the Rovers up there. Again, praise was heaped on our facilities but when will we see an international game played at the City Calling Stadium? In the meantime, we can bask in O'Reilly's superb strike, a strike that'd grace any international stage.
On Friday night we travel to UCD to take on the students. They're on 32 points while we're one place behind on 24. So in the event that we conjure up yet another late winner and extend our unbeaten run to six games, we'll still be in fourth position. But confidence continues to grow and on Saturday night, we played with a different style entirely so things have changed. Of course it'll be difficult to maintain this momentum but as most would agree we're on the right path with a team that works its socks off till the final whistle.
This Wednesday sees our former chairperson Kevin Carberry jet off to South America with next up Australia, Vietnam, Thailand and God knows where else. But before the tears of parting flowed, Johnny Nevin and Brendan Finnegan made him a Bon Voyage presentation on behalf of the Supporters' Club. So now he has to post a photo of himself wearing De Town jersey in every new country he visits as well as the names of his recently recruited new members. Have a ball Kevin and enjoy every single second. Your job will be kept safe till you return.
THE FENN EFFECT
Our new manger Neale Fenn took to the field on Saturday night and as you'd expect with De Town, was given an excellent warm welcome. Fenn arrives with an illustrious playing career behind him and if he can transfer some of that experience to the players, then our future has brightened considerably. One thing is for sure, he's already making an effort with the supporters and was more than willing to pose for photos and sign autographs and have the banter. He also seems to be a bit of a hit with the girls. It could be his snazzy suit or the deep tan.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JUNE
Karl Chambers received his merited player of the month award for June from legendary Town supporter Liam Healion before kick off last Saturday night. Liam has asked for some volunteers for the August Bank Holiday car boot sale due to some old reliables being unavoidable absent on the date. If you could volunteer for just one car boot sale, it would be greatly apprecaited.
Andy Dardis engaged the services on Saturday night of our new manager Neale Fenn to launch the brand new Lotto. This time, there are no numbers to be written out and the prize money has also changed. With the new 50/50 system, all you have to do is sign your name and contact details and each week, one lucky winner will win half the money taken in that week. It's much simpler and more effective than the previous system. As usual you can purchase your tickets from Andy or Devina Dardis at the Shopping Centre at the weekends or from Benny McGuinness, Pat Devine, Pauline Murphy or Archie Bell. The greater number of people who play, the greater will be the prize. Simple.
Well done to the underage teams from Stonepark and their mighty mentors who provided very effective and co operative ball boys at the game against Cabinteely. They also had a good half time game and enjoyed a touch of the limelight when the manager and some players joined their team photo.
OUR NEW ROAD
Not alone do we have a new manager. but the local council have also laid a new road surface en route to the City Calling Stadium. It starts at the recently and wonderfully named Blind Fiddlemaster Kiernan Roundabout and ends just before the CCS. Big thank you to the council for this welcome upgrade and hopefully this will be followed up with some new signage to the grounds.
Certainly ruled out of making the playing the squad for the remainder of the season is Seamus Murray who was seen hobbling round CCS on Saturday night. Even with some encouragement from Neale Fenn, it looks like Seamus will be looking on from his special seat near the tunnel for the rest of the season. Despite many injuries during his long career, this was the first time Seamus was seen on crutches which left the man himself hopping mad. All in the Supporters' Club wish you a speedy recovery to life without crutches.