De Town were in action twice in Dublin last week, coming away with an excellent 3-1 win against UCD but falling to Shelbourne 3-2 at Tolka Park. The win against the students was played in front of the usual small crowd but the score line certainly gave encouragement following the hard won point against Galway, the previous Saturday night. It was also gave great hope for the Friday night clash against table topping Shels. That game proved to have more than its fair share of drama and was played in front of just less than a thousand paying fans. Deans put us ahead but then was red carded which meant an uphill struggle away from home. Despite going behind 3-1, the lads in fairness put in a sterling display and left nothing on the pitch. O'Connors super strike to make it 3-2 is surely an early contestant for goal of the season. The result though along with other results saw us slip to 5th in the table but the positives are (and we have to look on the bright side) that we scored five times in the capital and the performance level, especially in the second half, was superb. The only way is up...surely.
WEXFORD AT HOME
Until now, Wexford Yoths at home meant commenting on their outrageous pink strip, looking for the flowing locks of their outspoken chairman and pocketing three points after a tough struggle. This time round, it's a whole new ball game with Wexford Youths sitting pretty just behind Shels and the only team to have beaten the promotion favourites. They're also scoring at will. So put an other way, the game against the men form Wexford is going to be an extremely tough encounter. They certainly won't be travelling to sit back and soak up whatever we throw at them. 1798 saw epic battles in both Wexford (Vinegar Hill) and Longford (Ballinamuck) but the epic battle this time will be in the City Calling Stadium, kick off 7.30 but no pikes will be needed (hopefully).
CAR BOOT SALES
Some rain fell on the May bank holiday Car Boot Sale but it still failed to dampen the enthusiasm of buyers and sellers who continue to flock to the City Calling Stadium in droves. Once again, a huge thank you to all the incredible volunteers who make the event such an outstanding success. In an other few weeks, we'll be having the June bank holiday Car Boot Sale when, according to some experts, the temperatues will be soaring under clear blue skies. So if you missed the first few car boot sales, start planning now for the June one, Monday June 2nd, same place, same time.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH /APRIL
The player of the month for April is Noel Haverty. A wide variety of players were nominated but Noel came out on top with a sizeable margin . He'll be presented with his trophy before the game against Wexford on Saturday night.
SUPPORTERS' CLUB AGM
Because of the game against Mervue on Tuesday 6th, we obviously had to change our AGM date again. So Monday 12th at 8pm in the Clubhouse is the date now. As most know, we could do with more people attending the AGM and getting involved. Many of the present gang are now well over 21 and could do with some new faces and fresh ideas.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend get well wishes to Mickey Ghee. One of the unsung Town heroes, Mickey is an irreplacable Trojan worker. We're all looking forward to seeing you back as soon as possible.
Congrats to our near neighbours on picking up their first point of the season last week-end. Meanwhile, on Sunday down in Waterford, they had an emergency meeting re lack of funds and they hope to meet again this week. Worrying times for the Blues and all supporters of the First Division, we wish them well.