The final score read 3-0 to De Town against Cabinteely in our game played last Saturday night. It looks good on paper and it secured us all three valuable points. However,being brutally honest, we were flattered by that final scoreline. We were fortunate throughout the game. Fortunate to have gone ahead early in the game with an og. Fortunate that our visitors missed golden goal opportunities. But the scoreline doesn't lie and two late , excellent goals certainly added some gloss to a sometimes lacklustre performance.
We were fortunate too that the rain held off until the very end. Heading home from the CCS as a drizzly darkness enveloped the grounds, there were plenty of positives to ponder too. Our home record of remaining unbeaten was still intact, we kept an other clean sheet and netted a couple of memorable goals. It was also encouraging to see our two local lads start the game and show their total commitment – both were rewarded with yellow cards! Three goals and three points, we may have been flattered but we're not complaining at all.
This Friday night, April 13th we travel over to Drogheda to face the current league leaders. The Drogs sit on top of the league with 13 points, ahead of Shelbourne and UCD on goal difference. We are breathing down their necks on 11 points. Leaving the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night, one young optimistic support explained to his bemused Dad that Drogheda shouldn't prove a problem for us. Drawing on his knowledge of recent games, he pointed out that Cabinteely beat the Drogs and we beat Cabinteely, so therefore we had to beat Drogheda! If only it was so simple. As everyone is rightly saying, it's the tightest of tight leagues and Friday night is going to be one heck of a tough, tight encounter. Hopefully, it'll be unlucky Friday 13th for our hosts!
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Chris Mulhall was the popular recipient of the Player of the Month trophy for March. He was presented with his trophy by Bernie McLoughlin just as the players trooped off after their warm up. Each month, the award is presented by a different paid up member of the Supporters' Club, with a lottery determining who makes the presentation. As well as making the presentation, Bernie now has a new profile photo for her social media. If you want to have a chance of presenting next month's winner, make sure to join the Supporters' Club.
LETTER OF REPLY
At our AGM at the start of the season, it was decided to nominate loyal Town supporter Padraic Gearty as the person after whom the new Camlin pedestrian bridge be called. A letter outlining our position was sent to the county manager and last week a reply was received from an official on his behalf. The business of naming the bridge, they said, will be carried out by a “ naming committee”. So now you know.
CAR BOOT SALE
When Liam Healion arrived out to set up the car boot sale, last Easter Monday morning, the time was 3.10am. And would you believe it, there was a stall holder already there, waiting patiently. He had travelled almost 100 miles from Co. Armagh. It was dark, wet, windy and cold but neither weather nor time seemed to deter this gentleman. By mid morning a group of young American students, part of a church community were busy cleaning up the litter along the approach road. And finally after 3pm, our own small dedicated group were out making sure the car park didn't have even one piece of paper floating around. We have an incredible group of volunteers who can't can't be thanked enough but thank you again. The May Bank Holiday Monday is our next car boot sale.
We had a full turn out of our ball kids team last Saturday night. They may be young but they're extremely professional in their approach and attitude and a credit to their mentors. As well as our excellent ball kids, we also had youngsters from Ballyboro entertain us at half time. None of this happens by waving a magic wand, so, again a big thank you to their mentors, parents and of course, Avril Gilchriest who keeps everything ticking over.
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
De Town social media platforms are surpassing themselves so far this season. As well as regular twitter updates, we also have our LTFC website and a Facebook page for both the Club and the Supporters' Club. At the end of each game, we post an array of photos, covering action on and off the pitch. Shortly afterwards, thanks to James Donnelly, there's a video review of the match and some interviews with the manager and players. And then of course there's the ground breaking podcasts from Between the Stripes by Kieran Burke and Jon Brier.
LONGFORD DUBLIN ASSOCIATION
This Saturday night sees the Longford Dublin Association hold their Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony. The venue is the Moran Red Cow Hotel, Dublin 12 and the night kicks off at 8pm. The principal organisers, who also raise funds for local charities are loyal Town supporters and if you'd like a last minute ticket, contact either Tony Gilleran or Padraic Connolly. This year Liam Fenlon, Padraig Farrell and D. Glennon are receiving awards.