LUCK RUNS OUT
There was a real contrast of fortunes on display in Flancare Park on Saturday night last. Limerick arrived in celebratory mood already champions of the First Division while opposing them was a home side depleted by injuries and suspensions. The Town were minus Hope, Purdy and Shaw through injuries and both Wilo McDonagh and Austin Skelly were out due to the ref shambles down in Waterford. Our bench was warmed by a few from the U 19 squad and with Mick Lee and Craig Hyland being rested, Reynor the young, and Cronin the old, slotted into the back four.
With a large and happy visiting support,Limericklaid siege to our goals. Though promotion was already guaranteed, Scully wanted to put on a display which might please his followers and frighten the likes of Sligo Rovers. But despite hammering on the door, their finishing was dreadful with glorious chance after glorious chance being squandered. They could and indeed should have been four or five up by half time, but by tea break in the Clubhouse, we were more than happy to be holding out. If Jamie Duffy had been more alert, he could have sent us in for our tea one up but he fluffed a magnificent chance following an inch perfect pass from Alan Kirby.
Jamie Duffy was shown a red card just ten minutes into the second half, a decision helped in no small way by the exuberant antics of the visiting manager. But despite being down to ten men, the hosts never gave up the battle and went close on at least one more occasion. Scully's frustration was increasing by each passing minute and at one point took it out on the fourth official's dug out when he stabbed a kick into its side. But he needn't have worried. Like inWaterford, the match official came to his rescue in awarding the softest of soft penalties. So with just over ten minutes on the clock,Limerickhad the goal they craved. And then to rub salt into our wound, they added another in injury time.
Multi announcements of post match celebratory photo opportunities kept the Limerick fans in the stand singing and dancing while the home crowd melted into the cold autumnal darkness. What started in contrast, ended in contrast, a sLimerick popped the champagne, our hopes of automatic promotion had been well and truly popped a few weeks earlier.
BUS TO HARPS GAME
Saturday Oct 13, we're due to meet Finn Harps in what will be the final game in the League proper. It'll be a bit of a dead rubber for us, since we're assured of a play off position. However, if there's enough interest, we'll run a bus up to Donegal. But,we're fully aware that money is tight and that many might like to hold out till the play off game down in Waterford in a few weeks time. Give Liam a shout on 087 9141926 and as usual please do so before Wednesday evening.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ SEPTEMBER
The player of the month for September is Alan Kirby. It should have been announced earlier but the Supporters' Club phone was out of action for a while and caused a bit of a mix up. Following a full audit of texts, it was the Ballinalee lad who came out on top. It's been a busy few weeks now for the dad of two but hopefully, he'll have time to dust his latest trophy. Though, Kirbs didn't start every game, his wholehearted contribution was such, that a majority of texters deemed him to be our most valuable player in September. Alan will receive his trophy from Brendan Turner before our first play off game at home to Waterford. No doubt, the travelling Waterford supporters will also acknowledge this great player from their own neck of the woods.
PLAYER OF THE SEASON
With the season drawing to a close soon, it's time to put on your thinking cap for your nominations for Player of the Season and Goal of the Season. We won't take any nominations until after the final game which hopefully will involveDundalkand ourselves. There's talk of our popular Dinner Dance but that too will depend on the games pan out. The leaves may be falling fast, but there's a long way to go until we're sure of what's happing in the 2013 season.
We send our sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the Keenan family on the recent tragic death of Peter, may he rest in peace. We also remember the families of both Padraig Gearty and John Donlon who died a year ago around this time, both great friends to the Club and never forgotten.
All in the Supporters' Club extend best wishes to our Chairman Brendan Turner who isn't just fully match fit these days. Despite being unwell, Brendan was present at the Limerick game but what really sickened him was the awarding of the penalty to Limerickin the 79th minute. Recovering from an operation is Frank Glancy who was unable to attend on Saturday night but his substitute more than made up for his absence. We also hope to see Evelyn Shaw fighting fit and back in Flancare in time for the play offs.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our next and final Car Boot Sale of the season will be the Halloween one on the bank Holiday Monday. Many other clubs and organisations are now copying our recipe but the one at Flancare remains the original and best. Remember to pencil it in now.
John Givens, FAI rep., and brother of the famed Irish international player Don Givens was in Flancare on Saturday night with a large box under his arm. Word had it that he had the First Division trophy and not his sambos locked in the box. After a short discussion, it was decided to present the trophy to Limerick down in Limerick rather than in Flancare. But now that the trophy has already set foot in Longford, we look forward to its being sent to the RSC next season to be awarded to Waterford.
And finally many thanks to Marty Stapleton who did a marvellous job on this column last week. Marty did such a superb job, that he'll be doing many more next season, so that's something else to look forward to.