With Derry City going top of the table on Friday night, Dundalk were determined to regain top spot by beating us. Their large travelling support showed illustrated their intent and when one Louth fan joked that they intended to better Cork's result against us, a long night loomed. Lady Luck has certainly deserted us of late and with Mulhall failing a pre match fitness test along with an early penalty, the signs were bad. At least the visitors didn't better Cork City's score against us but a four nil defeat is an other tough result. Despite awful weather conditions nationally, the pitch was in good order and groundsman Seamus Murray was even hard at work during the match erecting a Luigi's sign under the ever changing score board.
DERRY CITY AT HOME
This Saturday night we welcome Derry City to the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30 kick off. The last time Derry visited we slotted four past them before we took the foot off the gas and they scored twice to leave us with a 4-2 win. Things have changed slightly since then with Derry now flying high and snapping at Dundalk's heels. In other words, Saturday night's game is going to be an other serious challenge for the home side. Apart from some luck coming our way, we really need more local support getting behind the team. It's now when the struggle is toughest that we need the extra support. Well, can we count on you?
It's seldom we can write that headline when writing about De Town. But last Monday night our match against Wexford was rescheduled to Carlow IT which was probably the first time ever two sides from the top division played in a town once known for its sugar factory. Unfortunately the result wasn't too sweet for De Town who went down 2-1 after added time. There were less than 100 spectators at the College grounds but those who were present were impressed with the sporting facilities down there. They have a rugby pitch with covered shelter but it a plastic tape was our only protection. The toilets were a bit distant too. Present at the unusual setting were Padraig Connolly and Hugh Dolan both Keon Tce., Longford exiles but now representing the Supporters Club in Dublin and Carlow.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Mark Rossiter was the delighted recipient of the player of the month award for March. Tom Mc Guinness made the presentation to Mark before the game on Saturday night last.
This season's new membership cards were available in the Clubhouse last Saturday night. Anyone who didn't receive their new slim line 2016 edition can pick then up this Saturday night. We certainly could do with some more joining us, envelopes will be available in the Clubhouse before the Derry game. You'll have noticed from the last match programme that many of the players are now sponsored by our members. This list will be added to in this week's programme. Fair play to Avril Gilchrist who organised the Gaels Utd girls U11 team as mascots and players at half time. It's great to see this happen again and was sorely missed for too long. And finally, you may have noticed that after 14 years, the price of the cup of the tea has finally caught up with prices in every other club.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend a speedy recovery to Seamus Kiernan who was hospitalised in Tullamore recently. Hopefully, we'll see him back in action and in uniform at the CCS as soon as possible.