After playing their hearts out against runaway league leaders, Dundalk, the team had nothing but heartbreak to show for their efforts. It was just an other example of how cruel sport can be. Unfortunately, we have more than our fair share of these examples this season. We haven't been prolific in front of goal all season, yet we go up there and score three times, coming from behind. Dundalk haven't conceded three in a very long time. And it was the very bottom playing the very top. You'd think three goals away would have meant at least a point. But no. The hosts scored a late, late winner to smash the hearts of the handful of supporters who made the long journey to the north east. Many Dundalk supporters were loud in their praise of our great effort and offered much sympathy. But, as we all know, sympathy won't help us survive but at least it was good to celebrate three goals, a feeling felt too seldom this year. But, maybe, just maybe, this is the spark that may reignite the season. We must believe and we must support.
We're on the highways and byways again this Friday, July 15th when we head to the north west to face Derry City. It's been a long, long time since we licked the Candystripes at home. But we know that every single game is vital and hopefully we can reproduce our performance from last week which netted us three goals. Safe travelling to all our supporters and don't forget your sterling.
The summer camps have been a huge success so far this season at the City Calling Stadium. The next LTFC summer camp will be from July 18th-22nd, contact 087 151 4859 as soon as possible. August 1st-5th will be the next FAI summer camp. Great coaching, great fun and great craic. We can do nothing about the weather though.
GREAT CRATE WINNER
Heartiest congratulations to wordsmith Seamus Leavy on his winning caption which won him a crate of award winning St Mel's Brewing Co craft beer. "Whether brewing up perfection or taking the Cup home, it's always more fulfilling when we celebrate our own” was his winning and poetic entry. Famous Seamus will be presented with his great crate of great craft beer at the game against Sligo Rovers. The party will be afterwards at his place!!
Now that Portugal are the champions of Europe, it might be a chance to reflect on any lessons. Portugal won without Ronaldo playing for most of the final, which surely points to the passion and commitment of the entire squad. They played to their strengths and got the absolute maximum out of their abilities. Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern Ireland and ourselves did something similar.
The incredible, positive influence of supporters can never be underestimated. Our supporters can sing better than most but not at home or in church. And finally, surely one of the quotes of the tournament must go to Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri “I hope Puma doesn't produce condoms” when referring to his team's shirts disintegrating during their game against France.
The Council have returned our signs but won't allow us to erect them. Yet, some other signage remained in place on approach roads to the town advertising anything from pigs on a spit to star piano players. And still on a musical note, surely the most distracting (and expensive) road side addition is that fiddle on the new bypass.
CAR BOOT SALE
Some more volunteers are needed for our fund raising Car Boot Sale on the August Bank Holiday Monday. Give Liam a shout on 087 614 1926 but not all at the same time, please.