SO, SO CLOSE
Football showed its cruel side on Saturday night when we thought we had bagged three priceless points only for the bag to be snatched away with a cruel equaliser on 90 minutes. Saturday night was another perfect night for football and with one of the largest crowds of the season, all was perfectly poised. The fact though that the majority of supporters in the City Calling Stadium had travelled from Sligo clearly illustrated how important the tie was to them. And as soon as the first ball was kicked,their intent was clear as they attacked us at every opportunity. With the woodwork saving us and a goal line clearance and all backed up by a large vocal support, a long night was on the cards. The fact that they were reduced to ten men, didn't seem to matter a whit such was Sligo's intensity. But De Town held firm and while the football may not have been pretty, it certainly didn't lack for passion and tension with both sides creating chances. However when Kaleem Simon found the back of the Sligo net on 82 minutes, it looked like the hosts had done enough to secure three valuable points and maybe even security in the top flight. Some Sligo Rovers fans began to drift away as we dared to dream. But on 90 minutes that dream turned into a nightmare when a speculative cross somehow ended up in the Town net. Is it any wonder the visitors were singing their love for Longford at the final whistle. It was a hard blow to take but take it we must and move on to Cork away on Friday night. As one local optimist put it “after 20 minutes of the first half, we'd have been happy to take a point”; the replies he received though are unprintable.
CORK CITY AWAY
It's a long spin down to Cork on this Friday night as we face second placed Cork City. There were a few Drogheda supporters in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night and they maintained that Cork were simply not up for the game the previous night when they drew one all with the Drogs. But, all of that has to be taken with a large dose of salt. We need something from our Leeside trip and hopefully the return of Stephen Rice will add something to the midfield. A one nil win down south and we'd be singing on the banks of the Lee. If Limerick can beat them, why not us too.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ SEPTEMBER
Congratulations to Kevin O'Connor who was the popular winner of the September player of the month award. Kevin received his trophy from long time and loyal supporter Paddy Conway just before the game against Sligo Rovers on Saturday night last.
PRESIDENTIAL ADVICE TAKEN
It's encouraging to all followers of the domestic game that our President Michael D. Higgins takes such an interest in the game. He was clearly thrilled with the national team's historic win against Germany last week. But after the game, when he heard that some German supporters were making a mini holiday of the game, he advised them to take in some domestic games, to see how things were at grass roots level. Well, some of them must have heeded his advice as a group of about twenty German football fans were in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night to witness the N4 derby. They had a great night and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They were however disappointed that the Clubhouse had no beer but couldn't believe the amount of volunteerism involved.
As has been said, there was a great crowd and a wonderful atmosphere at the match on Saturday night. The cars lined the road right back and beyond Micky Joe Devine's and the car park was full. It was like nights of yesteryear. But the couple of travelling Drogheda supporters couldn't believe that the locals were outnumbered four or five to one. The Town support is made up of the usual hard core due hards and a fair sprinkling of youngsters which, I suppose, is encouraging enough. But there's an entire section section not supporting. If we had beaten Dundalk, there'd be a rush for tickets to the Aviva. But where oh where are those supporters all season long. We know we have excellent facilities, the team is battling for survival in the top flight and yet we are vastly outnumbered at our penultimate home game. If you have any solutions to our absent support, we'd dearly love to have them.
We send our heartiest congratulations to Joesephine Glancy who has a birthday this Wednesday. Her actual age is part of the official state secret act and Frank wouldn't break his silence despite all sorts of bribes. But happy birthday anyway Josephine, one of our hardest working, loyal and dedicated supporters. Congrats too to Johnny and Evelyn Nevin who celebrated a wedding anniversary last week end.
Well done to Cian Fay, from the U 19s, who scored the winning goal with a free kick in the 93rd minute against Athlone, well done too to the U19 manager Mark Connors who has been appointed to the coaching staff with the U16 international team and finally well done to Mark Keenan who won the player of the year with the U17 team.
CAR BOOT SALE
We have our next and final Car Boot Sale on the Halloween Bank Holiday Monday which is fast approaching. For the last few years, the Car Boot Sales have been the source of much needed funds for the Club. From humble beginnings, they've grown hugely and with that growth comes a need for more volunteers. Give Liam Healion a shout if you'd like to give hand out this time round.