EARLY BLOW FATAL
The home game against Shamrock Rovers was never going to be easy. But after just three minutes when Dublin referee Neil Doyle awarded a penalty, a hill became a mountain. While Paul Hunt got down well to parry the ball, the rebound fell to Drennan who made no mistake. When ten minutes later, Rovers went two up through North, that mountain looked ominous. Two down within thirteen minutes against a top team was not what we wanted. But in fairness, the lads kept pressing and the hard working Lorcan Shannon was duly rewarded when he found the back the net following a Pat Sullivan corner and an effort from Kevin O Connor.
De Town worked hard for no reward in the second half and after a slick passing movement, the visitors went further ahead with North again being on target. After that set back, heads seemed to drop and we never really troubled Murphy in the Rovers' goals. Following the defeat, we still remain ahead of Derry, Drogheda, Galway, Sligo and Limerick but as the dogs of Dublin St. know, those teams are now stepping up a gear or three. Tough times ahead. Limerick terming our Monday night meeting as “ Mission Possible” says it all.
Despite the presence of Damien Duff as a Shamrock Rovers' sub, the crowd at the City Calling Stadium wasn't the best. Even the travelling support was poor enough. One of the reasons given was that Manchester Utd were playing at the same time with that game on TV. If you've any magic suggestions, please do let us know.
There's a welcome break from the League scene when we head far north on Saturday. Distant Buncrana is the destination where Cockhill are the opposition with a 5pm kick off. It's a long drive and a tricky assignment but if we can squeeze a win, then who knows how far we can go in the Cup.
If you want to travel to Buncrana on the Supporters' Club bus, please contact Kieran ASAP via text on 0831670304.
Marty Stapleton presented Stephen Rice with his trophy for being the Supporters' Club player of the month for July. As stated previously, this was the first time a player has won the award twice in one season. Although he can get into trouble with match officials, he's only being punished for displaying his passion. His incredible work rate and skill more than compensates for his yellow collection.
AT HOME AGAIN
The news that Padraig Connolly was released from hospital recently was warmly greeted by all Town fans. He was sorely missed in the stand on Friday night last and rumours have it that he's out for the rest of the season. Rest assured though, Padraig will be back. The Strokestown Road venue just would not be the same without him or his incredible support.
Congratulations to our main sponsor Phil Munnelly who married local girl Caroline Rhatigan in Maynooth at the week end. May they enjoy a long and happy life together.
A fantastic paint job has recently been completed on the wall facing the car park at the City Calling Stadium. The red and black stripes add considerable to the brightness of the entire area the entire effect has produced a considerable improvement. Meanwhile, more fencing has been erected in the away section, which also adds greatly to the infrastructure and overall safety for the travelling supporters.
Two members of the Supporters' Club visited Barcelona's ground recently and cast a cold eye on facilities there. Both agreed that the whole set up was a well oiled and huge money spinning exercise, where they'd charge for breathing the air if they thought they'd get away with it. Obviously the lads weren't overawed as both also agreed that the seats were below par, being too narrow and their colour badly faded. As Messi might have said “It's hard to please De Town tourists but we'll improve things for them when we meet in the Champions League”.