Like the previous week against Dundalk, we really deserved something from our trip to Tallaght but came away empty handed. The possession stakes were pretty even but a a few missed chances that ultimately meant us coming home with a 3-2 defeat. Shamrock Rovers took an early lead but Pat Flynn levelled matters with a fine header from a Mark Salmon corner. After that we should have had taken the lead but chances from Stephen Rice and Gary Shaw failed to rattle the net.
The second half produced two home goals by Blanchard. Despite the set back, Kalem Simon pulled one back when he scored following a headed pass from Mark Salmon. Seven minutes remained but the score remained the same too. We lost Rossiter and Flynn to injuries but hopefully, they'll be fully recovered by Saturday night. The travelling supporters as usual made themselves heard among the 1,500 or so and hopefully we'll have as many at home this coming Saturday night.
LIMERICK AT HOME
On Saturday night we entertain Limerick at the City Calling Stadium, kick off at 7.30 which will our last League game in May. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge game and with it huge pressure. Limerick are currently propping up the league and many thank this should be an easy three pointer. Absolutely no way. Limerick just fell to Cork City by the narrowest of margins last week end and they've targeted us as the start of their climb back. We might be ahead of them in the league but the tag of favourites brings its own pressure. The team and of course the supporters have to be patient on Saturday night and if we scrape by one goal, however sloppy, we'll gladly take it.
MORE SUPPORT NEEDED
In terms of local population size, Longford has the smallest amount of people to call on for support. So far this season, the crowds have been quite good but we could do with more. The team and the quality of the facilities deserve greater support locally. We seem to take what we have for granted, yet visitors are always waxing lyrical about our set up, both on and off the pitch. Last week a group of young local teenagers and mentors headed off to see a Premiership game. That's fine and hopefully they had a lovely experience. But, it'd be interesting to see how many of that group and their mentors support sport locally.
Tallaght Stadium is completely different to all our places we visit. It's modern and custom built (Longford builders) but it wasn't without many teething problems. However, those are all in the past now as Rovers try to regain their long lost glory and what they consider their rightful place at the top of the domestic scene. With the motorway system, it's now only 90 minutes from Longford or indeed shorter, depending on who is driving. The place was built and funded and is maintained by the local authorities so standards are much higher than at grounds where the input in voluntary. The stadium was clean as were the all important toilets, there were convenient parking spaces and the match programme was good value. As seems to be the norm now, the stewards were cheery and helpful. If there were shortcomings, we failed to see them and Tallaght Stadium gets full marks with five stars.
June 13th is a date for your diary when, once again, we celebrate the memory of Noel Nolan with a charity match. Organised by his many friends in Legan and De Town any monies made will go to local charities. The event last year was an outstanding success and this year's match and after match looks like being as good of not better.
CAR BOOT SALE
The June bank holiday is fast approaching and you know what that means. Our Car Boot Sale will be taking place on the bank holiday Monday, June 1st at the City Calling Stadium. Because of its huge success, we really need more volunteers. We need more volunteers early in the morning and then afterwards from 3pm onwards to help tidy up. We had a good turnout of helpers after the last Car Boot Sale but many of those are unavailable this time round. Also , some have helped out at each event so far and are surely due a rest. Let Liam Healion know if you're available; he's the good looking young fella at the turnstiles each match night.
After Limerick, we have a Cup game against Finn Harps the following week end. Two big games at home in a row, we'd love to see you there to show your support for De Town.