Our Friday night game against Shels was always going to be interesting. With our former goal scoring hero, David O'Sullivan now lining out against us, we wondered how he'd perform. The answer was clear early on – he was really up for the game and headed home with the match ball following his hat trick on a 3-2 scoreline. His post goal celebrations ensured that his red and black days are truly over but such is sport and such is life. We played some lovely football especially in the first half and despite the disappointing loss, heads aren't dropping. The 2 sending offs however didn't help our cause and certainly, Sam Verdon's opposite player made a three course meal of their clash.
With many sports people heading to London on Friday, Padraig Stapleton was making the journey in the opposite direction to be among the thousand or so in Tolka Park. Just back from Oman, Padraig is some man for one man. Section O certainly helped create an excellent atmosphere and hopefully they'll continue to grow and expand during the season.
Three games played and so far, we've tasted one of each offering available, a win, a draw and a loss. Already, our league is shaping up to be a real dog fight judging by the other results to date. But we're up for it – bring in on. C'mon de Town.
ATHLONE AT HOME
This Saturday night, we host our closest neighbours Athlone Town at the City Calling Stadium, with a 7.30pm kick off. While the other Town have had a poor start, word has it that they have targeted us for their first haul of points. As a result of our two red cards at Tolka Park, our starting eleven will have to be rejigged but we do have strength on the bench. That strength will be tested on Saturday night but hopefully we'll pass the test with flying colours. By the way, put your clocks back an hour after the game. It may not feel like it but summer time kicks off.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
As usual, the Supporters' Club will be awarding the coveted Player of the Month. The trophy will be presented each month by a different Supporters' Club member. To be in with a chance of making the presentation, make sure you're a paid up member. A draw will be held each month to pick the presenter. And to avoid red faces this season, if you are making the presentation, make sure you're at the players entrance tunnel about 20 minutes before kick off.
CAR BOOT SALE
Our first car boot sale of the season on the St Patrick's Bank Holiday Monday, was held in pretty cold conditions but once it dry, that's the main thing. Every now and then we get calls as to when we're having our car boot sales; the answer remains the same - each Bank Holiday Monday. Kick off is at 4am when stall holders can enter on paying our nominal fee. We finish up at 3pm. As it happens, Channel 4 have a programme on Mondays at 5.30pm called Star Boot Sale. The series is based on a so called star being given a van and asked to make a profit with his various bric-a-brac.
Rumour had it that Liam Healion was a consultant for the series but wasn't contactable for a comment. Seemingly he was in bed early in preparation for a 3am call.
Congratulations to Ian Maher who celebrated an other birthday recently. Maybe there's something in the water out in Drumlish, but Ian seems to be getting younger with each passing year. Either that or he's being so well looked after by herself!