BACK ON TRACK
It's only fair to say there was a certain amount of nervousness before the kick off against Cobh Ramblers on Saturday night last. Memories of our below par performace against Finn Harps the previous week were still fresh and raw in some minds.
Both teams got stuck in from the off and the only pity was, that there weren't more present to witness how high the standard can be at this much maligned level. The Town played some really beautiful passing football and there was a hunger and passion present that warmed the hearts of all present on an evening when the darling buds of May were under pressure.
It was Keith Gillespie's opening goal on 22 minutes that steadied nerves. It was his first goal for De Town and a thing of beauty it was too. The ball was cleared from Gary Shaw and fell to Keith who chipped the keeper with a delighful curled strike. The hard working Gary Shaw got on the score sheet himself just four minutes later with a headed effort. Talisman David O Sullivan didn't score in the previous game but he made up for it with goal number 11 on 36 minutes when following great build up work from Gary Shaw, Keith Quinn and Daniel Purdy, our top scorer found the back of the net much to the delight of his growing fan base. Three nil up after just 36 minutes and when you thought it couldn't get any better, up stepped April's player of the month, Brian McCarthy to bang in number four on 44 minutes. Keith Quinn's free smashed off the woodwork but Brian was there to slam home. It made up for two other goals he had earlier in the season which were ruled out by the ref. This time to make sure, he used his boot rather than his head.
The relief was palpable at half time in the Clubhouse and even though there wasn't the usual fast service, only a few uttered complaints. It's amazing what a solid half time lead can do.
It's hard to maintain the momentum and for the second half, we seemed to take the foot of the gas for periods. However, no one was to blame for the Rams goal which came as a result of a bizzare penalty . In truth the Cobh player had fallen over the ball which was dribbling harmlessly over the end line. However, the lineswoman on the stand side thought otherwise as she frantically waved her flag. Not one of the visiting players appealed for the penalty which says it all really.
It was a shame not to maintain a clean sheet but the Town pressed forward at every opportunity to make up for that lost goal.Mark Salmon smashed a cracker of the corssbar that was heading to the top right corner and then at the death, sub Josh O Hanlon saw a superb effort tip off the upright with the crowd already on their toes expecting number six. Before that Cobh had a player sent off but it really made little difference on a night when the Town shone brighly to keep a four point top of the table cushion and to set up a mouth watering tie against Mervue on Friday night.
BUS TO MERVUE
On Friday night we head west again to take on Mervue . This will be a sterner test than last Saturday night whether Tom King is playing or not. Mervue were beaten by just a single goal up in Finn Park which saw the Donegal men leapfrog them into second spot. That defeat will surely spur them on to regain their lost position and having twarted us earlier on home soil, they certainly won't be in awe of the red and black.. Fahy's Field is a peculiar set up in the middle of a housing estate but come kick off time, it might as well be Wembley for the amount of red raw passion that'll be on display. There's a lot at stake on Friday night so book your place on the supporters' bus by ringing Liam on 087 6141926.
CAR BOOT SALE
Anyone who was at City Calling Stadium for our last Car Boot Sale will tell you how successful it was for both buyers and sellers. People thronged out the Strokestown Road from all over the region and far beyond. There was also a huge crowd who stopped while travelling between Dublin and Mayo with many expressing their delight at both location and superb value.
Well with the June bank holiday fast approaching, you'd be a wise person to pencil it into your diary. Whether interested in picking up an odd item or something quirky or if you want to clear a house space and make money form it, the Car Boot Sale this next bank holiday Monday is the place to be.
These days all sorts of people are under varying degrees of pressure. Earlier on Saturday there were long lines of farming vehicles lined up at Lakelands waiting to receive much needed cattle fodder. During the week former Town manger Alan Mathews bowed to pressure and quit as Shels' manager and meanwhile down in Waterford their manager Paul O'Brien did similar. One Blues supporter said it was really our late late equaliser that sealed his fate as they had targeted that game as their come back. And on a different scale the volunteer staff in the Clubhouse were under severe pressure due to members not being able to make it on time. Thankfully most waiting for their teas, soups and coffees understood our pressure.
Everyone in the Supporters' Club would like to extend their sincere sympathy to long time Anne Fitzpatrick and family on the recent death of her mother. May she rest in peace.