Dublin may have had a Flightfest over the Liffey last Sunday week, but we had a much more enjoyable goalfest on Saturday night last at City Calling Stadium. The three previous games between the two teams provided a lorry load of goals but Saturday night's 7-2 victory must be some sort of club record (Marty is currently searching through the files).
Sadly though, the talk at the end of the all action game didn't just focus on the incredible goalfest. Instead supporters' thoughts were with the talented youngster James Mulhall who was stretchered off following an outrageously dangerous tackle. He was later transferred by ambulance to hospital where news of a broken leg was confirmed. It was a truly savage blow to the young lad and his proud family as well as his growing fan base.
The previous night Waterford who were level on points with us put four past Wexford Youths. So we knew we needed goals to maintain a healthy goal difference. When we went one up on 13 minutes from Rhys Gorman it was the start we wanted. However the visitors levelled two minutes later much to our annoyance. However that emotion was short lived when the same player put us 2-1 up a mere minute later. Dare we sit back and enjoy. Not a bit of it as Cobh hit us again just five minutes on. While a goalfest might have been on the cards, we certainly didn't want to be on the wrong end of a nine goal thriller. But just as a few hard to please supporters were complaining that Sully hadn't scored in a while, up he pops to smack home a lovely header to restore our slender lead. The half hour hadn't even been reached when the incredible score of 3-2 flashed on the score board. Things settled down till the end of the half and gave us time to get our breath back.
Just before the hour mark, the almost full moon started to peep from behind a cloud. It was like an omen for an all out attack. Josh O'Hanlon made it 4-2 and five minutes later the moon smiled down as Sully curled a stunning strike to make it 5-2. The club cat darted across the pitch to settle behind the Cobh keeper and obviously spooked him with Daniel Purdy making it 6-2 on 72 minutes and Ryan Connolly finding the net with ten minutes remaining to send the score board to an unfamiliar 7-2 result.
It was truly a remarkable result with some champagne football being played. Even the RTE radio sports news on Saturday night acknowledged our thrashing of hapless Cobh Ramblers. However the wonderful winning and record breaking scoreline was severly soured by that dangerous tackle which resulted in Mulhall's terrible injury going largely unpunished. Thankfully the professional Civil Defence team were on hand straight away to provide medical assistance. Full moon, pitch invasion by a cat, 9 goals and more drama to fill a full series of LOVE/HATE and all out the road at City Calling Stadium on a Saturday night.
When talking about Saturday night's record win, much attention was focused on the scoring record of David O Sullivan. Dave Mooney scored league 19 goals for De Town in the 2007 season. His total score for De Town was 2005-2007 was 26 goals. To date this season alone, Sully has scored 21 league goals and 24 in total. Pretty impressive record.
Present at the game on Saturday night was a representative group from the Longford Association in Manchester. They thoroughly enjoyed the night and as well as being treated to some wonder goals, they were looked after royally by Club PRO, Donald Keogh.
Next on the menu is our second last away game when we face Mervue over in Galway. They defeated Finn Harps quite easily last week and we'll have to be on top of our game to come away with all three points on offer. It certainly won't be a repeat of our demolition of the lads from Cobh. It's highly unlikely however that the Supporters' Club will be running a bus but hopefully our brothers on the other side of the pitch, Section O, will take up the slack.
On Saturday evening last, Alan Kirby turned the sod along with Tony Cousins on the latest phase of the development of soccer in Longford. New full length pitches are currently being developed which will be a massive boost to the game locally. The Club is making tremendous strides in the promotion of underage teams which should secure the future of the Club for the foreseeable future.
Last week end the U 19s had a credible draw against a fancied Wexford Youths outfit while the U 18s had a magnificent 5-1 victory. Congratulations are in order for the quiet workers behind the scenes as well as the fully qualified coaches and of course the players themselves too. The dream is to see more locals don the red and black jersey at senior level and certainly the foundations for that to become a reality are now being laid.
You've only a few days left to make sure of your tickets for our raffle which will take place at half time during our last home game which will be against Wexford Youths on October 5th. The prizes are truly remarkable with first being a Kanes Travel voucher to the tune of a thousand euro. Second prize is half that amount with six other super prizes waiting to be won. The tickets are just two euro each or a book of six for ten euro. Don't be kicking yourself for not getting your ticket on time, buy one today and you could be enjoying some winter sun in January or February ahead of the new 2014 season.
Best wishes to Tom Mc Guinness who celebrated his birthday in style recently. Tom is a regular at City Calling Stadium and has the distinction of playing in more county finals than any county player. It pays to be a member of Longford Pipe Band when it comes to making records !!!
Happy birthday too to Padraig Stapleton who celebrated in style over in London; he was thrilled with the 7-2 win and reckons it was the best present ever.
Our deepest condolences go to Liam Healion and Margaret who suffered a double family bereavement last week. Both Liam and Margaret can be assured our thoughts, prayers and support at this difficult time.