The UCD Bowl wasn't exactly a happy hunting ground when De Town fell to another defeat there on Saturday night last, going down 2-0. Once again, expectations were reasonably high beforehand with the optimists pointing out that our away record was good. Alas, no longer. It almost defies belief that so many of our first choice players have been out injured so early on in the season and for so long too. Now that we're moving on into April, hopefully we'll see them return and maybe turn things round in the process.
RETURN OF THE BLUES
On Saturday night when we entertain Waterford at the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off time, it'll be the league leaders versus second from bottom. The bookies had us as favourites along with the Blues before the season kicked off but that seems a long time ago now. Hopefully, by season's end, the table will have a different look.
Lee Power is the new wealthy owner of Waterford (and Swindon) and to date has pumped huge sums of money into getting Waterford promoted automatically.
RYAN McBRIDE RIP
The entire country, not just sporting fans, were rocked to the core at the sudden and untimely death of Ryan McBride, aged just 27, captain of Derry City. Many will recall him playing against us and while I can't say for sure if we were represented at his funeral, a letter of sympathy was sent on your behalf from the Supporters' Club.
It's evident that Derry City and, indeed, the island of Ireland has been affected in some way by the death of a man who will be remembered as a sporting legend. Derry has lost a hero; a man of dignity and honour who will be sorely missed.
It is deeply regretted that he didn't get a chance to reach his full potential as he was clearly maturing into one of the finest center-backs in Ireland. His final appearance epitomised his career in the red and white as he appeared to be in the prime of his life.
Ryan McBride did perform with his heart on his sleeve; his robust but fair challenges always respected by opposing forwards.
Ryan was predeceased by his mother, Noreen, who died of cancer. He is survived by his father Lexie; his partner, Mairead and three sisters Colleen, Siunin and Caitlin. May he rest in peace.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to Davy O'Sullivan who has won the first Player of the Month of the season. Desi Maguire won the draw from paid up members of the Supporters' Club and will make the presentation on Saturday night.
LONGFORD DUBLIN ASSOCIATION
The Town's great, loyal travelling supporters are also heavily involved in the Longford Association in Dublin. But we will sorely and surely miss their valuable support this Saturday night as they're holding their annual Gala and Awards night at the same time. We hope it's a wonderful success for Tony Gilleran, Padraic Connolly etc as Joe Flaherty is honoured with the victorious Ladies team. Normally we'd be well represented at the ceremony but we have to stay at home to mind the house.