CUP RUN CONTINUES
Thanks to a stunning individual goal by substitute Don Cowan on 71 minutes and a spectacular save by Jack Brady ten minutes later, De Town made it to the quarter finals of the FAI. The first half against Bangor Celtic saw the hosts win the corner contest 8-0 but still struggled to trouble their keeper. Daniel O'Reilly, Davy O'Sullivan, Tristan Noack- Hofman and Sam Verdon all came close but it remained deadlocked at the break. Bangor stepped up a number of gears in the second half and had plenty of chances which must have had Neale Fenn in a bit of a sweat. However, the introduction of Don Cowan proved to be a master stroke. Don, instead of going round defenders took them on directly and whizzed past four before drilling home a stunning goal. But, in fairness non-league Bangor continued to press and only for an absolute peach of a save from Jack Brady, extra time would have been an unwelcome reality. The strike from Graham Zambra swerved viciously , meaning that Brady was going one way when the ball then headed in the opposite direction but somehow Jack managed to get his foot to the ball while still in mid air. It was truly a world class save. We may have scored 11 goals in our last two outings, but on this occasion, just the one was enough to enter us into the quarter finals on Monday night.
It's back to the bread and margarine diet of league football when we travel back up again to Dublin on Friday night. This time the opposition is Cabinteely with a 7.45 pm kick off. As things stand, they're the bare minimum one point ahead of us, on 32 points. So you don't need to be a maths expert to work out that a win will leapfrog us to 4th position. Cabinteely made an unexpected exit from the FAI Cup on Friday night, being beaten by a single goal by Bluebell Utd. So rest assured they'll be all out to put that embarrassment behind them. But hopefully, we can continue our own fine winning run and extend it to four wins on Friday night.
AUGUST PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Even though there are a few days left in the month, we've now played all our August games. And what a month it has been. Which in turns makes it all the more difficult to chose our player of the month. There was a host of players who shone brightly but in the end the award goes to Jack Brady for a string of heart stopping saves of late. Coming into the team late must have been challenging enough for him but if so, he certainly didn't show it. So congrats Jack. The award will be presented by a member of the Supporters' Club (yet to be drawn) at our next home tie.
The Iveagh grounds have a splendid set up catering for all sorts of sports. But there were a few grumbles from supporters following our Cup win up there. The pitch was bumpy but then again, it was bumpy for both teams. They also had it narrowed considerably which certainly didn't suit our style. However it was a few other items that niggled. There was no match programme or even a plain team sheet. The fourth official had no board. But probably the most serious complaint was the lack of an ambulance.
On the journey back home one radio head wanted to listen to the RTE radio sport report after the 11pm news. He was left waiting. Horse jumping was the first item followed by golf and Gaelic, all with long-winded interviews. Finally, after what felt like an eternity, Joanne Cantwell announced that we “only scored one" against Bangor. Only. If only RTE would provide better coverage, more like.
SAM AND ANDY
Heartiest congratulations to our former player Andy Moran who once again displayed his silken skills for Mayo as he helped dump Kerry out of the championship. Andy honed much of his vast footballing brain when donning the red and black , back a few years ago. It's interesting to note that he still wears his socks soccer style and still has an eagle eye for goal. The Supporters' Club hope to have his time with De Town recognised in a road side sign while wishing him, his team mates and the legions of Mayo supporters all the best as they whizz past the City Calling Stadium over the next few weeks. We wish him all the very best and sincerely hope that Sam and Andy will be an item later in September.