There was no joy for the hardy band of supporters who headed west on Friday night to Fahy's Field. Following the 7-2 defeat of Cobh the previous week, some held out hope of a similar display. But Mervue were a totally different kettle of fish. In the end we came away with no points and only ten men on the pitch which meant a rather dismal return trip. Mervue took the lead just after just half an hour and that single goal was enough to deny us all three points. But like the previous week, it still managed to get worse with the red carding of Corie Tracey on 80 minutes. Some hoped that Waterford might defeat Athlone and that we'd do the business in the west but the exact opposite happened. At least it meant that we remained ahead of the Blues on goal difference with just a couple of games remaining., but really it was a night of no joy in the west.
WEXFORD AT HOME
Saturday night sees the visit of Wexford Youths to the City Calling Stadium for our final home league game of the season. For many it can't come quickly enough to draw down the curtain on a disappointing finale to the season. For others it's a vital game to maintain our slim advantage over Waterford in our hopes of making the play offs. It's never over till it's over and October could be an incredible month yet in the history of comebacks. In the meantime, we'd like to see as many as possible support the team on Saturday night where we'll be battling to win all three points on offer before we head down the road to the face the champions Athlone in the final game.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Please text your nomination for Player of the Month for September to 087 9896269 before Wednesday evening. The award will be made before the Wexford game by one of our geatest all time supporters, Padraic Connolly, our Dublin based Longfordian. It's also time to start thinking of Player of the Season and indeed goal of the season. More later on those.
We'll be having our raffle this Saturday night at half time during the Wexford game. With athousand euro of travel vouchers available for the winner for just two euro, there should be great interest in the 15 minutes of half time. Make sure you bring in any books of tickets wy before the game and in the unlikely event that you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you'd better get on your bike now...you then could be trading your bike for a jet and heading to sunnier climes as winter closes in.
Congrats are in order to our near neighbours Athlone Town on winning the First Division with a huge winning gap. It certainly was one the bookies got wrong but then so too did a lot of us. Full credit to their crafty manager Roddy Collins who has shown that he does possess the winning streak. Their last home game is against ourselves but it already looks like a small travelling crowd that night so that the locals can enjoy themselves uninterupted.
“How Not to be a Millionaire” is the catchy title to Keith Gillespie's book on his life in football. It's a fascinating insight into the mind and times of a truly gifted and genuinely nice guy who sadly had his life ruined by his addiction to gambling. Some of the sums mentioned are truly scary and the book should be read by anyone in even a passing interest in football. But it's so much more than about football, it's about a dream turning into a nighmare and hopefully turning back into normal life again. It's an amazing book and well worth buying.