SUPER AWAY WIN
Many in the large Longford Town travelling contingent would have been happy enough with a share of the points over in Galway last Friday night. Both games to date had been tight affairs and with Stephen Rice out, we thought this would have been another tense, tight night. But it's great to be wrong sometimes.
It was a super team performance and a super 0-3 away win which left smiles as wide as Galway bay on every Town (and Falkirk) supporter. The passion and togetherness witnessed in the World Cup was also on show from De Town. Don Cowan was a constant thorn in the side on the Tribesmen and he bagged a 10 minute opener and made many more chances. With so much at stake the hosts battled gamely in what was turning out to be a wonderfully entertaining game.
But better was to come. Shortly before half time, Mark Salmon chested down a clearance and from 25 yards sent an absolute screamer to the roof of the net. Later in Brazil, James Rodriguez scored in a similar fashion. Whilst some reporters actually missed the stunning strike, it was captured on video by David Keating and has been featured widely on social media.....as was his long run to the travelling supporters section to share his delight. It was truly a moment to savour again and again.
Galway continued to press in the second half looking for their opener but clean sheets are becoming a bit of a habit and the next goal was an excellent strike for De Town from Gary Shaw to wrap up what was a super away win against a very useful Galway side.
SHELS AT HOME
If last Friday night's game in the west was a hugely important game, then this one on Saturday night, is even bigger. Shelbourne are currently two points ahead of us, we have a game in hand, so, should we do the business out in the City Calling Stadium, then it will make for a very, very interesting second half of the season.
Shels regained some composure in their last game beating Youths 3-0 but it was plain to see before the break, that they're as vulnerable as anyone. They've been fortunate to have taken six points off us to date, but now is the time for the tide to turn. A large and vocal local support is vital to make sure the tide turns. With the hay and silage saved and the lawns cut, there's no excuse. You're needed in the City Calling Stadium on Saturday night, don't let us down. C'mon De Town.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / MAY
Because of the break and the amount of away games we've had, Saturday night is the first opportunity to present the Player of the Month trophy for May. The winner in case you've forgotten was David O Sullivan. He'll be presented with his award before the game by a member of Section O who sponsor him.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JUNE
June was a strange month in that we seemed to be constantly on the road for away games. Then there was the break. However, we played enough games and enough players played well enough to be nominated as the month's outstanding player, from net minders to net bulgers and many in between. As usual, please text your nomination along with your own name to 087 989 6269. Final time to text is just before kick off on Saturday night. The presentation will then be made at the next home game. After Shels, we're travelling again to Wexford and Cobh after that.
Birthday congratulations are in order for Janette Devlin who celebrates her birthday on the first day of July. Seamus Kiernan was an other July baby who'll be blowing out candles on Sunday 6th but already had a great day out in Westport on Sunday. Aodh Dervin, a regular at CCS since he could toddle and dribble, has been called up to the Ireland U 15 squad which is a source of great pride to himself, his family and many fans. Well done Aodh and don't forget us when your're even more famous.Congrats too, to the organisers of the buses to away games, the hard work is paying off.
Bon Voyage and best of luck to Alan Madden who has headed to Dubai to ply his considerable skill as a lawyer in sunnier climes than Longford. Hopefully, he'll soon be back among us and with considerable sponsorship in his back pocket. It's such a pity that so many of our younger supporters are now following us on line instead of on the side line.
We now play Wexford Youths in the City Calling Stadium on Tuesday July 22nd at 8pm. And then on Sunday August 3rd, we travel to Tallaght Stadium to play ther B outfit. The follwing day in the August Bank Holiday which of course means our Car Boot Sale. It's a bit early to be talking about August already through. There's a lot of football to be played between now and then.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathy to Paddy Donnelly on the recent death of his sister. We would also like to extend our sympathy to the members of the local Nigerian community on their unspeakable loss following the horrific car crash at the week-end.
SUPPORTERS' CLUB MEETING
We had one of our best ever attended Supporters' Club meetings recently which bodes well for the future. Already, this season, we have spent a lot of money helping to upgrade the facilities at the City Calling Stadium with plenty more projects to be completed shortly. The average age of members has been radically reduced but we still have a gender mix problem.