CONFIDENCE BOOST IN GALWAY
There were a few nervous supporters before the game kicked off in a virtually empty Terryland Park on Friday evening last. According to some locals, the small crowd was due to the Arts Festival. At least they have plenty of variety in their excuses.
On what was an other cold evening in the west, our hearts were soon warmed on 3 minutes when Gary Shaw headed home following a neat Daniel Purdy corner. There was a different feel to the team throughout and the commitment levels seemed to be higher. Birmingham have a significant difference in the middle of the park and Thomas Crawley never stopped working. There was a greater variety to the play too and in fairness every single player seemed played well.
Just after our opener SD Galway nearly nicked an equaliser when Hyland saved wonderfully in pushing the ball against the crossbar .After that the Town took control and played some really neat flowing football with Keith Gillespie prominent. Daniel Purdy scored number two just after 25 minutes from a lovely cross provided by Crawley and the same pair linked up again to provide number three just before half time.
It was no more than the Town deserved and those pre match nerves in the stand were well forgotten about. We played well again in the second half but failed to add to our goal tally. We hit the crossbar and what looked like a perfect goal number four was ruled offside by an over fussy linesman. The hosts got one man after the ball slipped through Hyland's hands and Quinlan was on hand to tap home. In fairness, SD Galway never gave up but when the final whistle blew, we sought out the heat of the cars to head home happy knowing we had received a good confidence boost ahead of our game in Limerick this Friday.
How SD Galway keep going is a mystery when you consider there were about 100 present on Friday night. They'll hardly cancel the Volvo, the Arts Festival, The Film Fleadh and the Galway Races! In a sports mad city, it's crazy that three clubs seem to be struggling to attract the crowds.Maybe Michael D could bang western heads together to bring the three into one.
Limerick are our high profile and high spending opponents this Friday night. As said before, the bookies and many of their supporters expected them to be ahead by about twenty points at this stage. Ourselves and Waterford hadn't read that particular script though. We beat them at home last time in what was probably our best performance of the entire season. We need that again on Friday. The thing is, we know we are can play at a much higher level,the potential,talent and skill is there for sure. Then when Limerick landed in Flancare we totally underperformed allowing the Shannonsiders to exact revenge.
Writing in a soccer website www.extratime.ie at the week-end, Limerick man Andrew Cuneen said, while conducting an interview with Shane Tracy of Limerick FC “Limerick's biggest challenge this season will arrive when they tackle the challenge of Waterford Utd once more”.In plain English, they have us written off already. Well we'll see about that later. And talking of later, we need to be on top of our game right up until the final whistle...Limerick won their last two games with goals in the dying minutes. It promises to be an intriguing game but we can upset them again in their own back garden.
BUS TO LIMERICK
By all accounts, many were holding on to scarce euros to make sure they could afford the bus to Limerick for Friday's top of the table clash. Well make sure to book on time this time. Please ring Liam Healion on 087 6141926 by Wednesday evening. If there aren't enough names by Wednesday, then there's no bus. It's really important to have as many supporters as possible travelling down. They'll have at least a thousand, so if we could muster a tenth of that , we'd be doing fine. See you there.
Manchester Utd reserves just about beat us one nil in what was a most entertaining game last Monday evening.The weather did all in its power to spoil a wonderful night but failed. This summer we've had more than our fair share of the wet stuff but normally it does't rain all day. On Monday it did and it was a real clinging rain that seemed invade every article of clothing.
However due to military style planning, the event itself went off without a hitch. There were extra Gardaí directing traffic and extra staff within Flancare making sure all ran smoothly. Mobile Supermacs along with a buzzing Clubhouse and Shop made sure no one went thirsty or hungry.
Over two thousand attended and if the weather gods had provided better weather, many more would have enjoyed what was a wonderful event.
People from all the region and beyond commented on both the high standard of the team and facilities. Many were indeed pleasantly surprised with everything from the professionalism of the ticket and poster standard, to the cleanliness of the toilets and the way everything was organised. Some from other counties promised they'd be back and wondered why Flancare wasn't used for underage internationals and national schoolboy finals.
One young talented Cavan boy and football expert ,Mark Hayden visiting Flancare for his first time picked out Alan Kirby as the most gifted player on the field. And when he got the opportunity to speak to Kirbs after the game, he thought he had died and gone to heaven....” you wouldn't get that perosnal touch in Old Trafford” he quipped, smiling broadly.
We do have an absolutely fantastic venue of which we are rightly proud but it should never be taken for granted. Apart from the Club committee and Supporters' Club, there's a FAS team doing Trojan work to make any event all the more enjoyable for the supporter, home or away.
The Manchester Utd website report gave us a glowing report and they were particularly impressed with Craig Hyland and Michael Lee and the high standard of play in general . Many onlookers were surprised after the match when their Garda escorted coach pulled up at Luigi's to sample their famous fare.
From the early morning mention on AA Roadwatch on all national radio stations, there was a feeling that this was going to be a special evening at Flancare. And it was. Flancare , a stadium where dreams can come true !!!!
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Congrats to Thomas Crawley who has won the July Player of the Month competition. He's a totally dedicated player who always gives of his all and with true grit and silken skills on display, he's our worthy winner .Thomas will receive his trophy before our next home game on Saturday 11August V Finn Harps.
If you'd like photo of the Town team ( with fullstand in the background) that played against Man Utd., send your e mail address to the supporters' club phone 087 9896269.This is a free service !
CAR BOOT SALE
Don't forget our CAR BOOT SALE this Bank Holiday Monday August 6th 10am-3pm.The weather is promised to be good so there there should be a huge crowd of both sellers and buyers present. If you've never experienced it, then this is your chance but come early.
Donald Keogh had a special birthday on Monday night last. Put it this way, he'll never have to buy a ticket at the railway station. After the Man Utd game, there was some energy left over to have a really special celebration in the Longford Arms Hotel. All of Donal's legions of fans were present for the presentation of a special gift from team manager Tony Cousins. The video link with A Ferguson didn't work due to the time difference between Longford and Asia. Keep smiling Donald, you're a living legend and many, many happy and healthy years and seasons ahead.