The trip to the west last Friday evening was for those who always maintain that the glass is half full. But even the most optimist had their resolve truly tested when Galway went ahead within two minutes of the kick off. When the westerners doubled their lead after 30 minutes, a few die hard Town followers were examining their sanity, let alone their optimism. It certainly looked like there was more than the setting sun going down in Galway Bay.
But then there was a second half that will live long in the memory of come backs and fighting spirit. Man of the match, Josh O'Hanlon found the back of the net with a sweet header on the hour mark which seemed to stun the hosts. Nine minutes later the stunned Galway were sickened when the same player struck the post, which in turn struck their keeper and eventually crossed the line for the most unlikely of equalisers. Suddenly the glass was half full again and a 2-2 draw was enough to send the Town supporters home as happy as if they had won.
Elsewhere Sligo won and there was a draw between Finn Harps and Wexford Youths which means we remain at the bottom of the table. But it didn't feel that way as the fighting spirit (and a little luck) lifted hearts and made the start to the bank holiday week end just a little bit sweeter.
SHAMROCK ROVERS AT HOME
This Saturday night, May 7th Shamrock Rovers provide the opposition at the City Calling Stadium with a 7.30pm kick off. The Hoops are currently lying in 5th position in the table, behind Galway on goal difference and just two points ahead of St Pats. That wasn't the position Pat Fenlon and the large fan base had been expecting at this point of the campaign. So they'll be expecting an easy three points and a move up the table when they visit us on Saturday. But then, Galway expected all three points last Friday night too. If our second half performance can be repeated for the entire match on Saturday, then we could be in for an enthralling spectacle. We really need to see a good, local crowd arriving early, getting behind the team from the off and supporting the team right to the final whistle.
AVRIL IN MAY
If you're in charge of an under age team locally and you'd like to see them play at half time during the senior games or to act as ball boys/girls, get in touch with Avril Gilchrist and she'll soon sort you. Give Avril a call on 086 348 5586 or even Desi Maguire on 085 808 2707. And well done to Avril and Desi, two young, dedicated and enthusiastic supporters who are talking the talk and walking the walk.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Heartiest congratulations to Noel Haverty on being nominated player of the month for April. It was a difficult month but Noel's consistency and tenacity was certainly something which gave us all hope and optimism. Noel will receive his trophy from a member of the Supporters' Club before the game on Saturday night. And by the way, if you haven't joined the Supporters' Club yet, we do accept late entries at no extra cost.
CAR BOOT SALE
Sincere thank you to everyone who supported our May bank holiday car boot sale. So far this season, the Supporters' Club has already made two significant financial contributions to the Club itself and the car boot sales have been a huge and important source of revenue for us. We're always looking for more people to help out, both early and late on. So far, it's the old reliables who always turn up but the the same golden oldies aren't getting any younger, if you get the hint.
We've been drawn against our old Cup Final friends Waterford in the FAI Cup draw. Most clubs say they have huge problems of different sorts but just for a few seconds spare a thought for the Waterford Blues. Last week, they had an emergency meeting where they stated that they needed about €80,000 to keep afloat and then suffered a 7-2 drubbing at the hands and feet of Limerick.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere condolences to Danny and Michael O'Hara, two stalwart supporters on the recent, sad death of their sister Mary O'Hara, late of Wales and formerly of O Connell Terrace. May she rest in peace.