The small band of travelling, loyal supporters who made the long trip to Foyleside were left disappointed after a 3-0 defeat to the so called struggling home side. The first two goals were wicked deflections but in truth Derry could have won by more. Despite having some decent periods of possession, we failed to test their keeper. Apart from Limerick's win against Sligo Rovers, the other teams around us didn't pick up any points which resulted in us staying in 6th position as round two draws to a close. On Friday October 30th, we're scheduled to play Derry City at home in the the final game of the league, any bets as to what our position will be then?
On Friday night we head back on the road again, this time to face the daunting task of run away league leaders Dundalk. At the moment there's a massive gap of 31 points between us. However last Friday night, Bray Wanderers, who have the same points as ourselves were narrowly defeated at home by Dundalk. Bray are experiencing all sorts of problems off pitch and yet are doing very well on the field of play. Last time we visited Oriel, they defeated us by a single goal in a game where a share of the points would have been a fair result. Maybe this time, we'll pull off the shock of the season so far and beat Stephen Kenny's superheroes. After Dundalk, we have Damian Duff and Shamrock Rovers at the City Calling Stadium. As the cliché says “it's tough at the top”.
CAR BOOT SALE
Due to notes' deadlines, this is penned before the bank holiday Monday Car Boot Sale ends. But early indications suggest a very good turn out despite the 2015 summer weather. Once again a huge and sincere thank you to the wonderful group of volunteers who keep this particular bandwagon on the road. Collecting money and then collecting litter is a thankless task and it's certainly not the most glamorous tasks associated with the running of the club but fair play to those dedicated, selfless souls who carry out the tasks each bank holiday Monday.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH/ JULY
For the first time, a player has won the monthly award for the second time this season. Although, more than one was in the running for the same accolade, it was Stephen Rice who came out on top. July wasn't our greatest month, but Stephen Rice never stopped running, passing, tackling, arguing for every single second of every single match he played. As one supporter put it, “if I was getting a heart transplant, I'd like to get Ricer's”. A peculiar compliment but one which sums up his magnificent contribution. Stephen Rice will receive his award before our much anticipated game against Shamrock Rovers in mid August.
Emmet Ryan continues to do an excellent job in the Clubhouse and will soon have a little bit more work to do. Michael Farrell, recently presented us with some international pennants which will soon be gracing the walls. Already we have quite a collection of national and international pennants but these latest additions will add greatly to the colour of the Clubhouse.
SPIV REILLY REMEMBERED
It was fitting that the late Micky Spiv Reilly was remembered on Saturday last,August 1st in the Mall. Friends and family organised a match and trophy to recall a man who worked tirelessly for De Town and in all levels of administration. His stories from his days in World War 2 are legendary but so too his accounts of his long association with De Town. Gone, never forgotten.
The FAI Cup, 3rd round game against Cockhill Celtic has been fixed for Saturday August 22nd with kick off at 5pm in Buncrana. The venue is even further north than Derry but already plans are being hatched for a week end in the north west. Hopefully Cockhill Celtic won't be Banana Utd and that we'll have a decent Cup run this season.
The Fantasy Premier League is set to kick off soon again, this season being its third for the Supporters' Club. It's ten euro to join and to enter, simply text 087 761 9299 or email [email protected] The competition has previously provided much needed funds for the club with the same amount of funds being handed out in prizes. So it's a genuinely win-win situation and great fun too.
LOCAL LAD JOINS SQUAD
Congrats to Keith Beirne, 18, Mohill who has been added to the senior squad. It's great to see local lads making it to the senior squad and by the looks of things among the new under age set up, it's only a matter of time before we see more lads make the cut.