It was top against second from bottom at the CCS on Saturday night which many fearful before kick off. Waterford even had a bus load of travelling supporters for the first time in many seasons, so obviously their expectations were sky high. When Waterford were awarded a penalty for an offence committed outside the box, it looked like we'd be singing the blues. But it was Paul Skinner's fabulous save that had us singing all right and it certainly wasn't the blues. Overall the net minder had a fine game and on more than one occasion, kept our hopes alive with some other fine saves to his credit.
The visitors looked physically bigger and stronger and at times their physicality was borderline. Thankfully the ref was on his game flashing one red card but it could have easily have been two. When reduced to ten men, they just sat back and defended. The hosts were desperately unlucky on a number of occasions when the ball simply wouldn't cross the line. The return of Don Cowan was a big bonus for us but there are still a few players who surely have more in the tank. We may have taken only a point from the game but it was against the millionaire, league leading side and we did keep a clean sheet too. Many would have settled for that before the game and we can certainly build on Saturday's performance and push on. Following the penalty save it was great to hear the crowd become animated and getting behind the team. The crowd wasn't the biggest but the lively atmosphere made up for that. Fair play too to the twitter writer who created an excellent atmosphere in cyber space according to many sources who couldn't attend in person.
We're back on the road again this week with an EA Cup game in Athlone against Athlone Town on Tuesday night,4 April. Then at the weekend, it's the long trip down the south east where we face Wexford. At the moment Wexford is the only team below us and a win there could help kick start our season. We certainly could do with three points at the end of the first quarter. If we show the same commitment and passion as on Saturday night, then surely we should be in with a good shout. Fingers crossed.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Heartiest congratulations to Davy O'Sullivan who picked up the first player of the month award . He was presented with his trophy by Archie Bell before kick off on Saturday night. It was a well deserved award and hopefully will help Davy go on and score plenty more goals.
Desi Maguire was supposed to make the presentation to Davy O Sullivan last Saturday night. However due to a communication problem, Desi wasn't informed. Then the players returned early to the dressing rooms after their warm up which caused a minor panic. As the players trooped off the pitch, the photographer's memory card was being uploaded to the Club's computer with the pre match photos. So it had to be hastily withdrawn again, inserted back into the camera and the nearest half decent person was grabbed to make the presentation to a waiting, patient Davy O'Sullivan. So thanks to Archie for stepping in at half a second's notice but a huge apology to Desi Maguire who got a bit of a land when he saw the presentation photo on the website. The next award will definitely be presented by Desi Maguire. Sorry again Desi.
The Supporters' Club sends best wishes to Pauric Connolly who is recovering after a successful procedure. Seemingly, from now on Pauric will definitely have superior eye sight to any match official. Looking forward to seeing and hearing you back very soon Pauric.
CAR BOOT SALES
We'll be having two car boot sales within a very short period. Easter Monday, April 17th is the first of the two with our second one close behind on Monday May 1st. Again, we're asking for a few more volunteers to help out. Even an hour or two would make a difference. Give Liam Healion a shout anytime, he'd love to hear from you.
Well done to both our under age teams who had excellent victories at the weekend. The future looks bright with so many talented youngsters and their managers putting in such hard work week in, week out. And talking of youngsters, it was lovely to see two very young children at the match on Saturday night, Alan & Caitriona Kirby's little girl and Margaret and Liam Healion's grandson. Now, wouldn't that be some match for the future !!!