MASSIVE TOWN WIN
Saturday night's 2-1 win against Bohs at the City Calling Stadium was a truly massive win. Not only did it provide us with the much needed three points, it also helped us to leapfrog Drogheda back to 6th place in the league but, perhaps, most importantly it was an absolutely huge morale boost to the team, management and loyal supporters.
David O'Sullivan opened the account on just three minutes with a delightful goal. It was great to see his justified and unbridled joy after his goal and every Town supporter was thrilled to see him back on the score sheet. Many latecomers though will have to wait to watch Sully's magic on Monday night on RTE. Gary Shaw came close to doubling the score when the Bohs netminder made a superb save to deny a fabulous header following an inch perfect corner from impressive new signing Jack Doherty.
Stung into action by that setback and a large vocal following, Bohs did everything in their power to turn the screw on the hosts. Despite some relentless pressure the Town stood tall and held out. Skinner made a superb save when it looked like the visitors had to score and following three corners in succession where Gary Shaw defended like a trooper, there was hardly time to draw breath in this pulsating tie.
The skies above darkened and when on the hour mark Bohs levelled matters with a Buckley goal, we wondered if the night would end in darkness for us also. Despite numerous attacks, the visitors just couldn't find a way past a resolute Town defence.
Bohs had lost their last two games in the dying minutes and some Gypsy fans were getting understandably nervy any time we pressed up the pitch. And so it came to pass that player of the month for June, Ayman Ben Mohammed unleashed an unstoppable bullet which whizzed past both keeper and defender to rest in the corner of the net. Padraic Connolly leaped almost as high as the stand rafters as the loyal Town support erupted.
The ref (who had waved away a penalty shout for both sides earlier) then added an agonising five minutes. But a superb team effort held out to ensure that even grumpy old men went home with smiles on their faces as the wagon wheels keep on turning.
SLIGO AWAY ON SATURDAY
On Saturday night, July 11th we make the relative short trip up the N4 to face Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds, kick-off 7.45 pm. Though Sligo are going through a rocky patch, they hope to turn things round, starting with our visit. No one argues that they're much better then their current lowly league position, and something else that won't be argued is that the N4 Derby will one hell of a close encounter. But we've shown great resolve and character ourselves and with goals coming from all sorts of positions, at least there's no pressure on one or two players to produce the goods. We're playing well as a unit and hopefully that will continue as we strive to consolidate our mid table position up in Sligo on Saturday night. Give Kieran Sully Burke a shout if you want to travel by luxury coach.
JUNE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Ayman Ben Mohamed received his well deserved trophy for being the Supporters' Club player of the month for June. His silken skills are a joy to behold and seemingly he's attracting a lot of interest from many other teams. One knowledgable observer has marked him out as the most talented youngster in the entire league. As if to prove a point, he came on as a sub on Saturday night and for the second time in three matches, secured all three points with a wonderful late, late strike to break the hearts of the visiting support.
While one young Town supporter and Scouting Ireland member, Zuzanna Pawelec was paddling her way from Clondra to Mullingar over the last ten days, there was a different sort of scouting happening in the City Calling Stadium last Saturday night. According to some reports, there's a growing and considerable interest in a number of those wearing the red and black of De Town. The interest is from Irish and overseas clubs. While we like to hold on to our talented lads, it's a sign that we're doing something right when other clubs are taking such a keen interest in our emerging stars.
There are still a few exiled Longfordians who follow our fortunes on national radio. Well, they were certainly let down last Saturday night. Once would be bad enough but RTE radio sport news reported TWICE that we only drew with Bohs. The 10 o clock bulletin was bad enough but not to rectify their score wasn't exactly very sporting of them...they repeated the game as a draw on the 11 o'clock sports bulletin. Yellow card and a stiff warning.
Congrats to Don Cowan and Paul Hunt both of whom got engaged during the break....not to each other though. We wish them and their partners all the best in the future.
We welcome new signing Jack Doherty, Clonmel, who made his first appearance for De Town against Bohs. He's an extremely talented and fast young player who already has made his mark with the Town supporters. Not alone will he add some excitement and buzz but his corner kicks are spot on too. Born on August 3rd 1994, he's a left sided mid field player who has previously plied his trade with Waterford and Ipswich. Welcome to De Town Jack, you're following in the footsteps of ex Waterford player Alan Kirby who came, played, fell in love and has settled locally!!