St Pats were our welcome visitors last Saturday night on what was a beautiful evening for football. While we expected more of a crowd, those who came early certainly got full value for their money. Though Pats set out their stall early on, it was a seventh minute stunning strike from Kevin O'Connor from about 30 yards which stunned the visitors.
That early goal sparked more Town attacks and with Don Cowan in sparkling form and causing all sorts of problems to the Reds things were looking good for a really memorable Easter. Then just after the quarter hour mark, Don was taken down in the danger area which resulted in Mark Salmon netting goal number two from the spot kick. Two up against St Pats and all within 18 minutes. Dream time in the CCS. When Bermingham saw red for the visitors, it looked like a real surprise result might be on the cards.
However, this St Pats side failed to panic and after all they are noted for their slick, quick passing game. Despite us having a numerical advantage, as the game wore on it looked like we were down to ten men rather than vice versa. Forrester pulled one back and in the second half Byrne bagged their equaliser . It could have got gotten even worse as a third was (correctly) ruled off side. And yet, at the death De Town could have pulled off an other sensational late, late winner when impressive sub Ayman Ben Mohamed struck the crossbar with Gary Shaw's follow up failing to bulge the net.
We got a point but it could have been three. Both sides went home under a glorious full moon thinking they had left something behind them, yet oddly happy to have one point anyway. A huge down side was seeing Don Cowan being stretchered off. Don has improved with every game and in this one, he was particularly effective. Hopefully we'll see him command his wing in dashing form again, very soon.
BOHS TWICE AWAY
We head up the M4 twice this week to face Bohs in Dalymount. Tuesday is the first encounter in the EA Cup but Friday April 10th is the main one when we face the red and blacks at 7.45. Bohs are a bit of a surprise packet this season with an impressive haul of 13 points to date, leaving well above us. They've won 4 of their 6 games. Our strike force will have to be razor sharp as Bohs have conceded a mere three goals. It's obviously going to a be a really tough match but one glimmer of optimism is the quality of subs who made a significant difference when introduced last Saturday night. Also, Don Cowan's recovery could be important. Book your seat at once with Kieran on 083 167 0304.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to Mel Devlin and family on the recent and sudden death of Janette. For many seasons, Janette was a regular and loyal supporter of the Town and seldom missed a game. Even when unwell, she made a massive effort to attend the City Calling Stadium in the company of her caring family. Her fighting spirit and her warm happy smile will be greatly missed by her many friends in LTFC and far beyond. May she rest in peace.
CAR BOOT SALES
Again a huge thank you to all who are supporting our Bank Holiday Car Boot Sales. These events don't happen by magic and we keep on saying that. We also keep on saying that we could do with a few more volunteers, during and after the event. The next ones take place on the May, then June Bank Holiday Mondays at the City Calling Stadium, starting early and wrapping up at 3pm. We were absolutely blessed once again with the fantastic sunny weather on Easter Monday.
Our next home game will be against Sligo Rovers on Friday April 17th. We may have lost Athlone as local derby, but until they return, Sligo will have to fill that role. It promises to be a fantastic game with De Town reasonably content with our return and Sligo really keen to start on winning ways again. The N4 derby will be some game...be there and be on time, this time.
Don Cowan had the proverbial roller coaster on Saturday night last. First, Liam Healion presented him with his award for being our Player of the Month for April. Maybe the award helped him in some way, but he was playing out of his skin during the game against St Pats. Every time he got the ball, an audible groan went up from the travelling supporters while a buzz of excitement could be heard from the locals. He was responsible for us being on top and then later on, disaster struck. Don could be seen in obvious pain lying and unmoving on the pitch. Straight away a stretcher was called for and we just hope that his injury is not too severe. Best of luck Don for a speedy recovery...if anyone can be speedy, then Don can.