It felt like spring had finally arrived on Saturday evening. Clear blue skies and some warmth lifted the hearts of many and three points against Mervue would really have put a spring in our step.
But within a few minutes of kick off, it was clear that Mervue weren't in second place by accident as they played some very attractive football which made us look very ordinary indeed. Those who had been to Cobh the previous week were happy enough to have passed the seven minute mark without conceding. Then on 12 minutes and really against the run of play Keith Gillespie found the head of the March player of the month, David Sullivan who lobbed the keeper with a delightful header. The massive smile on his face showed how much he loves finding the back of the net and long may it continue. That's goal number 6 this season.
Though the goal did liven up the Town for a while, the game soon went backwards rather than forward. We failed to test their keeper enough who appeared suspect under high balls.
Ten minutes after the second half kicked off, Mervue were on level terms when we gave away a sloppy goal but in fairness, they deserved something from the game. It was only when the fourth offical indicated that there were three minutes to be added on, that we managed to put any real pressure. For those few minutes it was edge of the seat stuff as we had three clear cut chances, none of which brought us those three points which would have made a perfect ending to a lovely spring day.
But then, when you think back over the last few games, we had a never to be forgotten comeback in Cobh, then, on Tuesday night had to battle hard against a determinded St Francis Boys in the Leinster senior Cup to win that also. And when all the speculation and hype of the past week is taken into consideration along with seven players being out injured,a draw wasn't too bad a result at all. And we know, we didn't play particularly well, so to be on top of the League still is no mean achievement.
BUS TO WEXFORD
On this Friday night, we play Wexford Youths down in the sunny south east. Never an easy place to get a result, this will be yet an other test of our credentials. But there's a tremendous resolve and fighting spirit in the team this year which should count for a lot. We can't expect David O Sullivan to be in flying form every game but he has certainly made a huge difference with his exciting style of play and of course his strike rate in front of goals. Hopefully the injuries will start clearing up soon so that Tony Cousins can pick from a full squad.
Liam Healion will be organising a bus to the game in Wexford and even before the end of the Mervue game, names were being added to the list. So give Liam a ring as soon as possible on 087 6141926 to book your comfortable seat.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH: DAVID O SULLIVAN
For the first time ever, every single vote texted in to the Supporters' Club hotline, was for one player- David O Sullivan. Not only did he bag a container load of goals, but his work rate is magnificient and any time the ball goes near him, you can sit back and relax, confident that'll he do something positive with it. He's a real bonus this season and long may he bang in thise goals. On receiving his trophy from our chairman Tom Kelly, he was genuinely chuffed and then went on to show his appreciation with an other goal straight from the top drawer.
Every year, we seem to be getting supporters at a younger age. Thankfully that trend continues and so far this season, Aoibheann Healion-Phillips who is not yet 2 years old was ahead of the pack. However, Dillon Walsh, on hearing about Aoibheann, broke into his piggy bank and produced five euro to have his name added to the junior list. Dillon is all of 5 months and his first full sentence after only a week was “ C'mon de Town”. And of course, he insists on red and black nappies....Adults are also welcome to the Supporters' Club whose numbers this year are also on the increase. And talking of supporters, it was great seeing Kirbs being brought to a game by Caitríona.
Everyone in the Supporters' Club would like to wish a very special 18th birthday to Andrea Hanley. Andrea has been a regular supporter for many years now and a home game just wouldn't be the same without her. Happy birthday Andrea. An other supporter celebrating a birthday this week is Stella Connolly and no doubt the celebrating will last long after Sunday. And finally, get well wishes to our club PRO Donald Keogh was laid low last week and even missed the Mervue game.
Despite the incredibly harsh weather of late, the pitch at City Calling Stadium ( hope you noticed the new banner on top of the stand ) has stood up very well. It was a bit sandy for the Tuesday game but with fertiliser and a drop of rain, we'll have the best playing surface in the entire land within a few weeks. Guaranteed.