Following the game against Wexford Youths on Saturday night, the main match official became the focus of some very angry fans. He had awarded two controversial spot kicks as well as sending off Pat Sullivan, another decision which angered the normally placid supporters. The home fans were furious but sadly the result will stand.
The travelling support could hardly contain themselves. For them, it was like winning the Lottery twice on the same night. Many of them admitted that the first penalty decision was clearly wrong, not on one but on two accounts. First, the Youths player appeared to have dived and secondly, the “foul” was outside the box. A former, well known referee, sitting in the stand, commenting on the visitors’ second penalty said that there was absolutely no way the ref could have judged the situation from where he positioned. At another stage, a Wexford player held the ball in the box and appeals were waved away. Again, this incident was verified by a travelling Wexford man. In the closing stages David O’Sullivan appeared to be fouled twice, the ref awarded a free against him once and waved away protestations on the other occasion.
Wexford had three shots on target all night, all from set pieces and they scored from two. Gary Shaw scored two glorious goals but the night will be remembered for the display by the ref who reduced the home side to ten men just to rub considerable salt into an open wound.
Most Town supporters would admit that we didn't play to our potential but all supporters, home and travelling would admit that the game was destroyed by the man in the middle. So all things considered, maybe we did well to get a point.
Normally these notes, like the crowd are mild mannered but there comes a time when a spade has to be called just that, a spade.
LEINSTER SENIOR CUP
It's back out to City Calling Stadium on Tuesday night, September 9th. This time we take a break from the nervy league campaign and face up to the might of St Patrick's Athletic in the Leinster Senior Cup Final. It will take a while for the De Town to dust themselves down and refocus on Tuesday night, but also it will give Tony Cousins a chance to try some different things as we face into the crucial and tense end of season games. On Friday night, St Pats had a magnificent victory over the highly fancied Dundalk side which was just another fine win for them in their recent impressive run. It'll be a tough ask for the home side to overcome the talented and high flying Dublin outfit, but then sport has a peculiar way of twisting and turning.
COBH AT HOME
The game against Cobh on Saturday week has now taken a whole new significance. Positions in the table don't matter a whit now. The Cork side went two up against Wexford last week before the Slaneysiders drew level. If any warning was needed, then that was it. We need a few things. We need all three points and we need a huge home support get behind the team from the first to the final whistle. We need to get stuck in from the off and to maintain that right through and if supporters and the lads on the pitch do that, the dream is still very much alive. We must have belief.
Both Andy Dardis and Kevin Cox looked relaxed and tanned before the Wexford game following their holidays in sunnier climes. But by the end of the game, both lads were the same colour as every other Town supporter....browned off.
Best wishes to young Ethan Fitz who became a young adult on Saturday night last. Twenty one already. What did he want for his birthday ?..not much... just promotion.