For anyone under the false illusion that winning this league is easy, the point was well well made following our scoreless draw against Finn Harps. We came away with just one point which in turn cut our six point lead down to four. Heading into round four of four rounds, every single game is going to be tough or as Tony Cousins put it, “ each game will be a cup final.”
Finn Harps seem to be the draw specialists and they certainly frustrated us on Saturday night.Though their keeper made an excellent save in added time, he was never really tested throughout the game.And yet we had most of the possession, especially in the second half but for once, we just couldn't make it count. We came close a few times, but never close enough to bulge the net.Apart from receiving his player of the month trophy, Paul Hunt had just one save to make at the other end and added to his impressive count of clean sheets.
At kick off time, the crowd seemed small enough but within about ten minutes, the late comers arrived in droves. Don't leave it till the last minute for the remaining games, come early and enjoy a pre match cuppa in the Clubhouse under the stand where the best value in Ireland is still to be had.
GALWAY AT HOME
The tough games are coming thick and fast now as we head into the final round. We may have had a comprehensive win away to the same opposition when last we met but prior to that, the encounters have been too close for comfort. We have to realise too that every team raises its performance against the league leaders. During the game against Finn Harps, the crowd in the stand really made their voice heard from early on. If that sort of vocal support could be repeated and indeed added to, it can make a huge difference in lefting the team. A few supporters who had lapsed have made the welcome journey back to CCS recently but really, we want many, many more supporters shouting for De Town. See you on Saturday night and remember to come early, it'll be non stop action from 7.30pm.
Last season Section O ran a very succesful and enjoyable Fantasy Premier League competition. One of the great things about this fundraiser is that overseas supporters can be a part of the action. So whether you're the boy in Dubai or lingering in London, this could be for you. There are cash prizes for first, second and third and entry is only ten euro. If you're up for the challenge (and the standard is quite high), text 087 7619299 before August 16th and you'll receive your entry code.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH / JULY
Paul Hunt was the worthy and popular recepient of the trophy for July following his record breaking amount of clean sheets. He received his award from Emmett Ryan before kick off at the Finn Harps game and then went on to achieve yet an other clean sheet. As one wit put it...” Hunty has more clean sheets than a successful laundry.”
CAR BOOT SALE
A huge and sincere thank you to all the hard working volunteers who made the August bank holiday Car Boot Sale such a massive success.It was thought that we couldn't have a bigger one than the June one, but this last one was surely our most successful. At this stage, some sellers arrive well before dawn to get the best pitches and at one time, sellers were coming from all over the midlands but now they're coming from Northern Ireland and from all over the Republic. It has grown at an amazing rate and many visitors are saying it's the best in Ireland. It's all helping us support the club itself and the latest improvements are there for all to see. So thank you to everyone for supporting our Car Boot Sale and the next and final one will be the November bank holiday.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathy to the Connolly family, Longford on the untimely death of Hugh last week. A real lover of sport and of things Longford, he'll be greatly missed in many clubs and organisations in Longford town.
Happy Birthday wishes once again to Liam Healion. We say “again” because it's only like six months since his last birthday but Mags' TLC, is it any wonder he looks so young.
FILM STAR SUPPORTER
Michael Tighe who has been a member of the Supporters' Club for many years now is set to have his incredible story shown on the big screen . Michael was one of about 140 courageous Irish soldiers who fought against overwhelming odds at what later became known as The Siege of Jadotville. The event took place in September 1961 in the war ravaged Congo but until very recently, the brave men received little or no recognition. This is all set to change next year when Jamie Dornan is to star in the filming of The Siege of Jadotville which will be filmed here and in South Africa. And can you imagine Gabriel Byrne playing Michael Tighe as he fires his bren gun shouting “C'mon de Town”.