NO DALYMOUNT JOY
We left Dalymount empty handed for the second time in a week, beaten 3-1 on Tuesday in the EA Cup and 2-0 in the more important league tie on Friday night. Bohs are a pretty good young side and can pass quickly and with accuracy. Having said that we had a fair amount of possession but really only troubled their net minder once when, late on, Sully got a decent save out of him. The original red and black took the lead on 23 minutes through Kelly following a poorly defended corner. The hosts' defence has only been breached once at home so far but we were denied a chance to double that by Wexford referee Grant. Gary Shaw was bundled over in the box and for his troubles received a yellow card when a penalty seemed more obvious and just. Indeed the linesman on the stand side also made a bag full of errors which also incensed the visitors. Substitute Evans added to their tally on 72 minutes with a simple tap in following a good cross from the right. Two nil is how it ended but with Stephen Rice being stretchered off earlier on, that scene was more worrying than the result. To have seen Don Cowan leave the City Calling Stadium in a similar way the previous week was bad enough and they say lightning doesn't strike twice. We wish them both a speedy recovery.
SLIGO AT HOME ON FRIDAY
Whatever you do, don't come to the City Calling Stadium this Saturday night (7.45pm). Why? Because our game is on Friday night. Remember we travel to play Cork City the following Monday night, so by playing this Friday night, it will give the players a bit of a rest (but not much). This game against Sligo Rovers will be huge. They had their first win against fellow westerners Galway by virtue of an early penalty. Already the bit of red are confident of adding us to the hit list since we,like Galway, have just been promoted. Unfortunately, we'll be minus a few of our more experienced players for this N4 derby. The advantage of playing at home isn't much of an advantage unless more of us can get behind the team and support from first to final whistle. We really could do with seeing more out in the CCS this Friday night for the first on the N4 ties this season.
CORK CITY AWAY
Monday April 20th sees us head Leeside to face the might of the rebel army. Turners Cross is a proper fortress with possibly the largest support in the league. It's certainly a huge task for Tony Cousins and the team but for seven long years we've waited to take on the big boys and they don't come bigger than Cork in their own noisy backyard. Hopefully we'll have a full squad back by then and who knows how we might surprise the rebels with a footballing rebellion of our own. Not too many will be able to make the long journey south on a Monday but safe travelling to those who face the long journey and strange accents.
The Supporters' Club would like to extend its sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Marion Farrell, Bawn, Moydow who sadly passed away recently. Marion was a great supporter and was a regular for many seasons at the City Calling Stadium. May she rest in peace.
Again a big thank you to those dedicated supporters who have helped out recently in our efforts to raise greatly needed funds. The Easter car boot sale was blessed with glorious weather and the crowds which turned up were massive. Afterwards there were a lot of weary bodies between setting it all up and cleaning up at the end of the day. Then on Sunday many of the same generous folk were standing outside various churches and once again a huge thank you. We have two more car boot sales coming up on the May and June bank holiday Mondays and we really, really could do with some volunteers. Well, will you help us help support sport locally?